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« Reply #1025 on: June 02, 2014, 01:51:10 pm »

Just finished

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Highly recommended. The CIA in the 50s and 60s was even crazier than I had thought, and that's impressive.
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« Reply #1026 on: June 05, 2014, 02:31:14 pm »

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Highly recommended. The CIA in the 50s and 60s was even crazier than I had thought, and that's impressive.

I haven't read this book, but Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine" does a really good job of describing the disgusting experiments done by the CIA on unsuspecting subjects.
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« Reply #1027 on: June 06, 2014, 10:40:50 pm »

Started working on two:

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Not trying to be ironic here.  I ordered Misquoting Jesus when I started studying the New Testament in depth, and I got the second book after I read a little about the Norwegian black metal scene in the 1990s.  Now I'll actually get to read them. Tongue
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« Reply #1028 on: June 07, 2014, 12:04:13 am »

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« Reply #1029 on: June 07, 2014, 12:55:04 am »

On a Michael Lind binge lately:

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« Reply #1030 on: June 07, 2014, 02:02:08 am »

Frankenstein and The Kite Runner.
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« Reply #1031 on: June 07, 2014, 07:15:31 am »

"The Red Room" by August Strindberg. Very well written and sharp satire from one of my favourite eras (1870s) and a lot of it is still remarkably relevant.

It's a nice book. In English or Swedish?

Danish, I can only be bothered to read Swedish literature in the original if I know the Danish translation is sub-standard and Sven Lange's classic 1923 translation is excellent (which is no surprise since he was a great writer himself).

Yeah, I realized after I wrote that that it might as well have been in Danish. And I guess Swedish translates well into Danish. Crazy guy that Strindberg though not my favourite Swedish author.
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« Reply #1032 on: June 07, 2014, 04:16:58 pm »

I'm always impressed/surprised how (very!) "highbrow" this forum is in its reading habits. Though of course those reading high-brow litterature are probably more likely to post about it here
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« Reply #1033 on: June 08, 2014, 11:11:53 am »

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« Reply #1034 on: June 08, 2014, 11:13:45 am »

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« Reply #1035 on: June 08, 2014, 11:42:22 am »

The Valley, Richard Benson. Fantastic.
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« Reply #1036 on: June 08, 2014, 11:50:35 am »

'All the Kings Men: The British Redcoat in the Era of Sword and Musket' - Saul David.
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« Reply #1037 on: June 08, 2014, 12:02:20 pm »

Recently finished From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple (one of my favorite authors...the book's a travelogue through the former realms of the Byzantine Empire examining the remnants of Eastern Christendom in what was once their stronghold and is now the stronghold of Islam) and Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary (a rather surface-level intro-y book that made me mad at some points but still had new information for me, specifically about late Medieval Islamic thinkers...I didn't have as solid a grasp on Islam in the 12th and 13th century eras before reading that book).

Currently reading Crusades: A History by Jonathan Riley-Smith.  I have become very, very interested in the Crusades, and this book is amazing in its intricate detail.  I just finished a section explaining the diet on a typical day in a Hospitaller hospital.  There was another great section talking about how the various Christian sects of the east interacted with the Franks, right down to multiple tiny Armenian churches, which is a topic I hadn't really seen explored before. 
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« Reply #1038 on: June 08, 2014, 12:34:25 pm »

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That's actually one of my favorite books.
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« Reply #1039 on: June 08, 2014, 12:55:44 pm »
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...but once I'm done with that, I'll be giving Under the Volcano another shot. Have started to read it twice before but always seem to get pulled away by something else.
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« Reply #1040 on: June 09, 2014, 07:02:10 pm »

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
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« Reply #1041 on: June 10, 2014, 08:00:02 pm »

Nixonland. It's great. Perlstein's an entertaining writer (even if he writes the book more like an internet article than a book at times) and his thesis is interesting and makes a lot of sense.
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« Reply #1042 on: June 10, 2014, 08:43:22 pm »

Nixonland. It's great. Perlstein's an entertaining writer (even if he writes the book more like an internet article than a book at times) and his thesis is interesting and makes a lot of sense.
Yeah, that was an incredible book. It is my go-to source for everything related to the 1968 election.
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« Reply #1043 on: June 13, 2014, 10:29:14 pm »
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I just finished The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. I know Hoffman's work generally has a sort of soft-focus, book-clubby reputation, but I really liked this book overall. It's got a really strong premise and driving concept--an epic novel internally composed of a tightly structured anthology of novellas, each narrated by one of the women in charge of gathering pigeon guano for fertilizer during the Siege of Masada--and the positively heliotrope hue of the prose fits the subject matter and the situations described. Some of the viewpoint characters are more sympathetic than others (I found the first section difficult to get through even though the character who narrates it becomes more sympathetic in other characters' eyes later on, so the book puts its worst foot forward in that respect), but the ones I liked I loved, and several of the big set-piece scenes and monologues--particularly the endings of the second and fourth sections and the beginning of the third--really shine. About the only enduring problem I have with the book is that taking a real figure and involving them in the main plotline and romantic and sexual entanglements to the extent that Hoffman does with a certain leader of the period is one of my personal cardinal sins for historical fiction, but Hoffman could hardly be expected to know that or to write to my specifications even if she did.
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« Reply #1044 on: June 17, 2014, 02:17:49 pm »

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Only 20-ish pages in, and it's excellent stuff. Strongly recommended for any Francophones.
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« Reply #1045 on: June 17, 2014, 02:55:43 pm »

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Fascinating. Black Argentines made up 2 in 5 of the population at independence to near zero in 1900.
Argentines take exception in even acknowledging that their country had any black citizens at all.

Could you give a précis of that book when/if you have finished it?
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« Reply #1046 on: June 17, 2014, 03:20:32 pm »

Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, by Gordon Baym, with supplements from the Landau and Lifsh**tz series. There are *many* graduate level books written on quantum mechanics, but Baym is one is the best for self-study on the basis of its not-too-easy-not-to-difficult problem sets.
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« Reply #1047 on: June 20, 2014, 08:16:14 pm »

Danger My Ally by British explorer F.A. Mitchell-Hedges. I have no idea how much of this autobiography is true but Mitchell-Hedges can tell a story. He rode with Pancho Villa, battled pirates in the Caribbean, treasure hunted in South Africa and even claimed to discover the fabled Crystal Skulls of the Mayan. He might be full of BS but the book is a wonderful adventure.
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« Reply #1048 on: June 21, 2014, 11:35:06 pm »
« Edited: June 21, 2014, 11:39:20 pm by politicus »

Robert Cooper: Laos - A Work in Progress.

Good stuff, but very heavy on facts. Cooper is a British anthropologist who has been living in Laos for the last 14 years (and owns one of only two bookshops in the country!).
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« Reply #1049 on: June 26, 2014, 11:58:01 am »
« Edited: June 26, 2014, 12:01:53 pm by asexual trans victimologist »

Last night I finished The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. I loved it--I'd say it's the best new book I've read all year, since The Idiot was a reread. The writing style is exactly what I look for in books like this and although the book has some really disturbing things to say about masculinity I'm pretty sure they're meant to be disturbing. John Updike-style dick-lit it's not.
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