What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by TexasRon » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:54 pm

Just finishing (by audiobook) Stay the Course and am now starting “The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing!” I already read the Bogleheads’ Guide to the 3 Fund Portfolio. Yes, I’m late to the party but I’m finally here and learning all I can! Excited to say all of my investments are in route to Vanguard (from Merrill Lynch) where I’ll be putting what I’m learning into practice!

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:32 am

Going Dark, by James W. Hall.

In South Florida radial eco warriors plot to shutdown a nuclear power plant, while federal agents work at cross purposes to each other, and power company security employees conspire.
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Post by MP173 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:06 pm

John Sandfords- "Holy Ghost"....Virgil Flowers investigates shootings in a small Mn. community somehow tied to the appearance of Virgin Mary apperition.

Not as good as past books by Sandford.

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Post by FreeAtLast » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:47 pm

"The Big Fella", by Jane Leavy (Harper Collins Publishers 2018)

I am assuming that we have a significant number of baseball fans in this forum. If you are one of them, you are going to want to obtain a copy of this new biography of George Herman Ruth Junior. Leavy has really done her homework in documenting the Babe's life and times; I counted 78 pages of notes, interviews, and sources. The biography is weaved around an accounting of a nationwide barnstorming tour that Babe and Lou Gehrig embarked upon in 1927. In addition to lots of factual stories about Ruth, the book is also an accurate history of how Americans lived their lives in that tumultuous decade. A very engrossing read.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:08 am

Lessons from Lucy, by Dave Barry.

Funny, self-help life lessons learned from his dog Lucy.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dantes » Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:39 am

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant - the relatively new annotated edition from Harvard University Press. Annotations are extensive, particularly about every named individual in the memoirs. Its a well-produced book, good paper, good page layout, reasonable type size. Good dust jacket, fairly blah binding.

I think this is the fourth time I have read this book in the last 50 years - beginning with a copy of the original Charles Webster 2 volume edition, and including the Library of America edition and a free ebook version on my iphone during a series of bus trips. Obviously I like the book. The annotations in this edition are interesting but not essential to the non-specialist.

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Post by traineeinvestor » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:30 am

https://www.amazon.com/Printers-Error-I ... 0062412310

Printer's Error - Rebecca Romney + J.P. Romney

A fascinating look at the history of printing and production of books. Unfortunately, somewhat marred by the author's adding frequent attempts at pre-teen humour to the text - really dragged down the quality of what is otherwise a hugely engaging read.

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Post by ruralavalon » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:51 am

Dantes wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:39 am
Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant - the relatively new annotated edition from Harvard University Press. Annotations are extensive, particularly about every named individual in the memoirs. Its a well-produced book, good paper, good page layout, reasonable type size. Good dust jacket, fairly blah binding.

I think this is the fourth time I have read this book in the last 50 years - beginning with a copy of the original Charles Webster 2 volume edition, and including the Library of America edition and a free ebook version on my iphone during a series of bus trips. Obviously I like the book. The annotations in this edition are interesting but not essential to the non-specialist.
Personal Memoirs U.S. Grant, one of my favorite books. He was his own best biographer.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by jebmke » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:41 am

Say Nothing by Patrick Keefe
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Post by Cycle » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:01 am

Lost City of the Monkey God

Delightful if u like exploration and archeology non-fiction. Reads like a novel.

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Post by Cycle » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:02 am

Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Delightful if u like exploration and archeology non-fiction. Reads like a novel.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by mak1277 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:34 am

Two-thirds of the way through On the Road. I was really hoping for something inspirational, but thus far I think it's just crap.

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Post by AllStarDaniel » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:36 am

Just started Bogle's Stay the Course. RIP.

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Post by Tycoon » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:37 am

The Art of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick
“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” Confucius

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Post by RollTide31457 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:37 am

Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy

Really good and very eye opening.

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Post by jdb » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:47 pm

Just finished two fascinating histories which I admit that I skimmed through in parts. Sometimes just too much information. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books by Edward Wilson-Lee, being a biography of Hernando Colon, son of Christopher Columbus, and the wonderful largest library in the 16th century that he created in Seville. I am an unabashed fan of Christopher Columbus and now am a fan of his son. Recommend for anyone interested in that epoch or in libraries and book collecting. Though suggest first reading the classic Admiral of the Ocean Sea by Samuel Eliot Morison. And just finished Armies of Deliverance, A New History of the Civil War by Elizabeth Varon, an eminent history professor at the home of the new national championship basketball team. And it is a new take on the civil war, focusing on the growing public perceptions in the North as a war to end slavery and also focusing on the public perceptions of the conflict in the confederate states. Furnished many new insights into the conflict especially as to the role of media and public spokesmen and politicians in framing the conflict. Recommend for civil war fans.

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Post by Whiggish Boffin » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:22 pm

I finally finished David Hackett Fischer's Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America. It tells of the migrations of
1) the Puritans from East Anglia to New England;
2) the Cavaliers and their hierarchy of underlings from south England to Virginia;
3) the Quakers from the North Midlands to the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania; and
4) the Scots-Irish from the border region of England and Scotland, and from Ulster in Ireland, to the Appalachian mountalns and points west.

