Skip to comments.What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Thread
Posted on 07/07/2011 12:57:12 PM PDT by MplsSteve
Hi everyone! I hope your 4th of July was a good one.
it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the most well-read of those of us on the Internet and I like to see what other Freepers are reading these days.
It can be anything - a classic novel, a trashy pulp romance, a technical journal, etc. Please do not deile this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread". it became very unfunny a long time ago.
I'll start. I'm just finishing "Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave" by Ernest Furgurson. It's OK. Nothing to rave about though.
Well, what are you reading now? Let's hear about it!
I am half way through Donald Rumsfeld’s book “Known and Unknown”.
Here is an interesting paragraph about the 1992 Bush vs Clinton campaign from pages 414-415:
“By 1992, a U.S. presidential election year, Bill Clinton, the politically astute young governor of Arkansas, accused President George H.W. Bush and his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, of being soft on Iraq. I was interested in this debate, as I had played a role in the drama when I met with Saddam Hussein as President Ronald Reagan’s Middle East envoy. Clinton may have been looking to burnish his national security credentials by trying to appear tougher in foreign policy than the Bush administration. Clinton’s running mate, Tennessee Senator Albert Gore, Jr, went even further than Clinton, accusing President George H.W. Bush of deliberately concealing the extent of Saddam’s ties to terrorism, his attacks on U.S. interests, and his efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. Clinton and Gore pledged that their administration would be under no illusions when it came to dealing with Saddam. Supporters of the 1992 Democratic presidential ticket exploited the poor economic news of the day by distributing a bumper sticker that read: SADDAM HUSSEIN STILL HAS HIS JOB. DO YOU?”
Julian Young’s biography of Nietzsche;
Roger Scruton’s little book Beauty;
Darwin, Marx, Wagner, Critique of a Tradition by Jacques Barzun.
Now that I look at that list, I realize I need to lighten up and get some fiction going....
The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan. Re-reading the Wheel of Time getting ready for the last book.
Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer
I love the Fourth Turning.....
This link has Animal Farm, the search feature should give you 1984. I downloaded the zip files to my portable harddrive because they are large and then unzipped them.
Down here in Roanoke attending to my daughter
and first grandchild. Books I’m reading this week are:
Hell’s Corner - Baldacci - a Camel Club story-
disappointing - way too many pages and too strange
and unexplained plot twists
Lace Makers of Glenmara - Barbieri - 3 steps up from a
romance novel, but well told and entertaining
Rhett Butler’s People - McCaig - SO much better than
anticipated. Lots of CW facts I never knew, and GWTW
as told through Rhett’s life by another author -
well, it fits perfectly and I will send a fan letter
once I finish.
Mounting Fears - Woods - Not yet started. May be
A pretty typical for me mix of fiction and non. I’m a simul-reader, always several books going for different moods:
“Spilsburys Coast” - bio of BC Canada entrepreneur and raconteur Jim Spilsbury
The last book of Stephen Kings Dark Tower series (#7 and 20 years after the original book was written)
“Foundation and Empire” - Isaac Asimov (finally getting around to this series)
“The Great Plains During World War II” - prett self-explanatory but quite well done.
Thomas Perry “Nightlife” - pure escapism
I’m reading the good book again. I wish I wasn’t such a plodder when it comes to reading because I have five books I just got from the Christian bookstore waiting in the wings. They all look good but I’m particularly interested in “The Battle for the Last Days’ Temple”. I bet I don’t buy another book until ‘12. :)
I was reading “Stormlord Rising”, until my Kindle died for the second time this year.
There were some predictions in there, made prior to the 2008 financial crash, that were stunning!
My condolences about your mom.
I concur. Excellent Book.
“in the Garden of Beasts” story of the newly appointed ambassador to germany in 1933 couple months after Hitler is made chancelor and the guys awakening to the horror of the Nazi’s.
Incredibly he writes it all up and sends it to DC, correctly predicting war and the holocaust, but naturally no one really listens.
great read and well written
Worth going out of your way to find.
I have every episode of the original 12 of HHGTTG as well as the complete BBC Radiophonic Workshop broadcasts of Tertiary Phase, Quandary Phase and Quintessential Phase.
They are such a treasure. We listen to them on long drives and the miles just melt away.
I’m writing a book, called “Surviving Civil War II”, and the research for it has driven me to read more articles than books. However, the documents that will really knock your socks off are Representative Louis McFadden’s speeches regarding the Federal Reserve in the Great Depression. McFadden was a banker himself, so when he outlines the way the Fed has destroyed the currency in favor of bankers (and it mirrors what is happening today), you go ‘just wow’.
Just google Louis McFadden speech and it will pop up.
Also read again Sun Tzu’s Art of War, von Clausewitz’s On War, and HG Welles War of the World’s. I’m on a war kick I guess.
Re-Reading my own books is quite a trip, I forget what I wrote. Harry: Money Mob and Influence - the guy is absolute dirt.
Reading most of them on my new Kindle.
“...C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity is my current...”
I’m reading BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY, by Eric Metaxas and its great. The Libs are trying to make Bonhoeffer theirs and try to depict him as a liberal or a pacifist taking a stand against those “conservative” Nazis.
