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« Reply #675 on: January 20, 2013, 05:13:23 pm »

American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell. Like them both a lot.
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« Reply #676 on: January 20, 2013, 08:09:49 pm »

Robert Penn Warren All The King's Men. I like it's description of the time period. Plus the correlation between it and Huey Long is well done.
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« Reply #677 on: January 20, 2013, 08:37:35 pm »

Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
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« Reply #678 on: January 25, 2013, 01:35:54 am »

Hobsbawm's Industry and Empire
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« Reply #679 on: January 31, 2013, 03:26:00 pm »

picked up a copy of Kolakowski's Main Currents of Marxism (all three volumes in one) the other day from the library.  some of the best sh**t I've ever read, particularly those parts that I'm naturally interest in (reading it front to back proved impossible for me).  may have to splurge and buy it for $24 on Amazon
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« Reply #680 on: January 31, 2013, 05:38:32 pm »

It's a fantastic thing, yes.
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« Reply #681 on: January 31, 2013, 05:50:22 pm »
« Edited: January 31, 2013, 05:52:46 pm by Nathan »

The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco

Good luck.

I've read probably a dozen other books of Eco's already- he's probably my single favorite author.  I can't imagine it being difficult to get through in any way, except possibly in the way the subject matter shines a light on some of the darkest aspects of our history and human nature.

But I knew that going in.

That's what I meant. I love Eco too, and I'm glad I read The Prague Cemetery, but it took me weeks and weeks and I never want to read it again.

Anyway, I'm rereading The Silmarillion, out of order this time. I skipped ahead from the Flight of the Noldor to Beren and Lúthien and am now going back to the Dagor Bragollach.
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« Reply #682 on: February 01, 2013, 01:28:51 pm »
« Edited: February 02, 2013, 11:56:01 pm by TheDeadFlagBlues »

The Republic
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The Pedagogy of the Oppressed
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« Reply #683 on: February 04, 2013, 12:29:47 pm »

Mikhail Lermontov: A Hero of Our Time.

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

Also, last weekend, besides Lermontov, I purchased Ernesto Sabato's On Heroes and Tombs

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

Notice the heroic coincidence. It was random, unintentional.
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« Reply #684 on: February 06, 2013, 08:00:20 pm »

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« Reply #685 on: February 06, 2013, 10:48:09 pm »

I decided to learn more about the Spanish Civil War, so I just read Franco by Paul Preston (good analysis on Franco's propaganda), Every inch a King: Alfonso XIII by Princess Pilar of Bavaria (obviously biased, but good), Count Ciano's Diary (a work of narcissism) and España bajo el sable, by Rodrigo Soriano (good). I guess that will give me the viewpoint of foreign diplomats, monarchists, republicans and Franco.
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« Reply #686 on: February 07, 2013, 08:08:56 am »

I decided to learn more about the Spanish Civil War, so I just read Franco by Paul Preston (good analysis on Franco's propaganda), Every inch a King: Alfonso XIII by Princess Pilar of Bavaria (obviously biased, but good), Count Ciano's Diary (a work of narcissism) and España bajo el sable, by Rodrigo Soriano (good). I guess that will give me the viewpoint of foreign diplomats, monarchists, republicans and Franco.

Interesting. I need to read Preston's biography of Franco. Probably I'd take it in lending at the public library or at the university student's. I think that the last book on the Spanish Civil War that I read was one by Antony Beevor, but I found it a bit disappointing (probably Preston is better on this subject).
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« Reply #687 on: February 07, 2013, 12:09:48 pm »

I decided to learn more about the Spanish Civil War, so I just read Franco by Paul Preston (good analysis on Franco's propaganda), Every inch a King: Alfonso XIII by Princess Pilar of Bavaria (obviously biased, but good), Count Ciano's Diary (a work of narcissism) and España bajo el sable, by Rodrigo Soriano (good). I guess that will give me the viewpoint of foreign diplomats, monarchists, republicans and Franco.

