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What Are You Reading? - My Quarterly Survey
3/29/11 | MplsSteve

Posted on 03/29/2011 9:52:18 AM PDT by MplsSteve

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

As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the more well-read of those of us on the Internet. I like to find out what all of you are reading these days.

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

However, please do not defile this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread". it became really unfunny a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm about 15% of the way thru "Henry Clay: The Essential American" by David & Jeanne Heidler. Many books have been written on Henry Clay but this one seems to be the most comprehensive. At times, the authors can be a little long-winded - but all in all, it's a good book about one of the giants of the early 19th Century.

Well, what are YOU reading?


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bestsellers; bookclub; bookreview; books; godsgravesglyphs; literature; magazines; pages; readinglist
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1 posted on 03/29/2011 9:52:25 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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I’m about 3/4 through Commander In Chief (FDR)

Also over 1/2 way through Son of Hamas.


2 posted on 03/29/2011 9:53:42 AM PDT by rfreedom4u ("A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against thos against good government.")
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To: MplsSteve

How to Live on Mars by Robert Zubrin.


3 posted on 03/29/2011 9:54:08 AM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m waiting for the first liar to come on here and say, “I’m reading The Federalist Papers”. As for me I’m reading Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. It’s good for my inner geek.


4 posted on 03/29/2011 9:54:20 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (What, if not a bagel and coffee, confirms the existence of a just and loving God?)
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To: MplsSteve
Rereading ‘Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett and still amazed at how his characters and settings put you ‘there’.
5 posted on 03/29/2011 9:55:55 AM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
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To: MplsSteve

Bob Taylor - “Guitar Lessons” A journey of turning passion into a business.


6 posted on 03/29/2011 9:56:01 AM PDT by daniel boob (Doesn't matter what this says - you will call it racist)
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To: MplsSteve

“Armageddon” by Max Hastings

“The Hinge of Fate” by Churchill


7 posted on 03/29/2011 9:56:15 AM PDT by agere_contra (As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.)
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To: MplsSteve

1/2 way through “Caesar’s Commentaries The Conquest of Gaul & The Civil War” on the Kindle. A time when giving and receiving hostages was a matter of diplomacy.


8 posted on 03/29/2011 9:57:03 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: MplsSteve

Terminal Freeze, by Lincoln Child (fiction). Sorry, but now and then I need to escape from all the heavy stuff.


9 posted on 03/29/2011 9:57:23 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Today, if you build a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. RReagan)
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To: MplsSteve

“Best Little Stories from the Civil War”

on my Kindle

Just finished “The Fall of Berlin 1945” by Antony Beevor


10 posted on 03/29/2011 9:59:50 AM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: MplsSteve
General Wilson's Journal - ‘Narrative of events during the invasion of Russia by Napoleon ...’

Wordy and stiff, but interesting.

11 posted on 03/29/2011 10:00:21 AM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: MplsSteve

Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” series, since I’m up to date on Nelson DeMille’s books.


12 posted on 03/29/2011 10:00:35 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: MplsSteve

New Deal or Raw Deal by Folsom, Jr.

Topic.....FDR and his failed presidency.


13 posted on 03/29/2011 10:01:33 AM PDT by Carley (WISCONSIN STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: MplsSteve

“Modern Times” by Paul Johnson. Excellent history of the 20th century (1920s to 1980s)


14 posted on 03/29/2011 10:01:49 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: MplsSteve

Drunkard’s Walk.


15 posted on 03/29/2011 10:02:02 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
“Modern Times” by Paul Johnson.

This is next up on my list.

16 posted on 03/29/2011 10:03:23 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: MplsSteve

“Dead or Alive” - Tom Clancy

“Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron” - Michael Stockpole

“A Problem From Hell” - Samantha Powers

“Washington’s Crossing” - David Hackett Fischer

The Bible (daily)

(I like to have lots of books going on at once)


17 posted on 03/29/2011 10:03:54 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: JPG

Loved that book enough to read it twice. Currently reading ‘Agincourt’by Bernard Cornwell.


