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What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey
10/03/11

Posted on 10/03/2011 7:39:10 AM PDT by MplsSteve

Hi everyone! It's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" survey.

As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the most well-read of those of us on the 'Net. I like to get a feel as to what everyone is reading right now.

It can be anything - a technical journal, a NY Times best seller, a class work of fiction, a trashy pulp novel. In short, it can be anything.

Please do not respond to this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread" - or any variation thereof. It became really unfunny a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm reading "The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the making of a secret American Empire" by Mark Arax and Rick Wartzman. It's part history, part biography and part expose of the Boswell family of Central California, a mega-farming corporation in the Central Valley. It's fascinating reading.

Well, what are YOU reading right now?


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1 posted on 10/03/2011 7:39:18 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

Re reading: “Barchester Towers” A. Trollope


2 posted on 10/03/2011 7:41:11 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. " Edmund Burke)
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To: MplsSteve

Reading “Moneyball” right now.


3 posted on 10/03/2011 7:41:38 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (When is the Queen Haters reunion tour?)
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4 posted on 10/03/2011 7:43:49 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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“Scarlet”, by Stephen Lawhead. Just finished reading all eight books in Orson Scott Card’s “Ender” series.


5 posted on 10/03/2011 7:44:24 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Palin or Perry, whoever is ahead in the delegate count on primary day)
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To: MplsSteve

Last book read was James Reston’s autobiography. It gives a lot of insight into the roots of liberalism, and how it evolved at the NY Times.

I’m sure Reston, and the other old-line liberals, would be appalled if they read today’s NY Times.


6 posted on 10/03/2011 7:44:28 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
Reading Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden (the Black Hawk Down author). I just finished Lions of Kandahar by Rusy Bradley and Kevin Maurer. Excellent both.
7 posted on 10/03/2011 7:45:09 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: MplsSteve
Currently reading David Mamet's The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture.

Have Demonic and The Prisoner of Cell 25 next in line.

8 posted on 10/03/2011 7:45:13 AM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Yesterday, I read Ender’s Shadow, and it was well worth reading. What I’m reading now? Nothing until I see what looks good from this thread.


9 posted on 10/03/2011 7:46:30 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: MplsSteve
just finished “In My Time”.

what I came away with was, Cheney became less relevant during the 2nd term, as the Pres. relied more and more on Condi.

10 posted on 10/03/2011 7:46:30 AM PDT by stylin19a (obama..."Fredo-Smart")
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To: MplsSteve
The Bird by Colin Tudge.

It's a natural history of birds. Good stuff.

11 posted on 10/03/2011 7:47:08 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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“By the Orders of the Great White Queen,” ed. by Ian Knight, an assemblage of first-hand accounts of the Zulu War by British soldiers.

“An Egyptian Journal,” by William Golding, about travel in Egypt in the 1980s.

just finished

“After America,” by Mark Steyn. Great reading, as always, but depressing.

“The Moro War,” by James R. Arnold. Fascinating book about Americans fighting the Moslems in the Philippines, notable for the author’s never splitting an infinitive, no matter what the provocation.

Started but abandoned

“The Medusa Stone,” by Jack DuBrul. The author co-writes the “Oregon” series with Clive Cussler, and I thought I might like his independent thrillers, but it was getting very gory after only 60 pages, so I stopped before I got to involved in the plot.


12 posted on 10/03/2011 7:47:26 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Skip the election and let Thomas Sowell choose the next President.)
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To: MplsSteve

I read “Human Events” every week. The Washington Times every day and am currently finishing up “Don’t Let The Kids Drink The Kool Aid” by Marybeth Hicks. Online it’s Drudge, Freerepublic, TheBlaze.com and my e-mail.


13 posted on 10/03/2011 7:48:25 AM PDT by albie
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To: SMARTY
Let me know when you get to me.

FRegards, Dr. Thomas Thorne

14 posted on 10/03/2011 7:48:35 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: MplsSteve

I just finished “The General” by Robert Leckie. It is a novel covering the life story of fictional Army general Mark Duggan. However, it is really a thinly disguised biography of Douglas MacArthur. Since it is fiction, and names were changed, it varies in some details from MacArthur’s career.


15 posted on 10/03/2011 7:48:48 AM PDT by Jemian ( Choose life that you might live!)
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To: MplsSteve

Paris 1919


16 posted on 10/03/2011 7:49:43 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: MplsSteve

Area 51, Civil war letters.

Still working on Josephus and Annals of the World.