Interesting. I need to read Preston's biography of Franco. Probably I'd take it in lending at the public library or at the university student's. I think that the last book on the Spanish Civil War that I read was one by Antony Beevor, but I found it a bit disappointing (probably Preston is better on this subject).

I really enjoyed reading Preston's book, but apparently the one I got was not the main biography of Franco, it was more of his life in the view of his own propaganda (Franco, el Gran Manipulador was the full title of this one), so I think I'll have to search for Preston's full book on Franco. I am really surprised that so many british historians wrote books about the subject, and I'm struggling to find an objective book from a spanish historian.

Spain during the 1920' and 1930' looks more and more fascinating, and I think I will need more material on both the Republican Leadership and Sanjurjo, Mola and Queipo de Llano. Could you please recommend some books about them?
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« Reply #688 on: February 07, 2013, 04:50:01 pm »

It's difficult for a Spanish historian avoiding an emotional identification with the topic, as you can imagine. However, there are fine works written in this country. As for the Republican leadership, Santos-Juliá (ideologically is a centrist) is an expert in the figure of Azaña, which is indispensable to understand the period. Here's an article about one of his books: Vida y Tiempo de Manuel Azaña.

http://elpais.com/diario/2008/12/08/cultura/1228690807_850215.html

Another figure on the Republican side, a very controversial one, is Juan Negrin, the last PM who tried desperately to support the resistance until the end. Negrin has been very ill-treated by Francoist historians (normal) and also from left-wingers. In recent times there has been an attempt of researching more thoroughly in his figure. Though Ángel Viñas cannot be considered impartial (he tekes sides with the Republican and Negrín causes), he's a serious historian and his efforts have been notable. Another historian in a similar way is Julián Casanova. In the Foundation of Juan Negrín there's bibliography. In favour of this institution talks that La gran Estafa: Negrín, Prieto y el Patrimonio Español by Francisco Olaya Morales is in the list. 

http://www.fundacionjuannegrin.com/bibliografia.php?actual=2&id=11

Personally I think that Ricardo Miralles' Juan Negrín. La República en Guerra is a good book. Here's a review:
http://www.historiacontemporanea.ehu.es/s0021-con/es/contenidos/boletin_revista/00021_revista_hc27/es_revista/adjuntos/27_35.pdf

I'm not very familiar with bibliography treating specifically the figures of Sanjurjo, Mola or Queipo de Llano. There's a book written by Gabriel Cardona, a person with a military background but opposed to Franco, with an interesting title: A Golpes de Sable. Los grandes militares que han marcado la Historia de España. Also I've found a brief article about Mola by the same historian:

http://www.laaventuradelahistoria.es/2002/03/29/mola-el-general-que-pudo-mandar.html

On a footnote, Juan Vigón (minister with Franco) wrote a book called El general Mola: el conspirador.

If you are interested in battles and military questions, I found interesting the books written by Jorge Martínez-Reverte: La Batalla del Ebro, La Batalla de Madrid and La Caída de Cataluña. Martínez-Reverte has not an academic background (he's journalist) but his researches are serious and well regarded by historians, also his books on these battles are exhaustive but entertaining. As for the Battle of Madrid, he discovered some documentation that threw some light on the controversial events of Paracuellos del Jarama.
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« Reply #689 on: February 07, 2013, 08:41:11 pm »

It's difficult for a Spanish historian avoiding an emotional identification with the topic, as you can imagine. However, there are fine works written in this country. As for the Republican leadership, Santos-Juliá (ideologically is a centrist) is an expert in the figure of Azaña, which is indispensable to understand the period. Here's an article about one of his books: Vida y Tiempo de Manuel Azaña.

http://elpais.com/diario/2008/12/08/cultura/1228690807_850215.html

Another figure on the Republican side, a very controversial one, is Juan Negrin, the last PM who tried desperately to support the resistance until the end. Negrin has been very ill-treated by Francoist historians (normal) and also from left-wingers. In recent times there has been an attempt of researching more thoroughly in his figure. Though Ángel Viñas cannot be considered impartial (he tekes sides with the Republican and Negrín causes), he's a serious historian and his efforts have been notable. Another historian in a similar way is Julián Casanova. In the Foundation of Juan Negrín there's bibliography. In favour of this institution talks that La gran Estafa: Negrín, Prieto y el Patrimonio Español by Francisco Olaya Morales is in the list. 

