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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:32 pm
by chaz
"The Drop" by Michael Connelly.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:26 am
by Kriegsspiel
The Singularity is Near, Kurzweil. I'm about 30 pages in, I can tell it's going to be a mind-blower. Just with him laying out his theory, I can see where quite a few sci-fi novels I've read have drawn from him.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:31 am
by randomwalk
I just finished West of Here by Jonathan Evison.

Now reading Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:13 pm
by norookie
"Greenspan, and the missing 7 TRILLION, Bubble-Man. by Peter Hatcher.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:47 pm
by Jerilynn
Got 4 that I'm in the process of reading (depending where I am), all very good.

The Power of Passive Investing: More Wealth with Less Work [Hardcover]
Richard A. Ferri (Author)

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Paperback]
Richard H. Thaler (Author), Cass R. Sunstein (Author)

The Quest for Alpha: The Holy Grail of Investing (Bloomberg) [Hardcover]
Larry E. Swedroe (Author)

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings Official Strategy Guide

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:28 pm
by Colorado13
Broken Harbor by Tana French. I really enjoyed her previous books but would not recommend this one, unfortunately.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:37 pm
by nisiprius
Almost finished with Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals. Did not like it as well as his World War II books, but perhaps that's because I've never really been that much into the Civil War. You'd think I'd enjoy it because while I sort of know the names of the battles, I don't really know any details--not even who won.

Am just about to start Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth. It's a book I really ought to like. But it came out when I was a little too old for it. But now that I am older, perhaps I am the right age for it.

About 1/4 of the way through The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:21 pm
by bengal22
nisiprius wrote:Almost finished with Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals. Did not like it as well as his World War II books, but perhaps that's because I've never really been that much into the Civil War. You'd think I'd enjoy it because while I sort of know the names of the battles, I don't really know any details--not even who won.

Am just about to start Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth. It's a book I really ought to like. But it came out when I was a little too old for it. But now that I am older, perhaps I am the right age for it.

About 1/4 of the way through The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation.

Regarding Civil War - North won.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:02 pm
by Sam I Am
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:55 pm
by chaz
bengal22 wrote:
nisiprius wrote:Almost finished with Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals. Did not like it as well as his World War II books, but perhaps that's because I've never really been that much into the Civil War. You'd think I'd enjoy it because while I sort of know the names of the battles, I don't really know any details--not even who won.

Am just about to start Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth. It's a book I really ought to like. But it came out when I was a little too old for it. But now that I am older, perhaps I am the right age for it.

About 1/4 of the way through The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation.

Regarding Civil War - North won.
Don't give a spoiler.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:57 pm
by chaz
"Just One Look" by Harlan Coben.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:14 am
by stemikger
I'm currently reading Enough by John Bogle and I have to say I am loving it. Thanks to all who recommended it.

It really gives me the confidence that I am on the right path and the more I read from the great Jack Bogle the more I know my fanitical love of simplicity will be rewarded and all the new fangled products that even Vanguard keep coming out with are just a different level of noise and I will stick to my boring balanced fund and stay the course.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:25 pm
by Batavus
Elizabeth George's - "A Great Deliverance" based on a recomendation in Part I of this thread.

Also David Maraniss' - "Rome 1960", its going slow.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:18 pm
by nisiprius
bengal22 wrote:
nisiprius wrote:Almost finished with Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals. Did not like it as well as his World War II books, but perhaps that's because I've never really been that much into the Civil War. You'd think I'd enjoy it because while I sort of know the names of the battles, I don't really know any details--not even who won.
Regarding Civil War - North won.
When I was in elementary school, maybe second grade, My Weekly Reader--or maybe it was one of those news filmstrips the teacher sometimes showed--carried the news that the last surviving Union soldier had just died, while three Confederate soldiers still lived. Our little faces went wild-eyed with amazement, as we whispered to each other, "but that means... the South won!"

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:50 pm
by chaz
Batavus wrote:Elizabeth George's - "A Great Deliverance" based on a recomendation in Part I of this thread.

Also David Maraniss' - "Rome 1960", its going slow.
All of Elizabeth George's novels have been excellent.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:00 pm
by gkaplan
All of Elizabeth George's novels have been excellent.
And ponderous.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:05 pm
by chaz
gkaplan wrote:
All of Elizabeth George's novels have been excellent.
And ponderous.
That sounds like a TV western series with Lorne Green.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:49 pm
by hudson
nisiprius wrote:
bengal22 wrote:
nisiprius wrote:Almost finished with Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals. Did not like it as well as his World War II books, but perhaps that's because I've never really been that much into the Civil War. You'd think I'd enjoy it because while I sort of know the names of the battles, I don't really know any details--not even who won.
Regarding Civil War - North won.
When I was in elementary school, maybe second grade, My Weekly Reader--or maybe it was one of those news filmstrips the teacher sometimes showed--carried the news that the last surviving Union soldier had just died, while three Confederate soldiers still lived. Our little faces went wild-eyed with amazement, as we whispered to each other, "but that means... the South won!"
4th grade maybe? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Woolson

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:10 am
by SGM
Super Crunchers by Ayres

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:30 am
by Rob54keep
Currently reading "Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes" by Belsky & Gilovich, and "Men are like Waffles Women are like Spaghetti" by Farrel. Both books are a challenge to my day-to-day walk in this world.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:02 am
by bluemarlin08
Just finished Zero Day by David Baldacci, have enjoyed all his books but this one is so similar to Lee Child's character Jack Reacher. I googled the comparison and apparently many others feel the same way, almost like plagiarism. Good read though.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:01 am
by ruralavalon
The Boys of Summer, by Roger Kahn. I had forgotten how much I liked the Brooklyn Dodgers, and disliked the Yankees.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:02 am
by Bungo
Just started Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, by William Cronon. This is a history of the interrelation between Chicago and the rural areas within its orbit. The focus is on the economic interdependence between city and "country", with particular emphasis on the flow of commodities. The author acknowledges that this may sound like a very dry subject, but he has taken pains to make it interesting and accessible to the general reader. I'm only about 50 pages into it, but I'm enjoying it so far. Then again, I also like reading The Economist.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:13 pm
by MP173
Just finished "Silent Partner" by Jonathan Kellerman.

