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Killers of the Flower Moon

Half way through it. It's okay. Not sure how they made a movie out of it. But I'm reading it because we plan to get Apple TV soon.

I'm also two thirds of the way through Persuader. The Reacher book. It's been entertaining so far. Need to start Frozen River within the next two weeks, so I plan to knock out this one sooner than later.
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heartwood wrote: Sun Feb 11, 2024 4:06 pm
vnatale wrote: Sun Feb 11, 2024 3:45 pm
billyo44 wrote: Thu Feb 08, 2024 12:58 pm The JFK Assassination Chokeholds by James DiEugenio, Paul Bleau, Matt Crumpton, Andrew IIer, and Mark Adamczyk. :thumbsup
Could not find this book at Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/JFK-Assassinatio ... B0CL5VCFBH

kindle, hardcover and paperback
Thanks. That brought me to it.
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Currently reading "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman. About the events leading up to the start of WW1 and an account of the first month of the war. Engrossing narrative. But at the same time depressing, a stark account of the stupidity of using war to achieve nationalistic ambitions.
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Barkingsparrow wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:55 am Currently reading "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman. About the events leading up to the start of WW1 and an account of the first month of the war. Engrossing narrative. But at the same time depressing, a stark account of the stupidity of using war to achieve nationalistic ambitions.
Would that be your first Tuchman? She is (almost) the reason I got started reading history. There is lots more!
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ekid wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:16 am
Barkingsparrow wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:55 am Currently reading "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman. About the events leading up to the start of WW1 and an account of the first month of the war. Engrossing narrative. But at the same time depressing, a stark account of the stupidity of using war to achieve nationalistic ambitions.
Would that be your first Tuchman? She is (almost) the reason I got started reading history. There is lots more!
Yes my first Tuchman book, but definitely not my last. Next on my list from her will be "A Distant Mirror".
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Barkingsparrow wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:14 pm
ekid wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:16 am
Barkingsparrow wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:55 am Currently reading "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman. About the events leading up to the start of WW1 and an account of the first month of the war. Engrossing narrative. But at the same time depressing, a stark account of the stupidity of using war to achieve nationalistic ambitions.
Would that be your first Tuchman? She is (almost) the reason I got started reading history. There is lots more!
Yes my first Tuchman book, but definitely not my last. Next on my list from her will be "A Distant Mirror".

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Finished these two in the past week.

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willnick and Leif Babin. Surprisingly great read with a lot of takeaways. This will be required leading for all young/first time leaders that work for me on a go forward basis.

Pathfinders by JL Collins. More of a collection of testimonials from those in the FIRE community. Quick read, enjoyable but nothing new learned or earth shattering.

Just started Gulag Archipelago today. This will probably be one that I read in chunks and mix in other books.
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An American Sickness - How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back - By Elisabeth Rosenthal
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I am not a fan of Tony Robbins but on a plane today I saw him interviewed on cnbc about his new book
“The Holy Grail of Investing” and it seeems to be about new legislative rules regarding private equity and common investors. Anyone read it or have info?
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Quantum Supremacy by Michio Kaku (2023)

A nonfiction work about the advent of quantum computing. A layman’s overview of the history, basic principles, major advantages, and possible revolutionary applications. The author is an eminent physicist. I’m almost halfway through and I find it thought-provoking.
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Currently reading the Gospel of John.

Not trying to make this a religious discussion...

Finding this is a fascinating account.

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The Book of Charlie. David Von Drehle. Based on stories from his 109 year old neighbor.
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MP173 wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 5:33 pm Currently reading the Gospel of John.

Not trying to make this a religious discussion...

Finding this is a fascinating account.

Ed
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Tyrael314 wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 7:09 pm
Just started Gulag Archipelago today. This will probably be one that I read in chunks and mix in other books.
I read that one straight through (not at one sitting) when it came out in the 70s?

The main thing I remembered about it was it seemed like every 2nd paragraph there was a description of someone being brought to court and two minutes later the person was found guilty and being whisked away to prison.
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h82goslw wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:32 pm I am not a fan of Tony Robbins but on a plane today I saw him interviewed on cnbc about his new book
“The Holy Grail of Investing” and it seeems to be about new legislative rules regarding private equity and common investors. Anyone read it or have info?
I found the book he wrote with Ray Dallio on investing to be quite good.
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I'm reading The Daily Stoic, a book with a different discussion point about stoicism every day. The only downside of the book is, you have to start reading on Jan 1.
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I recently listened to the audio book called "After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond"
By Bruce Greyson, M.D.

Dr. Greyson is at University of Virginia, School of Medicine. He studies Near-Death Experiences.
https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-stu ... e-greyson/

The Tibetan Buddhists talk about Near-Death experiences, and that was my entry point into my next book.