But Bonhoeffer was not a pacifist and he held Biblical liberals in contempt. One of his students noted that “he taught us that we had to read the Bible as it was directed at us, as the word of God directly to us. Not something general, not something generally applicable, but rather with a personal relationship to us...” p. 129
Bonhoeffer also put it, “Do not try to make the Bible relevant. Its relevance is axiomatic...Do not defend God’s Word, but testyfy to it...Trust to the Word. It is a ship loaded to the very limits of its capacity!” p. 272
Bonhoeffer was a conservative strict constructionist and held firm while his liberal (Biblical criticism—Schleiermacher school) countrymen went along with taking oaths to Hitler and bending the church to make it compatible with Nazi philosophy.
Flying cross country is uncomfortably like being drunk.
As for the book, I finally started reading Dracula which came free with my Nook (the one I bought about very soon before B&N came out with the new touch screen version - grrr!)
Usually not a problem until you ask a glass of water what it's like.
“A Helmet for My Pillow” by Robert Leckie
This is one of the books that the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” was based on.
I also have recently read all of Dennis Lehane’s detective series of books:
“A Drink Before the War”
“Darkness Take My Hand”
“Gone Baby Gone”
“Prayers for Rain”
Just finished “Transfer of Power” and now reading “The Third Option” by Vince Flynn. Mitch Rapp is THE man!!
I’m on page 90 of Stephen Coonts,
Restrepo is on Netflix
ping for a later answer
I only get the time to read when I’m on business travel...it helps pass the time in airports. The best one I finished is “Unbroken”..a must read. Truman was absolutely right to use the bomb. anyone who comes wawy with any other conclusion after reading Louis Zamperini’s story is brain dead. What a book. I came away from that a changed person. I have no problems, nothing whatsoever to complain about, certainly not after reading Mr. Zamperini’s story.
I cannot wait for another Laura Hillenbrand book, easily my favorite author.
I’m now reading “The Land of the Painted Caves”, the last installment of the “Clan of the Cave Bear” series by Jean Auel,and the first in about six years. She is a very good researcher/writer and I’ve enjoyed these books immensely.
Bristol Palin’s book “Not afraid of life” right now, my daughter bought it and left it laying around so I picked it up and started it. My problem is once I start a book no matter what I always feel bad if I don’t keep plugging through and finish it.
here are the top items of my current list:
1) Halfway through James Calvell’s Asian Saga novels, in time setting sequence (in Gai-Jin right now);
2) Starting “Empire of the Summer Moon” by S.C. Gwynne (a gift from my wife);
3) “Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” by U.S. Grant;
4) “From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America” by James Longstreet;
5) “The Delight Makers” by Adolph Bandelier;
6) “Dog Sense: How the New Science of Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet” by John Bradshaw;
7) and getting ready to start my annual trek through Tolkien’s War of the Rings Trilogy...
Love my Kindle!!
“The Big Sky” by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
Bruce Catton’s Civil War histories, “Stillness at Appomattox” and such. My favorite so far is “This Hallowed Ground”, a single-volume overview of the Northern victory. Catton seems to, as I do, respect Grant both for his straightforward generalship, and for the way he treated the vanquished Lee.
Rereading Thomas Carlyle’s “The French Revolution.”
Just finished “Nelson’s Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World” by Roy Adkins. Excellent, The best account of the battle I have yet read.
Haven’t decided on the next book. Will decide tonight. Lots to choose from.
Inside of a Dog
What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
What’s so Great About Christianity
“The Spy” ostensibly by Clive Cussler (”with” his collaborator on the Isaac Bell series, whose name escapes me)
First in a trilogy, set around WW1.
I finished re-reading the core Ender series by Orson Scott Card, and am moving on to all the sequels and related books and short stories that were written since the original. I figured I’d take in the whole Ender universe at once.
‘Criminological Theory”, “Criminology Today”, “Handbook of Criminology”, “The General Theory of Crime”, and Woodward’s “Obama’s War”
Teaching a new class in, you’ll never guess, criminology, and I have to pick the textbook. I also have to start getting ready for my comps next Spring.
I do hope to fit in “Moonwalking with Einstein” and “The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture” by David Mamet before the summer ends as well as several technical books on malware.
I’m reading “The deliberate Dumbing Down Of America” by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt.
It’s free to read online in PDF at: http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=the+deliberate+dumbing+down+of+america+pdf&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
It documents the actions, papers, methods, books and names, over many decades, of those who used “Progressive Education” to teach Americans to stop thinking.
I did NOT know she'd come out with another installment! I'd say it's been more than six years.....unless there was one that I missed in the meantime.
Oh lordy, so many great suggestions on this thread and so little time.
Reading Game of Thrones, by George R.R.Martin, again, after watching the HBO series. Actually, it’s being read to me by Roy Dotrice, a masterful narrator. Helps greatly in making Atlanta traffic disappear!
I think I actually may have heard it about it for the first time on the last “What are you reading?” thread. :)
Anyway. I have to confess I have yet to check out the Freeper Book Club. But if there’s a way there to discuss books some of us are reading, I sure would like to get people’s thoughts on TFT.
"Bad Science" - Ben Goldacre. Brilliant debunking of quackery and pseudoscience.
"The Armada" - Garrett Mattingly. This one comes around in my re-read queue every few years. One of the best histories ever written.
In the on deck circle is "Quartered Safe Out Here" by George MacDonald Fraser. I have been loath to crack the cover on this one because it is the only book by GMF I have never read, and when I reach the last page there will be no more. Ave atque vale...
For insance, there is an instructive quote from President Woodrow Wilson responding to criticism that there was no national interest in our entry into WWI -- he said, (paraphrase) "There is also no selfishness in it." To me, this explains a lot. To a liberal, national interest in war is "selfish"; while no national interest is "noble". See how it works?