Guest Column: Three Books You Need To Read By Mass Punishment’s Chris Milos

A veteran and guitarist chimes in with some reads you should consider adding to your list

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Chris Milos

In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up and devour.

Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some decent book suggestions from some of your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry written by Mass Punishment guitarist and founder Chris Milos.

There have been issues in my personal life that sometimes I become reclusive to the outside world — one of the grand attributes to being a combat veteran. I have taken a break from my usual reading subjects recently. I’ve gotten into our history of humanity, but not the usual teachings of human evolution as is being taught by teachers and professors.

I’ve been reading books lately that offer insight and I’ve come to learn that what’s been taught to us in school and at universities is not necessarily the truth at all. 

Books to start me on this journey of enlightenment include “Chariots Of The Gods” and “History Is Wrong” — both by the author Erich Von Daniken. They’re both enriched with the excitement of thinking outside the box. They will definitely keep you turning the page and better yet, make you think deep thoughts in a realm of endless possibilities. 

Books that I would suggest from my normal read would be “Enemy At The Gates” by William Craig. Based on the battle of Stalingrad in WWII this book is exciting as it is educational. Painting a picture in vivid detail of the Nazi’s race to seize a city and the fight the Russians had given to keep it. It too is a fast paced book that will keep you turning the pages.

The last book I’d like to suggest is one that is very near and dear to me. It is titled “Thunder Run: The Armored Strike To Capture Baghdad” by David Zucchino.

This book is insightful on the decisions from top brass and reasoning to capture the capital of Iraq as well as on the soldiers who fought in the battle. The book focuses on 2nd brigade Spartans of the 3rd infantry division and on Task Force 1/64 Desert Rogues.

I’m proud to stake claim as being a Spartan and Desert Rogue as I drove one of the M2-A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle’s into that very battle. This true story gives great detail to one of the biggest yet fastest battles I fought while I was in the army, my beloved infantry and gives testimony to my cause and reasoning behind my band Mass Punishment. 

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