What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby denismurf » Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:51 am

A couple of months ago I picked up 2 books at the same garage sale:
The Harvest of Hellenism, A History of the Near East from Alexander the Great to the Triumph of Christianity, by F. E. Peters and
Why I Am Not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell
I just finished the first and started the second for some fascinating and entertaining juxtapositions. Caution, the first uses a lot of unfamiliar (to me) words to describe all the cults and heresies and schools of thought that finally coalesced into "official" Christianity around 325 AD.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby randomwalk » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:23 am

gkaplan wrote:I'm about sixty-five pages into Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow. I have read two other biographies by Chernow, so I know this one will be excellent, as were the other two.


Which other two have you read? I thought Alexander Hamilton was fantastic, and though I enjoyed Washington I didn't think it rose quite to the former's level. I still have Titan and The House of Morgan sitting in a box somewhere to be read.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby gkaplan » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:08 am

I have read Alexander Hamilton and The Warburgs.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:21 pm

Next up:

"The Fifth Witness" by Michael Connelly.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby cinghiale » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:15 am

nisiprius wrote:
Not sure how original is "original," but it seems to me that there were vast numbers of copies in a publisher's series... what was it called... edited by May Lamberton Becker, and that they included the Wyeth illustrations..,

and

FabLab wrote:
I'm thinking that even though you mentioned Wilmington, DE, you were referring to the Brandywine River Museum on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, PA.


Thank you both for the responses and the clarifications. In both cases my writing was imprecise. I was-- and still am-- seeking the Wyeth editions of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Mysterious Island. The word "original" was unnecessary.

And yes, the Brandywine Museum is in Chadds Ford, PA, over the border from Wilmington.

During the same trip, we were also able to visit the Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. Both exhibits were excellent; both are highly recommended.

OK... enough... back to books.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby cinghiale » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:25 am

I need some input here. I just finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Now, more out of curiosity and compulsion than out of the quality of the literature, I am about one-third into The Girl Who Played With Fire.

My question is: Huh? What's the deal here? Why the cult status? Why the perma-position on the best seller lists? This is not good writing. And, where is the appeal of these story lines, these characters, and the rather stark descriptions of violence and sexual assualt to female readers?

And, I can't believe that the prose is simply scintillating in Swedish but somehow loses all its verve and flow in translation.

Are the fans out there? Care to enlighten someone who just doesn't get it?
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:30 am

cinghiale wrote:I need some input here. I just finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Now, more out of curiosity and compulsion than out of the quality of the literature, I am about one-third into The Girl Who Played With Fire.

My question is: Huh? What's the deal here? Why the cult status? Why the perma-position on the best seller lists? This is not good writing. And, where is the appeal of these story lines, these characters, and the rather stark descriptions of violence and sexual assualt to female readers?

And, I can't believe that the prose is simply scintillating in Swedish but somehow loses all its verve and flow in translation.

Are the fans out there? Care to enlighten someone who just doesn't get it?

I enjoyed all 3 books in this trilogy. Certainly some readers may not.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Batavus » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:32 am

Just finished Fredrick Forsyth's "The Cobra". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Forsyth I have been a Forsyth fan for years but this one didn't do much for me.
Also recently finished Robert Parker's "Trouble in Paradice". It was a loser, seemed so cookie-cutter.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Batavus » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:41 am

cinghiale wrote:My question is: Huh? What's the deal here? Why the cult status? Why the perma-position on the best seller lists? This is not good writing. And, where is the appeal of these story lines, these characters, and the rather stark descriptions of violence and sexual assualt to female readers?


