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Dec 20, 2022, 11:04 AM

Just finished "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William Shriner. It was obnoxiously long.

Now onto "#### Deus" by Yuval Noah Harrari. Definitely enjoying it.

Drop some recommendations. Preferably history/politics/economics related.

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Re: Book recommendations


Dec 20, 2022, 11:06 AM

I only read the ones that come with crayons...

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Re: Book recommendations


Dec 20, 2022, 11:08 AM

That's fair.

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Dec 20, 2022, 12:22 PM

If you are experiencing a loss in your life right now read "Beyond the Darkness" by Clarissa Moll - an excellent read to carry you through all aspects of the grieving process!

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:10 AM [ in reply to Re: Book recommendations ]

All kidding aside, "Bibi" is a great read by Prime Minister Netanyahu on his life.

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:08 AM

Manufacturing Consent is a must read for the nonstoopids

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:09 AM

Read it already. I like Chomsky. He's one of my intellectual heroes, even though we disagree on a lot.

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:16 AM

Can't help. MAD magazine was my go to at one time. Now I am left alone with my thoughts.

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Dec 23, 2022, 8:48 AM [ in reply to Re: Book recommendations ]

Are you really smart or did you just stay at a Holiday Inn Express

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Dec 20, 2022, 1:24 PM [ in reply to Re: Book recommendations ]

Tigerbalm1® as a nonstoopid, I am adding this to the 2023 reading list. I may have read it a decade or so - can’t remember. I Probably worth a reread.

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Comrade, you are taking the complete opposite path from me,


Dec 20, 2022, 11:17 AM

surprise, surprise. I have been going back and reading some of the original "Masterworks" of fiction and science fiction. Frankenstein, Dracula, and the like. Currently I am reading the original HG Wells "The War of the Worlds." I have read "The Time Machine" so many times, I could probably quote it, but I will probably tackle "The Island of Doctor Moreau" next. I always thought it too bizarre, and I suspect I will still think that after I read it, but will try to give it a fair reading.

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:23 AM

I read Lord of the Rings (Hobbit and Silmarillion included) last year and Game of Thrones this year. That was enough for my sci-fi binge.

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:26 AM

I found the Silmarillion unreadable. I tried a couple of times but just gave up.

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:33 AM

It was so difficult. But I knew Rings of Power was coming out on Prime. So I wanted to know how it would end before I watched it. That was my only motivation.

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It might offend your historical sensibilities, but I also


Dec 20, 2022, 11:28 AM [ in reply to Re: Comrade, you are taking the complete opposite path from me, ]

just finished the new Michael Connelly offering "Desert Star". It features detectives Renee Ballard and possibly (although I hope not) the last ride of Detective Harry Bosch.

Just like our music heroes, sadly, even our fictional literary heroes eventually get old. Harry Bosch had a great ride, hope Connelly lets him have a definitive last one after this.

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Glad to hear the new one is good


Dec 20, 2022, 11:31 AM

I too lament the aging out of Bosch

Have you read the Lincoln Lawyer series?

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I have read everything that Connolly has written, and have


Dec 20, 2022, 11:41 AM

yet to find a zircon.

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I just finished Fellowship of the Ring


Dec 20, 2022, 11:39 AM [ in reply to Re: Comrade, you are taking the complete opposite path from me, ]

Was thinking I was missing something from the movies. Nope. The book was just as long and boring as the films.

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Re: I just finished Fellowship of the Ring


Dec 20, 2022, 11:41 AM

Umm, the movie didn't include Tom Bombadil.

And how dare you call them boring.

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Dec 23, 2022, 11:04 PM [ in reply to Re: Comrade, you are taking the complete opposite path from me, ]

Have read The Hobbit 7 times and Trilogy 5, Silmarilion once or twice. Reread part of Unfinished Tales to catch up some of the Rings of Power lore. The series is interesting but does stray from JRRT's writing. Working on The Wheel of Time and on number 8 I have bogged down. I plan to pick it up again soon. Let us know what you find that is good.

