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« Reply #700 on: March 11, 2013, 07:14:36 pm »

Started Six Days of War. I picked it up for fifty cents at the local Catholic Churches annual fair/rummage sale. My friends grandpa sold it to me, and said it was a good read.
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« Reply #701 on: March 12, 2013, 03:00:40 pm »

Die Interkulturalitätsdebatte: Leit-und-Streitbegriffe edited by Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach et. al.  I agreed to review this collection of German and English essays for a friend last year, but, now than I'm reading it, am finding it the most mind-numbingly boring book in the history of the universe.  A phone book would make for far superior reading.
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"Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined."  Frederick Douglass
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« Reply #702 on: March 12, 2013, 03:06:41 pm »

Two days ago I finished No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight by Tom Delay

One of the biggest bunch of lies and CYA I have ever seen compiled into 180 pages.
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"A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people." - Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, emphasis mine.
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« Reply #703 on: March 18, 2013, 05:37:21 pm »

Having finished "Return of the King", I've moved onto another great trilogy, "The Divine Comedy" starting with "The Inferno". "The Purgatorio" is located in my room, though I haven't seen "The Paridisio" for a good number of years...
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« Reply #704 on: March 18, 2013, 07:25:08 pm »

About two days ago I finished a book called "The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History" by Jason Vuic.
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« Reply #705 on: March 18, 2013, 07:30:58 pm »

(Re)reading Arthur Schopenhauer's 1836 essay On the Will in Nature,, as I'm teaching it over the next two weeks in a graduate seminar.
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« Reply #706 on: March 19, 2013, 12:12:18 am »

As Strong as the Mountains: A Kurdish cultural journey by Robert L. Brenneman. Good start.
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« Reply #707 on: March 22, 2013, 11:48:47 pm »

Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition, 1742-2004 by Tracy Campbell. I like how it pinpoints the errors of both the vote buyer and the vote seller. It also goes into the funny corrupt history of the Gateway Arch. I advise all libertarians to read this work.
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« Reply #708 on: March 23, 2013, 06:29:53 am »

Suzy Zeus Gets Organized

Very, very funny and rather touching.
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« Reply #709 on: March 23, 2013, 03:22:53 pm »

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Burger King was doing some kind of promotion in its Watertown huts and the marquee in their several parking lots proclaimed — I swear to God — “Ask us about our Angry Burger.”  WTF? Is the rage of lumpen America so repressed now that it can only be expressed in menu items that turn people into hulking four-hundred-pound monsters?
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« Reply #710 on: March 23, 2013, 06:33:26 pm »

Red Alert by Peter Bryant. A magnificent and chilling novel, but having seen Dr. Strangelove before gives me some troubles to take the novel seriously... (I keep thinking of the insane General Jack Ripper instead of the disturbed General Quinten)
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« Reply #711 on: March 23, 2013, 06:48:09 pm »

Finished "The Inferno". Hoping to get through at least "The Purgatorio" before Easter, given the holiday around which the entire Comedy happens...
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« Reply #712 on: March 23, 2013, 06:49:30 pm »

The Fountainhead
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« Reply #713 on: March 23, 2013, 06:59:29 pm »

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« Reply #714 on: March 24, 2013, 07:50:37 am »

So, after Dead Souls I read Dead-Eye Dick by Vonnegut. It was a funny little book. Then I read The Road which I absolutely loved. It really shook me and moved me to tears at times. I think I read something else but cannot for the life of me recall what right now. Tongue

Then there has been a stretch of limited time for reading for me, but I've been trying to get through Midnight's Children. Hope to finish it on my flight today. So far it's weaker than the other two Rushdies I've read. 
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« Reply #715 on: March 24, 2013, 01:16:08 pm »

No time for books - I just reread Saki's "On Approval"

I love short stories, usually the shorter the better.  Feels like taking a pill.
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« Reply #716 on: March 25, 2013, 04:28:53 pm »

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What are you surprised at? Surely an Arkansas republican can't be expected to spend his days with much different fare.
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« Reply #717 on: March 25, 2013, 04:31:14 pm »

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What are you surprised at? Surely an Arkansas republican can't be expected to spend his days with much different fare.
I take insult to that, just because I am a republican from arkansas does not mean I just read conservative books. 
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« Reply #718 on: March 25, 2013, 05:12:49 pm »

Still, you'll agree it's hardly a surprising book to read for anyone with that specific profile.
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« Reply #719 on: March 25, 2013, 05:53:26 pm »

I was registering yawning contempt rather than surprise.
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« Reply #720 on: March 25, 2013, 06:15:18 pm »

My Aunt gave me her copy of the Oddessa File.
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« Reply #721 on: March 25, 2013, 06:47:38 pm »

Still, you'll agree it's hardly a surprising book to read for anyone with that specific profile.
I'll give you that, but i am not like that
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« Reply #722 on: March 25, 2013, 09:56:16 pm »

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
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« Reply #723 on: March 25, 2013, 09:59:48 pm »

Just finished up Sam Pizzigati's excellent The Rich Don't Always Win. Highly recommend it. It's like Zinn's People's History but less boring and more for a general audience. A lot of surprising stuff in it, too. I was kind of surprised to learn that FDR actually proposed capping income during WWII, taking another page from Huey Long's book. And that progressives were so successful during the Great Depression and World War II.

And now I'm about halfway through Josh Freeman's American Empire, which is good, but not as good as the book I just finished. It covers 1945 to 2000 and the changes in American society within and abroad. I just hit the Nixon administration, so I've got a ways to go. It's mind-blowing how much society was democratized by the New Deal, the Great Society, and the Civil Rights Revolution. Simply mind-blowing, and kind of awesome. Gives me hope for the future of the progressive movement in this country, while also providing a cautionary tale on how not to let things get too out of hand and allow reaction to creep in.

After that, I've got a lot of things I'm probably going to try and read in the next few weeks. The Noir Forties just came in the mail and my girlfriend lent me Bob Dylan's autobiography, which I kind of want to read before we see him in concert next month. Oh, and I finally got around to buying Grapes of Wrath, Main Street, and Babbitt. No idea where to begin there. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #724 on: March 27, 2013, 08:39:50 am »

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