I'm currently working on "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche.
This is the most insightful book I've ever read about living and dying.
Now that I have some basic knowledge about the Tibetan views on death and rebirth it really expanded my understanding on death.

This all get's nicely tied together in this lecture on dying and the afterlife from a Buddhist perspective.

"New Eyes" on the Tibetan Book of the Dead: What Happens After You Die?
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YeahBuddy wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:15 pm An American Sickness - How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back - By Elisabeth Rosenthal
I'm just on Part 1 of the book and although I think it will make patients better informed about how healthcare now is, as she writes, "exactly what the market's financial incentives demand," the real challenge is how we can "change the rules of the game."
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Finished Same as Ever by Morgan Housel. Really enjoyed this book. Easy to understand and a better follow up to The Psychology of Money IMO.

Also all caught up on fiction series by Rebecca Yarros and Sarah Maas. I know some think it silly but I can just get lost in these books and the hours just pass. Non fiction I have to take breaks from to digest and process.
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Finished Persuader by Lee Childs. Looking forward to season 3 of Reacher now. Good, entertaining read overall.
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vnatale wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 9:24 pm
h82goslw wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:32 pm I am not a fan of Tony Robbins but on a plane today I saw him interviewed on cnbc about his new book
“The Holy Grail of Investing” and it seeems to be about new legislative rules regarding private equity and common investors. Anyone read it or have info?
I found the book he wrote with Ray Dallio on investing to be quite good.
What book was that? Do you mean Money, Master the Game? He's the sole author of the book, Ray Dalio's name isn't on it. It's a collection of a dozen or so interviews with supposed money masters... the one with Ray Dalio being only one of them.
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Nicolas wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 9:25 pm
vnatale wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 8:27 pm
jaqenhghar wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 10:02 pm
vnatale wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 9:20 pm
Barkingsparrow wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:55 am Currently reading "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman. About the events leading up to the start of WW1 and an account of the first month of the war. Engrossing narrative. But at the same time depressing, a stark account of the stupidity of using war to achieve nationalistic ambitions.
I recently read that World War I started all because the driver of the car of the person in it who got assassinated took a wrong turn. So many people subsequently died because of that one wrong turn.
vnatale, do you happen to recall where you read that? Would love to read that book.
I may or may not have read it in a book. I think that wherever I read it it was only a paragraph or several.

But there IS this:

https://www.history.com/news/how-a-wron ... orld-war-i

How a Wrong Turn Started World War I
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand might not have happened but for an odd coincidence that placed him right in front of his assassin’s gun.
BY: SARAH PRUITT

UPDATED: MARCH 28, 2023 | ORIGINAL: JULY 17, 2018
I think that war was gonna happen whether Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated or not. It might’ve been delayed a fortnight.
I agree. Germany was determined to achieve European domination and they had a passionate hatred of France. They would have set up some additional false flag signals to justify their war.
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Please keep opinions related to a book review. WW 1 political discussions are off-topic.
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Started Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon. I’m about 50 pages into it. It’s ok so far.
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"The wisdom of Life" by Schopenhauer.
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Exit Interview: The Life and Death of My Ambitious Career by Kristi Coulter
About her 12 years as a manager at Amazon. I found this fascinating and horrifying and a lively read, although got bored about 2/3 of the way and skimmed the rest. It interested me on several levels – a description of the Amazon work environment and culture, an explanation of the Amazon “algorithms” developed for writing fiction books that sell, which I think may explain the mediocrity of Kindle Unlimited fiction selection, plus insight into the viewpoint of an ambitious manager. My only quibble is that she quotes verbatim conversations from 12 years in the past, which I have doubts she remembers the exact words, if she even remembers the conversation. But it’s part of what makes the book a lively read, so I consider it a legitimate writing device.
This book got me thinking about algorithms and culture and led me to the following, which I started but only got through about 30 pages before I had to return to the library, but I was interested enough that I plan to buy it:
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Killing the Witches - About the Salem witch trials and how it shaped the early development of the country.

Guilty to proven innocent - they even hanged a dog for witchcraft…reminds me of a neighbor dog outside barking at 5 am, laugh.
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How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen by NYT columnist David Brooks.

A very different and fascinating approach on how to interact with others. I'm familiar with the Carnegie "How to win friends and influence people" approach, but this takes it to an entirely new level.

