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What Are You Reading Now?
1/11/06 | Me

Posted on 01/11/2006 12:04:15 PM PST by MplsSteve

I'm gonna start doing this thread on a quarterly basis.

The last time I did it, I got some very interesting answers from Freepers.

What are you reading? It can be anything. A classic. A technical journal. A trashy pulp novel. Soldier of Fortune magazine. Anything.

I'll start. I'm reading: "The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair's race for Governor of California and the birth of media politics".

So far, it's not a bad read. But what did you expect? I'm a Pol Sci major.

Well, what are you reading?


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1 posted on 01/11/2006 12:04:18 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve
What Are You Reading Now?

This.

2 posted on 01/11/2006 12:06:32 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: MplsSteve

Does listening too count?

If so, 1776.

Also reading Gold Coast for the umpteenth time. But only because I was too lazy to go out and get a new book to read before I have to start reading books for school again.


3 posted on 01/11/2006 12:07:55 PM PST by elc
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To: MplsSteve

Does playing count? As in a game with a long story plot?


4 posted on 01/11/2006 12:11:56 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (I know HTML. Just too darn lazy to type it.)
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To: MplsSteve
Usually my textbooks :>(

Trying to finish "Mornings On Horseback about T. Roosevlet early life by D. McCollough before the term starts
You would enjoy "1776", by David McCollugh
When Character was King by Peggy Noon about Ronald Reagan.

Oh I finished "Undaunted Courage a few months ago about the Lewis & Clark expedition which was an excellent read about the "America" of that time period

5 posted on 01/11/2006 12:12:28 PM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: MplsSteve

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Just started it last night so I'm only about 25-30 pages in.


6 posted on 01/11/2006 12:12:49 PM PST by cuz_it_aint_their_money (Replacing Dan Rather with Katie Couric is like replacing an idiot with an imbecile.)
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To: elc
You too!

See post #5

7 posted on 01/11/2006 12:13:03 PM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: MplsSteve
Currently reading:

It was a Christmas present from my dad. Very cool!

8 posted on 01/11/2006 12:18:08 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: MplsSteve

Unholy Alliance : Radical Islam and the American Left


9 posted on 01/11/2006 12:21:16 PM PST by b4its2late (I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.)
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To: MplsSteve
I just finished Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons". I'm in the middle of 2nd Chronicles in the Old Testament. I've got "The Case for Christ" going, and I'll probably start Michael Chrichton's book on Global Warming in a few days.
10 posted on 01/11/2006 12:23:40 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: MplsSteve
Don't have the book with me, but I think the correct title is "My Years at 10 Downing Street" by Margaret Thatcher. Just started reading it. Got it for Christmas. I already had her second book and I had put the first on my B-Day/Xmas wish list...and Santa left it under the tree.

Its a large book (ca. 500-600 pages) so it should keep me entertained for a while.
11 posted on 01/11/2006 12:26:40 PM PST by ut1992 (Army Brat)
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To: The_Victor
Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kinsolver.

It was required reading in my daughters high school English class. I better see what kind of anti-U.S. trash they were asking her to read.

It IS a great story, so far it DOES appear to be anti-U.S. But all in all a good read.
12 posted on 01/11/2006 12:27:10 PM PST by colorcountry (I have a BS in B.S.)
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To: MplsSteve
"If it isn't close, they can't cheat" - Hugh Hewitt

"Common Sense" - Thomas Paine

"Thomas Paine And the Promise Of America" - Harvey Kaye

"Contempt - How the Right is Wronging American Justice" - Catherine Crier (just finished)

"Pilgrims Progress" - John Bunyan (I've been at this for months)

13 posted on 01/11/2006 12:27:13 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MplsSteve

"Far From the Madding Crowd", by Thomas Hardy. Gotta have it finished before Book Club next Thursday.


14 posted on 01/11/2006 12:28:08 PM PST by linda_22003
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To: MplsSteve

Free Republic.


15 posted on 01/11/2006 12:28:24 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: MplsSteve

The Federalist Papers


16 posted on 01/11/2006 12:28:32 PM PST by BigTex5
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Hugh Hewitt's book is a good one. I read it about three months ago.

Should be required reading for all Freepers.


17 posted on 01/11/2006 12:28:53 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

I also started reading "We Refused to Die My Time as a Prisoner of War in Bataan and Japan, 1942-1945. by Gene S. Jacobsen.

I haven't got to the good part yet. It is sure to be a very moving story.


18 posted on 01/11/2006 12:29:45 PM PST by colorcountry (I have a BS in B.S.)
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To: MplsSteve

Oh, you mean like what books, magazines, etc. am I reading? Just started "Chronicles of Narnia - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (Book 3 as originally published or Book 5 in Narnia chronology order).


