What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Nicolas » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:53 pm

Rebuilding Russia by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, famous Soviet dissident and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, maybe you’ve heard of him. :)

Written and published in Pravda in 1990 as “How to Revitalize Russia”, it was translated by Alexis Klimoff.

In this volume Solzhenitsyn gives advice to his countrymen in how best to recover from the disastrous 70 year experiment with communism and reform Russia. I’m no expert on Russia but I think his advice wasn’t taken.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by lthenderson » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:35 am

Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant
Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. Dispatches from Pluto is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place. Imagine A Year In Provence with alligators and assassins, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil with hunting scenes and swamp-to-table dining.

On a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, Richard and his girlfriend, Mariah, embark on a new life. They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters—blues legend T-Model Ford, cookbook maven Martha Foose, catfish farmers, eccentric millionaires, and the actor Morgan Freeman. Grant brings an adept, empathetic eye to the fascinating people he meets, capturing the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta, while tracking its utterly bizarre and criminal extremes. Reporting from all angles as only an outsider can, Grant also delves deeply into the Delta’s lingering racial tensions. He finds that de facto segregation continues. Yet even as he observes major structural problems, he encounters many close, loving, and interdependent relationships between black and white families—and good reasons for hope.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by jdb » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:54 pm

Just finished two wonderful autobiographies, both depicting lives alien to mine. The first was Redefining Realness, My Path to Womanhood, by Janet Mock. I had never heard of the author until read a recent article in NYT which piqued my interest. A heartwarming true story of a young, multiracial, poor and trans in America who undergoes sex change operation and achieves success in NYC. For a white heterosexual guy from small town Midwest it was way beyond my experience but found story more than compelling and applaud her ability to overcome adversity, I am now a Janet Mock fan. Second was written 175 years earlier but just recently translated into English, Memoirs From Beyond The Grave 1768-1800 by Francois Rene De Chateaubriand. A French aristocrat who was same age as Napoleon and who hunted with the French King Louis XVI several years before he lost his head (the author detested Versailles and the French royal scene) and who escaped the revolution by traveling to America in 1791 where he allegedly met George Washington and extensively toured the new country, and who was a penniless exile in England for many years before returning to France. The author later in life during French Restoration was French ambassador to Great Britain, he would let his London embassy staff go home early and would wander anonymously among the slums of east London where he had spent many penniless years and reminisced about his wonderful friends and experiences from that time, much preferred to the scheduled receptions where he was guest of honor of British Royalty. Fascinating man with almost modern perceptions who would not allow his memoirs to be published before his death. And yes, the steak was named for him. If I could time travel and meet authors would like to invite Chateaubriand and Janet Mock to dinner party, am sure they would enjoy each other’s company. As I did. Highly recommend.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by 6miths » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:11 pm

Red Moon Rising by Matthew Brzezinski. The story of Sergi Korolev and the Soviet Union's rocket programme and the ICBM and space race. Very good.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by jdb » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:57 pm

AIQ by Nick Polson and James Scott. Latest book about artificial intelligence. The authors are professors who teach the mathematics and theories underlying AI and the book is essentially an adult education survey course in the mathematical theories and algorithms of AI together with history and applications and possible future uses. What I found most interesting was the myriad applications to everyday life, including financial investments. Who knew that Jack Bogle was applying Bayesian mathematical theory, one of most important theories behind AI, when he invented index investing. According to the authors the lesson of Bayes’s rule is don’t even bother trying to find a talented fund manager or advisor, “You’d almost surely be better off investing in a broad index of stocks and bonds rather than trying to pick winners.” I enjoyed the adult education course.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by SagaciousTraveler » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:12 am

Fallible wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:27 pm
Just finished Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, a WSJ investigative reporter who previously wrote a series of articles about the health care startup, Theranos, and its young founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes. It’s about Holmes and the Valley, but also about those who believed in and enabled her (board members included former secretaries of state and an Army general), and it’s about the courage of those Theranos employees and others who spoke up to make possible the WSJ articles that have led to SEC charges and lawsuits. I couldn’t put it down and was thankful it finally ended.
I plan on bringing this with me on vacation. You last sentence confused me, but I'm assuming it was a good read since you couldn't put it down but did you enjoy it?

