What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by abuss368 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:25 pm

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Just finished:

Investing in REIT's by Ralph L. Block
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It was refreshingly substantive with little fluff compared to a lot of what's out there on the subject. Excellent to fill in any gaps of knowledge for those already somewhat familiar with REIT's, but not fit for "experts" who already know about this.

The God Delusion by Dawson, and a few of his other works. I stumbled upon it while perusing Amazon books and found views thought provoking. Somewhat full of holes as far as logic but an interesting read nonetheless.

Finished Rereading:
Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment by D. Swenson.
This is a quick reread for informed Bogleheads. Also an older work.
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Swenson adds in R/E to a conventional "Bogle" portfolio.

In progress: (still)
Dao De Jing, a QiQong perspective. By Dr. Yang Jwing Ming.

This is the type of work that you can sometimes only read a sentence or paragraph a week. Similar to reading the Pali Canon. Thus, I have no end finish date.
Glad you read “Investing in REITs” by Ralph Block. I learned much. “Unconventional Success” by David Swensen is a favorite book of mine. I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture of Dr. Swensen’s.
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Post by Pugs1351 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:24 pm

Cashing in on the American dream. The book is from 1988 so the #s are outdated but the ideas still apply. Mark cuban speaks highly of this book.

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Post by Colorado13 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:45 pm

I just finished "The River" by Peter Heller and recommend it if you are interested in outdoor adventure. I was concerned it might be similar to "Deliverance" but that wasn't the case.

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Post by jbranx » Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:47 pm

"Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian," by James Grant. Grant is about as good as it gets in financial writing, and this is a terrific profile of the first editor of the Economist and a great financial thinker.

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Post by ruralavalon » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:01 pm

At the End of the Santa Fe Trail, by Blandina Segale.

The author was a nun who was a missionary (educator and social worker) assigned at age 22 to Trinidad Colorado, and then Santa Fe and Albuquerque New Mexico from 1872 through 1894.

The book first published in 1932 consists excerpts from her journal and letters to her sister back in Ohio.

This is a fascinating contemporary first person description of life on the frontier. She was personally acquainted with Billy the Kid, Kit Carson, Indian tribal leaders, ranchers, miners, railroad workers, the Territorial and later State Governors, as well as legislators. She knew frontier society from top to bottom.
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Post by jdb » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:51 pm

Appropriate that on the eve of July 4 finished reading The British Are Coming, The War For America, Lexington To Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson. I had enjoyed the author’s trilogy on the Second World War, this was every bit as good. This is what is known as popular history, for us non historians. But for first time I understood the military strategies and battles of first two years of the war, excellent maps, plus the author’s wonderful descriptions of the principal characters plus many minor characters. Look forward to his next two books to complete this trilogy. Highly recommend to fans of history and to anyone who celebrates the 4th of July, it gives an understanding of the tremendous sacrifices made to enable us to celebrate and enjoy the holiday. Happy 4th.

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Post by HawkeyePierce » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:03 pm

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine. I'm still in the first part of the book which covers early seafaring by ancient cultures. The chapter on how the Polynesians and Melanesians initially explored and settled across the Pacific is fascinating. Paine goes into detail on their crafts and navigation techniques.

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Post by Finridge » Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:57 am

Colorado13 wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:45 pm
I just finished "The River" by Peter Heller and recommend it if you are interested in outdoor adventure. I was concerned it might be similar to "Deliverance" but that wasn't the case.
On your recommendation you read it. Thanks. I enjoyed it. I'm now reading Peter Heller's book, "Dog Stars". It's also an enjoyable read, but very different from "The River."

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Post by heartwood » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:26 am

I'm enjoying working my way through the Slough House series of spy novels by Mick Herron. I'd never heard of him before a month or so ago. Then the latest book in the series, Joe Country, was either recommended somewhere or popped up on a best seller list. I saw that there are eight in the series, some having won various Brit awards. So I started on the first, Slow Horses, a reference to Slough House, a Brit intelligence London building where they send disgraces agents, giving them tedious, dead-end tasks, hoping they'll quit rather than have to fire them. The first quarter was a slow read getting the characters straight, then it picked up and ended well. I'm now on the second, Dead Lions, enjoying it as well. Some enjoyable characters, some not well fleshed-out, lots of Briticisms.

I also recently finished Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I ignored it at first given the outline: girl growing up in the marshes, abusive father, etc. But it was at the top of so many lists for so long that I reserved a library copy. I enjoyed it. It takes place in the 50's and 60's in the NC tidewaters. Good nature descriptions, good scene writing through out, good story, and then in the space of the last chapter, fast forward several decades, and it ... ends. Still a decent read although perhaps not the 4.8 star novel as rated by over 15,000 (!) reviewers at Amazon. I see that The World According to Garp "only" got 4.3 stars by several hundred reviewers. That was a book that actually had me laughing out loud on an over night flight to Europe in the 80s.

But I digress.

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Post by mancich » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:54 am

The Great Depression: A Diary. Powerful first hand account of what the Depression was really like for a middle class family.

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Post by Artful Dodger » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:22 pm

Just finished listening to The Wine Dark Sea, I believe the 16th Aubrey / Maturin novel by Patrick O'Brian. A few years back, I was re-reading and/or listening to the series, and just ran out of steam about half way through this novel. I decided to give it another go after thoroughly enjoying O'Brians' The Golden Ocean, written years before starting the Aubrey / Maturin books. I think this installment drags once you get to the latter land based part of the book, but I like the writing and characters, and I expect I'll pick up the next in the series soon. For fun, I pulled out my old DVD of Master & Commander / Far Side of the World, and watched Wednesday evening. Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany do an excellent job in their roles of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, and it's just a great seafaring adventure to watch.

I'm currently listening to The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). Cormoran Strike is a down on the luck detective in London, joined by a young temp secretary / girl Friday, Robin. Given a job to investigate a supposed suicide. Engaging so far. I see he (she) has written several, and they've also been turned into a series on BBC1, so I'll have to figure out how to watch sometime.
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Post by Wemick » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:51 pm

I have been on a biography kick, finding free ebooks at project gutenberg. Last week I read three books on Charles Dickens. Just finished Raymond M Weaver's "Herman Melville: Mariner and Mystic." Very good for those who are fans of Melville's books. "Moby Dick" was written when he was 32 and at the height of his game. His literary work afterwards was not well thought of. In many respects his life was a travesty. I am now reading a book by Albert Bigelow Paine on Mark Twain. I am a native Missourian, so this may be obligatory. But I find it to be a well written work. 40 years ago my wife gave me the complete works of Twain as a gift. I reckon it is time I read a bit about his life after enjoying much of his writing.

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Post by jdb » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:17 pm

Had one of those first world existential problems on Sunday. Facing a 3 hour afternoon flight, already read Sunday NYT, no reading material, option was to talk with wife for 3 hours. So stopped at airport newsstand. All junk but then I saw a book I had heard favorable reviews, A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles. Not only did it keep me occupied during flight but spent next evening finishing. Won’t say it is great literature but the author is clearly a big fan of two of my favorite books, War and Peace and A Life of Montaigne, and my favorite movie, Casablanca. And he does write beautifully. I recommend this book to anyone facing long flight who enjoyed Casablanca and War and Peace and Montaigne essays. Good luck.

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Post by zeppy » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:46 pm

jdb wrote:
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..........I saw a book I had heard favorable reviews, A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles. Not only did it keep me occupied during flight but spent next evening finishing. Won’t say it is great literature but the author is clearly a big fan of two of my favorite books, War and Peace and A Life of Montaigne, and my favorite movie, Casablanca. And he does write beautifully. I recommend this book to anyone facing long flight who enjoyed Casablanca and War and Peace and Montaigne essays. Good luck.
+1
I stumbled across this book recently and also found it quite enjoyable. Though not exactly a 'page turner' the story was interesting enough to keep me reading late into the night. And I agree that the writing itself was a real pleasure to read - made me feel as if I were right there with him..

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Post by brokendirtdart » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:44 pm

I just now finished This Kind of War by T.R. Fehrenbach. Originally published in 1963, it is one of the easiest Korean War reads of the handful I have picked up. Appropriately detailed when necessary and driving home some hard lessons learned in the 50s which are still relevant today as the ground forces of military continue to transition out of the last 18ish years of counterinsurgency.

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Post by Calli114 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:12 pm

jdb wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:17 pm
Had one of those first world existential problems on Sunday. Facing a 3 hour afternoon flight, already read Sunday NYT, no reading material, option was to talk with wife for 3 hours. So stopped at airport newsstand. All junk but then I saw a book I had heard favorable reviews, A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles. Not only did it keep me occupied during flight but spent next evening finishing. Won’t say it is great literature but the author is clearly a big fan of two of my favorite books, War and Peace and A Life of Montaigne, and my favorite movie, Casablanca. And he does write beautifully. I recommend this book to anyone facing long flight who enjoyed Casablanca and War and Peace and Montaigne essays. Good luck.
Oh! I just bought that for a trip in May - got a good start on it. Now I have no idea where it is... :oops:

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Post by bearcub » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:33 am

Feel Alive by Ralph Smart of infinitewaters.com.

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mancich wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:54 am
The Great Depression: A Diary. Powerful first hand account of what the Depression was really like for a middle class family.
Love this book. Read it three times, so far.
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Post by Dave55 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:00 am

"The Power of the Dog" by Don Winslow. Epic, face paced thriller, Mexican Drug Cartel verses the DEA with a great cast of characters. Although fiction, it is based on some true events (thus far).

Highly recommended, page turner.

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Currently in process:

Smartest Guys in the Room - story of the Enron catastrophe. Stopped reading this a while back when I went on vacation and need to pick it back up to finish.

Welcome to the Monkey House - Vonnegut short stories. Highly recommended

Annapurna by Maurice Herzog - Story of the first ever ascent of an 8,000 meter peak.

King of Content by Keach Hagey - Biography of Sumner Redstone...halfway through and finding it very interesting so far.

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Post by ruralavalon » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:16 am

brokendirtdart wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:44 pm
I just now finished This Kind of War by T.R. Fehrenbach. Originally published in 1963, it is one of the easiest Korean War reads of the handful I have picked up. Appropriately detailed when necessary and driving home some hard lessons learned in the 50s which are still relevant today as the ground forces of military continue to transition out of the last 18ish years of counterinsurgency.
I have read and liked other books (Comanches: a history of a people, Lone Star: a history of Texas and the Texans, Fire and Blood: a history of Mexico) by T. R. Fehrenbach, so will have to add this to my to read list.
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Post by FreeAtLast » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:15 pm

"Black Knights - The Story Of The Tuskegee Airmen", by Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly (Pelican Publishing Company 2001).

I am assuming that most of the posters to this thread are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen (TA) by now: squadrons of African-American fighter pilots who escorted bombers to and from their assigned targets in Italy, France, and Germany during World War II. The book is a fantastically detailed history, listing literally every mission that the TA performed and the results - dates, targets, which bomber wings were they protecting, # of enemy fighters encountered and what types, # of enemy confirmed or probable shot down, and any casualties among the TA pilots. The listing speaks for itself without unnecessary hyperbole and demonstrates with simple facts that the TA pilots were extremely skilled at their jobs.

An equally important part of the book is fantastically detailed description of the extraordinarily virulent, utterly blatant racism that the TA pilots faced from the time their squadrons were conceptualized to the very end of the war and afterwards, despite their proven fighting prowess. It was the record of that prowess that helped to justify Harry Truman's signing of Executive Order # 9981 on 07/26/1948, which eliminated segregation within the entire US armed services. It could be argued that this Order was the greatest accomplishment of his Presidency, but I will hold my fire on that idea until I read McCullough's biography.
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Post by Artful Dodger » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:22 pm

I'm listening to Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. It's read by Jeremy Irons who does a great job. I never saw the early 80s mini series adaption of Waugh's novel, but I believe Irons played the main character. Humorous and sad.

I'm reading Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by his son, Christopher.

I'd picked up the Silmarillion, Tolkien's tale of the beginnings of Middle Earth and its tumultuous first age back in the 80s when first released, but couldn't get into it. It was recently released on Audible, and listening to it was just what I needed to reignite my love of Tolkien and his earlier writing. The Silmarillion was a work mostly finished by Tolkien's hand, and told all these stories in abbreviated form. Christopher Tolkien has been editing and releasing much of his earlier work, which is a mix of history, poetry, and stories many unfinished, with different versions of the tales, depending on the time he composed them. His last three books where an attempt to take three major tales in varying degrees of completion, and weave in the different drafts of prose and poetry to bring them to completion. This book, Beren and Luthien, tells the story of a man, Beren, who falls in love with an elf maiden, and goes on a quest to retrieve one of the silmarils from the crown of Morgoth.

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mak1277 wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:04 am
Currently in process:

Smartest Guys in the Room - story of the Enron catastrophe. Stopped reading this a while back when I went on vacation and need to pick it back up to finish.

Welcome to the Monkey House - Vonnegut short stories. Highly recommended

Annapurna by Maurice Herzog - Story of the first ever ascent of an 8,000 meter peak.

King of Content by Keach Hagey - Biography of Sumner Redstone...halfway through and finding it very interesting so far.
After you finish reading Annapurna, I recommend you read True Summit: What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent of Annapurna by David Roberts.

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Post by bertilak » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:03 pm

I'm a couple of chapters into The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. I'm having some trouble getting into it. I had no trouble with Heart of Darkness -- a great book -- but in the past I gave up on Nostromo.

Any words of encouragement?
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Post by aspirit » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:25 pm

Additional "Harry Browne" literature, he's plausible, pragmatic, and timeless. imho. :happy
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Post by LearnerSD » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:56 pm

[(removed) --admin LadyGeek] Jobs: A Theory, by David Graeber. An in-depth look into the reality of the workplace, and the phenomenon that there are quite a lot of jobs where either what is done is pointless, or the employee does next to nothing, while pretending to be busy. Ironically, these are not working class jobs, and some are well paid, though, according to the research reported, those in pointless or unnecessary jobs tend to hate it, become demoralized, or just get fed up and quit. The difficult part to understand is that normally the pointlessness or uselessness of the "work" cannot be openly acknowledged but all must pretend that there is a point, even if privately they will admit the uselessness.

For a more historical look at the office workplace, try Cubed: The Secret History of the Workplace, by Nikil Saval; from the fictional Bartelby to tv's Office and everything in between. he takes us through what might seem the boring story of how office work got started and evolved to what it is today.

Both of these are sharp, well written, and often funny as they expose some of the dumb stuff that we come to accept as normal.

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bertilak wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:03 pm
I'm a couple of chapters into The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. I'm having some trouble getting into it. I had no trouble with Heart of Darkness -- a great book -- but in the past I gave up on Nostromo.

Any words of encouragement?
Give it up.

There are way too many excellent books in the world to continue trudging through the ones we don't enjoy. Just accept it and move on.

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Normandy '44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France by James Holland. A well-researched and well-written operational history of the Normandy campaign. This is superb WW2 history writing that is sure to become a classic. You won't be disappointed.
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bertilak wrote:
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I'm a couple of chapters into The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. I'm having some trouble getting into it. I had no trouble with Heart of Darkness -- a great book -- but in the past I gave up on Nostromo.

Any words of encouragement?
I don't know if this would be encouraging or discouraging, but remember your experience with Don Quixote?
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Fallible wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:48 pm
Àq
bertilak wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:03 pm
I'm a couple of chapters into The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. I'm having some trouble getting into it. I had no trouble with Heart of Darkness -- a great book -- but in the past I gave up on Nostromo.