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I recommend Dune.


Dec 24, 2022, 11:45 AM [ in reply to Re: Comrade, you are taking the complete opposite path from me, ]

It might be my favorite adult type Science Fiction of all.

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:52 AM [ in reply to Comrade, you are taking the complete opposite path from me, ]

TU for War of The Worlds, and The Time Machine. Great reads. I would like to read both again, one day.

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Re: Comrade, you are taking the complete opposite path from me,


Dec 20, 2022, 11:54 AM

Excuse me Leo. I meant to reply to 76er.

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:27 AM

I'm listening to American Lion by Jon Meacham right now about Andrew Jackson
Lots of connections to Fort Hill, John C. etc.

Might have to buy a hard copy because there are so many good quotes and relevance to today's political scene.

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Animal Farm.********


Dec 20, 2022, 11:30 AM



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Dec 20, 2022, 11:31 AM

One of my all time favorites

So much better than 1984

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To Have and Have Not***


Dec 20, 2022, 11:36 AM



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Speaking of trilogies, have you read the DUNE series? Those


Dec 20, 2022, 11:43 AM

books were obviously hard to translate to the movie screen, but the books themselves were great, IMHO.

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:47 AM

I will read Dune in 2023.

Loved the movie. The cinematography was out of this world.

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Dec 20, 2022, 5:05 PM

I also have to recommend Dune - I was physically impelled to keep reading it into the night/morning.

After that I went back and read the Foundation Trilogy by Asimov.

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Dec 20, 2022, 7:58 PM [ in reply to Re: Speaking of trilogies, have you read the DUNE series? Those ]

The Sum of All Fears. Tom Clancy

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Dec 20, 2022, 12:11 PM [ in reply to Speaking of trilogies, have you read the DUNE series? Those ]

Read Dune a couple of times. Loved the adaption of it in the 2021 movie version of Dune. It was spot on. Anxiously awaiting Dune: Part 2.

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Evelyn Woodhead taught me scanning.


Dec 20, 2022, 11:58 AM

I don’t read anymore. I just point a fan in the direction of an open book.

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Dec 20, 2022, 11:58 AM

I read this book a long time ago. I believe it was called "Fear no evil" by Natan Sharansky. Pretty much anything by Solzhenitsyn is good.

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The Invisible Woman - great WWII French resistance story***


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Dec 20, 2022, 12:01 PM

I wouldn't recommend Little Woman. One of me elementary school teachers assigned Little Men for the boys to read and Little Woman for the girls. She ran out of copies of Little Men and made me read Little Woman, the only boy to have to do so. Teachers, please don't do something like this to your students. It turned me so against reading that I never read another book to this day. I made it through the rest of school and college reading Spark Notes just to pass tests.

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Dec 20, 2022, 12:05 PM

Path Between the Seas by David McCullough, about the building of the Panama Canal.

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Dec 20, 2022, 1:16 PM

Anything by David McCullough is a good reading, well researched book.

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Dec 20, 2022, 12:17 PM

"Devotion" by Adam Mako. The story of Navy pilots, and best friends; Ens. Jesse Brown, and LTJG.Tom Hudner. Two very remarkable men. It takes place during the Korean War, and not only does it tell their story, but it also tells a lot about the 9500 Marines that faced over 200,000 Chinese soldiers, as The Marines covered the withdrawal at Chosin. It may not be on the intellectual level of some of the books y'all are talking about, but still a very good read. They say The Korean War is the forgotten war, but it shouldn't be. Incidentally; Ens. Brown was the man, the ship I served on for over three years, was named for.

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Dec 20, 2022, 12:27 PM

Venus on the Half Shell (If you can find it)
Slaughterhouse 5
Still Life with Woodpecker (and/or) Another Roadside Attraction
Burning

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Dec 20, 2022, 12:35 PM

Read several months ago "Checkmate Berlin" about the Allies establishment of the four power governance of the city, their interaction and its effects on the population. Also "Forty Autumns" about a young teenager's escape twice from post war East Germany, its effects on the family remaining there and changes to the country brought about by Soviet dominated rule.