17 posted on 10/03/2011 7:56:57 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading When Pigs Fly!: Training Success with Impossible Dogs. My husband and I own a business - I do dog training and he handles the daycare/boarding side.


18 posted on 10/03/2011 7:58:05 AM PDT by SueAngel
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished Robin Hood Trilogy by Marsha Canham, working through Road to Serfdom, monthly reading of Life Extension Magazine.


19 posted on 10/03/2011 7:59:22 AM PDT by w4women ("All great change begins at the dinner table". Ronald Reagan)
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To: razorback-bert
Re-reading Paul Johnson's excellent Modern Times and Carroll Quigley's Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

Each of these works rewards additional passes through them. My copies seem to acquire more marginalia and tabs with every reading.

Chantal Delsol and Lee Harris are next on the 'read again' list. Might take a break with Respail's The Camp of the Saints

20 posted on 10/03/2011 8:00:06 AM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading Travis McGee’s second book of his trilogy.


21 posted on 10/03/2011 8:00:28 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: MplsSteve

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
by James Gleick

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=the+information+a+history+a+theory+a+flood&safe=off&client=firefox-a&sqi=2&cid=4338400133936477052#p


22 posted on 10/03/2011 8:01:17 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Dr. Thorne
I read Dr. Thorne, and actually I read all these long ago. I am revisiting them.

Sort of like going back to see people you haven't seen in a long time.

Dr. Thorne was one of my favorites

23 posted on 10/03/2011 8:02:04 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. " Edmund Burke)
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To: MplsSteve

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, & Power

Daniel Yergin


24 posted on 10/03/2011 8:04:20 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Honkies for Herman......Crackers for Cain)
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To: MplsSteve
The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear for the second time; both by Patrick Rothfuss

His books are listed in the top 20 as among the best Fantasy novels of all time; I have to agree.

25 posted on 10/03/2011 8:05:33 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: MplsSteve

Outwitting the Devil, a newly and posthumously released book by Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich. It’s a conversation between Hill and the (secular) Devil, forcing the Devil to reveal how he maintains control of 98% of mankind. Read it and set yourself free.


26 posted on 10/03/2011 8:08:41 AM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Hodar

Just finished: Quitter
Now: Flying High Performance Singles and Twins
Next: Entreleadership, Strong Fathers Strong Daughters, Weather Flying.


27 posted on 10/03/2011 8:09:06 AM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: MplsSteve
Just finished “The Tea Rose” by Jennifer Donnelly and am now reading the “The Winter Rose” by same author.

I need a break from seriousness now and then.

28 posted on 10/03/2011 8:10:47 AM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: MplsSteve

“The One Year Chronological Bible” (NIV).

It takes the entire Bible, every verse, every word, and puts it in actual chronological order, then divides it into 365 roughly equal-length daily readings. They leave out nothing, and they add nothing (per Rev 22-18:19). Each daily reading takes 10-15 minutes, and in one year, you have read the entire Bible.

Putting the Bible in true chronological order reinforces its historicity. These are actual, historical occurrences, not fables from a fiction book.

It is also interesting to see the different perspectives of the same occurrence as related in different books. The most notable example is in the Gospels. Here, the different perspectives are laid out sequentially. For example, we see the baptism of Jesus by JTB in all four Gospels back-to-back.

I highly recommend this book, and have bought several copies for friends and family.


29 posted on 10/03/2011 8:14:25 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: MplsSteve

I finished Charles Mann’s “1493” about month ago. Am now chewing through the first book in the series; “1491.”

Good read...


30 posted on 10/03/2011 8:18:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: MplsSteve

I just finished After America by Mark Steyn. Great read!


31 posted on 10/03/2011 8:19:43 AM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: Recon Dad

One of the better books that is a comprehensive history of the industry.

He’s just published a new book that’s getting good reviews.

http://danielyergin.com/


32 posted on 10/03/2011 8:20:18 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: MplsSteve

“Nuclear War Survival Skills” by Kearney.

You can download the whole book for free from KI4U.com

I have re-read this book about 5 times over the past 25 years and have given away a number of copies. It covers many skills besides nuke war.

Where else can you learn how to build a radiation meter out of common household products? How to make baby formula in an emergency? How to grind grain using scrap pipe?

Everyone needs this one on their laptop if not a hard copy.


33 posted on 10/03/2011 8:21:39 AM PDT by darth
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“Boy’s Life”, by Robert McCammon

(For the 4th time!)

A couple of Newt Gingrich’s historical novels:

“To Try Men’s Souls” &

“Valley Forge”


34 posted on 10/03/2011 8:23:29 AM PDT by Chasaway (Tonto: "What do you mean "We", White Man?")
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading Marco Polo with my son. It’s amazing how Muslims have not changed one bit since Polo encountered them 700 years ago.


