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« Reply #725 on: March 27, 2013, 09:14:31 am »

Victor Hugo "Les Miserables"

I'd read that Hugo Chavez was influenced by Victor Hugo and his thinking, and that he urged Venezuelans to read Les Miserables.  Apparently his government even printed and gave away a million copies of the book to its citizens, so I figured I'd give it a go.  Man, it's long.  Jean Valjean doesn't get introduced till page 78 or so.  I read a bit when I take a dump or when I'm waiting for someone.  I'm on page 193 (out of 1432.) 

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« Reply #726 on: March 27, 2013, 09:22:47 am »

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

If you want to read in interesting book, see Inside the Third Reich, by Speer.

Currently I'm reading Achebe's, A Man of The People 
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« Reply #727 on: March 27, 2013, 09:28:53 am »

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

If you want to read in interesting book, see Inside the Third Reich, by Speer.

Currently I'm reading Achebe's, A Man of The People 

"In the Garden of the Beasts" by Erik Larson if you want a the perspective of an American Werewolf in Berlin.  Well, not a werewolf, actually, but William E. Dodd, Roosevelt's ambassador to Germany 1933-37.  A good read.  Tense, gritty, non-fiction. 
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« Reply #728 on: March 27, 2013, 01:44:49 pm »

Fustel de Coulanges, the Ancient City
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« Reply #729 on: March 27, 2013, 01:48:35 pm »

i've got altogether too many on the go at the moment:

23 things they don't tell you about capitalism by ha-joon chang
the sublime object of ideology - slavoj zizek
being and time - martin heidegger
philosophy of history - g.w.f. hegel
science of logic - g.w.f. hegel
ecrits - jacques lacan
interpretation of dreams - sigmund freud
discipline and punish - michel foucault
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« Reply #730 on: March 28, 2013, 05:35:42 am »

i've got altogether too many on the go at the moment:

23 things they don't tell you about capitalism by ha-joon chang
Bit lightweight. I lent this back to my mother who gave it to me as a Christmas gift (after reading it, of course). Unlike me she can actually learn something from it.
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« Reply #731 on: March 28, 2013, 01:43:45 pm »

氷点 (Freezing Point), by Miura Ayako. Reading for the second time overall, attempting to read for the first time in Japanese. I'm also reading a translation of her 塩狩峠 (Shiokari Pass) and looking for ones of her 道ありき (The Wind is Howling) and 細川ガラシャ夫人 (Lady Gracia).
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« Reply #732 on: March 28, 2013, 05:37:10 pm »

i've got altogether too many on the go at the moment:

23 things they don't tell you about capitalism by ha-joon chang
Bit lightweight. I lent this back to my mother who gave it to me as a Christmas gift (after reading it, of course). Unlike me she can actually learn something from it.

intriguing tho
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« Reply #733 on: March 30, 2013, 07:38:02 pm »

Finished the Oddessa File in a couple of days. My Uncle is a trucker and we ended up at the Tropicana Plant in Bradenton for four hours on Thursday, abd six hours on Friday, so I got through it fast.
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« Reply #734 on: March 31, 2013, 07:11:40 pm »

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Already seen the film though.

Going for this next:
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« Reply #735 on: April 01, 2013, 10:16:04 pm »

I will starting tomorrow be reading the Great Gatsby, Huck Finn, and The Crucible for my summer A.P. Work.
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« Reply #736 on: April 03, 2013, 07:58:18 pm »

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« Reply #737 on: April 03, 2013, 08:05:13 pm »

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« Reply #738 on: April 05, 2013, 09:43:00 pm »

Richard Nixon, a life in full

by Conrad Black
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« Reply #739 on: April 07, 2013, 12:21:27 pm »

I'm reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. It's a 2002 translation that actually reads very beautifully.
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« Reply #740 on: April 11, 2013, 09:38:00 am »

I just finished "Two Treatise on Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration" by John Locke.

This version is part of the "Rethinking the Western Tradtion" series, and contains essays at the end by John Dunn, Ruth Grant and Ian Shapiro concerning different aspects of Locke's legacy and perspectives on his views.
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« Reply #741 on: April 11, 2013, 09:23:49 pm »

Just started reading American Dream Machine by Matthew Specktor. Didn't know much about it but I saw someone mention it on Twitter and it seemed interesting.

http://www.amazon.com/American-Dream-Machine-Matthew-Specktor/dp/1935639447
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« Reply #742 on: April 13, 2013, 12:11:17 pm »

Nations and Nationalist Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality by Hobsbawm
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« Reply #743 on: April 13, 2013, 12:47:38 pm »

Nations and Nationalist Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality by Hobsbawm
Good one.
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« Reply #744 on: April 13, 2013, 08:40:24 pm »

Nations and Nationalist Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality by Hobsbawm
Good one.

yeah, he reads cooler sh**t than I did as a second semester freshman.  tracking maybe 12-18 months ahead of me.
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« Reply #745 on: April 26, 2013, 01:10:06 pm »

I just started Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom." So far so good. Just finished Escape from Camp 14 about a guy who escaped North Korea's worst gulag.
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« Reply #746 on: April 26, 2013, 05:10:07 pm »

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville. I was hoping to compare what de Tocqueville had to write about early 19th-century American government and society with contemporary perceptions, but it unfortunately hasn't been as insightful as I had hoped. Before that, I read 1491, which argues that pre-Colombian American societies were far more developed than most believe.
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« Reply #747 on: April 26, 2013, 08:19:51 pm »

I'm reading again "The First Man in Rome", by Colleen McCullough. I want to reread the whole saga again (the only one I'm missing is "Antony and Cleopatra"), since I have been discovering several details I missed the first time, and because I enjoy the way she solves the lack of information on several characters by merely improvising an explanation that is both reasonable and plausible (most of the time).
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« Reply #748 on: April 26, 2013, 08:41:40 pm »

Finished "The Purgatorio" a while ago. I'm in the midst of "The Aeneid" and am struggling to read "The Paradiso".
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« Reply #749 on: April 26, 2013, 08:42:30 pm »

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