The book came out in 1988, and still rings true. It is 972 pages, about half being end-notes. It covers each group's religion, language, food, courtship, marriage, occupations, building style, treatment of the elderly, power structure, and concepts of virtue, justice, and liberty. It explains a lot of historic and present-day American socio-political conflicts in terms of these distinctly English and distinctly different cultures rubbing up against one another. It notes that later immigrants tended to absorb the English cultural attitudes of the region they came to. Fischer intended to write, in similar depth, about the immigrations of these later arrivals. Regrettably, these books remain unwritten.

(I will have to buy a printed edition of Albion's Seed. The maps, tables, and lineage charts came through poorly on my Kindle edition.)

I was led to Albion's Seed by James Webb's Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. I'm now starting on Thomas Sowell's Black Rednecks and White Liberals, which references Albion's Seed pretty often. I took a break from Albion's Seed to read Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos.

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Post by Artful Dodger » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:28 am

mak1277 wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:34 am
Two-thirds of the way through On the Road. I was really hoping for something inspirational, but thus far I think it's just crap.
Beautifully written crap, though. I always think of this book when I see posts from Dean Moriarty.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Wilderness Librarian » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:19 am

Whiggish Boffin wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:22 pm
I finally finished David Hackett Fischer's Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America. It tells of the migrations of
1) the Puritans from East Anglia to New England;
2) the Cavaliers and their hierarchy of underlings from south England to Virginia;
3) the Quakers from the North Midlands to the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania; and
4) the Scots-Irish from the border region of England and Scotland, and from Ulster in Ireland, to the Appalachian mountalns and points west.

The book came out in 1988, and still rings true. It is 972 pages, about half being end-notes. It covers each group's religion, language, food, courtship, marriage, occupations, building style, treatment of the elderly, power structure, and concepts of virtue, justice, and liberty. It explains a lot of historic and present-day American socio-political conflicts in terms of these distinctly English and distinctly different cultures rubbing up against one another. It notes that later immigrants tended to absorb the English cultural attitudes of the region they came to. Fischer intended to write, in similar depth, about the immigrations of these later arrivals. Regrettably, these books remain unwritten.

(I will have to buy a printed edition of Albion's Seed. The maps, tables, and lineage charts came through poorly on my Kindle edition.)

I was led to Albion's Seed by James Webb's Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. I'm now starting on Thomas Sowell's Black Rednecks and White Liberals, which references Albion's Seed pretty often. I took a break from Albion's Seed to read Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos.
Thank you for this summary. My mother left behind a paperback copy of Albion's Seed when she passed away. I decided to keep this one until I had time to at least skim and read key sections. It stuck out on the bookshelf not only because of its size but because it was so different than most of her collection ( short stories poetry and award worthy recent fiction) and my own preferences (science & nature & western history). I decided this must make it significant for both of us.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by jdb » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:40 pm

Just finished The River by Peter Heller. Two college student friends who are avid outdoorsmen plan a several week long canoe and portage trip in northern Canada where they get dropped off by float plane. Do not expect to encounter attempted murder by another canoe group and raging forest fire. As someone who went with bride on 10 day canoe and portage trip in Canada many years ago this brought back memories. Without the attempted murder and forest fire. A fast paced adventure yarn, recommend to anyone who has been on or yearned to be on a Canadian canoe and portage trip. Good luck.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:21 pm

Cycle wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:02 am
Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Delightful if u like exploration and archeology non-fiction. Reads like a novel.
I also thought that it was a very interesting, adventure-archeology book.
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Post by nisiprius » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:10 pm

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, by Mary Roach. Excellent.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by lthenderson » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:41 am

God's Middle Finger:Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant

Picked this one up on my kindle for a recent plane trip. It is about Richard's attempts to explore the heart of the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico where the drug trade is the primary source of income.

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Post by itsgot8 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:24 am

In Search of the Obvious by Jack Trout.

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Post by crystalbank » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:00 am

Just finished reading The Trap by Sir James Goldsmith, an English billionaire. Even though the book is written in 1994, it's remarkable how prescient the author had been about many issues affecting the world today (Globalization, wage squeeze, Eurozone, Brexit, GMOs, Industrialized Agriculture etc).

Irrespective of your political views, I think this book is going to be an eye opener.

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Post by Blues » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:30 am

Just finished "The Last Stone" by Mark Bowden. A somewhat tedious telling of an interrogation leading to the solving of a decades old abduction and murder. (Don't expect anything approaching Black Hawk Down.)

Now reading "Lethal White" the fourth installment of the Cormoran Strike series by "Robert Galbraith". I'm of mixed feelings on this series so will comment after I finish, or if I finish the current book.
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Post by DanMahowny » Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:31 pm

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by montanagirl » Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:48 pm

Before the Dawn by David Reich. I'm up to History now, yay! I'm hoping he can knit history and pre-history together.

Though the 2006 book is already terribly out of date.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by bondsr4me » Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:36 pm

I started re-reading Jack Bogle’s “The Clash of the Cultures”.

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