35 posted on 10/03/2011 8:25:16 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (PRAY FOR TEXAS!)
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To: MplsSteve

Just finishing up C.S. Lewis’ _Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold_. It’s already become one of my favorite books.

_Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross_ by Abdul Saleeb and Norman L. Geisler (slowly finishing; I’m in the part where I need to compare scripture to the Muslim criticism so it’s harder to read on the fly)

In homeschool, we’re reading _Chariot of the Sun_ by Catherine Ward Allen. The author tells of her experience as a child in the Oklahoma land runs. There’s so much living history contained in the pages; it teaches far better than any text could ever hope to do. I found it at an out of the way museum in No Man’s Land Oklahoma; it was a true find.


36 posted on 10/03/2011 8:31:09 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: abb

The plan is to read “The Quest” next.


37 posted on 10/03/2011 8:34:12 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Honkies for Herman......Crackers for Cain)
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To: MplsSteve
Money of the Mind by James Grant
38 posted on 10/03/2011 8:34:58 AM PDT by Publius
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P. D. James's The Lighthouse, worth reading if only for a character's tirade when his daughter tells him of her engagement. Still chuckling over this.

Also, Le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl. The recent movie The Debt stole a few items from this one, although the plot is completely different.

Next, something I've been wanting to read for a long time: From Time Immemorial, history of Israel, published a while ago, supposed to be outstanding.

39 posted on 10/03/2011 8:36:05 AM PDT by firebrand (Why didn't they impeach him? He's now totally out of control.)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL! All good titles, I’m sure.


40 posted on 10/03/2011 8:36:55 AM PDT by MplsSteve (Amy Klobuchar is no moderate. She's Al Franken with a nicer smile.)
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Shadow World: Resurgent Russia, The Global New Left, and Radical Islam

What will America look like at the end of the twenty-first century? Will it be a "democracy" ruled by radical, American liberals, an autocracy ruled by Russian communists, or a theocracy ruled by Islamic extremists? Robert Chandler poses this question in his brand-new book, Shadow World: Resurgent Russia, The New Global Left, and Radical Islam--and suggests some alarming answers. Everyday, American culture is being undermined by communism, socialism, and radical Islam through seemingly benign institutions and ideologies like NGOs, the UN, liberalism, and fundamentalist sects. Sounds crazy? Not so fast. What better way to subvert America than through the institutions she relies on and the ideologies she promotes? In Shadow World, Chandler shows to devastating effect how Russian communists, leftist ideologies, and Islamic extremists are locked in a geo-political struggle for not only America, but the world.

41 posted on 10/03/2011 8:47:21 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Just finishes 1493 and skipped the earlier 1491 by reading a shortened kids version. Try “the man of numbers” by Devlin. All about another Italian Leonardo who helped change the world.


42 posted on 10/03/2011 8:48:26 AM PDT by JeanLM
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To: MplsSteve

Atlas Shrugged


43 posted on 10/03/2011 8:48:26 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: MplsSteve; FrogMom; Interesting Times
Currently reading David Mamet's The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture.

I just finished Mamet's book and your timely post reminded me to write Mr. Mamet thanking him for this important work.

Regards,

TS

44 posted on 10/03/2011 8:50:30 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished “The End” by Ian Kershaw, the second biography of Field Marshal Erich von Manstein I’ve read in four months, and am on Volume Three of the “Game of Thrones” series.


45 posted on 10/03/2011 8:56:45 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: MplsSteve

“Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat.” by Hal Herzog.


46 posted on 10/03/2011 9:00:47 AM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: MplsSteve
How To Be Perfect by Harrell. It is a intersting idea, I may try it... Not sure how my husband will react!
47 posted on 10/03/2011 9:03:23 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: MplsSteve
Right now:
"Bonhoeffer" by Eric Metaxas
"Bondage Breaker" by Neil Anderson
Bible-in-a-Year by God
48 posted on 10/03/2011 9:07:36 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: MplsSteve

Basic Economics, Dr. Thomas Sowell.


49 posted on 10/03/2011 9:10:38 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: MplsSteve

The New Adkins for a New You. It’s amazing how much stuff we have been told by the government about nutrition is wrong. 9-11 servings of grain? Eat low fat foods? Avoid salt? All wrong. No government should tell people what they can eat if the science isn’t settled. Take that Bloomberg.


50 posted on 10/03/2011 9:15:42 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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