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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by johnny k, Mar 16, 2018.
Right now I'm reading. Shackleton...... Story of his treck across the Antarctic continent......
Intrigued but don't have a clue
Sex politics drugs religion or tonewood?
2 but mostly 4. Don't know about 5.
No tonewood sex then?
Aaarrrggghhhh! Sometimes these rules are tough!
Anyway, yeah. It's all about the tonewood!
Just read Michael Connelly, Two Kinds Of Truth and reread Robert Hienlien The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. 2 authors of whom I’ve read most of their work. The Bosch novels are classic L. A. SoCal whodunits. Heinlien went from juvenile SF to fairly sophisticated SF.
If you enjoy reading about WWII this one was really interesting. My late father in law flew against some these guys as a ball turret gunner in B-17's over Europe.
This is a Very interesting fighter pilots view of WWII from the German perspective. They all expressed very little respect for their criminal **** leadership.
I typically only read one book at a time, but yesterday I picked both of these up at the library and I’m alternating after each chapter.
I rarely re-read fiction, but I'm reading Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age for the second time. First time was shortly after it was published, in the late 90s. It's one of those books that has subtly shaped the way I see the world. I didn't expect this, of course, or I'd never have read it in the first place. I'd forgotten how funny it is, too. NS has such a bright, sardonic wit.
man, I would love to read this one.
i'm looking forward to reading the latest Lucas Davenport novel, "Twisted Prey". it came out at the end of april.
The House on Diamond Hill, by Tiya Miles. If you’re interested in the history of the southern US and the interaction of various ethnic and cultural groups in the early 19th century, this book is a real treasure. The setting is a plantation about 60 Miles north of Atlanta, owned by James Vann, a Cherokee entrepreneur, who allowed a group of Moravians to build a school on his plantation. The author uses diary entries kept by a missionary (translated from German) to reconstruct the lives of dozens of people who lived on this plantation from about 1800 to 1825.
Notably, the diaries provide details about the lives of slaves as named individuals, interacting with one another and Vann, their Cherokee owner, and his family.
Vann’s brilliance was in negotiating contracts with the federal government to operate inns and ferries and promoting literacy for Cherokees. He was probably one of the wealthiest men in the South at age 40 in 1804. But he was brutal in his treatment of others, especially women and slaves, which led to him being killed by a former friend in 1809.
The author received a MacArthur award after this book was published, which was her second monograph on slaveholding Natives.
Recently finished Sam Wineburg's Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts and My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin by Susan Butler (Editor).
Now reading Micheal J. Lansing Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics.
I'll let the American Historical Review explain the subject:
" A populist movement that briefly unsettled politics on the western plains, providing a blueprint for citizen agency in a corporate age. The movement germinated in North Dakota, where farmers in this overwhelmingly rural state found themselves by the second decade of the twentieth century experiencing increasing economic stress, including possible foreclosure on their homesteads. Minneapolis businessmen who bought their wheat, owned their mortgages, and set the costs for transporting grain from small towns seemed deliberately to be squeezing farmers.
This phenomenon—reminiscent of a Hamlin Garland short story—triggered both resentments and a meaningful movement, starting with grassroots initiatives to counter commercial interests."
Another Neal Stephenson fan here. Just started reading Seveneves.
Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West
Thanks for mentioning this book! I assign weekend reading for my A.P. U.S. History students and I try to use primary sources and descriptive narratives that place the larger narratives of periods in a more personal and social context. I'm lacking stories from this period of time. I'll read this over the summer and if it fits the bill it will be on the syllabus this fall.
This is probably my 10th or 11th time reading it, but it's been a few years so it's nice and fresh at the moment. It's a little like Jason Bourne, but with less fighting and more insight to the character. That's not to say there isn't any action throughout the book. Highly recommend to anyone, I can't see many males that wouldn't enjoy this all the way through. The first 10 pages will grab you immediately.
recently i had been reading mostly accounts of WWII including Pyle's "Brave Men" and "Here Is Your War", "With The Old
Breed" by Sledge, "A Helmet For My Pillow" by Lecke and "Some Survived: An Eyewitness Account Of The Bataan Death
March And The Men Who Lived Through It" by Lawton - on a recent trip i was passing through an airport terminal and was
looking for something to read when i spotted Hiaasen's "Bad Monkey" and decided i needed a change of pace - big Hiaasen
fan and own a dozen of his books, but this was a new one - like all of his books, they are best read in high temps and
sweltering humidity with a cold beverage handy - highly recommended -