I read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and did not appreciate it either. The graphic violence was unnecessary and unbelievable. Here's one for you - How about all the coffee this guy drinks? Everywhere he goes "...and they drank coffee" We never learn if it was good or bad, old or fresh, does he ever get the jitters from too much coffee? (Is he ever desperate to find a bathroom?) We are never privy to those thoughts but man does the hero consume some coffee.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby JPH » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:52 am

While at the library to pick up Bill O'Rilley's Killing Lincoln, I browsed around a bit and found a copy of Bernstein's The Investor's Manifesto. After reading both I think the latter is more of a thriller!
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby burt » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:40 pm

Robert Reich - Aftershock

Ohhhhh My, how things have changed over the past 40 years.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:00 am

"Brash Endeavors" by William Manchee.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby SurfCityBill » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:41 pm

Victory and Honor - Part of the Honor Bound Series by W.E.B Griffin & William E. Butterworth, IV
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby jebmke » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:05 pm

Concrete Blond - Michael Connelly
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby camontgo » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:06 am

Just finished And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails by Wayne Curtis. An entertaining history of rum and the New World. Now reading, The New Geography of Jobs, by Enrico Moretti.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby nisiprius » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:08 am

I'm on a Jeff Shaara run... my wife just about chain-read all of his books over the last few years and kept telling me they were good, but I kept stalling. Finished The Rising Tide and The Steel Wave, just started No Less Than Victory. Rather like Patrick O'Brian (which is a high compliment), not in style or subject matter, but in his ability to convey the chaos, the importance of chance, and the multifactorial nature of it all (the strategy was good but they couldn't get supplies; or, the strategy and the supplies were good but the weather was bad, etc.)

Also, Paul Collins, The Murder of the Century. Good, but not as good as The Trouble with Tom: The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:31 am

"Shadow of Power" by Steve Martini.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby randomwalk » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:47 am

I just finished Hitler: 1936-1945 by Ian Kershaw.

Now reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:27 pm

randomwalk wrote:I just finished Hitler: 1936-1945 by Ian Kershaw.

Now reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

I hope Hitler: 1936-1945 by Ian Kershaw has a happy ending.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby FabLab » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:44 pm

Just picked up a book I'd put on hold at the village library: Social Security Strategies by William Reichenstein and William Meyer.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby XtremeSki2001 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:03 pm

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby runthetrails » Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:10 pm

The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice, by Christopher Hitchens

Normally I'm a big fan of Hitch, but I thought he was somewhat less than fair here. In situations where I would tend to see Mother Theresa as politically neutral for the sake of fundraising, he painted her as fully complicit with corruption, criminal individuals and cruel political regimes. I do think he had some valid criticisms -- providing absolute minimal medical care because she feels suffering is critical to the religious experience, despite easily being able to provide better, strikes me as abominable.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby randomwalk » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:07 pm

chaz wrote:I hope Hitler: 1936-1945 by Ian Kershaw has a happy ending.


I don't want to give it away but it involves a Walther PPK.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:39 pm

randomwalk wrote:
chaz wrote:I hope Hitler: 1936-1945 by Ian Kershaw has a happy ending.


I don't want to give it away but it involves a Walther PPK.

I like spoilers.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby jebmke » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:13 pm

Buried Prey - John Sanford.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby ruralavalon » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:14 pm

War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier, by John F. Ross.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby stratton » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:01 pm

Nights of Awe by Harri Nykanen.

Jewish police officer in Helsinki police procedural. Love the characters smart ass internal thoughts/comments.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby NYBoglehead » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:05 pm

Just finished "The Clash of the Cultures." Can't see why anyone who believes in active management would continue their ways after reading this book. We have become too infatuated with the daily movement of the stock market to maintain the discipline of long-term investing. Too bad, society as a whole is a loser when paying excessive fees and comissions to Wall Street.

Free market capitalist by the way, but fully subscribe to the notion that there are "value adders" ie productive enterprise and the mere "renters" that are intermediaries for financial transactions.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:42 pm

"Compulsion" by Jonathan Kellerman.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Norris » Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:16 am

The Clash of the Cultures by John C. Bogle.

I purchased the hardcover edition through the Bogleheads "Amazon.com" link for a total of $18.11.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Bungo » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:56 pm

I'm reading a detective/mystery novel by Elizabeth George, "Playing for the Ashes." I'm not usually much of a mystery reader, but this is pretty nice - much better written than the usual hack job in this genre. The authoress is an American who writes English novels, which for me is a red flag, but she carries it off pretty well without coming across as too much of an Anglophile fangirl. Good, in-depth characterization of most of the principals, except oddly the main detectives, who could do with some fleshing out. Good overall.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:22 pm

Bungo wrote:I'm reading a detective/mystery novel by Elizabeth George, "Playing for the Ashes." I'm not usually much of a mystery reader, but this is pretty nice - much better written than the usual hack job in this genre. The authoress is an American who writes English novels, which for me is a red flag, but she carries it off pretty well without coming across as too much of an Anglophile fangirl. Good, in-depth characterization of most of the principals, except oddly the main detectives, who could do with some fleshing out. Good overall.