http://www.fundacionjuannegrin.com/bibliografia.php?actual=2&id=11

Personally I think that Ricardo Miralles' Juan Negrín. La República en Guerra is a good book. Here's a review:
http://www.historiacontemporanea.ehu.es/s0021-con/es/contenidos/boletin_revista/00021_revista_hc27/es_revista/adjuntos/27_35.pdf

I'm not very familiar with bibliography treating specifically the figures of Sanjurjo, Mola or Queipo de Llano. There's a book written by Gabriel Cardona, a person with a military background but opposed to Franco, with an interesting title: A Golpes de Sable. Los grandes militares que han marcado la Historia de España. Also I've found a brief article about Mola by the same historian:

http://www.laaventuradelahistoria.es/2002/03/29/mola-el-general-que-pudo-mandar.html

On a footnote, Juan Vigón (minister with Franco) wrote a book called El general Mola: el conspirador.

If you are interested in battles and military questions, I found interesting the books written by Jorge Martínez-Reverte: La Batalla del Ebro, La Batalla de Madrid and La Caída de Cataluña. Martínez-Reverte has not an academic background (he's journalist) but his researches are serious and well regarded by historians, also his books on these battles are exhaustive but entertaining. As for the Battle of Madrid, he discovered some documentation that threw some light on the controversial events of Paracuellos del Jarama.

Thank you very much! I've already started to search those books, and I managed to get the full works of Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera to have the view of the Falange. I think I can relate to the emotional identification of historians, since most of the works here about moments such as Allende government and Pinochet's regime are incredibly biased due to the division of the country.

Despite the fact that most of my attention goes to the monarchists, the Republican leaders seem very engaging (especially Azaña, who seems more moderate than what I suspected). The whole period is complex and full of irony and interesting characters (I was surprised at how young Azaña, Franco, Gil Robles and Calvo Sotelo were for the times), so I think I will be reading about it for a while.
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« Reply #690 on: February 13, 2013, 09:21:16 pm »

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles, a biography grand enough to fit the ego and importance of the Commodore. 
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« Reply #691 on: February 13, 2013, 09:38:09 pm »

Just finished The Rage against God by Peter Hitchens. A convincing argument for God's existance.
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« Reply #692 on: February 14, 2013, 11:36:16 am »

Just finished Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis.

I thought it was OK. Nothing left me too affected. I didn't particularly care for the way it was written and I thought at times it tried too hard to go over the top.

I think I'll be reading Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises next.
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« Reply #693 on: February 19, 2013, 05:51:22 pm »

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« Reply #694 on: February 19, 2013, 06:11:32 pm »

I've been reading The World in 2050: Four forces shaping civilization's northern future by Lawrence C. Smith.  It's a rather interesting book about how climate change is changing the Arctic, the difficulties, the new opportunities, and the role indigenous populations will play in this new world.
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« Reply #695 on: February 19, 2013, 06:11:39 pm »

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« Reply #696 on: March 06, 2013, 02:54:38 pm »
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Got it yesterday, started it today.

Also, for our Christian users here, I highly recommend the Kissing Fish book.  Even if it doesn't resonate with you entirely (I have found myself disagreeing with Wolsey at times), I consider it pretty transformative.
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« Reply #697 on: March 06, 2013, 10:29:36 pm »

somewhat continuing on the theme, I picked up CS Lewis' Mere Christianity a few days ago.
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« Reply #698 on: March 08, 2013, 11:00:48 pm »

Colbert's "Rebcoming the Greatness we never were not" or whatever it is called is amazing. Funniest book ever.
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« Reply #699 on: March 10, 2013, 05:06:59 pm »

Chris Mooney's The Republican Brain. Great book on political psychology, takes a couple stabs at both sides but explains how fallacies in science and economics is mostly on the Republican side, and why that is. More objective than the title suggests
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