Interesting comments Bungo regarding "Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West"...I have not read this book, but a somewhat similar book is The North American Railroad, It's Origin, Evolution, and Geography by James E. Vance, Jr. I am fond of railroads and Vance's book outlined why and how railroads opened markets back in the 1800's including Chicago with the flow of raw materials into Chicago and finished materials back out of Chicago.

Regarding Lee Child...I have really come to enjoy the Reacher series.

The Drop by Michael Connolly...just finished that a couple of weeks ago. Harry Bosch is probably my favorite novel charactor.

Ed

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:24 pm
by gkaplan
Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:49 pm
by RyanC
I just discovered John Jake's historical fiction series about his fictional Kent family. As a big fan of historical fiction, I'm surprised I'm just learning about the author and his books (I know they've been around a while). This series spans from before the American Revolution to about 1890. I'm at 1845 right now, and have really enjoyed them.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:50 am
by zzcooper123
"Resilience, Why Things Bounce Back" by Andrew Zolli

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:06 am
by FabLab
Currently reading The Everglades: River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:58 pm
by 6miths
Just read Red Alert: How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens the American Way of Life by Stephen Leeb and The End of Growth by Richard Heinburg. Feeling very upbeat!!

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:29 am
by jginseattle
I've started The Einstein of Money. A fascinating new biography about Benjamin Graham.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:09 am
by Mrs.Feeley
"Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications" by Richard R. John (Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA, 2010). Exhaustive history of the implementation of the telegraph and the telephone, detailing the drama, both patent-wise and political, surrounding the growth of the US Postal system, Western Union and the Bell system up to about 1914. Chunky book at 520 pages, but am hoping there is a sequel that addresses the 20th century.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:29 am
by randomwalk
I just finished Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro and Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron.

Now reading Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith. Smith's previous books about John Marshall, Ulysses Grant, and FDR are amongst my favorite biographies. So far, it looks like his latest will be on that list as well.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:20 am
by gkaplan
I read Smith's biography of John Marshall. As you said, it's quite good.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:10 pm
by Vize
Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman (can't stop thinking about it)

This Time is Different (provides good market history, as Bill Bernstein recommends)

The Third Chimpanzee (many chapters can be recommended specifically and often be read on their own; see the one on European languages)

Imagine: How Creativity Works

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:36 pm
by chaz
"Promise Me" by Harlan Coben.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:18 am
by gkaplan
Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:30 am
by market timer
A Wild Sheep Chase, Murakami

I recently downloaded this and Dance, Dance, Dance to my Kindle. Decided to read the remaining Murakami novels.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:07 pm
by HardKnocker

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:19 pm
by camontgo
Just finished reading Again to Carthage by John L. Parker and listening to the audiobook Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Now reading Dark Pools by Scott Patterson.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:56 pm
by bengal22
hudson wrote:
nisiprius wrote:
bengal22 wrote:
nisiprius wrote:Almost finished with Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals. Did not like it as well as his World War II books, but perhaps that's because I've never really been that much into the Civil War. You'd think I'd enjoy it because while I sort of know the names of the battles, I don't really know any details--not even who won.
Regarding Civil War - North won.
When I was in elementary school, maybe second grade, My Weekly Reader--or maybe it was one of those news filmstrips the teacher sometimes showed--carried the news that the last surviving Union soldier had just died, while three Confederate soldiers still lived. Our little faces went wild-eyed with amazement, as we whispered to each other, "but that means... the South won!"
4th grade maybe? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Woolson
Based on link - North Won.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:57 pm
by denismurf
I'm about a third into American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, by Joseph J Ellis; a garage sale find, published 1996.

This book will make you re-think everything you think you know for sure about Jefferson. It's heavy on direct quotes and humorous inconsistencies in Jefferson's writings. Most important, it's fun to read.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:04 pm
by ruralavalon
Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen.
Fun reading.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:59 pm
by Petrocelli
I just read A Word Child by Iris Murdoch.

One of the worst books I have ever read. I want 20 hours of my life back.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:26 pm
by norookie
X2 "Random walk" :wink: Do you remember it all? :wink:

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:57 pm
by Petrocelli
I just started Post Office by Charles Bukowski. It is very entertaining so far.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:32 pm
by hsv_climber
For those who have not read it yet - "Younger Next Year" will kick you out from your TV to do exercises and add years to your life.
Good book.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:42 pm
by randomwalk
I just finished Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith. A very thorough and engaging biography, though I would have appreciated a final chapter that discussed Eisenhower's legacy and place in history rather than concluding literally at his death.

Now reading The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:01 pm
by Dave_M
Today's " Kindle deal of the day " on Amazon is Winston Churchhill's six book set on WWII. I read "The Gathering Storm" years ago and loved it, so I'm looking forward to reading the others.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:24 am
by denismurf
Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly.
A garage sale book that's too long, but OK as a lite source of anecdotes about Atlantic pirates in the early 18th century.

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:43 am
by MattE
We Can Build You by Philip K. Dick.