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    Default What are you reading?

    Since this is the entertainment section of the forum... and I've a pretty fair library in town.

    Just started on a Christmas present, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. This, the first installment of his Teddy Trilogy, won Morris a Pulitzer. If the book is half as good as its Prologue - 1907, this will be a good read.

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    The Big Short - Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis
    Too Big to Fail - Andrew Ross Sorkin (soon to be an HBO movie)

    They are two different perspectives on the financial crash. While you might expect an accounting lesson, both read more like "can't put it down" novels. Taken in combination you'll get a better understanding of the crash than you ever thought possible.
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    I recently finished "Libby Prison Breakout" by Joseph Wheelan. Unbelievable treatment of Union prisoners, just heartbreaking.

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    "A$$holes Finish First"- Tucker Max

    I admittedly like some rather crude humor, so this book had me rolling.

    "War"-Sebastian Junger

    This was a phenomenal read; one of the best war books I've read in a LONG time. After you've read this (preferrably twice), check out the associated documentary, "Restrepo". It's currently available on Netflix instant queue.
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    Current readings because I have the attention span of a 2 year old and can't stick with just one book.

    The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch, translated by Lee Chadeayne (Kindle, $3.99). A hangman investigates a boy's murder in a German town in 1660.

    Decision Points by George W. Bush (Kindle, $9.99).

    The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda: Book One) by Richard Phillips (Kindle $.99). Door to the Roswell spacecraft is open (that's as far as I got reading multiple books and going to parties all week ).

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    This thread.......

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    I'm about halfway through the second volume of The War Between the States published 1868 by Alexander H. Stephens. I went to school for the 1st-3rd grades right behind Liberty Hall.

    If we don't know our history, we may repeat it.

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    Conrad- Heart of Darkness
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    One for while I listen to classical, one for while I poop, and one for before bed.

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    Dead or Alive by Tom Clancey

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    Something new for my classes: Coming of Age in Second life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human, Boellstorff, T.

    A kind of Ethnography about the Virtual world of Second Life. Some of you probably know that world better than I, because I'm not a 30 something? And don't do Matrix Realities? But they are interesting, as are their PARTICIPANTS!

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    Interesting collection so far...

    You Civil War buffs owe yourselves some time with Shelby Foote's Trilogy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tour2ma View Post
    Interesting collection so far...

    You Civil War buffs owe yourselves some time with Shelby Foote's Trilogy.
    A fine set and he, Shelby Foote, was interviewed extensively for The PBS/Ken Burns documentary "The Civil War"

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    When I have time to truly read: The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David G. McCullough

    On the train: Reinventing Gravity: A Physicist Goes Beyond Einstein by John W. Moffat

    For fun: The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss
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    Programming in Python, and some papers on object oriented programming with XOTCL.

    But it does pay the bills, and support the audio habit.

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    Hello Tour,
    Yes, I agree Foote's Civil War volumes are a must, also his fiction writing is very good.
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    I'll be starting "Moscow Rules" by Daniel Silva tonight.
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    "Infinite Dreams" The First Collection Of Short Stories by Joe Haldeman (science fiction)
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    Quote Originally Posted by shack View Post
    "Infinite Dreams" The First Collection Of Short Stories by Joe Haldeman (science fiction)
    I like Haldeman.. he's the author of the Forever War series right? great books..
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    Quote Originally Posted by punk-roc
    I like Haldeman.. he's the author of the Forever War series right?
    Yes...he is.
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    A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
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    I've been reading most of the books put out by James Redfield.

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    And then... The Celestine Prophecy..An Experiential Guide


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic_American View Post
    A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
    An interesting read. This was required reading for a course I took in college but never read it (still got an A ). I found it sitting in a box of text books and decided to finally give it chance. Very good, although with a heavier bias than i'd like, But still good.
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    Right now I'm reading Decision Points.....now, up front, I'm a fan of George W. Bush and I take him at face value when he says what he says...but, I think I would have sprung for a ghost writer. Talk about pretty dry reading....whew.

    Also read Afghanistan: A Military History from Alex. the Great to the War Against the Taliban by Stephen Tanner. Interesting read.

    I also read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett a few days before Christmas. Liked it, not one of his best. Could have been about 500 pages shorter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newrival View Post
    An interesting read. This was required reading for a course I took in college but never read it (still got an A ). I found it sitting in a box of text books and decided to finally give it chance. Very good, although with a heavier bias than i'd like, But still good.
    You're right, it is biased - but like Zinn says it is a specific telling of history that has been left out of text books, the story from the point of view of the Native Americans, slaves, immigrants, women and working class peoples. It definitely makes you reconsider the history you were taught in school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeparaski View Post
    I've been reading most of the books put out by James Redfield.

    The Celestine Prophecy
    The Tenth Insight
    The Secret of the Shambhala

    I'm currently on.... The Celestine Vision
    And then... The Celestine Prophecy..An Experiential Guide


    I wish I had more time to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic_American View Post
    You're right, it is biased - but like Zinn says it is a specific telling of history that has been left out of text books, the story from the point of view of the Native Americans, slaves, immigrants, women and working class peoples. It definitely makes you reconsider the history you were taught in school.
    Yeah, I really liked the perspective, as well as the the overall themes. I just felt it was a tad heavy-handed. For most of the text it was a compelling read. There were a few moments, however, where it just seemed like he had an axe to grind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DAGLJAM6 View Post
    A fine set and he, Shelby Foote, was interviewed extensively for The PBS/Ken Burns documentary "The Civil War"
    Yes... and it took almost half of Volume 1 to get his slo-o-ow, southern country gentleman drawl out of my head so I could pick up the pace... 20 years of the man's life went into this work... RIP Mr. Foote...

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    LOL…. Finally, a practical listing… I look forward to your review…
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    Decision Points by George W. Bush


    It's more interesting and compelling than most people think or would give him credit for.
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