This is a great book that I read about US President Eisenhower called, Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World by Evan Thomas.
It gave me a real insight into what he was able to accomplish as president, and why his military service was so instrumental in his policy and leadership. Some of my favourite quotes from the book attributed to Eisenhower were:
“God help the nation when it has a President who doesn’t know as much about the military as I do.”, when referring to the Military Industrial Complex, lobbyists, and foolish politicians.
Eisenhower had a healthy skepticism about the grandiose schemes of the military. He knew how the top brass used worst-case scenarios to frighten their civilian masters into spending more on unnecessary new weapons systems and pet boondoggles.
In private conversation and in his public remarks, he often warned against what he called “the garrison state.”7 Military necessity would require citizens to give up their cherished freedoms—and, Eisenhower feared, to become automatons of the state. Ike had witnessed the turn toward fascism during the Great Depression.
Eisenhower was, in effect, his own secretary of defense. When Defense Secretary Neil McElroy warned him that further budget cuts would harm national security, Eisenhower acerbically replied, “If you go to any military installation in the world where the American flag is flying and tell the commander that Ike says he’ll give him an extra star for his shoulder if he cuts his budget, there’ll be such a rush to cut costs that you’ll have to get out of the way.”
There are many more, but those were some that stood out to me, especially in regards to the current situation in the US.
In 1999 Andy Frecka went to the city of Perm, near the Ural Mountains in Russia with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). He spent nine years there where he got married, had four kids and tells the whole story in his book “Winter Road: Journey of a Russian Mission”.
The book is a very capturing read and at only 280 pages it isn’t a very long read. Andy experienced a lot of different adventures during his time in Russia, including buying a car, boiling snow for food, working with a local group of prisoners, and more.
The book has been reviewed four times over at Amazon, all a full five stars. You can purchase it through Amazon here.
At many points while reading this book I actually found it quite hard to believe that it was true. The book read to me more like a Fredrick Forsyth novel than an autobiography of a senior inteligence office. It is a much better read than fiction as it is written by a man who has been there and done that.
For five years we bugged and burgled our way across London at the State’s behest, while pompous bowler-hatted civil servant in Whitehall pretended to look the other way.
Peter Wright on his early years in MI5
No book this century has attracted more attention than Spycatcher. It made front-page headlines around the world as the British government tried desperately to suppress Peter Wright’s explosive revelations. Spycatcher tells with startling frankness and detail the devasting story of a government agency which operates outside the law, where the only rule was the 11th commandment: ‘Thou shalt not get caugh’.
Spycatcher is the first real shaft of light to penetrate the murky world of spy and counter-spy. That world will never seem the same again.
Singer/songwriter Keith Green challenged believers to break out of their status quo Christianity and embrace a put-it-all-on-the-line life of faith and action. Dynamic and charismatic, Keith was hailed as a prophet by many and a lighting rod of controversy by others. Never hesitating to speak his convictions, he often struggled to live up to his own strong declarations. In this inspiring biography, Keith’s wife, Melody, shares their years of spiritual searching, the events that led them to Jesus, and how their dedication to minister to others began. When Keith was 28, a tragic airplane crash took him and two of his young children home to the Lord. Left with a one-year-old daughter and another on on the way, Melody inherited Keith’s musical legacy of songs and his private journals. As she shares the highs and lows of their life together, you’ll be captivated by Keith’s courage, inspired by his commitment, and encouraged by the truths he shared.
No Compromise reflects the intensity with which Keith Green lived his life. This book really through up the challenge that in all you do to live 100%. Keith’s search for something more in life is really well portrayed in the first few chapters of the book and without his intense suborness he would not have had the influence on Christian music and worldview that he has done.
No Compromise is an inspiring read, and I felt constantly challenged to be aware of how I live up to my convictions or if I am willing to compromise my beliefs at a certain cost. I would definately encourage anyone who is tired of being wiery in their faith to read this one!!