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« Reply #1525 on: November 25, 2016, 01:16:56 pm »

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Interesting piece of sexuality in the Arab world.

Useless without hands-on experience.

Given that one old Arabic text, discussed in the book, recommended a method involving a warm pitch, a parchment and your own little Anthony I think some experiences are better to avoid.
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« Reply #1526 on: January 02, 2017, 05:43:55 pm »

I just started reading Elizabeth Warren's memoir "A Fighting Chance."  Pretty par for the course so far, but I'm definitely enjoying it.
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« Reply #1527 on: January 04, 2017, 10:31:55 pm »
« Edited: January 04, 2017, 10:33:38 pm by Small L »

I just finished Silence by Shūsaku Endō in preparation for watching the film. It was very good and I highly recommend it. Didn't take more than a day or so to read.

Now I'm trying to get through something by Maritain that has befuddled me for a while.
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« Reply #1528 on: January 06, 2017, 12:20:34 pm »
« Edited: January 06, 2017, 12:49:55 pm by Winds for the spices and stars for the gold »

J. RAMSAY MACDONALD: LABOR'S* MAN OF DESTINY.

Publication date MCMXXIX.

*(sic)
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« Reply #1529 on: January 06, 2017, 12:28:05 pm »

Adios al Septimo de Linea, a classic (and rather long) Chilean war novel regarding the War of the Pacific.
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« Reply #1530 on: January 06, 2017, 01:56:41 pm »

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« Reply #1531 on: January 06, 2017, 04:19:34 pm »

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« Reply #1532 on: February 01, 2017, 02:52:27 am »

The 4th Volume of Robert Caro's Lyndon Johnson series.

I also checked out a biography of Lady Bird, and one on The Obama's.

I recently browsed one about Hoover...that'll be next on the list.
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« Reply #1533 on: February 01, 2017, 04:27:31 am »

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.
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« Reply #1534 on: February 13, 2017, 02:46:17 am »

Now that I've finished Caro's 4th LBJ Volume.


Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage
by Christopher Andersen.
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« Reply #1535 on: February 17, 2017, 02:27:08 am »

Now I'm onto Michael Gillette's Compilation of Oral Interviews recorded called, well.... Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History
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« Reply #1536 on: February 19, 2017, 02:28:11 pm »

Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity.

I'm trying to do a general survey of World War II literature in preparation for a massive World War II-focused writing project of my own and this is supposed to be one of the better recent English-language novels about the war (despite being YA). It seemed much more accessible than Herman Wouk or Sword of Honor or Every Man Dies Alone, and I don't have access to either of my copies of Twenty-four Eyes right now.

Just finished a reread of Lord of the Rings.
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« Reply #1537 on: March 01, 2017, 06:16:39 pm »

Halberstam's (yuge fan of his) The Powers That Be.
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« Reply #1538 on: March 01, 2017, 09:18:37 pm »

Christ of the Indian Road, by E. Stanley Jones

A great work from a missionary in India nearly a century ago.
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« Reply #1539 on: March 01, 2017, 09:48:35 pm »

The Beginning of Heaven and Earth, the Kakure Kirishitan Bible.
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« Reply #1540 on: March 01, 2017, 11:40:02 pm »

Slowly making my way through John Glenn: A Memoir.
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« Reply #1541 on: March 02, 2017, 02:05:26 pm »

Arguably, by Christoper Hitchens.

Which is a set of his essays throughout his life; some of them are very good such as the one on JFK, but some are god awful. As the review said if you take 30 years of someone's public writing you'll see them at their best and worst.

I picked up Fatherland for free today, from a stall handing out books at uni and am looking forward to reading fiction for once
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« Reply #1542 on: March 02, 2017, 06:04:58 pm »

Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders. A great glimpse at what might have been.
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« Reply #1543 on: March 03, 2017, 03:23:54 am »

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. An interesting look at clinical psychology, and how subjective the notion of "reality" can sometimes be.
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« Reply #1544 on: March 04, 2017, 06:18:18 pm »

My biases, professors' backgrounds, and school library have somehow led me into some materialist trap. I'm rereading "States & Social Revolutions" (which I only read a part of over the summer) for my senior seminar in a project where I plan to compare it to "Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy", and my mind keeps trying to draw lines between their observations and those of Marvin Harris.
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« Reply #1545 on: March 07, 2017, 07:43:33 pm »

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.

I love that book.
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« Reply #1546 on: March 22, 2017, 12:56:34 pm »

I'm reading the Neapolitan books by Elena Ferrante.
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« Reply #1547 on: March 22, 2017, 01:39:12 pm »

Finishing:

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« Reply #1548 on: March 22, 2017, 05:10:51 pm »

Another one of Robert Caro's LNJ books, Vol. 2 methinks.
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« Reply #1549 on: March 27, 2017, 04:00:57 pm »

Just finished Antony Beevor's Ardennes 1944.

It is basically a sequel to D-Day by the same author, giving an overview of the operations on the western front between August and December 1944 (Antwerp/Scheldt, Market Garden, Battle of Huertgenwald), but of course focusing on the events in the Ardennes from December 16th to 25th, with one chapter for each day.

As it turns out, the battle, Hitler's last big attack, was one hell of a quagmire. Both sides fought very grimly in bad weather conditions. Also there was a lot of bickering going on in the Allied headquarters, especially between Montgomery and Bradley.

Beevor has gone deeply into the archives to present the whole picture but at some point the reader might feel overwhelmed.
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