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In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case for Finance by Yaron Brook, Don Watkins

Concise explanation of the finance industry and positive description of Jack Bogle, Index Funds, and Vanguard.
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West of the Revolution, by Claudio Saunt.

This is a history of other events in North America in the 1770s. The book contains a disappointing, disjointed, shallow history of Russian and Spanish activity in Alaska and on the West Coast, and in the Southwest. It contains an interesting and much better discussion of activities of the Souix, Osage, and Creek tribes at that time.
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West With the Night by Beryl Markham.
An incredibly well written autobiography by one of the bravest, most fascinating and accomplished women....no, correct that.....one of the bravest, most fascinating and accomplished human beings of the twentieth century.

"“Did you read Beryl Markham's book, West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer's log book. As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people's stories, are absolutely true . . . I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.”
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Steve Hamilton's "A Stolen Season".

Hamilton has successfully penned a series of Alex McKnight novels set in Paradise, Mi. in the UP. This is the best (so far).

McKnight is a former Detroit policeman with a bullet still lodged near his heart, from a shooting which killed his partner years ago. He retreated to the UP and lives in a cabin his father and he built years ago. Very interesting series. Start at the beginning.

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Homeland Elegies, by Ayad Akhtar.

Memoir from a 2nd generation Pakistani American playwright. People are complicated and situations are ambiguous. That is all.
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nisiprius wrote: Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:09 pm Your mention of the Alamo myth and of San Jacinto brought to mind a story about Lyndon Johnson:
When she was working with Johnson on his memoirs, [Biographer Doris Kearns] Goodwin said, she summoned the courage one day to ask [LBJ} why he had so often told people that his grandfather had died at the Alamo, when he knew it was not true.

Johnson, she said, confessed to the fraud, but had a ready explanation. "My grandfather wasn't killed at the Alamo," she recalled him saying. "He was killed at the Battle of San Jacinto, which Texans know was more important in achieving independence {from Mexico}, but other Americans usually haven't heard of. So I moved him to the Alamo."

"That seemed reasonable," Goodwin said, "until I did some further checking and found he hadn't been killed in the Battle of San Jacinto either. He died in bed."
I just listened to a very good podcast about the "Alamo Myth": https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/ar ... ry/619664/

If Johnson was referring to his paternal grandfather, Samuel Ealy Johnson, he was born in 1838. His maternal grandfather was born in 1846.
The Alamo happened in 1836, as did the battle of San Jacinto, two years before Samuel was born.

Why he was not called on this transparent lie long before he was working on his memoirs is sort of bizarre.
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MP173 wrote: Fri May 21, 2021 4:43 pm Heartwood:

John Verdon's Dave Gurney series is excellent. "Think of a Number" was very good...I have read 3 now and am pacing them. Could bing read them.

Here is a similar author - Brian Thiem has 3 books out - Matt Sinclair series. Thiem is a retired Oakland, Ca policeman. Sinclair is a brilliant detective, but with "issues". Similar to Bosch series of Michael Connelly.

Yet another good series is Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight. McKnight is a former Detroit cop on disability living in the U.P. of Michigan. His books are set in winter, not only does McKnight face human issues, but also the elements.

I am also reading Paul Dorian's series - Mike Bowditch is a Game Warden in Maine...again, lots of nature's elements. Game Wardens (at least in the series) carry added responsibilities as law enforcement officers due to the vast land/minimal law enforcement in Northern Maine. His first book is "The Poacher's Son.".

I agree about Michael Lewis...800 page book on the history of staplers would be on my list. Cannot wait to read his latest.

Meanwhile recently:
Steve Hamilton's - "The Hunting Wind"...Alex McKnight series.
Brian Thiem - "Shallow Grave"
John Sandford - "Ocean Prey"- Davenport and Virgil Flowers investigate the killing of Coast Guard personnel in a drug deal. Sandford's best in quite some time (IMHO).
Sal DiStefano - "The Resistance Training Revolution" - an intro book to weight training - body weight, resistance bands, dumbbells, and barbells plus nutrition. Not a deep or heavy look at the science of resistance training, but helpful. I have been mixing resistance with cardio for 9 months with excellent results. Author takes a stance against mixing the two...it has worked for me.
Jonathan Kellerman - "Serpentine" Yet another excellent in his long running Milo and Alex series....about 100 pages in.