18 posted on 03/29/2011 10:03:54 AM PDT by pgkdan ( "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine / There's always laughter and good red wine / ...Belloc)
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To: MplsSteve

“Caliphate” by Tom Kratmann


19 posted on 03/29/2011 10:04:33 AM PDT by misharu (I am an Independent Conservative who caucuses with the Republicans (for now).)
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To: agere_contra

My wife is reading Churchill’s “History of the English Speaking Peoples”


20 posted on 03/29/2011 10:05:21 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound

I’m impressed. I’ve tried reading two at once, but found it too confusing.


21 posted on 03/29/2011 10:06:38 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: MplsSteve

Guidepost, FR, Facebook


22 posted on 03/29/2011 10:06:38 AM PDT by Moleman
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To: 109ACS

I liked “The Fall Of Berlin 1945”. I read it a few years ago.

But it wasn’t as good as Beevor’s “Stalingrad”.


23 posted on 03/29/2011 10:06:40 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

Known and Unknown: A Memoir, by Donald Rumsfeld


24 posted on 03/29/2011 10:08:05 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Mich Patriot

You shouldn’t apologize.
Most of the posters here are either liars or duller than a rope.


25 posted on 03/29/2011 10:08:24 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (What, if not a bagel and coffee, confirms the existence of a just and loving God?)
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished “The Fourth Part of the World,” a fascinating account of slow and gradual process of learning the geography of our planet and how to map it, how America got its name, et cetera. About to begin reading “Rawhide Down.”


26 posted on 03/29/2011 10:08:39 AM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: MplsSteve
Just finished, The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Dr. Nicholi, Jr.

Started Dalrymple's Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that makes the Underclass.

Dalrymple's book really explains what is happening in England now. The destruction of the natural family and the "Father" figure has actually destroyed the vibrant culture that used to dominate in England. Really sad but I see America as heading into that abyss of Marxism/atheism/paganism/occultism--away from the Judeo-Christian principles that made that country a true powerhouse.

The destruction of the white male is the destruction of the Protestant ethics and virtues. This destruction and atheism/occultism is extremely ugly. The dysfunction and ignorance of the children is creepy. The ugliness is perfectly painted with the prose of Dalrymple.

27 posted on 03/29/2011 10:08:45 AM PDT by savagesusie
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“Essays of Lord Acton,” ed. by J. Rufus Fears
“The Spirit of the Quakers,” ed. by Geoffrey Durham
“The Ragged Edge of the World,” by Eugene Linden


28 posted on 03/29/2011 10:08:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: MplsSteve

My current read is “Desert Queen,” the autobiography of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallace. It’s an interesting look at the politics of the middle east during the early 1900’s.


29 posted on 03/29/2011 10:09:32 AM PDT by spaced
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To: MplsSteve

I’m almost done re-reading Atlas Shrugged in hopes of being done by the time the movie is released on April 15. Of course, since it’s not scheduled to show anywhere in my state, the next challenge will be to figure out how to view it.


30 posted on 03/29/2011 10:09:49 AM PDT by DrC
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To: MplsSteve
Deep in the throes of Joel Rosenberg's “The last Jihad”......
Bushes “Decision Points”....and Daily Bible study and research as well.
31 posted on 03/29/2011 10:09:53 AM PDT by caww
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If the Dead Rise Not.

A Bernie Gunther novel by Phillip Kerr.

If you don't know the series you should check it out.

32 posted on 03/29/2011 10:10:20 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: MplsSteve

Envy - A Theory of Social Behavior by Helmut Shoeck.


33 posted on 03/29/2011 10:10:39 AM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: savagesusie

I bought “Life at the Bottom” a few months ago and I’ve read at least three times already. It’s just mind-blowing.


34 posted on 03/29/2011 10:11:21 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: MplsSteve
I am currently reading... Tiassa by Steven Brust Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon

I've recently read... A Wise Mans Fear by Patrick Rothfuss The Last Gate by Orson Scott Card How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel by Charles Yu River Marked by Patricia Briggs

None are overtly political in nature.