It's worthwhile reading, but I thought the $14.99 Kindle price was set too high.
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sbaywriter wrote: Fri Feb 16, 2024 12:40 pm Exit Interview: The Life and Death of My Ambitious Career by Kristi Coulter
About her 12 years as a manager at Amazon. I found this fascinating and horrifying and a lively read, although got bored about 2/3 of the way and skimmed the rest. It interested me on several levels – a description of the Amazon work environment and culture, an explanation of the Amazon “algorithms” developed for writing fiction books that sell, which I think may explain the mediocrity of Kindle Unlimited fiction selection, plus insight into the viewpoint of an ambitious manager. My only quibble is that she quotes verbatim conversations from 12 years in the past, which I have doubts she remembers the exact words, if she even remembers the conversation. But it’s part of what makes the book a lively read, so I consider it a legitimate writing device.
This book got me thinking about algorithms and culture and led me to the following, which I started but only got through about 30 pages before I had to return to the library, but I was interested enough that I plan to buy it:
Filterworld: How Algorithms Flattened Culture by Kyle Chayka
I mostly only read non-fiction books. But from time-to-time when I read the same as you describe above I admit to myself that much of that has to be fiction, fabricated. I have a good memory but I could not tell you my exact words from two hours ago!
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Just a follow-up to my notes about The Fund: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates, and the Unraveling of a Wall Street Legend, by Bob Copeland. (I thought it was excellent and should be read by anyone who knows who has heard the name "Ray Dalio.")

If you don't want to deal with the book, the Rational Reminder podcast just did an interview with Bob Copeland, which is both good in itself and can be considered a reasonable summary of the book. As is customary, the website posts a transcript.

February 15, 2024, Episode 292 - Rob Copeland: Ray Dalio and Bridgewater
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I removed an off-topic interchange discussing the origins of World War 1 (political conjecture). Please do not use book reviews as a pretext to discuss topics outside the forum guidelines.
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nisiprius wrote: Wed Jan 31, 2024 1:49 pm
Chv396 wrote: Tue Jan 16, 2024 8:36 pm ...noticed that a new version [of A Random Walk Down Wall Street is out. Tempted to buy it...
Bought it, haven't read it, but let me say... nowadays the Three Big Lies are "the check is in the mail," "we are experiencing unusual call volume," and "completely revised and updated."
Oh dear. You could start a whole new thread. How about “ your call is extremely important to us” or my favorite “you are a valued customer” which is code for we will extract every pound of flesh from you we can with considerable malice and forethought. Think Frontier airline.
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About halfway through The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town by Mark Kurlansky, I am ready to declare it sensational.
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Have three books going right now.

* Pillars of Earth
* Frozen River
* If You Can

I’d retitle the last book to cut out the Millennial reference. It could apply to any generation starting out, so I cut that part of the title out above.

I finished up Killers of the Flower Moon. Super depressing book. Not sure I want to see the movie. I enjoy Reservation Dogs more. Finished first two seasons.

Another book like the above is Lakota Woman. For those that like depressing books, check that one out too. Read it for fun while in university.

I saw the miniseries for Pillars of Earth when it came out and enjoyed. The book is good so far, but the page numbering is all screwed up in the Kindle version. I’m a couple of chapters into it. Hope to finish by the end of March.
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"The Exchange" by John Grisham. Sequel to "The Firm".
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“Das Kapital,” by Karl Marx. The best analysis of the origins and dynamics of capitalism.
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rockstar wrote: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:54 am Have three books going right now.

* Pillars of Earth
* Frozen River
* If You Can

I’d retitle the last book to cut out the Millennial reference. It could apply to any generation starting out, so I cut that part of the title out above.

I finished up Killers of the Flower Moon. Super depressing book. Not sure I want to see the movie. I enjoy Reservation Dogs more. Finished first two seasons.

Another book like the above is Lakota Woman. For those that like depressing books, check that one out too. Read it for fun while in university.

I saw the miniseries for Pillars of Earth when it came out and enjoyed. The book is good so far, but the page numbering is all screwed up in the Kindle version. I’m a couple of chapters into it. Hope to finish by the end of March.
Did watch the movie a few weeks ago.

Agree with the way you titled "If You Can".
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Just about finished with "Robert Parker's Fallout" by Mike Lupica. Another Jesse Stone mystery set in Paradise, Ma.

Nothing heavy about this, pure entertainment. Sometimes one needs to be entertained. Jesse Stone series provides that.

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MP173 wrote: Thu Feb 22, 2024 2:34 pm Just about finished with "Robert Parker's Fallout" by Mike Lupica. Another Jesse Stone mystery set in Paradise, Ma.

Nothing heavy about this, pure entertainment. Sometimes one needs to be entertained. Jesse Stone series provides that.

Ed
Love the Jesse Stone films. Never read the books. How do they compare? I’ve only read his Spenser novels.
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