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« Reply #1425 on: May 08, 2016, 05:58:54 am »

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Read that ages ago. Thoughts?

I liked the concept (both scientific, that is a total transformation of a man, and political, that is everything depending on just putting a man on Mars). I was a bit disappointed that the protagonist simply decided to remain there, which was much more than was expected of him.
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« Reply #1426 on: May 08, 2016, 11:49:41 am »

I'm about to finish the Audacity of Hope and then plan to start Atlas Shrugged, which will take a while.
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« Reply #1427 on: May 08, 2016, 03:17:59 pm »

I'm about to finish the Audacity of Hope

It's rather bland.
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« Reply #1428 on: May 08, 2016, 09:53:50 pm »

"Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001" by Milo Jones & Philippe Silberzahn and "The Cold War: A New History" by John Lewis Gaddis. Both are for a graduate class in the fall for the school's M.S. in Intelligence Analysis program titled "The Roots of 21st Century Conflict". Had to get it as a directed study since it's scheduled the same time as "Introduction to Digital Forensics". Tongue

Finished. Library better be effing open tomorrow. I have a textbook or two borrowed, but I'd rather keep with "actual reading" until I need to switch it up. Two possibilities are books I rented out over Christmas break but never finished--"The Third Wave" by Samuel Huntington, and "Lineages of the Absolutist State" by Perry Anderson. Probably gonna go there after work.
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« Reply #1429 on: May 10, 2016, 04:49:13 am »

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« Reply #1430 on: May 10, 2016, 01:38:17 pm »

The Kingdom of the Wind by Itsuki Hiroyuki. It has the [insert negative but not outright insulting adjective here: Sententious, overdone, faintly turgid] prose characteristic both of modern Japanese literary fiction and of Meredith McKinney's translation style, and the main characters aren't especially appealing, but I love the concept and the descriptions of places and history.
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« Reply #1431 on: May 15, 2016, 06:40:55 pm »

Re-reading "Fahrenheit 451".
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« Reply #1432 on: May 19, 2016, 12:44:05 pm »

Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank.
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« Reply #1433 on: May 19, 2016, 03:18:53 pm »

Just finished Reason and Saving Capitalism both by Robert Reich, I plan on reading A Lesson Before Dying and then also a couple Friedman books soon.
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« Reply #1434 on: May 19, 2016, 05:04:09 pm »
« Edited: May 19, 2016, 05:10:07 pm by Ted Bessell, Bass God of the West »

Not sure if this counts as a book, but I'm on Act IV of Romeo and Juliet. Very nice play.
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« Reply #1435 on: May 22, 2016, 04:24:35 pm »

Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank.

Am unsure about starting this, is it any good? I've almost finished What's Wrong with Kansas, and for a
book widely talked about as being revolutionary within political circles I've found it very underwhelming.

This is my current post exam treat- I'm trying to furnish my British Politics berfore 1997 (My US political History for the 20th century is much better than my british)

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« Reply #1436 on: May 25, 2016, 01:57:31 am »

Rereading Brideshead Revisited. It holds up to an extent.
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« Reply #1437 on: May 25, 2016, 05:04:05 am »

A collection of Jaroslav Hasek's articles.
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« Reply #1438 on: June 10, 2016, 02:18:34 pm »

Finished Nomination by Alexander Bek.

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« Reply #1439 on: June 10, 2016, 08:05:04 pm »

Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank.

Am unsure about starting this, is it any good? I've almost finished What's Wrong with Kansas, and for a
book widely talked about as being revolutionary within political circles I've found it very underwhelming.

I read about 1/2 of Listen, Liberal in the bookstore and I thought it was a pretty good analysis of how much the Democratic Party changed with Clinton and the DLC, but it wasn't anything to write home about.
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« Reply #1440 on: June 10, 2016, 10:35:40 pm »

Bob Gates' book, A Passion for Leadership. Good stuff.
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« Reply #1441 on: June 11, 2016, 02:12:05 pm »

Currently reading Dave Leip's US Election Atlas Shrugged.
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« Reply #1442 on: June 11, 2016, 05:32:43 pm »

A combination collection from my school's library, my professor, and from myself was drawn together to begin work on what I hope may be my honors thesis:
"The Third Wave" by Samuel Huntington
"Social Origins of Dictatorship & Democracy" by Barrington Moore, Jr.
"The War of the World" by Niall Ferguson
"History of Russia" by Walter Kirchner (very out of date, 1970's, selected form among Russian histories a few weeks ago for quasi-related reading; had the coolest-looking cover and looked the shortest)
"The Cold War" by John Lewis Gaddis
"The Russian Revolution" by Robert Foldston (typo in the book's publication--should read "Goldston")

Not all of these are being used as I've begun writing my hackneyed and dogsh#t quality introduction that I plan on showing to my academic adviser on Monday. Some were taken out as a "just in case", and others I already had. This is just the group that I took "back home" to Davisburg for the weekend to get a writing start.
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« Reply #1443 on: June 12, 2016, 07:28:51 am »

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« Reply #1444 on: June 12, 2016, 10:49:16 am »

Right now Less Than One,  a fascinating collection of essays by Joseph Brodsky

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/oct/11/less-than-one-joseph-brodsky-review
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« Reply #1445 on: June 15, 2016, 01:15:30 pm »

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« Reply #1446 on: June 18, 2016, 11:14:01 am »

Most Wanted Particle, which is about the search for the Higgs boson, by Jon Butterworth.

I've taken to reading about astrophysics, physics and evolutionary biology this summer again.  Astronomy was my first love as a kid.  Actually, I probably would find being a scientist more intellectually satisfying than being a philosopher.  Until college though, my math skills were very poor.  Plus, what happens when half-blind high school kids try to do biology experiments usually doesn't work out.
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« Reply #1447 on: June 18, 2016, 02:21:26 pm »

Reading Perlstein's Before The Storm once again. Awesome, of course. Can't wait for what wil apparently be the final book in the series, whenever it comes out.
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« Reply #1448 on: June 19, 2016, 01:32:55 pm »

Bought an Italian copy of my favorite book, 1984, and an Italian-English dictionary. Learn the language or die (of boredom) trying, I suppose
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« Reply #1449 on: June 19, 2016, 04:54:39 pm »
« Edited: June 19, 2016, 04:56:11 pm by Stalinslav Dubienkin »

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(Eleanor of Aquitaine, to be precise)
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