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MP173, I was going to joke, "what else you got", but I've followed up on several of your recommends that I hadn't read/heard of and have lots to turn to. Thanks for the new-for-me authors.

I finally read Brian Thiem's Red Line a week ago after your March recommendation and then went straight to the 2nd, Thrill Kill. Finished that and will today start the 3rd, Shallow Grave. I hope he's got another coming. He's a good writer and story teller.

Again based on your recommend I've read a couple of the John Verdon's Dave Gurney series. Very good.

I like the others you note, esp Sandford and Connelly. But the surprise for me, after your recommend, are the Paul Dorian's series - Mike Bowditch is a Game Warden in Maine. My first reaction was, game warden novels? Then I checked amazon reviews and saw that he's got 18 novels since 2010 and all were highly rated. I read the 1st, The Poacher's Son, and then read the 2nd and the 3rd. I'm set for awhile.

I see Connelly has a new Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch coming out in November.
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Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Blurb from the publisher (Penguin Random House):
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment, now asking: After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it?

5 ideas for summer reading—Bill Gates, GatesNotes • “Beautifully and insistently, Kolbert shows us that it is time to think radically about the ways we manage the environment.”—Helen Macdonald, The New York Times

That man should have dominion “over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” is a prophecy that has hardened into fact. So pervasive are human impacts on the planet that it’s said we live in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.

In Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets biologists who are trying to preserve the world’s rarest fish, which lives in a single tiny pool in the middle of the Mojave; engineers who are turning carbon emissions to stone in Iceland; Australian researchers who are trying to develop a “super coral” that can survive on a hotter globe; and physicists who are contemplating shooting tiny diamonds into the stratosphere to cool the earth.

One way to look at human civilization, says Kolbert, is as a ten-thousand-year exercise in defying nature. In The Sixth Extinction, she explored the ways in which our capacity for destruction has reshaped the natural world. Now she examines how the very sorts of interventions that have imperiled our planet are increasingly seen as the only hope for its salvation. By turns inspiring, terrifying, and darkly comic, Under a White Sky is an utterly original examination of the challenges we face.
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This book caught my attention while browsing Barnes and Noble:

Tales from the Ant World - by Edward O Wilson https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Ant-World-...1631495569

An interesting introduction to the complex world of ants for the layperson. I have a new found respect for them as I garden.
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The spy and the traitor. I did the audible version. One of the best narrated books I’ve listened to.
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Around the Next Corner

by Elizabeth Wrenn

A woman who feels taken for granted and unappreciated volunteers
to raise a puppy to be a guide dog. The training period is one year and
she knows from the start it will extremely difficult to let this dog go
when the time comes. Not bad , sometimes details are monotonous and
are dragged out but a fair novel.
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Just finished The Corpse on the Dike, by Nicholas van de Wetering. Part of a series of detective novels set in Amsterdam. Very good.
And just before that, The Basle Express, by Manning Coles.
And just before that, The Glass Key, by Dashiell Hammett, which is supposed to be one of his classics--but I didn't like it.

I've started Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather. I'm about a quarter of the way through, but I think I'm bogging down.
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nisiprius wrote: Mon Sep 06, 2021 7:39 pm Just finished The Corpse on the Dike, by Nicholas van de Wetering. Part of a series of detective novels set in Amsterdam. Very good.
And just before that, The Basle Express, by Manning Coles.
And just before that, The Glass Key, by Dashiell Hammett, which is supposed to be one of his classics--but I didn't like it.

