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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by westofthesun, Sep 13, 2020.
We've a great local all-women band with this name
I've read only the first couple chapters of this, but I've been enjoying it tons.
It's historical and factual but written in a style that I find extremely entertaining
You are quite correct and Almost Transparent Blue is the book I was thinking of. Nice catch!
Well, reread actually.
Dug up from the closet two relevant books.
1984 and Animal Farm by you know who.
I'm just finishing "Tune In" about the Beatles.
Franco by Paul Preston.
i read cult of glory about a month ago. what a bloody bunch they were.
i also just finished a biography of Samuel Colt. i don't remember the title or author. Colt liked his liquor.
I'm reading a book called Circe by Madeline Miller right now. I like it a lot.
I've read a bunch this year. My favorites have been Tenth of December by George Saunders, The Underground Railroad by Colin Whitehead and Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham.
A book by a guy named Daniel who was kidnapped from his homeland with many people of his generation and (high) social standing, then trained to be in government service to his captor’s government.
The invaders take these young men, start indoctrination into a new system—even changing their names—and forcing them to adopt foreign customs, many of which are religiously prohibited.
Most of the first few chapters are focused on him and his three best friends, all of whom rebel with passive resistance against their captors, who eventually come to respect them due to their honesty and integrity.
Daniel even becomes a close counselor to a couple of the leaders of this nation.
He later survives an invasion of his captors from a foreign government, who again are impressed by his candor, foresight and integrity. The invading army makes plans to restore Daniel and his fellow countrymen to their homeland, but he is unable to join them due to his advanced age.
Due to jealousy, Daniel runs afoul of a group of the the new nation’s elite, who try to have him killed, but end up destroyed by their jealousy and greed in a grotesque fashion.
The last few chapters talk about a succession of governmental powers (and their relationship with Daniel’s homeland) in fanciful fashion.
It’s a part of a collection of 66 books, all of which are related to the history of Daniel’s homeland.
Paul Feyerabend - Killing tine
Mark Everett - Things the grandchildren should know
"The Midnight Line" - last but two Jack Reacher story by Lee Child. The two latest were pretty good too, but this one was excellent, and Reacher's character was almost believable.
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
Really terrific history of British and corporate involvement in India since, well, the time of Shakespeare. Learned a ton of south Asian history I was previously fuzzy on, some of it really dramatic and eye-opening. And it has me thinking about the fall and rise and fall of superpowers over centuries. Great narrative nonfiction, highly recommended.
yes, that's a good one, i've read it several times.
i just got back from the library, where i found "history's 9 most insane rulers". it should be entertaining and informative. the first chapter is on my particular favorite historical psycho dictator, Little Boots, whom i always imagine to look exactly like John Hurt.
The Great Influenza
Most recently two books that deal with two different historical events have captured my attention and deep interest: The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan, and The Day The World Ended: The Mount Pelee Disaster: May 7, 1902 by Gordon Thomas. Both detailed and compellingly well written accounts of two dramatic events of historical significance.
In addition to my usual history reads I'm currently working my way through everything written by John Le Carre. I never thought I'd have been into the idea of 'spy' novels, seeing them as pretty cheesy but these really are on a different level in terms of writing.
I read these on my holiday a few weeks ago: