What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Questions on how we spend our money and our time - consumer goods and services, home and vehicle, leisure and recreational activities
User avatar
ruralavalon
Posts: 21470
Joined: Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:29 am
Location: Illinois

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon »

pezblanco wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:19 pm
ruralavalon wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:17 am 1620, by Peter W.Wood.

The subtitle is: "A Critical Response to The 1619 Project ". The book outlines some of the factual innaccuracies, misrepresentations, misinterpretations and hyperbole of the 1619 Project.

I had hoped it would be more focused on discussion of historical fact and evidence rather than on political analysis of the motives of the 1619 Project authors and promoters. Not recommended.
I agree with your assessment. It's too bad since the 1619 Project is something that needs a clearly written, stick to the history, refutation.
Do you have any recommendation for a better book on this subject?
"Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein | Wiki article link:Getting Started
cs412a
Posts: 153
Joined: Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:37 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by cs412a »

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night, by Julian Sancton.

Fascinating account of the 1897-99 Antarctic expedition. The ship spent an entire Antarctic winter frozen in sea ice, with dire consequences for the crew. Recommended.
MP173
Posts: 2237
Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:03 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by MP173 »

Just finished "Vanished" by Joseph Heller....sort of like Jack Reacher. It was ok.

Currently reading "Black Smoke, African Americans and the United States of Barbecue" by Adrian Miller. Slow read for me, similar to making BBQ - I read for awhile, get hungry and put the book down. Part cookbook, part restaurant review, and part African American history book...I am enjoying it.

Next up is the Michael Lewis Pandemic book...

Ed
engine37
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:13 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by engine37 »

Just finished "Monster of the Midway" about Bronko Nagurski's career in the NFL and the legendary Chicago Bears of the 30's and 40's. Great book - makes today's NFL players seem almost feminine...
User avatar
dodecahedron
Posts: 5606
Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:28 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by dodecahedron »

I recently ran across Passion for Reality: the Extraordinary Life of Investing Pioneer Paul Cabot.

Though published in 2014, a casual forum search reveal that the book has not hit the collective radar screen of this forum, despite the fact that Jack Bogle wrote the foreword for the book and praised it lavishly.

There was an engaging short preview published by the author available: here.

The New York Times obituary for Mr. Cabot claims that he started the first mutual fund, which sounds arguable. Jack Bogle agreed in the foreword that Cabot's fund was indeed "the first at least by one measure, the date it started operations [in 1924]." In any event, Cabot was indeed one of the pioneers and he was deeply involved in helping to create the regulatory and tax structure in the 1930s that allowed the industry to survive and eventually to flourish. I am also pretty fascinated by the history of Boston at that time and it does seem that Boston Brahmins (like Cabot) were very important in nurturing the infant industry.

Although published by the very reputable Columbia University Press, the book does not seem to be available in any nearby academic or public library to which I have easy access, so I decided to order it from Amazon.

I am wondering if anyone else has read it?
sureshoe
Posts: 302
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:26 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by sureshoe »

Slogging through Malazan Book of the Fallen. I keep hearing it's the greatest fantasy series ever... but 2 books deep and I'm struggling to like it.
BalancedJCB19
Posts: 282
Joined: Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:30 am

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by BalancedJCB19 »

Timex: A Company and its Community 1854-1998

The House that Bogle Built: How John Bogle and Vanguard Reinvented the Mutual Fund Industry

A Man and his Watch

Addicted to Americana: Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style
Mr. Rumples
Posts: 1254
Joined: Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:16 am

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Mr. Rumples »

My neighbor turned 90 and is getting rid of his library. He had a copy of The Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations Commonly Known as the Board of Trade (1748-1782[, by Arthur Herbert Basye, 1925 edition. When I saw it, I remembered reading a letter from George Mason from the 1760's to the Board of Trade complaining that they treated the colonists as children. And so, I am reading it.

I like old books and original sources. This is not an original source, but it is difficult to find information on the Board of Trade which was as important, perhaps more important, to the colonial economies than Parliament.

Alas, most folks don't like what I read.
User avatar
Nicolas
Posts: 2885
Joined: Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:41 am
Location: Ashtabula, 56th and Wabasha
Contact:

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Nicolas »

BalancedJCB19 wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:35 am A Man and his Watch
Thanks, I added it to my wish list. Father’s Day is tomorrow in a week, you know.
Mr. Rumples wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:55 am Alas, most folks don't like what I read.
I like such books. I’m currently reading The Diary of Samuel Pepys , an entry a day. It will take me ten years to complete. My reading list leans heavily on the nineteenth century.
Last edited by Nicolas on Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:54 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Mr. Rumples
Posts: 1254
Joined: Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:16 am

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Mr. Rumples »

Reading from that era can be laborious sometimes. I have been lugging around an old edition of The Works of Samuel Johnson since the 1980's...I'll never finish it. On the other hand, the 1,500 pages of the papers of The Official Papers of Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, 1758-1768 were fascinating and I still refer to them on occasion. It was interesting to see correspondence from an almost obsequious young George Washington to Fauquier and of course the insight into colonial Virginia government.
User avatar
Nicolas
Posts: 2885
Joined: Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:41 am
Location: Ashtabula, 56th and Wabasha
Contact:

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Nicolas »

^^^ I’ll try to find Fauquier‘s papers, thanks for the tip. Amazon has it used for $42 but I’ll try to read it for free first. It’s not online and my local library system doesn’t carry it, but my relative is a member of a big university library and I can try that route.
Barkingsparrow
Posts: 365
Joined: Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:09 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Barkingsparrow »

sureshoe wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:24 am Slogging through Malazan Book of the Fallen. I keep hearing it's the greatest fantasy series ever... but 2 books deep and I'm struggling to like it.
I tried twice to get through the first Malazan book and just lost bogged down. The book seems overly convoluted and dense, and not all that well structured; with not one character that I could identify with. I don't want to waste my time reading something where I need copious notes to track the numerous plot lines and characters. I also don't think the writing was all that great either, unpolished and muddled. Only the fan-boys are calling it the "...greatest fantasy of all time...". The guy comes off as some Gene Wolfe wanna-be but lacking Wolfe's talent.
LinearRange
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:06 am
Location: SF Bay Area

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by LinearRange »

I recently finished A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation by John Matteson.

It's a cultural/social history of the Civil War, viewing it through the battle of Fredericksburg and through the lives of five people affected by the experience. Three of the people are well known - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louisa May Alcott & Walt Whitman. The other two are lesser known & unknown.

It's part biography, part history. It's interesting to see people's attitudes toward the war and how it profoundly shaped them. I'm not a Civil War buff (I read Doris Goodwin's Team of Rivals ~5 years ago and have picked up a few Civil War books since then), but I found it quite readable and interesting.
BalancedJCB19
Posts: 282
Joined: Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:30 am

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by BalancedJCB19 »

Nicolas wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:15 am
BalancedJCB19 wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:35 am A Man and his Watch
Thanks, I added it to my wish list. Father’s Day is tomorrow you know.
Mr. Rumples wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:55 am Alas, most folks don't like what I read.
I like such books. I’m currently reading The Diary of Samuel Pepys , an entry a day. It will take me ten years to complete. My reading list leans heavily on the nineteenth century.
Cool. Yeah, a Man and his watch is a fun book with amazing stories behind them and great photos. My favorites were the sentimental journey many of them held and how the history of the watch was as much a part of the story as the watch itself. It's something a watch lover like myself was really able to relate to. Enjoy!
User avatar
Nicolas
Posts: 2885
Joined: Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:41 am
Location: Ashtabula, 56th and Wabasha
Contact:

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Nicolas »

BalancedJCB19 wrote: Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:42 am Cool. Yeah, a Man and his watch is a fun book with amazing stories behind them and great photos. My favorites were the sentimental journey many of them held and how the history of the watch was as much a part of the story as the watch itself. It's something a watch lover like myself was really able to relate to. Enjoy!
Yes I’m a watch aficionado myself. I own six or seven pieces but none are expensive, the costliest one set me back about $450. I’d own more expensive pieces except I’m married. I looked at the preview on Amazon and the book looks good. The story of Paul Newman’s Daytona Rolex is interesting. His wife, the famous actress Joanne Woodward, bought it at Tiffany’s (supposedly) for around $300 in 1968/69, a time I have a clear memory of, and it was sold at auction a short while back for in excess of $17 million. Her engraving is amusing. I must say though, I think it’s ugly, as I don’t like two-tone watches with subdials.
BalancedJCB19
Posts: 282
Joined: Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:30 am

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by BalancedJCB19 »

Nicolas wrote: Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:05 pm
BalancedJCB19 wrote: Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:42 am Cool. Yeah, a Man and his watch is a fun book with amazing stories behind them and great photos. My favorites were the sentimental journey many of them held and how the history of the watch was as much a part of the story as the watch itself. It's something a watch lover like myself was really able to relate to. Enjoy!
Yes I’m a watch aficionado myself. I own six or seven pieces but none are expensive, the costliest one set me back about $450. I’d own more expensive pieces except I’m married. I looked at the preview on Amazon and the book looks good. The story of Paul Newman’s Daytona Rolex is interesting. His wife, the famous actress Joanne Woodward, bought it at Tiffany’s (supposedly) for around $300 in 1968/69, a time I have a clear memory of, and it was sold at auction a short while back for in excess of $17 million. Her engraving is amusing. I must say though, I think it’s ugly, as I don’t like two-tone watches with subdials.
I am the same type of collector, in fact I love Timex and that is 85% of my collection. I don't collect to make money on them, I collect what catches my high and the connection I have with them as a person. John Bogle wore a $14 dollar Timex he received as a gift after his heart transplant and many CEOs wear them along with Casio's, Swatches and Seikos. There are a ton of watch collectors who don't collect Luxury watches. I do agree, I'm not a fan of the chrono dial myself.
mancich
Posts: 963
Joined: Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:05 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by mancich »

On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides. Story of the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. Excellent read.
sureshoe
Posts: 302
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:26 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by sureshoe »

Barkingsparrow wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:51 am
sureshoe wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:24 am Slogging through Malazan Book of the Fallen. I keep hearing it's the greatest fantasy series ever... but 2 books deep and I'm struggling to like it.
I tried twice to get through the first Malazan book and just lost bogged down. The book seems overly convoluted and dense, and not all that well structured; with not one character that I could identify with. I don't want to waste my time reading something where I need copious notes to track the numerous plot lines and characters. I also don't think the writing was all that great either, unpolished and muddled. Only the fan-boys are calling it the "...greatest fantasy of all time...". The guy comes off as some Gene Wolfe wanna-be but lacking Wolfe's talent.
It's been quite a bit of work :) There are a couple threads that I thought were good, but a couple where I was completely lost and didn't feel like going back 3 times.
chuckb84
Posts: 562
Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:41 am
Location: New Mexico

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by chuckb84 »

MP173 wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:30 pm Just finished "Vanished" by Joseph Heller....sort of like Jack Reacher. It was ok.

Currently reading "Black Smoke, African Americans and the United States of Barbecue" by Adrian Miller. Slow read for me, similar to making BBQ - I read for awhile, get hungry and put the book down. Part cookbook, part restaurant review, and part African American history book...I am enjoying it.

Next up is the Michael Lewis Pandemic book...

Ed
Premonition by Michael Lewis is excellent. When institutions failed, a very American bottom-up improvised response occurred.
User avatar
ruralavalon
Posts: 21470
Joined: Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:29 am
Location: Illinois

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon »

Escalante's Dream, by David Roberts.

The subtitle is: "On the trail of the Spanish discovery of the Southwest". In 2017 the 74 year old author suffering from cancer travels with his wife by car and camping out, retracing the general route of the 1776-77 Dominquez-Escalante expedition exploring New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The author said "this mini-expedition was the best thing we had ever done together." I thought the book was interesting.

The two Franciscan Friars had led a party of the about 12 mostly unarmed men through the Southwest without the loss of any personnel and without any armed confrontations with the Hopi, Navajo, Utes, Paiutes or any other native tribe.

The objectives of the Dominquez-Escalante expedition had been to find a route from Santa Fe New Mexico to Monterey California, and to convert the natives to Christianity. Neither objective was achieved.
"Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein | Wiki article link:Getting Started
Dave55
Posts: 1162
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:51 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 »

The "Round House" by Louise Erdrich. She is a a magnificent writer. I also read "The Night Watchman" by her, also outstanding.

Dave
"Reality always wins, your only job is to get in touch with it." Wilfred Bion
chuckb84
Posts: 562
Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:41 am
Location: New Mexico

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by chuckb84 »

Just finished Mortality by Chrisopher Hitchens. It's not an uplifting book, but I admire and relate to his unflinching look at the hard truths of cancer.

Now reading The Emperor of all Maladies and can't put it down. I'm only about 20% through the book, but it is magisterial. If you want to know everything (as of 2010) this is the book. I am already hoping that he publishes an updated edition soon since SO much has changed in the 12 years since the publication.
Fallible
Posts: 7796
Joined: Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:44 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Fallible »

Just finished The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid by Lawrence Wright and developed from Wright’s article last December in The New Yorker titled “The Plague Year.” There was much new information, at least for me, on just about every aspect of 2020, including development of the mRNA vaccine and the CDC. Another good chapter is on “The Mission of Wall Street,” with perspective from Goldman Sachs' chief economist and from a senior advisor. Recommended.
"Yes, investing is simple. But it is not easy, for it requires discipline, patience, steadfastness, and that most uncommon of all gifts, common sense." ~Jack Bogle
User avatar
FreeAtLast
Posts: 731
Joined: Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:08 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by FreeAtLast »

"Augustus: The Life Of Rome's First Emperor", by Anthony Everitt (Random House 2006)

Everitt previously wrote an excellent biography of Cicero and he continued to excel in this later effort. Gaius Octavius (Jr.) eventually became Gaius Caesar Octavianus and finally stopped at Caesar Augustus, the First Citizen (princeps) of the nascent Roman Empire. This progression would not have occurred if Augustus had not been a great nephew of Julius Caesar. Also of great assistance was the fact that Julius adopted him as a son in his final will. To be fair, we must acknowledge that Augustus was quite the talented politician and leader. He played a very long game, usually with great patience, although in a few memorable instances he totally lost his temper and made a fool of himself. While not a natural soldier, he had tremendous moral courage, which he displayed several times by standing by himself in front of mobs of angry citizens and soldiers. Eventually his most dangerous opponents - Brutus, Cassius, Sextus Pompeius, and Marc Antony - were defeated and Augustus was the last man standing. Unlike his great uncle, he kept his sizable ego under control and did not demand to be proclaimed a dictator for life. This wise decision kept the Senate, the citizens, and the soldiers satisfied and Augustus kept control of the reins of power for an astounding forty-four years until his death in 14 AD. Everitt lays the entire history out in very clear and connected fashion, which is no small feat considering the machinations of ancient Roman politics. I especially like it that when Everitt is making a best guess as to what might have taken place two millennia ago, he always alerts the reader to that fact. High recommendation.
Illegitimi non carborundum.
User avatar
ruralavalon
Posts: 21470
Joined: Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:29 am
Location: Illinois

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon »

Operation Pedestal, by Max Hastings.

The book details fighting in the August 1942 British fleet effort and convoy to relieve Malta during World War II. The ships and sailors who survived endured 3-4 days of near constant air, submarine and surface attacks by German and Italian forces. The relief effort suffered from lack of inter-service coordination and nearly failed. I recommend this book.
"Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein | Wiki article link:Getting Started
User avatar
FreeAtLast
Posts: 731
Joined: Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:08 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by FreeAtLast »

"Math Makers: The Lives And Works Of 50 Famous Mathematicians", by Alfred Posamentier and Christian Spreitzer (Prometheus Books 2020)

If you have a son or daughter who has evinced a strong proclivity for mathematics, then this compendium would be a wonderful gift for them. My strong prejudice is that you don't really begin to understand and appreciate mathematics until you are aware of the history behind all of the formulae. The authors do a scholarly job of covering all of the prominent notables in succinct essays, although I questioned some of their choices. Twenty pages for Lorenzo Mascheroni and only nine pages for Isaac Newton and eight pages for Euler? On the other hand, they do a fine job in loudly proclaiming the accomplishments of female mathematicians: Maria Agnesi, Sophie Germain, Ada Lovelace, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Emmy Noether, and Maryam Mirzhakhani. As always, I experienced a poignant sadness when noting the great mathematicians who deserved a long lifespan, but were unfairly denied one. Besides the utterly disheartening examples of Abel and Galois, you can add Pascal, Boole, Riemann, Ramanujan, Turing, and four of the female geniuses mentioned above. The warning of Robert Herrick comes to mind - "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may." Maybe this is why the Fields Medal is only awarded to mathematicians under 40 years old. Finally, another little gripe: in the footnotes for the lives of Sylvester and Galois, the authors referenced Wikipedia. Really? Primary sources only, please! :annoyed
Illegitimi non carborundum.
quantAndHold
Posts: 5732
Joined: Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:39 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by quantAndHold »

Let’s see…some good ones lately.

I’m finishing up Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry. I avoided this one for years, because western? But it’s really good, one of the better 1000 page novels I’ve read recently.

Also The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead. Novel about two black boys in a juvenile detention facility in Florida in the 60’s.

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson. Very interesting book about the CRISPR gene editing technology and the people involved.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larsen. We all know what happened to the Lusitania. But I swear, all the way up until the torpedo hits, I’m rooting for the ship, and it feels like they’re gonna get away with it.

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, by Robert Kolker. A family with 12 kids, and six of them are schizophrenic. Yikes.

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennet. Well told novel about two sisters, light skinned black women. One decides to pass as white.
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.
User avatar
heartwood
Posts: 1878
Joined: Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:40 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by heartwood »

Exhalation by Ted Chiang. A book of science fiction short stories. Time travel; artificial intelligence, robots, and others.

Some very intriguing ideas and insights into AI, life, and more. One of the NYT 10 best books of 2019.

Well written but at times he kept at his story telling in more detail and length than I wanted to give. I do recommend it.

I thought it had been recommended in this thread, but now see it was in the Good Modern Science Fiction thread.
search.php?keywords=exhalation&t=146455&sf=msgonly
jebmke
Posts: 12918
Joined: Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:44 pm
Location: Delmarva Peninsula

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by jebmke »

A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny.

Chief Inspector Gamache and his team investigate yet another death in Three Pines, a veritable killing field in Quebec.
When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.
MP173
Posts: 2237
Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:03 pm

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by MP173 »

I just completed "The Premonition" by Michael Lewis. So far, it is my "book of the year".

Excellent examination of several key players in the COVID pandemic...insiders who realized suspected early on this was going to be big and bad. Now, what will be learn from this pandemic? How will we prepare for the next one? How CAN we prepare if we do not know what it will be?

In so many ways the pandemic was mishandled, yet...vaccines were developed very quickly. Hopefully we can develop a plan for the next one and move the CDC into a more active role, rather than gathering data and publishing reports post pandemic.

Ed
Post Reply