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Dec 20, 2022, 12:39 PM

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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Nice Post for the Holidays


Dec 20, 2022, 1:00 PM

Going old school detective classics with Dashiell Hammett (Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, The Thin Man), Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely), and James M. Cain (Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Career in C Major, Mildred Pierce), Donald Westlake/Richard Stark (Point Blank, The Grifters, Parker books).

Without these writers and the characters Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, there would likely be no Ian Fleming or James Bond. The movie actors playing the characters in these books were the Hollywood tough guys -- Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Edward G. Robinson, Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall, George C. Scott, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Jason Statham and more. Good stuff.

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Dec 20, 2022, 3:14 PM

the creature from jekyll island.about the creation of the federal reserve.sounds incredibly boring,but reads like an very interesting mystery.written back in the 90's,i believe,but very applicable to today's situation.

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Dec 20, 2022, 1:03 PM

Walking in the dust of Rabbi Jesus is a good one that gives perspective on western culture shaping the way we read and interpret scripture. Also helps you understand scripture from the middle east perspective.

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Dec 20, 2022, 2:16 PM

Colt - I find it interesting that only you have mentioned anything about Jesus. Would have thought many would have mentioned a "daily reading" of the Word.
The best way to start any day is to start with the Word!
Blessings to all.

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Dec 20, 2022, 3:19 PM

I've already read the Quran

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Dec 20, 2022, 1:06 PM

I'm impressed you read all of Third Reich. I got half way through and had to stop. That level of evil is too unsettling...
I'm reading "Jaymer Crow" by Wendell Berry. It's different. Like a relaxing walk in the countryside. He is quite a storyteller. First book of his I've read.

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Dec 20, 2022, 2:08 PM

I can't believe people on this site actually read.

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Dec 20, 2022, 2:21 PM

Good topic! I'll keep an eye on this thread. Thanks

Currently reading Dominion, by Tom Holland
No Ordinary Time, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Fields of Blood, by Karen Armstrong
Psychology of Money, by Morgan Housel
Education of a Value Investor, Guy Spier
The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis

Authors I've enjoyed... Armstrong (religious scholar), Arthur Brooks, Michael Lewis

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Dec 20, 2022, 2:24 PM

I’m sure you’ve already read it, but The 5000 Year Leap is worth reading for the politics/economics

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Dec 20, 2022, 3:18 PM

This one sounds good. Thanks

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Devil at My Heels


Dec 20, 2022, 3:19 PM

By Louis Zamporini
Autobiography
Fantastic

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Dec 20, 2022, 3:22 PM
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Forgotten Soldier - Guy Sajer

Best war memoir that I have ever read. You feel like you are there on the frozen Eastern Front with him as the Red Army tanks roll over his position.

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Class of '87


Re: Book recommendations


Dec 20, 2022, 4:59 PM

I have been re-reading some Plato and Voltaire. I am sure that you have read them already, but they are worth the re-visit. I am regularly finding new passages to highlight as remarkable.

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The Goldsworthy Trilogy***


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"Ragtime" and/or "Billy Bathgate" by E.L. Doctorow ...


Dec 20, 2022, 7:52 PM

if you haven't already read them. Great storytelling and historical characters, against the backdrop of a particular historical period in America. Doctorow is a fine writer, and gives accurate, detailed historical descriptions, while taking enogh literary liscense to fully develop characters.

I have recommended them many times over the years, and have read each at least 3 times.

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Dec 20, 2022, 8:02 PM

Why Communism Doesn't Work. Anthony Fejfar.

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Dec 20, 2022, 8:07 PM

6 seconds in Dallas. Assassination conspiracy. Good stuff

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Dec 21, 2022, 4:37 AM

Any history book by Mann.

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Dec 21, 2022, 10:35 AM

Judging by the comments here, I was thinking Dr Seuss would be the author of choice.

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Dec 21, 2022, 10:41 AM

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson. Larson has a number of other good reads as well.