I've started Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather. I'm about a quarter of the way through, but I think I'm bogging down.
I think I've read all of van der Wetering's Grijpstra and de Gier books. They are favorites of mine.
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"The State of Affairs" - Esther Perel
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quantAndHold wrote: Sun Aug 15, 2021 4:24 pm
gatorking wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 9:45 am The Premonition by Michael Lewis
The back of the book has a quote: "I would read an 800-page history of the stapler if he wrote it." I concur.
I just finished this. Some great storytelling. Also, eye opening.
Michael Lewis is a great writer. I think part of what makes him a great writer is that he is able to simplify complex issues and then tie them into a few key characters to tell a story. It makes for great writing, but not sure it is a great tool for understanding the pandemic. So I liked the book, I am just wary of drawing too many conclusions from a story that is meant to be entertaining. The CDC definitely sounds like they are in need of a drastic overhaul.
I feel like this book was written too early, though. It's like what a World War II history would look like if it was written in November of 1941. We still don't know how the story is going to play out completely. Who knows what the ultimate lessons will be?
Also feel like the heroes in the story are analogous to the financial doom and gloom people who have predicted 8 of the last 3 stock market crashes. If you are always predicting doom, eventually you will be right. But your predictions are not useful.
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Stupid Things I won't do when I get old, by Steven Petrow.

Am guilty of several of these, and I'm not finished yet! :shock:
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Two - each about 50% finished

"Northern Spy" by Flynn Berry
"Finding the Mother Tree" by Suzanne Simard.
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Shambolic37 wrote: Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:54 am
quantAndHold wrote: Sun Aug 15, 2021 4:24 pm
gatorking wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 9:45 am The Premonition by Michael Lewis
The back of the book has a quote: "I would read an 800-page history of the stapler if he wrote it." I concur.
I just finished this. Some great storytelling. Also, eye opening.
Michael Lewis is a great writer. I think part of what makes him a great writer is that he is able to simplify complex issues and then tie them into a few key characters to tell a story. It makes for great writing, but not sure it is a great tool for understanding the pandemic. So I liked the book, I am just wary of drawing too many conclusions from a story that is meant to be entertaining. The CDC definitely sounds like they are in need of a drastic overhaul.
I feel like this book was written too early, though. It's like what a World War II history would look like if it was written in November of 1941. We still don't know how the story is going to play out completely. Who knows what the ultimate lessons will be?
Also feel like the heroes in the story are analogous to the financial doom and gloom people who have predicted 8 of the last 3 stock market crashes. If you are always predicting doom, eventually you will be right. But your predictions are not useful.
For something well-written and informative on vaccines try one of the books authored by Paul Offit, M.D., link.
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The Madness of Crowds, by Louise Penny.

This is a murder mystery set in Three Pines Quebec about a post-pandemic dystopian solution, spurious correlations, and the madness of crowds.
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Shambolic37 wrote: Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:54 am
quantAndHold wrote: Sun Aug 15, 2021 4:24 pm
gatorking wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 9:45 am The Premonition by Michael Lewis
The back of the book has a quote: "I would read an 800-page history of the stapler if he wrote it." I concur.
I just finished this. Some great storytelling. Also, eye opening.
Michael Lewis is a great writer. I think part of what makes him a great writer is that he is able to simplify complex issues and then tie them into a few key characters to tell a story. It makes for great writing, but not sure it is a great tool for understanding the pandemic. So I liked the book, I am just wary of drawing too many conclusions from a story that is meant to be entertaining. The CDC definitely sounds like they are in need of a drastic overhaul.
I feel like this book was written too early, though. It's like what a World War II history would look like if it was written in November of 1941. We still don't know how the story is going to play out completely. Who knows what the ultimate lessons will be? ...
Your questions about the book, good as it is overall, are similar to mine, which center mainly on the CDC and not learning enough about why what went wrong did go wrong. In a sense, the book may have come out too soon, i.e., in May, before the CDC's new recommendations and just as the Delta variant was taking hold in the U.S. But Lewis's character approach using CDC and former CDC insiders might still have brought out main systemic flaws that would shed light on what has happened and what did happen after the book came out. A guess is that maybe he just couldn't find those insider-characters willing to talk.

Whatever, Lewis did find excellent characters in his previous book, The Fifth Risk, which I had thought would be a perfect prequel to "Premonition."
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Bad Advice, by Paul A. Moffit, M.D.