Any words of encouragement?
I don't know if this would be encouraging or discouraging, but remember your experience with Don Quixote?
Yes I do. That's what gave me the idea to ask for help!

This time I can't wonder if I got the right translation.
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Post by market timer » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:38 pm

With all the press around Jeffrey Epstein, I finally decided to get around to Lolita, specifically the Audible version narrated by Jeremy Irons. It's incredible.

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Post by jello_nailer » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:14 am

Have to admit Can't Hurt Me by Goggins was pretty darn good. In fact, it was a struggle to believe some parts but I didn't doubt him.
I'm traveling last 2 weeks with a few long haul flights, for some reason this book really grabs me:

Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life by Rory Sutherland

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Post by protagonist » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:31 pm

HomerJ wrote:
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Lucky Planet

Very interesting book that explores the question, "Are Earth type planets common in the universe or extremely rare"?

His main point is that our Earth-Moon combo may be very rare in the universe.. I mean the moon is very big, we're almost a double-planet system...

(Funny enough Isaac Asimov had the same thought 30 years ago in his 5th Foundation book)
The latest estimate regarding the total number of solar systems in the universe that I have seen (probably not very accurate but whatever) is 10 ^ 21 (1000000000000000000000). That's a lot of planets. "Extremely rare" could still mean that a whole lot of them exist.
I suppose one must also define "Earth-like".
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Post by bertilak » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:48 pm

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1 ^ 21 (1000000000000000000000). That's a lot of planets.
Excuse me for being pedantic, but 1^21 is exactly 1. (Sometimes I can't resist. Sorry!)

You might mean 10^21 which is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
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Post by ryanayd » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:01 pm

I have almost finished the Wealthy Barber. It is a great goober about common sense investing in an easy to read manner. I highly recommend it!

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Post by Koogie » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:11 pm

bertilak wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:03 pm
I'm a couple of chapters into The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. I'm having some trouble getting into it. I had no trouble with Heart of Darkness -- a great book -- but in the past I gave up on Nostromo.

Any words of encouragement?
Sometimes 'tis better to admit defeat and.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secre ... 1996_film) :D


Conrad is one of my favorite authors. However, I will admit neither The Secret Agent nor Nostromo turn my crank but Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness are some of the only novels I have read more than once. His story "An Outpost of Progress" has stayed with me all my life.

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Post by protagonist » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:16 pm

bertilak wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:48 pm
protagonist wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:31 pm
10^ 21 (1000000000000000000000). That's a lot of planets.
Excuse me for being pedantic, but 1^21 is exactly 1. (Sometimes I can't resist. Sorry!)

You might mean 10^21 which is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Yeah, typo. Thanks.

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Post by protagonist » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:19 pm

I just downloaded two on my Kindle for traveling.

Infinite Jest by D.F.Wallace (I never got around to reading this classic).
Just Kids by Patti Smith.

Very different books, I know.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:49 pm

Nature's Mutiny, by Phillip Blom.

This is primarily a history about the Little Ice Age, around 1645 - 1715. it contains an interesting discussion of the climate during that period, of social and economic changes which coincided with the icy climate, and possible causal links between climate and the social and economic changes.

The last part of the book disappoints when the author tries to apply or not apply (this time is different) historical lessons to today's climate debate. I did not finish the book.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by protagonist » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:39 am

ruralavalon wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:49 pm
Nature's Mutiny, by Phillip Blom.

This is primarily a history about the Little Ice Age, around 1645 - 1715. it contains an interesting discussion of the climate during that period, of social and economic changes which coincided with the icy climate, and possible causal links between climate and the social and economic changes.

The last part of the book disappoints when the author tries to apply or not apply (this time is different) historical lessons to today's climate debate. I did not finish the book.
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The concept for a book seems interesting. I'm sorry you were disappointed. How did he try to apply it to current climate change that disappointed you?

By the way, unknown to many is that, technically, we are still in an "ice age", and have been for about 2.5 million years. An "ice age" is defined as a time when land ice is present in both hemispheres, a condition which usually was not the case over the entire history of Earth. At the time of the dinosaurs there were palm trees in the Arctic.