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Dec 24, 2022, 3:18 PM

Excellent book! TU for your good taste in books.

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Dec 21, 2022, 10:56 AM

Phantom Warrior is really good if you like war books.
Into Thin Air by Krakauer is excellent.
The Boys of 67 is a really good Vietnam book.
Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell
The Game of the Century by Michael Corcoran is a good football book about the Nebraska-Oklahoma game of 1971.
Helter Skelter is a great true crime book about Charles Manson.
Lions of Kandahar is a great read
The Trident by Jason Redmon is a good Navy Seal book.
Devotion as mentioned above is great and the movie isn't bad.
Across the River is a great book about high school football in that vile and disgusting city of New Orleans. Made me glad to have had a father.


Those are just a few good non-fiction books I remember enjoying, not get back to lying about reading Plato and other gibberish.

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Dec 23, 2022, 7:57 AM

If you're into science fiction and haven't already read it, Jurassic Park is a great one. Even better than the movie, in my opinion.

Really, any Crichton book will do

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God/NIL by LeonTrotsky - it's like reading a book while its


Dec 23, 2022, 8:27 AM

being written. 250+ responses has to be some kind of record, and every time I refresh there is a new chapter to read.

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Re: God/NIL by LeonTrotsky - it's like reading a book while its


Dec 23, 2022, 9:21 AM

I need to go through it and read the comments. I stopped after like 60. I had no idea it would blow up like it did.

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America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and


Dec 23, 2022, 8:40 AM

and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System by Steven Brill.

I thought it was very informative and gave a good inside look into getting a huge bill like the ACA through Washington no matter what side you're on.

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Dec 23, 2022, 8:44 AM

Capital, by Karl Marx
State and Revolution by V. Lenin
Socialism by Von Mises
The Rise and Fall of Elites by Pareto

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Dec 23, 2022, 9:22 AM

I read State and Revolution for a paper for my undergrad.

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Dec 23, 2022, 10:49 PM [ in reply to Re: Book recommendations ]

Boring. I just finished Fearless by Eric Blehm and I’d recommend it if you don’t like reading just exciting stuff by Karl Marx.

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Dec 23, 2022, 10:51 PM

read rise and fall in college. awesome. still a fascinating story. still hard to believe that happened.

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First Blood***


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Dec 23, 2022, 11:06 PM

A couple non fiction good ones I’ve encountered recently include: The Precipice- great sober analysis of existential threats to mankind, Empires of the Sea- interesting dive into Turks vs Holy Roman Empire post crusades, and 1491-interesting history and insight into the Columbian exchange and how they impacted the new and old old worlds.

Nonfiction- recently finished Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Phenomenal fantasy series (not typically my thing, but could not put them down).

The Essentialist is also a really good one that has been impactful in how I operate in daily personal and work life… highly recommend.

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Rammer Jammer


Dec 23, 2022, 11:13 PM

It's a book about the Bammers, but it's still a really cool look into tailgating culture in the deep south.

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Dec 23, 2022, 11:17 PM

Historical? Hmm. I guess I would the Game of Thrones, the series of books. It was very historical. It was fascinating to see what life was like before dragons went extinct.

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I also prefer non-fiction. My fave book is


Dec 24, 2022, 12:36 AM

Rising Tide. Can’t recall the author offhand. Written in early 200’s, I think. It is the incredible story of the devadtating Mississippi River flood of 1927(?), how the federal government handled that flood, and the subsequent efforts to “control the river”.

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GoTiguhs!!


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Dec 24, 2022, 10:54 AM

Good recommendation. John M Barry is the author, but I wouldn’t say it changed America in anyway. The Mississippi still floods pretty often.

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Dec 24, 2022, 10:41 AM

Basic Econmics by Thomas Sowell

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Dec 24, 2022, 11:42 AM

The book of John would be a good place to start.

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Dec 24, 2022, 3:14 PM

Red November
Or the
Spy and the traitor
Both true Cold War espionage

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