35 posted on 03/29/2011 10:12:05 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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I’m re-reading Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, after having seen the recent 25th anniversary concert from the stage musical, trying to remind myself of the bits the show had to leave out.


36 posted on 03/29/2011 10:12:11 AM PDT by kevkrom ("Winning The Future" = WTF = What The F*** / "Kinetic Military Action" = KMA = Kiss My A**)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Whoa, good to see I’m not the only one w/a scattered and large list of books read at the same time! I’m reading: Cleopatra (Schiff), The Israel Test (Gilder), The Twelfth Imam (Rosenberg) Has Christianity Failed You (Zacharias), The New Vichy Syndrome (Dalrymple).


37 posted on 03/29/2011 10:12:12 AM PDT by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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“The Last Lion Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932” and “The Last Lion Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone 1932-1940” by William Manchester

Excellent series. An advance warning to anyone who wants to delve into these. Book three in the series, “The Lion Triumphant Winston Spencer Churchill” is unavailable ANYWHERE. Hubby has a couple friends in the UK who haven’t even been able to find it there. I found that out after I finished the first book and started into the second. The first two are well worth reading, but just know, you’re going to be dropped off right as he becomes prime minister. Grrrr


38 posted on 03/29/2011 10:12:23 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: pgkdan
Do you not agree that if someone had said to you..”Here's a thousand page book about 11th century cathedral builders in Europe...read it, you'll like it.”, you wouldn't have lapsed into gales of laughter and said, “Yeah, I'll be sure to pick it up today...sounds extremely ‘exciting.’ Then, after you read it you didn't have a massive attitude adjustment on what a good book could be about?
39 posted on 03/29/2011 10:12:31 AM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
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To: mrmeyer

“A time of exile” by Katherine Kerr. Celtic style fantasy.


40 posted on 03/29/2011 10:12:39 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Ramius

How’s it read so far? I am interested in a copy of this as well.


41 posted on 03/29/2011 10:13:12 AM PDT by caww
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To: MplsSteve

This: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0895262258
The Venona Secrets, Exposing Soviet Espionage and America’s Traitors


42 posted on 03/29/2011 10:13:43 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Artemis Webb

Nuh uh


43 posted on 03/29/2011 10:15:22 AM PDT by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. (2009)

What a fantastic book! Nonfiction. It's all about 6 "ordinary" citizens of North Korea, and their stories about life under communism, which they escaped.

This should be required reading for every snot-nose punk college kid who thinks that socialism could possibly work.

How this book escaped being bestseller is beyond comprehension.

Please read it immediately.

44 posted on 03/29/2011 10:15:39 AM PDT by Carlucci (Don't care what religion my president is, as long as he worships -- THE CONSTITUTION!)
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Just finished reading “Endurance Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” and “One Second After”. Am also reading “The Fatal Shore”.


45 posted on 03/29/2011 10:15:49 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Artemis Webb

It is a good series but his Dresden Files series is much better in my opinion.


46 posted on 03/29/2011 10:15:54 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Artemis Webb
"You shouldn’t apologize."

You're right, I shouldn't apologize. I can't be the only one who needs something lighter occasionally. Next up is Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny, I think.

47 posted on 03/29/2011 10:17:05 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Today, if you build a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. RReagan)
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To: MplsSteve
1/3 of the way through Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian (goal to read the entire 21 book collection in the next 12 months).

3/4 of the way through Don't Touch Me by Howie Mandel, which I highly recommend for its humor and for its dealing with obsessive-compulsive-disorder (OCD).

48 posted on 03/29/2011 10:17:05 AM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (I will always remember exactly where I was when Obama made his NCAA picks.)
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49 posted on 03/29/2011 10:17:28 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: trisham

I’d probably finish books faster if I could just stick with one, but I’m too flaky. I think it’s my A-D-D kicking in.

I have a short attention span.


50 posted on 03/29/2011 10:18:19 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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