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What books are you currently reading?
1/23/2012 | William Eaton

Posted on 01/23/2012 8:52:51 PM PST by WilliamEaton

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To: moose07

Notice, however, that the worst villain in the book, the only real villain, is a blue-eyed half-German. Everyone else is 100 percent Middle Eastern.

I just think that’s important since this is a “diversity” book, supposedly anti-racist.


151 posted on 01/24/2012 11:55:50 AM PST by firebrand
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To: xzins

The law is what Grisham knows best and that’s part of the reason why we read him. He takes a different tack each time—enough of a difference for me. The white-shoe lawyer versus the ambulance chaser was a good, up-to-date take.


152 posted on 01/24/2012 12:08:54 PM PST by firebrand
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To: WilliamEaton

“The Specialist” by Charles “Chic” Sale.


153 posted on 01/24/2012 2:10:47 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: WilliamEaton

Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell Patrick Robinson

Black Hawk Down Mark Bowden. Seals are Super Human!!!


154 posted on 01/24/2012 3:08:37 PM PST by GregB (I will follow Sarah where ever she goes!)
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To: moose07; Krankor

“Kite Runner” got too ugly for me. The more I read, the less I could stand it. Perhaps it was an important book to write but I am sorry I read it.


155 posted on 01/24/2012 6:11:43 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: WilliamEaton

John Burnside - The Devil’s Footprints


156 posted on 01/24/2012 6:15:11 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: bmwcyle

Touche - I figured that would be a popular one.


157 posted on 01/24/2012 7:48:13 PM PST by WilliamEaton
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To: WilliamEaton

Augie Garrido Texas Longhorns Autographed Life Is Yours to Win

http://www.longhornsltd.com/Augie-Garrido-Texas-Longhorns-Autographed-Life-Is-Yours-to-Win-Book-_1170816440_PD.html


158 posted on 01/24/2012 7:51:05 PM PST by BigDaddyTX (Don't Mex with Texas)
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To: NTHockey
Just finished “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. Next, Clauswitz.

Since your reading them together and they are both fresh in your mind you should buy a copy of Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought. It is an excellent comparative analysis of the two books.

159 posted on 01/25/2012 4:27:51 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: MplsSteve

Did you give WilliamEaton your quarterly survey job?


160 posted on 01/25/2012 5:41:26 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: kalee
Could the book in question be Skeleton in Waiting by Peter Dickenson (1989)? Here's what Library Journal had to say about the book:

A sequel to Dickinson's King and Joker , this novel focuses on the same fictional British royal family after the death of heroine Princess Louise's grandmother, Grand Duchess Marie Romanov. Dickinson juggles several subplots--a rumor of possible terrorist action; the odd behavior of Louise's sister-in-law--but concentrates mostly on the Grand Duchess's possibly scandalous letters and the strange woman hired to translate them from Russian. This rather slight story is bolstered by a facile, intelligent prose style, well-developed characters, and some penetrating insights into how it feels to live a life where one's every action is dictated, discussed, and endlessly scrutinized. Less a suspense thriller than a "slice of life," this should please those looking for a leisurely, literate change of pace. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/89.

Warlord by Tom Bell (2010) has Prince Charles involved in a terrorist plot against the royal family.

161 posted on 01/25/2012 9:30:39 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

No Warlord is too recent and the other is a fictional royal family. The book I am looking for is about Charles, Phillip, and Elizabeth. IIRC the rf is wiped out and the story is saving the survibng member and England. Wish I could remember more. I did not own the book, it was borrowed.


162 posted on 01/26/2012 3:05:41 AM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: WilliamEaton

Signing Their Lives Away, The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed The Decalaration of Independence, by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese.

It’s short anecdotes about the 56 men who signed The Declaration of Independence. There was actaully one man who signed The Articles of Association, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation and The Constitution, Roger Sherman of Connecticut.


163 posted on 01/27/2012 8:05:34 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: WilliamEaton

Before the Dawn. By euginio zolli,chief rabbi of Rome during world war 2.A beautiful conversion story with lots of descriptions of the times and place .(Newer title;Why I became a CCatholic)


164 posted on 01/28/2012 8:41:54 AM PST by whiteclockinthetrees
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To: Moonman62

Eric Clapton’s was one of the best modern popular figures’ autobiographies i ever read. The talent was thing but the human growth was marvelous.

The best modern pop figures’ autobiographies I’ve read was Andre agassi’s and I don’t even like tennis.


165 posted on 01/28/2012 9:19:14 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Grunthor

Wife and I were discussing a book we both read in the 80s that has always stuck with us as very good. “The First Team” by John Ball....I bought a hard copy recently on Amazon..used...she’s reading it now at lunch time. I get it again when she’s finished.


