Damn good list folks...it's obvious we need to get our reading hats on....
Loved von Manstein's Lost Victories. Without Hitler, the Germans never would have gone to war; but they also would likely have won the war without him. Or at least some version of the war.
Currently reading Napoleon's Wars by Charles Esdaile. The title is misleading, it should have been Napoleon's Foreign Policy.
Army: love all of Dobie's work. Every UT grad should certainly read The Longhorns.
River of Doubt is scary, but a must read for those who venture on rivers. TR was a tough sob. I am reminded of a California family who decided, a year or so ago, to raft the North Fork of the Payette River. This is a Class V, but they had to have thought it was somehow a Disneyland ride. If I recall, at least two of them died, and the river runs right along a highway.
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Hmm, gonna go see Peter Matthiessen on saturday, maybe I ought to reread The Snow Leopard.
I havent finished the otherones i mentioned but this one is real interesting.
Was given World War Z for Easter. Already almost done with it.
Next up: What The Dog Saw.
Just finished all four of the McMurtry Berrybender series. Weird but entertaining. Starting on Cormac McCarthy's border series now. Never read him before, believe it or not.
My Grandmother gave me the Schlesinger set on FDR for my hs graduation present in 1967. She was a trig/solid geometry/English teacher and, later, principal, in a small W Texas high school (Santa Anna).
She hated FDR almost as much as she hated LBJ, but that is what I wanted. I long ago came around to her point of view on these things.
Schlesinger only did 3 volumes and I do not recall if he even got into FDR's second term; there are better, and certainly more complete, biographies.
Frank Friedel wrote 4 volumes some time ago. For those with shorter attention spans, he also did a one volume summary.
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Has anybody read One Ranger, a Memoir by Joaquin Jackson? It looks like it might be pretty good.
Just finished a couple over the long Easter weekend that I really enjoyed-
Unbroken- been mentioned a couple of times already but reading the $#@! that guy and the other POWs went through made me stop whining about the inconsequential $#@! I deal with.
Odd Man Out- kind of a Ball Four for the minor leagues- it covers a season on the Angels' rookie league team in 2002. Quan Cosby was on the team, so he makes a few appearances in the stories.
Almost finished with Gladwell's The Tipping Point and am kind of disappointed. It's an okay read but with how much love his books get I was expecting more I guess. Just picked up Unbroken because of this thread.
Regarding The Tipping Point, I had the UT professor who Gladwell used as his example of a maven (could have been in Blink), and I even spent one-on-one time with him in office hours. I personally found this professor to be pretty much the exact opposite of the way Gladwell described him. Maybe I wasn't a good enough student to get his best efforts, though.
Also, my first boss in NYC had previously worked with Gladwell at The New Yorker, and his characterization of Gladwell's office behavior was less than flattering. So, in the two cases where I can decrease the degree of separation between myself and the writer, Gladwell earns negative marks from me in both cases. Not that he gives a $#@!, or should any of you.
That stated, I read all his stuff and usually enjoy it.
I just finished Less Than Zero. It is frequently compared to/mentioned alongside Bright Lights, Big City, and rightly so. In my opinion, Bright Lights is a more pleasurable read because the story has an element of redemption that doesn't exist in Less Than Zero, but Less Than Zero gave me more to think about.
The film adaptation of Less Than Zero differs from the novel quite a bit, FYI.
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The Ornament of the World by Maria Menocal
I just picked up "The Squam Lake Report", written by some of the country's leading economists who analyze the 2008 financial crisis and offer suggestions for reforms to the system. If you are at all interested in this topic and want a good, non-partisan perspective by some very bright individuals, I highly recommend this book.
Any recommendations for books with twist that you don't see coming? Read "Life of Pi" and "Atonement" a while ago and enjoyed the plot twists. Looking for some light beach reading while on summer vacation next month.
Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch, but I doubt that I'll finish it.
I just reread Crime and Punishment: http://www.shaggybevo.com/board/show...ime+punishment
I'm currently reading: The Last Narco: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo, the World's Most Wanted Drug Lord and Lullaby by CP
If you are interested in Narco's and American drug trade, I recommend
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I'm about two hundred pages into A Game of Thrones. Very good book.
I also finished Iron Kingdom and American Caesar. I always like Manchester's writing. I just don't particularly like the subject matter. MacArthur was a narcissist, and quite possibly a sociopath. Any glorification of him kind of misses the mark with me.
I'm starting Christpher Hibbert's book on Edward VII, and I'm trying to come up with a book to read at the same time. I think it'll probably be That Sweet Enemy: Britain and France the History of a Love-Hate Relationship given Edward's role as the king who presided over Britain's agreement to the Entante Cordial.
