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« Reply #1575 on: June 16, 2017, 04:43:47 pm »
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Have any of y'all read Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero?
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« Reply #1576 on: June 16, 2017, 06:29:13 pm »
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Have any of y'all read Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero?

My family owns it. Never read it. I read half of the Matthews book on Kennedy and Nixon. 
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« Reply #1577 on: June 21, 2017, 09:09:37 pm »
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Finishing up Atlas Shrugged for the first time through.

Next is a choice - Gulag Archipelago or Brothers Karamazov
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« Reply #1578 on: June 21, 2017, 09:47:58 pm »
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Next is a choice - Gulag Archipelago or Brothers Karamazov

Both sound like great goals; neither have I read.
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« Reply #1579 on: June 22, 2017, 05:26:30 pm »
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Next is a choice - Gulag Archipelago or Brothers Karamazov

Both sound like great goals; neither have I read.

Yes, I've been partisan for a good time recently. Stepping back from time to time is good.
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« Reply #1580 on: June 26, 2017, 10:34:16 am »
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I'm currently reading the 4th part of Ferrante's Neapolitan series. Excellent and moving read.

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To comment on stuff:

Also loved Feast of the Goat and I don't think it portrays Balaguer as very sympathetic.

Agree with Nathan that Soseki>Murakami

When it comes to Dostoevsky I'd recommend Crime and Punishment or the Idiot as the first read I think. Brothers Karamazov is amazing but it's longer and I think I benefitted from having read some Dostoevsky beforehand.
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« Reply #1581 on: July 15, 2017, 06:05:48 pm »
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The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker.
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« Reply #1582 on: July 15, 2017, 07:02:28 pm »
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'Foundations of Christianity,' by Karl Kaufsky (1908)
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« Reply #1583 on: July 16, 2017, 02:33:38 pm »
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The Old Testament. Simply the greatest crime/gore novel of all times.
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« Reply #1584 on: July 16, 2017, 04:11:53 pm »
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Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
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« Reply #1585 on: July 28, 2017, 03:12:01 pm »
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Citizen Clem. I'd be lying if I said that I've loved it, or that it's been an effortless read, but it's been rather interesting even if the pre-wars years were a bit dull.

The funny thing is that Attlee comes out of the book as rather average; a steady chairman, who was underestimated by everyone, but was really a quiet revolutionary.

Am hoping to move onto some lighter novels for August; am a bit sick of political books
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« Reply #1586 on: July 28, 2017, 08:55:29 pm »
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The funny thing is that Attlee comes out of the book as rather average; a steady chairman, who was underestimated by everyone, but was really a quiet revolutionary.

That doesn't sound average to me.
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« Reply #1587 on: August 05, 2017, 12:06:46 am »
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Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World

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« Reply #1588 on: August 06, 2017, 08:46:26 am »
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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
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« Reply #1589 on: August 09, 2017, 06:51:59 pm »
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The French Quarter by Herbert Asbury.
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« Reply #1590 on: August 09, 2017, 09:43:09 pm »
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Almost finished this fantastic book tracing European military history from 1453. Simms' argument is that a battle for supremacy in Europe has always centred on the control of the Holy Roman Empire/Germany.
Reading this absolutely superb biography, though I hear the accompanying TV series on the BBC was dreadful.



That's interesting. Two of my ten books I keep on my desk are Napoleon: A Life and The Struggle for Mastery in Europe: 1848-1918. It's interesting that you mention Simms's adoption of Taylor's theory in 1848-1918 - that Germany was so aggressive because, in a Europe wide war, no matter what the alliances were, Germany would always be fighting a two front war, taking the brunt of the assault twice or thrice that of any of their potential allies.
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« Reply #1591 on: August 17, 2017, 12:45:07 pm »
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Since I am going to follow along in the weekly discussion of Atlas Shrugged on FB live with two guys from the Ayn Rand Institute - to better understand an interesting but overdone book - I am for background reading We the Living now - the first of the 4 fiction novels she wrote - and the last one for me to get to. This was a substitute for Gulag Archipelago which I will get to soon. I suspect I will finish We the Living after the weekly chapter by chapter discussions for Atlas Shrugged start next month given my upcoming travel schedule.

I re-watched Exorcist III recently - and was interested in the book behind it - Legion and how it differs from the well-done 1990 movie. So far I am just over half-way through the book - a lot of the elements from the movie are there- and George C Scott really gives the Detective Kinderman in Blatty's novel/screenplay life. Blatty is very well-cultured and has a lot of cool references to literature and philosophy/psychiatry/religion sprinkled throughout the book along with the mystery/detective story aspects.

I am still strongly interested in Brothers Karamazov as well - that is still on the list after I finish the Blatty, Rand and soon to get Solzhenitsyn books unless something else comes up in the interim.
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« Reply #1592 on: August 17, 2017, 06:45:33 pm »
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The Twilight Zone Companion
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« Reply #1593 on: September 27, 2017, 12:32:30 pm »
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The Circus Fire by Stewart O'Nan.
An incredibly detailed and gripping account of the disaster that occured in Hartford, Connecticut in July 1944, leaving 167 people, among them 60 children, dead.
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« Reply #1594 on: September 27, 2017, 02:07:37 pm »
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Joachim C. Fest, The Face Of The Third Reich. Portraits Of The Nazi Leadership.

Some sources/conclusions were proven incorrect since, but it's still a great read.
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