Elizabeth George is a terrific author. Her Inspector Lynley stories became a series on Masterpiece Mysteries on PBS.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:23 pm

"Caught" by Harlan Coben.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby linenfort » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:08 am

The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby nisiprius » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:27 am

chaz wrote:
Bungo wrote:I'm reading a detective/mystery novel by Elizabeth George, "Playing for the Ashes." I'm not usually much of a mystery reader, but this is pretty nice - much better written than the usual hack job in this genre. The authoress is an American who writes English novels, which for me is a red flag, but she carries it off pretty well without coming across as too much of an Anglophile fangirl. Good, in-depth characterization of most of the principals, except oddly the main detectives, who could do with some fleshing out. Good overall.
Elizabeth George is a terrific author. Her Inspector Lynley stories became a series on Masterpiece Mysteries on PBS.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby af895 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:48 am

"The Intelligent Investor" (Benjamin Graham, commentary by Jason Zweig) is currently queued up on my e-reader.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby MP173 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:37 pm

Ed Klein's "The Amateur". I will make no comment about the book or the subject matter as I do not want this thread to be locked.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Five Scoop » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:03 pm

"How the World Works" by Noam Chomsky
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby tuckeverlasting » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:15 pm

Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card. Just finished: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby camontgo » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:04 am

Just finished The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Audiobook) by David Mitchell

Now reading Retirement Portfolios by Michael Zwecher and listening to The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:50 am

"Flesh and Blood" by Jonathan Kellerman.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby LazyNihilist » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:34 pm

Just finished reading "A Confederacy of Dunces - J.K.Toole". I liked it. Hope Fortuna spins the wheel up for me. :happy
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Fallible » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:02 pm

After reading Dan Ariely's "Predictably Irrational," it was encouraging to read his follow-up, "The Upside of Irrationality" and learn that all is not lost by being irrational. As Ariely says, our irrational ways let us "adapt to new environments, trust other people, enjoy expending effort, and love our kids." And he demonstrates all that very nicely.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby MP173 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:13 pm

Drop by Michael Connolly.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Jerilynn » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:33 pm

Fallible wrote:After reading Dan Ariely's "Predictably Irrational," it was encouraging to read his follow-up, "The Upside of Irrationality" and learn that all is not lost by being irrational. As Ariely says, our irrational ways let us "adapt to new environments, trust other people, enjoy expending effort, and love our kids." And he demonstrates all that very nicely.


I've seen some of his TED talks, I like him alot. It's been posted before, but he has a coursera course coming up. In case you missed that post:

https://www.coursera.org/course/behavioralecon
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby Fallible » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:09 pm

Jerilynn wrote:
Fallible wrote:After reading Dan Ariely's "Predictably Irrational," it was encouraging to read his follow-up, "The Upside of Irrationality" and learn that all is not lost by being irrational. As Ariely says, our irrational ways let us "adapt to new environments, trust other people, enjoy expending effort, and love our kids." And he demonstrates all that very nicely.


I've seen some of his TED talks, I like him alot. It's been posted before, but he has a coursera course coming up. In case you missed that post: ...


If you mean the Coursera course for next March, I've signed up along with several other Bogleheads. I think you're referring to this thread: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=99671

Thanks for mentioning it as I also like Ariely very much. :)
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby chaz » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:38 pm

"The Affair" by Lee Child, another Jack Reacher story.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby treborsetag » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:12 pm

"Truman" by David McCullough. A Pulitzer-Prize winner and one of the best books I've ever read during my 80 plus years.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby randomwalk » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:20 pm

treborsetag wrote:"Truman" by David McCullough. A Pulitzer-Prize winner and one of the best books I've ever read during my 80 plus years.


The best non-fiction book I've ever read.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Postby ruralavalon » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:42 pm

I just finished Stormy Weather by Carl Hiassen.
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