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08 December 2010

Operation Paperback


Operation Paperback on Facebook
The troops like to read, too.

Tonight, I'm taking a look at a list sent out by Operation Paperback.  It's a wish list of books that members of our armed forces would like to read, and I thought you all might be interested. I know that there are so many wonderful non-profits out there, but here's another one to consider.  Our troops are in different parts of the world -- in the cold or heat, from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan and everywhere in between. They'd like to read some of the good books out there that you and I are fortunate enough to be able to go to the store and easily pick up, or check out at the library.  Thanks to them, we have options.



So here's what a typical list can look like.  And if you want to participate, go ahead and sign up to contribute the next time around.  I'm sure it would be appreciated.

  • A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard  [on 3 lists]
  • Art of War by Sun Tzu [on 4 lists]
  • Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose [on 3 lists]
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson [on 3 lists]
  • Battle Leadership by Adolph Von Schell  [on 2 lists]
  • Caine Mutiny [on 2 lists]
  • Constitution of the United States  [on 4 lists]
  • Ender's Game by O.S. Card  [on 2 lists]
  • Face of Battle by John Keegan  [on 5 lists]
  • First to Fight  [on 2 lists]
  • Flags of Our Fathers [on 3 lists]
  • For the Common Defense by Millet and Maslowski  [on 2 lists]
  • Killer Angels [on 4 lists]
  • Lincoln on Leadership  [on 2 lists]
  • Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer  [on 2 lists]
  • Red Badge of Courage [on 3 lists]
  • Savage Wars of Peace by Max Boot  [on 4 lists]
  • Soldier's Load by S.L.A. Marshall  [on 2 lists]
  • Starship Troopers [on 2 lists]
  • Supreme Command : Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot Cohen [on 4 lists]
  • This Kind of War by T.R. Fehrenbach  [on 3 lists]
  • Village by Francis West  [on 2 lists]
  • We Were Soldiers Once and Young by Moore and Galloway  [on 4 lists]
  • Sudoku and word search puzzles
  • The Sookie Stackhouse series
  • Children's books to distribute to the kids in war-torn countries
  • Contemporary fiction and romance
  • Biographies, political thrillers

Happy Reading,
Coffee and a Book Chick

22 comments:

  1. What a wonderful cause! I'm going to sift through Mr. Weekly Bite's collection. He's got hundreds of political thrillers I'm sure the solders would love :)

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  2. This is such a wonderful cause and I am eager to support it. I am going to have to look over what I have and what I can get for them. Thanks so much for posting this!!

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  3. Thank you for posting this! My husband and I were deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 101st Airborne Division 2003-2004 and I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to receive books from organizations like this. Going to check it out and see if anyone needs any historical fiction or classics....

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  4. Thank you for posting this great program. My son's school sends a package every year.

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  5. Estela @ Weekly Bite -- I'm sure he has a ton of books that can be donated! Thanks!!

    Zibilee @ Raging Bibliomania -- Any donation will be greatly appreciated!

    Holly @ Bippity Boppity Book -- First -- thanks to you and your husband for your service! The Coffee and a Book Chick family value and appreciate your contributions! My husband also served as did my sister and brother-in-law as well, so I know that the dedication and sacrifice you have performed is great. Thank you!!

    marthalama @ Hey, I Want to Read That! -- How fabulous that your son's school contributes!! I love it when schools do that -- yet another fabulous way to teach about giving back!

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  6. What a great post! I've never even heard of this before.

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  7. This is a wonderful cause! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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  8. Short Story Slore -- Thanks for stopping by and I encourage you to stop on by to Operation Paperback's site!

    Mrs. Q: Book Addict -- You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. This is such a wonderful cause. Another one I heard of at work was collection of packages of new socks as they soldiers have to toss (not able to wash)their socks.

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  10. (Diane) Bibliophile by the Sea -- I haven't heard of that cause and didn't know that the troops had to get new ones all the time! Oh, my goodness - I will definitely look it up!

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  11. I loved Ender's Game, one of my all time favorites! There is actually a whole series that I hope to continue reading someday... The copy I have actually belongs to my cousin's wife, but her family also serves and maybe she would support my donating it to the troops? Doesn't hurt to ask!

    I also read the first of the Sookie Stackhouse books, I wonder what I did with that copy? I hope I haven't already passed it on so I can send it to the troops.

    I'll have to check out some of the others on the list to broaden my horizons!

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  12. Great idea - I'm going to go check this out!

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  13. Thanks for posting about this fantastic cause! I'm going to look through my books and see if I have enough to sign up. I think a good book might be even more comforting to the troops than food!

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  14. Erika @ The Black Dog Gang -- Ender's Game is fantastic! I've only read it once about 10 years ago, but that ending STILL sticks with me!

    Amused -- I love what this organization does! Have fun in searching through the lists of wished for books!

    Roving Reader -- Thanks for stopping by and for helping out with the organization! I know it will be appreciated!

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  15. Thanks for this post - I will spend time this weekend to review the list and see if I own any of the books (will buy a few too). The previous owners left us about 500 books that I'm try to find a home for, this would be a wonderful solution.

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  16. I've sent one or two boxes through Operation Paperback and even have a box at work collecting novels for the cause. Having been an Army wife, I hold our deployed troops near and dear to my heart. Thanks for promoting such a wonderful organization!

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  17. Thank you for sharing this! What an incredible cause!

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  18. Mari -- Oh, so much fun! Thanks for checking into what you have, it will be greatly appreciated for this organization!

    Michelle -- How fantastic! And you as an Army wife know how important these organizations are! Thank you!

    Sheila (Bookjourney) -- Thank you also and please pass my thanks especially to your son for the work he does as a member of the military! Happy Holidays!!

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  19. I love how a book can take me to a far away land, even if just for an hour or two. I would love to contribute to a cause that gives our troops that same experience. Thanks for spreading the word!

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  20. I find it kind of interesting that a lot of their choices are books about war. You'd think they would want an escape? I guess that is what the Sookie Stackhouse books are for! Thanks for calling this to our attention and giving us a way to learn more.

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  21. nat, this is SO terrific. thank you for posting about it. my hubby and i have sent some care packages over the last few years and this sounds like another great way to make a small difference. i'm off to check out the site! thanks for linking this.

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  22. In response to Kathleen: Most of the war books are actually on the required-reading lists of several services. They are used in leadership and advancement training. Believe it or not, ENDERS GAME and STARSHIP TROOPERS are among those required books. I have been volunteering with Operation Paperback for more than six years, and I have relished every minute of it :o)

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