Thursday, October 8, 2009

To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth by Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC (Ret.)

I love to read Jeff Cooper's stuff. I don't always agree with him but I like the way he makes his case. As an argumentalist, he understands both the strength and weakness of his arguments and where the rationale ends, he sees that it all just about his beliefs at that point. Having said that let's talk about this book.

To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth is really two books. One is all about the mind set and skill of a firearm enabled warrior for the core of his ideals... and brother, this guys is hard core. You may not like it but you have to respect it. This guy would stand his ground in the face of certain death. It's to admired and respected and the book bears this out. Agree or not with the ideas, Col Cooper is the man. The second half of the book is all about Jeff Cooper the hunter and more specifically Cooper the Buffalo hunter. There is no book, anywhere, the does the job of discussing this subject better than the stories contained here. They are frustratingly short. Given the skill behind them, I was just left wanting more. What a good read for the hunter in you... So to it then:

  • Readability - 5 of 5 - Cooper writes in the King's English. He's grammar and style is impeccable.
  • Editing - 5 of 5 - I doubt the editor had much to do after this was written, however there we no mistakes. None.
  • Subject Matter - 4 of 5 - Some of the rah rah dead criminal stuff bothers me a bit but only to read it. All in all, top notch stuff. I wanna go to Okavango. ;-)
  • Did I like the story - You know, this should just be listed as an automatic 5 if I am typing it here. I loved this one as well.

If you are looking for a good read on hunting and shooting, this is good place to go. This is also a good view into the mind of Cooper and a good litmus test to decide if his work is for you or not. I loved it. Excellent read.

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