I'm reading The Battles of Coxinga by Chikamatsu..written around 1715 ...
I'm reading The Battles of Coxinga by Chikamatsu..written around 1715 ...
Is it a cool story, bro?
Outliers. I have liked it more than "Super Freakonomics" which I finished before this.
SPAM KINGS - Behind the High Rolling Hucksters by Brian McWilliams
"Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything." A 2004 book edited by Gene Healy that documents our regression towards a world in which there are laws that make everyone a felon, with prosecutors and police defining the law on the street and deciding who has violated it.
My "fun" book is "Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory" by Peter Hessler.
finishing up Tortilla Flat. Damn I am a slow reader....
I am writing a physics text, so my house is littered with a variety of papers, proceedings, texts and the occasional pop sci book.
The Air Force Professional Development Guide, for promotion purposes. Ambien has nothing on this...$#@! is dry!
Christianity: the First 3000 Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch
From Publishers Weekly
Where does Christianity begin? In Athens, Jerusalem, or Rome? How did the early creeds of the church develop and differentiate? What was the impact of the Reformation and the Catholic Counterreformation? How have vital Christian communities emerged in Asia, Africa, and India since the 18th century? Award-winning historian MacCulloch (The Reformation) attempts to answer these questions and many more in this elegantly written, magisterial history of Christianity. MacCulloch diligently traces the origins and development of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christianities, and he provides a more in-depth look at the development of Christianity in Asia and Africa than standard histories of Christianity. He offers sketches of Christian thinkers from Augustine and Luther to Desmond Tutu and Patriarch Bartholomew I. Three appendixes contain a list of popes, Orthodox patriarchs, and a collection of Christian texts. Assuming no previous knowledge on the part of readers about Christian traditions, MacCulloch traces in breathtaking detail the often contentious arguments within Christianity for the past 3,000 years. His monumental achievement will not soon be surpassed. (Mar.)
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interesting, TLI, i just bought that book myself, but it'll be awhile before i start it. i think someone (perhaps you) mentioned it on another thread and got me thinking that as much as i retained from growing up going to church, most churches don't seem to really dive into the subject matter i expect that book covers.
to answer the thread, i am on book 6 of 7 in Stephen King's Dark Tower series--i'd been doing a lot of non-fiction reading for the past year and decided to take a break to tackle an 'epic' reading project and have really enjoyed this series, even though each book averages around 700-800 pages
recently finished Into Thin Air, the non-fiction account of the Mt Everest disaster in '94 ('95?), which was really entertaining. Also read the first of the Millennium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and it was great, remaining two books are up when I finish Dark Tower unless i swing back into non-fiction reading.
Game of Thrones. For the third time
And a Drucker book whose title escapes me right now
Street Lawyer by Grisham and McIlhenny's Gold about the family that started Tabasco sauce.
Team of Rivals
The back story of Lincoln, Seward, Chase & Bates that made up the first 175 or so pages was a little boring at times, but it's starting to pick up now that I'm passed that. It was a necessary part of the story, but it was a bit of a pain to get through for me.
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Iron Kingdom (Christopher Clark)--a history of Prussia
Retribution (Max Hastings)--a history of the last year of the war in the Pacific
American Caesar: Douglas McArthur (William Manchester)
Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Rachel Bronson)
The second book of Shelbey Foote's Civil War Narrative
Reading my autographed copy now... interesting. Not as well-written as BofB, but a solid insight into the P47 fighter-bomber role in the Allied European WWII campaign - interesting reading... I'm enjoying it.
Here's the Hell Hawks website.
Success Is Not An Accident by Tommy Newberry
After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5,000 BC, by Steven Mithen
Really good so far. It's different than the books that I typically read, but I'm enjoying it.
Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is my library reading.
Manchester's The Last Lion: Alone rotates in and out. I really hope Paul Reid can come through and finish the biography. Manchester's opening describing the Dunkirk evacuation was perfect writing.
Going to borrow my old man's copy of The Big Rich soon.
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
Title is self-explanatory. I'm about halfway through it, it's very good so far.
Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major $#@! Winters by $#@! Winters & Cole C. Kingseed
Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence by Michael Capuzzo
About the shark attacks in New Jersey back in the early part of the 20th century. "Jaws" was pretty much based on this. Another great read.
Beneath the Sands of Egypt: Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist by Donald P. Ryan
--> One nice feature of LinkedIn is a way to keep track of the books you've read, that's how I keep track of the books I've read lately.
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I liked Beyond of Brothers, but whoever edited that book did a horrible job. There were quite a few grammatical errors and there were a few spots where it randomly veered off topic that effected the flow of the story.
Also reading Bush at War by Woodward. Should finish that tonight.
Something obscure. You've probably never heard of it. I don't want to bore you with the details because you
Comments on books already mentioned:
Outliers - Liked it more than Tipping Point, less than Blink, have "What the Dog Saw" or whatever and I am about to read it. I really enjoy Gladwell.
Super Freakonomics - Enjoyed it, loved Freakonomics and would read anything by those guys.
Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming - thought it was ok, wouldn't recommend to non-UT/ARKY fans
Lonesome Dove - have read it twice and love it.
Into Thin Air - my favorite of the 3 Krakauer books that I've read. The Texan that was left for dead and came down the mountain is an amazing story on its own.
The Big Short - I enjoyed it a ton and liked how Lewis tied it back to Liar's Poker, including the lunch with Guetfreund (spelling, whatever).
I am reading:
Empires of Light - story about the emergence of the electricity industry and the battle between Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse. Fun book.
Water for Elephants - bestselling fiction being turned into a movie.
Zag - a book on branding. Great, easy read if you dig that kind of subject. Almost done with it.
The book on the Pacific theater that much of "The Pacific" was based on by the dude featured in the miniseries. I left it at home and can't remember the dude's name or the title, and I am only about 40 pages in. It's ok.
Best thing I have read lately is The Pillars of the Earth by Follett. Loved it and The Fall of Giants, which is the new one by Follett which I read at the same time. Fun fiction.
Collapse looks good. The one about the criminalization of everything sounds good too.
I am reading Off the Grid by Nick Rosen. It's not very good so far.
I just finished Isaac's Storm about the 1900 hurricane in Galveston. Best book I've read in a long time.
Just finished "Into Thin Air" and am currently on "Unbroken", both Shaggy recommendations. The Larsson trilogy is on tap next for my summer reading.
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