19 posted on 01/11/2006 12:30:27 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: MplsSteve

Penthouse Forum, It makes for great dinner conversation.


20 posted on 01/11/2006 12:32:09 PM PST by Xenophobic Alien (Kerry lost. Please take that stupid bumper sticker off your car!)
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To: birbear

You're going to love "State of Fear" by Michael Crichton. It's a great read!


21 posted on 01/11/2006 12:34:45 PM PST by alwaysconservative (If a liberal cries out in the forest, is he still wrong?)
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To: MplsSteve
"Planters". "Honey Roasted Peanuts". "Net Weight 8 oz"...
Oh, you meant what book am I reading. Sorry:

"Things Worth Fighting for: Collected Writings" -- by Michael Kelly.

22 posted on 01/11/2006 12:35:02 PM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: MplsSteve

"One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer" - Nathaniel Fick

Re-reading "1776"


23 posted on 01/11/2006 12:36:28 PM PST by ToddBush (http://www.sliceofthepie.net)
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To: MplsSteve

"Who Moved My Cheese"

(actually I'm finished. it takes about 45 minutes to read)

I'd recommend it.

Change is good, change is inevitable, change is coming soon.


24 posted on 01/11/2006 12:36:58 PM PST by WhiteGuy (Vote for gridlock)
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To: MplsSteve

My copy of Hewitt's book had some kind of publishing error, one of the parts was reprinted twice, so I'm not sure what I missed.


25 posted on 01/11/2006 12:37:06 PM PST by alwaysconservative (If a liberal cries out in the forest, is he still wrong?)
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To: MplsSteve

Amazing story with some obvious similarities to the situation we're in now.

26 posted on 01/11/2006 12:37:10 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: MplsSteve

Traditional Bowyers Bible Vol. 1


27 posted on 01/11/2006 12:39:17 PM PST by Minnesoootan
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To: MplsSteve
Great topic. If you create a ping list, please add me.

A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin

A Bird Without Wings - Louis De Bernieres



Killer Clown, The John Wayne Gacy Murders - Terry Sullivan

28 posted on 01/11/2006 12:42:06 PM PST by Millee (Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.)
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To: MplsSteve

"How to talk to a Liberal, if you must" by Ann Coulter

Re-reading "The Narnia Chronicles" (which I haven't read since I was a kid), after we saw the movie.

And just recently finished:
"A Breath of Snow and Ashes" by Diana Gabaldon, which is the satisfying conclusion of her "Outlander" series. They must be read in order, and this one ends just after the start of the Revolutionary War.
"The Rule of Four" which is like a cross between "The Name of the Rose" and "The Da Vinci Code"
Emily Giffin's marvelous books "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue" (again, read in order)


29 posted on 01/11/2006 12:44:18 PM PST by alwaysconservative (If a liberal cries out in the forest, is he still wrong?)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Have you read Anthony Beevor's "Stalingrad"?

It's on my list - but haven't gotten to it. I hear it's quite good.


30 posted on 01/11/2006 12:47:24 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: The_Victor

Steinbeck's East of Eden. Again.


31 posted on 01/11/2006 12:48:38 PM PST by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: MplsSteve

"Common Sense and Other Writings" by Tom Paine - received as a Christmas present. I just finished "A Mote In God's Eye" by Niven & Pournelle - outstanding!


32 posted on 01/11/2006 12:49:12 PM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: MplsSteve

see #31 - it was meant for you.


33 posted on 01/11/2006 12:49:52 PM PST by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: MplsSteve

A Patriot's History of the United States!


34 posted on 01/11/2006 12:50:57 PM PST by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: MplsSteve

No - that and he also wrote a book on the Fall of Berlin. Wouldn't mind reading both books. Having said that, I was more drawn to this book because of the subject rather than the author - I think Beevor does a good job as he's pretty even-handed (pretty) and also it's not a purely military history, but includes political and social history as well which I think is good.


35 posted on 01/11/2006 12:50:59 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: MplsSteve
"Les Miserables" and I just finished "Do as I say, not as I do" by Peter Schweizer.

Reading "The Corner" at national review Online is a lot of fun right now during the Alito hearings. I can't watch the asses in the Senate, instead I get the condensed version from KJL and the group.

MoodyBlu

36 posted on 01/11/2006 12:51:09 PM PST by MoodyBlu
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To: alwaysconservative

Cool. My dad really enjoyed it. My mom didn't care for the footnotes. :)


37 posted on 01/11/2006 12:54:55 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
"Pilgrims Progress" - John Bunyan (I've been at this for months)

While I applaud your efforts at it, I have to say it's one of the most boring books I ever had to read. (I went to a Christian school and we studied that book for a whole year.)

If you make it through, let me know.
38 posted on 01/11/2006 12:57:05 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: apackof2; Squantos

Hey!

