vtalyan wrote:+1 on the Nesbo books. I believe there are Norwegian movies based on his novels now.
Robert The Bruce wrote:Just finished Alfred Lancing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. I have always known who Shakleton was but I never really knew the details. What a great story of perseverance in the most barren of conditions! The 28 men were stranded on the trapped boat for 10 months, then on various ice floes for 6 months followed by 3 weeks in the life boats before they make it to Elephant Island. But that only starts the story, from there Shackleton and 5 others take the largest of the boats and sail 880 miles over some of the most treacherous seas for South Georgia island, the currents are so intense that if they pass the island in the night or in the fog, there will be no going back – and yet they succeed here also, just as they run out of fresh water. As you know, at this point Shackleton and 2 others hike over an unexplored mountain range on the island, they come close to falling asleep in the frigid night and freezing to death before finally reaching civilization.
An interesting aspect that only gets mentioned on the last 2 pages is that it takes Shackleton another 3 months and 3 attempts to return to Elephant Island to retrieve the rest of the crew. On the second attempt they come within 100 miles of a rescue but ice forces them to turn around.
http://www.amazon.com/Endurance-Shackle ... 961&sr=1-1
cheese_breath wrote:Vulture's Picnic by Greg Palast. I'm about half way through. Exposes unethical and criminal practices in the energy industry, especial big oil. Some may find the raw language and/or political comments in the book offensive. But on the other hand it is both informative and entertaining.
gkaplan wrote:Elizabeth George's next book will be War and Peace II.
gkaplan wrote:And long winded.
MP173 wrote:Now reading Robert Caro's "Lyndon Johnson, The Passage of Power".
This is my first reading of a Caro book. It is a well documented biography of Lyndon Johnson's life from about 1955 thru 1964. He begins the book as the "second most powerful man in Washington", a real deal maker as Senate Majority Leader ("Mr. Leader"), loses the nomination to John Kennedy for the 1960 Democratic Presidental hopeful and is then the Vice President in the Kennedy administration.
Two very interesting points are the process which led to him being asked to be the VP nominee (and then the 3 trips in one day by Robert Kennedy asking him to withdraw from the VP nomination) and the complete loathing and ridicule from the Kennedy administration during his tenure as VP.
Not only is this a great insite into the life of Mr. Johnson, but also into the inner workings of the Kennedy Administration and the hatred between Robert Kennedy and Johnson. They truly hated each other.
Right now I am at the summer of 1963 and the Civil Rights issues are front and center. I never realized Johnson's commitment to that issue. He had to walk a fine line between being a "southern Senator" and his feelings about human/civil rights.
This is a fascinating book.