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« Reply #600 on: October 02, 2012, 10:29:31 am »

in an attempt to simultaneously display the best and worst of tastes, I'm approaching 50% done with War & Peace (P/V translation) and poking around a pdf of Fifty Shades of Grey.

gave up on 50 Shades after 3 chapters, up to the 1812 war in W&P, and re-starting my January-downloaded pdf of Age of Revolution in honour of the late Eric Hobsbawm.
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« Reply #601 on: October 02, 2012, 10:33:47 pm »

I'm absolutely immersed in the book Team of Rivals right now. One of the most fascinating historical books I've ever read. There's great insight into not only the personality and thought process of Lincoln, but also Seward, Chase, Bates, Stanton, Welles and Blair. One thing I actually wasn't aware of... Edwin Stanton suffered severe vertigo and a fear of heights just like me.
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« Reply #602 on: October 02, 2012, 10:48:10 pm »

Can anyone recommend any good books on modern Latin American history? The Venezuelan election has piqued my interest and it's one of the areas of the world I never really learned a great deal about in school.
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« Reply #603 on: October 03, 2012, 12:43:49 pm »

Can anyone recommend any good books on modern Latin American history? The Venezuelan election has piqued my interest and it's one of the areas of the world I never really learned a great deal about in school.

as for Venezuela itself, a Marxist-Leninist professor buddy of mine recommends the following.

Greg Wilpert, Changing Venezuela by Taking Power, Verso, 2007.
Steve Ellner, Rethinking Venezuelan Politics, 2008.
Michael Lebowitz, Build it Now.
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« Reply #604 on: October 08, 2012, 10:42:30 pm »

Give me reccomendations, I have a week long break and want to indulge my brain with leisurely reads. History (specifically latin american) , philosophy, econ or literature is welcomed
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« Reply #605 on: October 08, 2012, 10:51:24 pm »

well you can take a look at the post above you for some Chavez stuff.
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« Reply #606 on: October 08, 2012, 11:14:23 pm »

well you can take a look at the post above you for some Chavez stuff.

I want to read up on Mexico though. Have you read any good books on my motherland?
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« Reply #607 on: October 09, 2012, 02:48:58 am »

way too many. i'm pouring through choice and coercion, sexual reckonings, and a bunch of other books related to a research project on eugenics. on the non assigned end of things i'm finally reading the great divergence. somewhat embarrassing given how frequently this thing is name dropped these days but i had a lot of other things on my plate.
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« Reply #608 on: October 09, 2012, 04:06:25 am »

Books? This is some other obscure internet term for "Journal articles", correct?
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« Reply #609 on: October 12, 2012, 11:37:22 am »

an abridged version of Leon Trotsky - History of the Russian Revolution that I've been meaning to read for some time.  he's so much the better writer vs. Stalin that it hurts.  no wonder Stalin was a bit jealous.
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« Reply #610 on: October 12, 2012, 12:14:12 pm »

River of Darkness, Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon, by Buddy Levy
good reading about the Spanish Expedition to Find El Dorado I liked it alot
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« Reply #611 on: October 13, 2012, 05:07:53 am »

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
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« Reply #612 on: October 15, 2012, 06:06:22 pm »

The Course of Mexican History

A very light read that hasn't taught me much, this is the time for you wise college graduates to pass your knowledge onto me via reccomendations.
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« Reply #613 on: October 15, 2012, 07:54:20 pm »

Watergate: A Novel by Thomas Mallon. Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre and Mallon, a master of the art of historical fiction, does not fail to deliver a wonderful, thought provoking literary work.
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« Reply #614 on: November 13, 2012, 06:17:06 pm »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oedipus_the_King

Not really a novel, but whatever.
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« Reply #615 on: November 14, 2012, 03:04:01 pm »

Going over Tale of the Heike again. I'd also really like to read A Tale of Flowering Fortunes some time soon if I can.
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« Reply #616 on: November 14, 2012, 03:32:38 pm »

A Good Fall, a collection of fictional short stories about the Chinese immigrant experience in Flushing, New York.  Actually read it before, but have assigned it for a class so I'm going back through it.

I'm also finishing writing my own book, my second.  About 20 more pages or so and it will be done.  Smiley
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« Reply #617 on: November 16, 2012, 07:00:10 pm »

Quite a bit of Thomas Bernhard. (Frost, Old Masters, Wittgenstein's Nephew)
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« Reply #618 on: November 16, 2012, 07:52:40 pm »

An English translation of Mother Courage.
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« Reply #619 on: November 16, 2012, 09:58:34 pm »

I am reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail of '72, by Hunter Thompson, and Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead." I have not gotten farther than 30 pages into the Fountainhead, but I am loving Fear and Loathing.
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« Reply #620 on: November 17, 2012, 10:28:56 am »

nicolas nickleby - charles dickens
the wind-up bird chronicle - haruki murakami
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« Reply #621 on: November 17, 2012, 02:09:56 pm »

John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger. This has been a fair treatment of a fairly eccentric historic character. 
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« Reply #622 on: November 19, 2012, 09:19:07 pm »

David Brinkley's autobiography.  There's a lot of interesting stuff in it.
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« Reply #623 on: November 20, 2012, 06:21:58 am »

Just finished The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Before that I read Fiesta by Hemingway. Before that A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene.
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« Reply #624 on: November 28, 2012, 06:03:58 pm »

http://www.amazon.com/The-Law-Torts-Examples-Explanations/dp/0735588740/ref=pd_sim_b_1
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