I just finished Meriwether Lewis, by R. Dillon!

Are you sure you're not a typing dog posing as a human on the internet, too..??!!!

Before that I read "Roundup on the Double D," and the 1955 condensed versions of "The Roosevelts of Sagamore Hill," "No Time for Sergeants," "The Last Hunt," and an autobiography of socialite Elsa Maxwell.

I have now proceeded to re-read the Nosler Reloading Manual #2, from 1981. Page 75 has a lovely little mechanical drawing of the .221 Remington Fireball, which I'm sure you find very beautiful too.



39 posted on 01/11/2006 1:03:12 PM PST by PoorMuttly ("He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head." - G.K.Chesterton)
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To: birbear

Let's just say I've gotten some good night's sleep.....

I like the book, but it isn't keeping my interest.

I actually have the same problem with the historical Paine book, it's got a lot of information but I can't read it for too long at a time.

Crier's book I couldn't put down because I kept shouting at it.


40 posted on 01/11/2006 1:08:43 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MplsSteve

"The Myth of You & Me" by Leah Stewart (Fiction, light read)

"Guerrilla Marketing" - Jay Conrad Levinson (Planning marketing for our business for the upcoming year)

"The Non-Designer's Design Book" - Robin Williams (Upgrading some of our business-related pamphlets and lloking for layouts for ads we'll be taking out)

"The Moosewood Restaurant Kitchen Garden" - David Hirsch (Jonesin' for Spring already and planning my upcoming garden)


41 posted on 01/11/2006 1:09:49 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: alwaysconservative

Oh good, I just got that. It's going to be the next one I start.


42 posted on 01/11/2006 1:12:03 PM PST by Millee (Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.)
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To: MplsSteve

Reading in several topics that are linked, but probably interdisciplinary. Lots of PoliSci: Beard seems to be important for various reasons.


43 posted on 01/11/2006 1:15:52 PM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: MplsSteve

Nothing. Waiting on my preordered copy of Stephen King's new book.

Yes, I know he's a clueless lib but I love his writing and books...... :-)


44 posted on 01/11/2006 1:26:58 PM PST by day10 (Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished "My Sister's Keeper"

Now I'm onto a book that teaches you how to tie all sorts of knots. Good knowledge to have I figure.


45 posted on 01/11/2006 1:29:02 PM PST by EHC Southern Pride (Where ever you go, go with all your heart.)
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To: MplsSteve

The sixth installment of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, "The Fortune of War."

It is brilliant.


46 posted on 01/11/2006 1:29:32 PM PST by Skooz (Property taxes are immoral)
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To: MplsSteve

"The Most of P.G. Wodehouse" (anthology)

"Gulliver's Travels" --Jonathan Swift

I Book of Samuel (KJV)


47 posted on 01/11/2006 1:31:12 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Just say "No" to Judy Baar Topinka)
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To: MplsSteve

Campaign of the Century is interesting and well-written. I gained a lot from it.

I am on a Dickens binge. Am reading all of Dickens. Right now on Dombey and Son. Next, The Old Curiosity Shop.

Thanks for doing this thread.


48 posted on 01/11/2006 1:45:54 PM PST by squarebarb
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To: MplsSteve
What Are You Reading Now?

I normally read several (4-5) books at a time. I guess my mind likes the variation. Amazingly I can keep them straight too.

Recently (during the holidays) finished Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" and "The DaVinci Code", Zell Miller's "A National Party No More" and "A Deficit of Decency", Osbourne and Hutchinson's "The Price Of Government", and Phillip K. Howard's "The Death of Common Sense".

Currently reading Thomas P.M. Barnett's "The Pentagons New Map", Barry Goldwater's (with Jack Casserly) "Goldwater", on the sideboard to be started during the next week or so are Peter Schweizer's "Do As I Say ... Not as I Do", Levitt and Dunbar's "Freakonomics", Thomas P.M. Barnett's "Blueprint for Action", and Herman Cain's "They Think Your Stupid".

Some excellent books I read last year which I recommend to all: Mark Levin's "Men In Black", Ted Bell's "Hawke" and "Assassin" (sort of a new James Bond), Ian Caldwell's "Rule of Four" (see Comment #29), Boortz and Linder's "The FairTax Book".

I guess I did find Dan Brown's books good and that is why I read one immediately after the other. Luckily my daughter told me that "Angels & Demon" was the first in the series so I read it first, even though the "The Da Vinci Code" was what most were talking about. Both excellent. Maybe a third will come out.

Thanks for asking.
49 posted on 01/11/2006 1:47:28 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Skooz

O'Brian is magical! I have read all of them and one of thse days will start over at the beginning.


50 posted on 01/11/2006 1:49:21 PM PST by squarebarb
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