In the meantime, I'm also undertaking to read some of the history works of the ancients. I've already read my Tacitus and Suetonius. But I think I need to get through this:
The incredible untold life of Mickey Mantle along with the more well know aspects of his incredible and tragic life. This is the most comprehensive & revealing book ever written about MM. It will draw out every emotion you've ever felt about the guy plus the ones you didn't think existed. I knew about the drinking and womanizing with his pals Billy Martin & Whitey Ford - but knew little about the grisly details of his upbringing in Commerce Oklahoma (where his father worked in a lead mine & he was sexually molested by an older half sister for years). He was at times the greatest baseball player, the sorriest father and husband, a disrespectful sexist, publiclly vulgar, extremely generous, and finally a broken man.
Its not all tragedy however. Like one chapter is devoted to his 565 ft home run in Washington in the early 50's. And how he was at one time the strongest and fastest player in MLB (home to first in 3.1 sec.). If you're fan of the Mick or not, you'll find this an incredible book. NOTHING is left out - some stuff you'll wish you'd never heard.
A little trivia: signed by the Yankees in 1951 for $1100 - offered a football scholarship to OU (as was Roger Maris) - original position was SS until Casey Stengal saw him in spring camp.
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"Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself" by David Lipsky, about his road trip in 1996 with David Foster Wallace
and just last night, got a new library book: "The Social Animal" by David Brooks. I was not expecting this style of prose from him, but the first 3 chapters were great.
Started and am about 1/4 way through Motherless Brooklyn. Really solid so far, an interesting twist on a detective novel.
Anyone read Lethem's other books?
I thought Motherless Brooklyn was just OK. Gun, With Occasional Music was by far the best book of his that I've read, in my opinion. It was just awesome.
not typically one for fictions, but I picked this up at the library the other day and am 1/3 of the way through already.
got another couple books on fly fishing to read after I finish that.
On the contrary, do not waste any of the precious minutes you have left on this earth in reading his follow-up, "Beatrice and Virgil". It is a fraud of the highest order and one of the most despicable, manipulative piece of $#@! books that I've ever had the misfortune of having read. Yes, I have extreme feelings on both books, but they're truly near the ends of the spectrum of the volumes of things I've read in my life.
In terms of updates since this thread is still going, I've finished most of the books I mentioned earlier and enjoyed them all on some level. The "Reading Virtual Minds" book, if you're into ecommerce and marketing or think you want to be, is awesome. I am finishing Game Of Thrones right now. I bought it after watching the first 5 episodes of the series and it is excellent for fiction. I'll read the next 4 over the course of this calendar year, I think. It's somewhat engrossing, although not on the level of Follett for pseudo-medieval fiction. I'm also in the middle of "Never Let Me Go" by the dude that did "Remains of the Day". Not sure what I think yet.
Finished "Committed," which is the story of a woman who doesn't believe in marriage having to marry her foreign boyfriend of several years so they can live in the United States. It explores the history of marriage and its modern-day existence. The author is just a fascinating person who has spent her life traveling the world and writing about little known cultures. It was an excellent book, well-written and witty.
Now I'm reading "12 Steps Towards Political Revelation" by Walter Mosley. It's a little radical...I mean, he has to start out by stating in advance that he is not promoting the use of violence. I was excited to get this book after I saw Mosley on Morning Joe, but I'm not sure that I buy what he's selling.
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Ha. That was probably my recommendation. It was definitely a strange world. But I liked the way he describes things.
Sorry you didn't enjoy it, man.
In the past 2 months...
Finished "Case Closed" by Posner. Awesome read & perspective.
Finished "Our Crowd" by Stephen Birmingham. - All you could ever want to know about Jewish families and early NYC.
Finished "More Money then God" by Mallaby - Really fun read.
"Financing Energy Projects in Developing Countries" by Dr. Razavi - Fascinating read. Probably boring as hell to most but adds tremendous insight to bare-bones infrastructure in the truest form. Roads, water sourcing, etc... Want to know why towns/villages are built seemingly in the middle of nowhere in the Middle East or elsewhere (Pakistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, etc.)
"Infrastructure as an Asset Class" by Weber & Alfen - Not recommended. If you are not in the industry, use it as a sleep aid.
I am now in possession of One Second After by Forstchen courtesy of a colleague. Anyone read this? He swears I need to move it to the top of my list.
If you've ever loved a dog / cars this is an awesome book.
Football .. OC .. Basketball .. Baseball .. Other Sports .. RC Didn't Offer .. Gamboool
Varsity .. Hole in the Wall .. PCL .. Einstein's .. Nasty's .. GM Steakhouse .. NSAA .. Classics
Bada Bing .. Bernard .. Nerdz .. Can you help me with this? .. Shagslist .. Cloak Room .. Bellmont