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    When Money Dies - Adam Fergusson

    The nightmare of deficit spending, devaluation, and hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

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    Black List - Brad Thor

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    Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. Pretty epic. I am currently in the middle of Wizard and Glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizelbs View Post
    When Money Dies - Adam Fergusson

    The nightmare of deficit spending, devaluation, and hyperinflation in Weimar Germany
    Just ordered that book on amazon.

    What are your thoughts?
    PS: I'm still kinda new in the hobby, but my wallet has been around the block a couple of times.

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    I've been into the freebies from amazon lately for my kindle. Currently in the middle of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

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    Just finished World War Z by Max Brooks. Amazing book and despite it's zombie theme, or because of it, it's full of humanity. Much better than I expected.

    Next up, back to an old favorite, Shogun by James Clavell.
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    Finished No Easy Day (audiobook) a couple weeks ago. Loved it.

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    Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson... hadn't read a fantasy-book in years, but a friend and I have basically the same b-day and have a long-standing tradition of giving one another the best book we read in the previous year... this year, I got Mistborn and was really surprised how much better it is than most fantasy I've ever read -- far more grounded, human and well constructed than most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo18 View Post
    Just finished World War Z by Max Brooks. Amazing book and despite it's zombie theme, or because of it, it's full of humanity. Much better than I expected.
    Agreed. It's the first (and only) Zombie book I've read, and the humanity in the book comes across as plausible, and the scenario at least makes an attempt to be vaguely scientific, which I appreciate. Recommended even to -- especially to -- people who aren't fans of the genre.
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    Here boys, read something that will bend your mind a little, and make you laugh, perhaps?

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    Where the Right Went Wrong by Patrick J. Buchanan

    Pretty fascinating book about how the conservative right has been taken over by the radical right.
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    The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

    Without Conscience: The Disturbing World Of The Psychopaths Among Us by Robert Hare

    We all know some one that is like this, but most people would not recognize the warning signs. A must read for all.

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    Labeling people as sociopaths and/or psychopaths is ONE way of marginalizing them and making them seem so much UNLIKE us that we don't have to THINK about what produces such beings? What kind of society might be responsible for such "gems". Since we do NOT find such beings in ALL societies.

    It is a way of psychologizing problems that may be more "structural" and "systemic" rather than "individual" alone. It makes "us" feel comfortable that "we" are NOT like that?

    But even the really great Psychologists warned us not to do this because "neurosis" is common to ALL and it does not take much to cross the line to a full blown psychosis given how much support we give certain people in our "perfect" society. lol

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    Very true CNH, agree completely. There exists a fine line however. There are those who throw around labels, such as, racist, fat, poor, gay, religous, and alot more.....doesn't necessarily mean they aren't true. It's that these days it seems the width of what encompasses these labels, and those who toss them around, has taken on a whole new territory. It appears your thoughts on it have become the mainstream more so than not. We've turned ourselves into one big label maker.

    As far as books go....Life of PI. Now I can go see the flick.
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    Since we do NOT find such beings in ALL societies.
    We find these people in all societies. They are completely unlike us. Until you have been crushed by one of these people or won't even take the time to at least to read about who they are maybe you should keep ignorant statements like this to your self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim 249 View Post
    We find these people in all societies. They are completely unlike us. Until you have been crushed by one of these people or won't even take the time to at least to read about who they are maybe you should keep ignorant statements like this to your self.
    Not really intended to light a fire. And as for "ignorant", I have degrees in Psych., Sociology and Anthropology. Terminal degrees in the last. I think "I" ought to know what I am talking about, I'm afraid. As an Anthropologist, I can assure you that I know of societies where such beings either do not exist or are reformed by the culture that they live in in such a way that they are not the problem they present in large impersonal STATE societies such as our own!

    And, of course, how could I be offended by someone calling me names? Jeees! Why are some of you guys so "defensive"? Chill out. Even those of us with Ph.D.s rip each other's asses out at conferences and still manage to have a beer together after those sessions?

    Please be aware that even within the field of Psychology there is a HUGE nature vs. nurture debate. I am merely drawing your attention to the fact that there is not a 100 percent agreement about what you are reading by experts in the field! The scientific discourse and debate is ongoing. I'm sure you've read Freud, Jung, Adler, Rank, Sullivan, Reich, Fromm, Skinner, Perls, Rogers, May, and many many others (Personality Theory, etc.)

    Reading is a great thing, part of my daily work, you see. And all those thousands of tomes in my office. Ah, so much to read, one lifetime is really not ENOUGH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim 249
    We find these people in all societies. They are completely unlike us. Until you have been crushed by one of these people or won't even take the time to at least to read about who they are maybe you should keep ignorant statements like this to your self.
    Whoops...contrary to your assumption...it appears that cnh is a "man of letters" as pertains to the subject.
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    Whoops...contrary to your assumption
    After reading Robert D Hares book, I will leave this statement as is.

    CNH; As I am sure you know Mr Hare has written the "bible on psychopathy". If you have read the book, could you please comment on it? The many examples all seem to share the same basic warning signs, which I have experienced in life from a few people. He also warns not to judge people as psychopaths with out a professional opinion, but I am smart enough to certainly not to take chance when I see the warning signs.

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    I'll take common sense over book smarts and letters all day long.

    I'm reading "Unbroken".

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Grand View Post
    I'll take common sense over book smarts and letters all day long.
    It's best if you have both.
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    [QUOTE=George Grand;1867874]I'll take common sense over book smarts and letters all day long.QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by shack View Post
    It's best if you have both.
    Not too many bests dropping in lately though. Just the one or the others.

    Happy New Year Shack Daddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizelbs View Post
    When Money Dies - Adam Fergusson

    The nightmare of deficit spending, devaluation, and hyperinflation in Weimar Germany
    Coming soon to a country near you.
    My humble setup...

    ...is no more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Grand
    Happy New Year Shack Daddy.
    And a Happy New Year to you George!
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    the other sides of midnight by Sidney Sheldon
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    Quote Originally Posted by bansheesho View Post
    Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. Pretty epic. I am currently in the middle of Wizard and Glass.
    Oh, I've been there! Message me the first words out of your mouth when you finish the series. I want to know if your reaction was like mine.

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    Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas.

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    I became aware of this writer because she is married to one of the most noted landscape and nature photographers in the world, David Meunch. She penned an essay in one of my favorite books by him. I enjoyed her writing and looked for a book by her. She is an accomplished nature and outdoor writer and so far I have enjoyed her book.

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    A Tale of Two Cities written by Charls Dikens.

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