The sub-title is: Or why celebrities, politicians and activists aren't your best source of health information. The book is fairly short, well-written and easy for a layman to understand. The book deals with public health, epidemiology, vaccines and the anti-vaxx movement. Recommended.
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A Cold Day in Paradise, by Steve Hamilton.

An ex-police officer from Detroit, disabled because shot by madman, is a private investigator in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He lives in Paradise, MI just down the road from Sault St. Marie. His past returns to haunt him when a bookie is found murdered and he fears that the madman who shot him 14 years ago is on the loose.
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Freefun wrote: Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:15 pm The spy and the traitor. I did the audible version. One of the best narrated books I’ve listened to.
Am halfway through. Excellent.

Have enjoyed hearing how MI-6 tried to help Oleg's job performance in his KGB job (with "chicken feed" intelligence reports, etc.) so he wouldn't get demoted and sent back to Russia.

So far, the scariest part has been on the irrationality and paranoia of Soviet leader Andropov who seriously thought the United States was on the verge of a nuclear strike against the Soviet Union.
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Just finished Michael Lewis' Premonition.

He *really* writes well! I couldn't put it down, due in large part to the content, but also due to his incredible writing.

I hope that he ends up writing a "sequel"... how it all plays out in the longer run. We haven't seen the end of this "situation" yet, very unfortunately.

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ResearchMed wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:58 am Just finished Michael Lewis' Premonition.

He *really* writes well! I couldn't put it down, due in large part to the content, but also due to his incredible writing.

I hope that he ends up writing a "sequel"... how it all plays out in the longer run. We haven't seen the end of this "situation" yet, very unfortunately.

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I want thank an earlier poster on this thread for the recommendation on Premonition! While I was waiting for it to become available at the library I also read the Fifth risk by the same author - excellent and eye opening as well and have just started Flash Boys.....I may end up reading all of his books! I love some of the recommendation I have gotten from this thread - Thank You!
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Just finished Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather, and found it surprisingly engaging and readable. We read My Ántonia in high school so, like things that are required reading in high school, I didn't care much for it and didn't remember much of it.

I wonder if there is an edition of Death Comes for the Archbishop with big color photographs of the places and landscapes she describes?
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Just finished Out Of Africa by Isak Dinesen whose real name of course was Karen Blixen. It was a first edition published in 1938 which I found languishing on dusty shelf in used book store. The inside page had a personal inscription from an earlier owner gifting the book to a friend and hoping that she enjoyed the book. I like these old hardcover books with personal inscriptions, imagining that they were part of a small cherished home library. The Modern Library lists the book as one of 100 all time best non fiction books. I certainly agree. I found it lyrical and enchanting, a fascinating glimpse of an intelligent and observant woman, who also turned out to be a great writer, attempting to run a coffee plantation in the long lost world of British Colonial East Africa. Highly recommend, especially if find an old first edition hiding in a used book store. Good luck.
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tj218 wrote: Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:11 pm Just finished Malcolm Gladwell's new book The Bomber Mafia https://www.amazon.com/Bomber-Mafia-Tem ... 0316296619

It's a short read, but interesting background on the precision guided (Bomber Mafia) bomb group in WWII vs. the area effect school. Focuses quite a bit on the moral question through the lens of what the goal of the "Bomber Mafia" was trying to achieve vs. the pragmatic concerns (lack of accuracy, ineffectiveness, etc.) of waging such a campaign during that era. I enjoyed the background on the development of the Norden bombsight in particular. The Curtis LeMay led firebombing campaign is the focus of the final third of the book.
A sort read indeed. It reminded me of the brutal numbers lost in WWII. It also puts a nuanced face on LeMay.

As often with Gladwell some interesting ways of looking at what you think you know. He ends the book alluding to aspects of current day "precision" warfare.
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I just finished Metabolical, by Robert Lustig.

It explores the relationship of processed food on metabolic health. It was really well written. I can't recommend it enough, for anyone who is interested in optimizing health through nutrition.
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I recently received a box of mystery books by Lee Child from a collection belonging to a retired admiral. They feature Jack Reacher is a tough character who had experience as a military policeman. The first book "Make Me" comes from Reacher's expression : If you want me to stop you're going to have to make me..
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