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Sorry, this got a little longer than I meant it to be

- Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed - It's over 20 years old now but still really good, especially if you're into planes like the U-2, F-117, and SR-71

If you're wanting a deeper understanding of the other side of the war on terror, I'd recommend the following:

- I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

- Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea

- The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

- After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam

- The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda

If you're wanting a dive into Russia:

- The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War

- The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries

- Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia

If you're wanting true Spy stuff:

- The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

- The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia

- Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda (the author is a little full of himself, but still, it's interesting)




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