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Fallible » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:01 am

SagaciousTraveler wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:12 am
Fallible wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:27 pm
Just finished Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, a WSJ investigative reporter who previously wrote a series of articles about the health care startup, Theranos, and its young founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes. It’s about Holmes and the Valley, but also about those who believed in and enabled her (board members included former secretaries of state and an Army general), and it’s about the courage of those Theranos employees and others who spoke up to make possible the WSJ articles that have led to SEC charges and lawsuits. I couldn’t put it down and was thankful it finally ended.
I plan on bringing this with me on vacation. You last sentence confused me, but I'm assuming it was a good read since you couldn't put it down but did you enjoy it?
Yes, I definitely enjoyed the book and recommend it. I meant the last sentence to be positive, but I see now how it's confusing. I was glad it ended only because I had another book that had finally come in from the library and I was eager to read it but couldn't put this one down.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by SagaciousTraveler » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:26 am

Fallible wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:01 am
Yes, I definitely enjoyed the book and recommend it. I meant the last sentence to be positive, but I see now how it's confusing. I was glad it ended only because I had another book that had finally come in from the library and I was eager to read it but couldn't put this one down.
Ah, thank you for clarifying. I very much understand the good ole 'readers anxiety' when you know you have a good book waiting in the wings.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by FeesR-BullNotBullish » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:53 am

The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth is teaching me a greater appreciation for a product I enjoy. The book discusses how beer is made, the history and characteristics of different styles, and how to taste beer to pick up the nuanced flavors. It's fascinating learning how cultural and legal nuances explain why German beers are lagers whereas English beers are ales. The book is long but very skim-able. My Kindle does an injustice to the graphics, so I recommend a physical copy as well.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:11 am

The Indian War of 1864, by Eugene Ware.

This book was first published in 1911. The author fought in the Civil War in Missouri and Arkansas, and then was a Lieutenant with the 7th Iowa Calvary, serving on the frontier in the period September 1863 to April 1865. His company was stationed near Julesburg, Colorado Territory.

The book is interesting for his vivid descriptions of people, soldiering, ranches, wagon trains, and life on the Northern Plains along the Platte River in that time.

Describing Omaha, Nebraska Territory "a straggling town scattered all over the second bottom of the river, the mud in places very deep, and adhesive . . ." " Fights were constantly in progress, and somebody was being killed every day." " As a matter of fact, the city was full of deserters from the Confederate army . . . "

Describing his company "A company of volunteer soldiers will grow clannish and inclined to hang together for good or evil, and to see how far they can disobey the military law . . ." "The troubles we had with the men came largely from whiskey." " Every man in the company could sign his name, and the large majority of them could write well."

Describing stagecoach drivers "The drivers sat up in the box, proud as brigadier-generals, and they were as tough, hardy and brave a lot of people as could be found anywhere." "He was a tall, raw-boned, dangerous-looking man, wearing a mustache and goatee . . . . He was said to be a killer . . ." " . . . the whole dinner was a loud and uproarious occasion, and the profanity was pyrotechnic."

Describing barracks life "every stage that went by threw us a bundle of newspapers, and in the evenings in the barracks after supper men were reading the war news." " . . . the greatest amusement was the man Cannon [who had been regular Army serving throughout the Southwest before the war, he was] the most talented and monumental liar that had ever been in the government service. His stories were inexhaustible." "For a patient, interesting and versatile prevaricator I have never seen his equal".

Describing Jim Bridger "Of all these guides, Jim Bridger was the most interesting". "Every night he was out in front of the subtler store on the benches, and telling stories of his adventures."

Describing the weather "a storm of unexamined severity came with a hurricane from the northwest, and lasted for three days. We could not get outside the post." "Riding against the wind was very unpleasant, all of us had our heads muffled up in the capes of our overcoats, and we kept our roadway by peering through openings in the folds of our capes. As we were riding against the wind we would look out through our capes with one eye. In a little while the tears of that eye would be frozen up, and vision entirely obscured; then we would shift our capes to the other eye . . ."
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by TheRightKost87 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:48 am

FeesR-BullNotBullish wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:53 am
The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth is teaching me a greater appreciation for a product I enjoy. The book discusses how beer is made, the history and characteristics of different styles, and how to taste beer to pick up the nuanced flavors. It's fascinating learning how cultural and legal nuances explain why German beers are lagers whereas English beers are ales. The book is long but very skim-able. My Kindle does an injustice to the graphics, so I recommend a physical copy as well.
This sounded interesting and the reviews on it were pretty good, so I just ordered a physical copy, thanks for the recommendation :beer
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by PhilosophyAndrew » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:30 pm

Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator by Oleg Khlevniuk.

My current non-fiction reading interest is the history of the Soviet Union. I’m working backwards in time, after first having read William Taubman’s excellent biographies of Gorbachev and Krushchev.

Andy.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by DanMahowny » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:51 pm

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian

The book is good. Not much new stuff, but it's enjoyable to experience everything all over again.

And Tiger is a horrible, horrible, horrible person. He is on my list of people that I want to see die before me.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by BenBritt » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:00 pm

The Great Gatsby--every year and Bobby Kennedy by Chris Matthews.

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