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« Reply #1300 on: May 15, 2015, 06:58:55 pm »

Currently reading through the works of former Stanford Professor Antony C. Sutton, often maligned as a "conspiracy theorist", if he's mentioned at all. He was kicked out of the Hoover Institution for exposing how the USSR and Nazi Germany were actually funded and supported by the U.S. government, as well as by financial and corporate interests from the beginning. His assertions are pretty crazy but he backs up his claims and is pretty convincing. Very eye-opening stuff.

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« Reply #1301 on: May 15, 2015, 10:00:42 pm »

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography by Charles Moore.
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« Reply #1302 on: May 16, 2015, 09:57:41 am »

1. The Giver
2. Dog Whistle Politics
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« Reply #1303 on: May 16, 2015, 07:29:58 pm »

East and West, by Chris Patten. Patten's term as Governor of Hong Kong is rather fascinating (specially considering the reaction of the Chinese government to some of his actions), and his analysis of China and the Asian Tigers is interesting as well.
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« Reply #1304 on: May 20, 2015, 10:05:28 am »

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« Reply #1305 on: May 22, 2015, 06:25:56 am »

Started and finished In Defense of October by Leon Trotsky yesterday, and then started this last night:

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« Reply #1306 on: May 22, 2015, 08:51:36 am »

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« Reply #1307 on: May 22, 2015, 09:22:48 am »

Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72-Hunter S. Thompson
The Speech-Bernie Sanders
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« Reply #1308 on: May 22, 2015, 11:15:48 am »

Amongst other things, I recently finished Lila. Marilynne Robinson can really write, can't she? A remarkable work that everyone should read.
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« Reply #1309 on: May 22, 2015, 11:20:52 am »

Most recently read Happy Birthday, Wanda June a play by Vonnegut. Pretty fun read.

On a bit of a reading break right now sadly. Sad
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« Reply #1310 on: May 22, 2015, 05:25:43 pm »

Triumph and Demise: The Broken Promise of a Labor Generation by Paul Kelly.
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« Reply #1311 on: May 27, 2015, 03:23:21 pm »

Just picked up The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon. Would like to expand my horizons within the realm of Marxist-inspired thought.
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« Reply #1312 on: May 27, 2015, 03:45:55 pm »

Finished Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder by Lenin the other day, and now I'm reading A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner.
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« Reply #1313 on: May 29, 2015, 12:20:43 am »

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In retrospect, reading the first two in quick succession was a good idea, given that they dealt with similar subjects and characters, but set in two different locations (Judea v. Rome). Of course the third book was by far the most depressing.
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« Reply #1314 on: May 29, 2015, 03:45:49 am »

Amongst other things, I recently finished Lila. Marilynne Robinson can really write, can't she? A remarkable work that everyone should read.
Fantastic novel.
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« Reply #1315 on: May 31, 2015, 01:01:31 pm »

Took a break from nonfiction to read Fight Club the other day. Now firmly back in the nonfiction genre with The Revolution Betrayed by Trotsky.
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« Reply #1316 on: June 01, 2015, 03:08:48 pm »

A Renegade History of the United States by Thaddeus Russel
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« Reply #1317 on: June 07, 2015, 09:22:01 am »

I finished The Wind from Vulture Peak and then read The River Ki by Ariyoshi Sawako. The River Ki is a stranger novel than it looks at first glance; if The Makioka Sisters is a woman-oriented Japanese Seinfeld, then The River Ki is surely a Japanese Gilmore Girls (with eerily similar family politics, the only real difference--admittedly a major one--being that everybody involved has their children in wedlock), crossed with a feminist reworking of the premise of Buddenbrooks. The writing style is lucid but there were some sentences that I had to read several times to understand purely by dint of the fact that I was mostly reading it in bed very late at night.

I'm currently reading Yoshimoto Banana's Kitchen, and I'm next going to start two well-known (and dense) series of books, one fiction and one nonfiction: The Sea of Fertility and Jan Morris's Pax Britannica trilogy. I'm not expecting to like Pax Britannica's politics, and I know for a fact that I'll dislike The Sea of Fertility's, but I'm perversely drawn to Mishima's body of work much as a rubbernecker is to the oddly beautiful flames of a bad car crash, and I've resolved to read more Morris partially since I find her writing style endlessly entertaining and partially because she was one of the first openly transgender public figures.
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« Reply #1318 on: June 07, 2015, 11:33:13 am »

I'm on page 200 of this tome-it's really interesting just a pain to read around exams

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« Reply #1319 on: June 07, 2015, 01:24:10 pm »

America in Our Time
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« Reply #1320 on: June 07, 2015, 07:22:47 pm »
« Edited: June 07, 2015, 07:33:04 pm by MalaspinaGold »

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The first three I read as a mix of leisure and as background for a paper I was writing. Reds or Rackets? (on the split between the corrupt East Coast and radical West Coast longshoremen) is excellently written, and, more importantly, gives a convincing answer. Highly recommended.
The Ethnic Factor was pretty good, with a lot of details and figures, but was ultimately a little forgettable. Emerging Democratic Majority was a borderline DLC  hackjob. Making's of Modern Zionism is also a must-read.
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« Reply #1321 on: June 08, 2015, 03:46:31 am »

The Emerging Democratic Majority is seen as predicting the Obama Coalition a decade before it formed. It's an important work and not at all a "DLC" hackjob.
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« Reply #1322 on: June 09, 2015, 11:45:16 pm »

Well, among other things, they argued that West Virginia would lean Democratic, and that Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas would be Lean GOP/competitive. On the other hand, these predictions just ended up being incorrect; what they argue that is harder for me to swallow is the that the Emerging Democratic Majority is almost entirely the work of the DLC and Clinton.
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« Reply #1323 on: June 12, 2015, 01:43:31 am »

a good read for anyone on the Left: Class, Culture and Conflict in Barcelona, 1898-1937

https://www.academia.edu/7379675/Class_Culture_and_Conflict_in_Barcelona_1898-1937_London_Routledge_2005
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« Reply #1324 on: June 12, 2015, 03:43:19 pm »

Well, since I finished university for the year I've had a lot of spare time for reading so I've already finished 4 books:

The Fall of the House of Dixie by Bruce Levine - This was a very interesting look at the collapse of slavery in the south. Especially depressing was the point that even comparatively benign slave owners were still utterly brutal, and correspondingly amusing, was the shocked revelation to them that even (and often especially) their favoured slaves were the first to run off. Also entertaining was the hypocrisy of the planter elite when it came to actually fighting the war they started, not so much not fighting in the army as refusing to use their money and slaves for the war effort.

Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves - A very interesting memoir of the years around and including the first world war. I gathered after reading it that some of the facts were somewhat dodgy but even so. Mainly it further emphasised to me that public schools are utterly bizarre and the first world war was both horrific and incredibly bloody, the amount of characters in the book who died was pretty shocking.

The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - A brilliant satire on Stalinism, among other things. In parts very funny and very moving. I especially enjoyed the seance and (if enjoyed is the right word) the interrogation dream, but probably liked the pontius pilate's the most.

The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J Evans - A very capable and well done history of how the nazis came to power and their very early days in control. Obviously given the subject matter it's pretty depressing, especially knowing what came next, but it's especially interesting just how quickly every potential opponent of the nazis gave up (making the rare counter examples given like Otto Wels in his speech on the enabling act)  all the more inspiring. Obviously those of us who live in easier times can't make a sweeping judgement of people who didn't speak out, knowing the consequences, but it does seem that Bulgakov was right that cowardice is the most terrible of all vices.
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