What we commonly refer to as the last "ice age", which ended about 10,000 years ago, was a glacial period within the larger, true "ice age". We are currently in an interglacial period.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:58 am

protagonist wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:39 am
ruralavalon wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:49 pm
Nature's Mutiny, by Phillip Blom.

This is primarily a history about the Little Ice Age, around 1645 - 1715. it contains an interesting discussion of the climate during that period, of social and economic changes which coincided with the icy climate, and possible causal links between climate and the social and economic changes.

The last part of the book disappoints when the author tries to apply or not apply (this time is different) historical lessons to today's climate debate. I did not finish the book.
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The concept for a book seems interesting. I'm sorry you were disappointed. How did he try to apply it to current climate change that disappointed you?

By the way, unknown to many is that, technically, we are still in an "ice age", and have been for about 2.5 million years. An "ice age" is defined as a time when land ice is present in both hemispheres, a condition which usually was not the case over the entire history of Earth. At the time of the dinosaurs there were palm trees in the Arctic.

What we commonly refer to as the last "ice age", which ended about 10,000 years ago, was a glacial period within the larger, true "ice age". We are currently in an interglacial period.
The disappointment was in the absence of factual information (e.g. amount of recent sea level rise, or current NOAA projections for sea level rise) about current climate issues. I had hoped to learn something, I didn't.

I did not finish the book. As far as I read in the final segment it was just expressions of opinion about the climate future with no sources referenced, more like a rant. Perhaps it got better later on.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:02 am

Pegasus Bridge, by Stephen E. Ambrose.

This is about one reinforced Company of glider troops of the British 6th Airborne Division on D-Day. The first Allied troops to land in Normandy, on the night of June 5-6, 1944 they captured bridges over the Orne River and Canal intact, preventing counterattacks on the beaches by German armored divisions.

This is an amazing story.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by brokendirtdart » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:55 am

ruralavalon wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:02 am
Pegasus Bridge, by Stephen E. Ambrose.

This is about one reinforced Company of glider troops of the British 6th Airborne Division on D-Day. The first Allied troops to land in Normandy, on the night of June 5-6, 1944 they captured bridges over the Orne River and Canal intact, preventing counterattacks on the beaches by German armored divisions.

This is an amazing story.
I enjoyed it.
While a few of Ambrose's books did not really excite me, I enjoyed D-Day and Undaunted Courage by him. Undaunted Courage covers the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by hdas » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:58 am

Enjoying the excellent Improbability Principle by David Hand. :greedy
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:20 am

brokendirtdart wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:55 am
ruralavalon wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:02 am
Pegasus Bridge, by Stephen E. Ambrose.

This is about one reinforced Company of glider troops of the British 6th Airborne Division on D-Day. The first Allied troops to land in Normandy, on the night of June 5-6, 1944 they captured bridges over the Orne River and Canal intact, preventing counterattacks on the beaches by German armored divisions.

This is an amazing story.
I enjoyed it.
While a few of Ambrose's books did not really excite me, I enjoyed D-Day and Undaunted Courage by him. Undaunted Courage covers the Lewis and Clark expedition.
I enjoyed Undaunted Courage, and have D-Day in my Kindle to read soon.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by david99 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:24 am

I recently read The Great Prostate Hoax by Richard J. Ablin, Ph.D. Dr. Ablin is the person that discovered the PSA. He says that the PSA can not be used to detect cancer and that millions of men are needlessly having biopsies because of this test--which can then lead to the possibility of having the prostate removed -- which can then lead to incontinence and impotence. He has a lot of other great information in this book about prostate and cancer. I think that this is a must-read for anyone with a prostate (all men).

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by aspirit » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:28 am

John Perkins (EHM) Economic Hitman series. He's written a couple offerings along similar themes, all worth reading imo.
Good Luck!

I've read david99's suggestion above also (Prostrate hoax) and endorse his ideas about the PSA controversies.
Very interesting indeed.
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