166 posted on 01/28/2012 9:21:53 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: WilliamEaton

My Bible (read through every 90 days, it’s not that difficult)
Ameritopia
The Litigators
Entre Leadership (Dave Ramsey)
Unbroken (reading through the 2nd time)


167 posted on 01/28/2012 9:25:47 AM PST by Marathoner (In the 80s we had Reagan, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope. Now we have Obama, no cash and no hope.)
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To: WilliamEaton

I Henry IV


168 posted on 02/09/2012 9:10:22 PM PST by rhinohunter (Not voting for RINO Romney...no way...no how)
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To: WilliamEaton

Love Story.


169 posted on 02/09/2012 9:12:07 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: WilliamEaton

Ameritopia by Mark Levin


170 posted on 02/22/2012 8:29:14 PM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: WilliamEaton
Inside of a Dog by Akexandra Horowitz. She a psychologist who has studied lots of dogs and has a very good insight into what dogs think, how they think and why they love living with humans.
171 posted on 02/04/2013 12:41:15 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: WilliamEaton

A week ago I finished book 1 of the Fall of Giants series by Ken Follett. I’ll get book 2 today. In the meantime I am reading the Secret Founding of America.


172 posted on 05/15/2013 10:57:48 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: rfreedom4u

I read both of those in the past year. Socrates was awesome but Barbelon was a very long dry read. I have book 2 of Barbelon and it is more of the same.


173 posted on 05/15/2013 10:59:00 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: WilliamEaton
What books are you currently reading?

The IRS is posting on FreeRepublic now?

174 posted on 05/15/2013 10:59:35 AM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: WilliamEaton

Whatever’s unpopular among the crowd.


175 posted on 05/15/2013 11:02:00 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: WilliamEaton
World War Z - Max Brooks

The Golden Ass - Apuleius

Reamde - Neal Stephenson

The Immense Majesty - A History of Rome and the Roman Empire - Thomas Africa

And one I can't talk about yet because my co-author keeps sending me pages of FReepin' errata!

176 posted on 05/15/2013 11:12:35 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: WilliamEaton
"D day: the battle for Normandy, by Antony Beevor . I re-read it every June.

CC

177 posted on 06/11/2013 4:45:17 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: WilliamEaton

The Atheist Delusion
The Life of Marie Antoinette
The book of Matthew in the NewTestament


178 posted on 06/11/2013 8:19:52 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: napscoordinator

“He is the best author in America, probably the best in American history.”

Nope. Lawrence Block is.

;


179 posted on 06/11/2013 8:24:12 PM PDT by Mears
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To: WilliamEaton

The last time I read a book was 55 years ago in college!!!


180 posted on 06/11/2013 8:31:43 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed
The last time I read a book was 55 years ago in college!!!

So I'm sure you have an opinion who the greatest writer in America is and has ever been?

181 posted on 06/11/2013 8:33:35 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: WilliamEaton
James O'Keefe's book Breakthrough. Excellent writing, and a run-through of all his citizen-reporting triumphs. He's partially responsible for all the new voter-ID laws, which in some states have just been declared constitutional a few days ago by changes to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
182 posted on 07/07/2013 6:45:58 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Eddie01
"Call Of The Wild" was the first novel I ever read - though it's really more of a novella or a long short story. I was in the fourth grade and my teacher gave me a choice of other classics, such as Huckleberry Finn and Red Badge of Courage (which dates me because schools today would never offer up that fare).

I chose Call Of The Wild because it had a picture of a dog on the cover and I liked dogs. Glad I picked it as it was an excellent story and got me interested not only in reading real books but attempting to write them as well. A year or two later, I wrote a story called "Buzz, the Winter Dog" for a school project. It never was a best seller but it got me an A+ from my English teacher. I even had illustrations with it.

Anyway, the book I'm reading currently is "Difficult Men" which is about how cable television dramas like "Sopranos" and "Mad Men" are changing the face of television - which used to mostly put out dreck aimed at the lowest common denominator.

183 posted on 07/07/2013 7:14:14 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76; firebrand
Added keyword "bookclub" to access this and prior book suggestion and reading threads.
184 posted on 07/07/2013 7:28:11 PM PDT by willieroe
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To: JoeDonnellymakesmepuke

Is your copy of the Gulag Archipelago an abridged edition? I looked on the Kindle and could only find it abridged.


185 posted on 07/07/2013 7:28:23 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: WilliamEaton

“The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson.


186 posted on 07/07/2013 7:30:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: WilliamEaton
Just finished The Wilder Shores of Marx by Theodore Dalrymple. It's his travelogue through Romania, Albania, North Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba just as the Soviet Union was falling. He barely missed witnessing Ceausescu get shot. Great stuff, originally published in 1991 and republished for Kindle.

Current read is The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War in 1914 by Christopher Clark. Great stuff, with some very disturbing parallels to today's geopolitical setup.

187 posted on 07/07/2013 7:35:57 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: WilliamEaton

“The Rho Agenda” series by Richard Phillips


188 posted on 07/07/2013 7:37:26 PM PDT by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: WilliamEaton

Current:
The Walking Dead (a “here, read this” loaner, and I want my counter-loaned 300, V For Vendetta, and Watchmen back.)
No Easy Day
ReWork
Winnie The Pooh (enthraling a 5yo)

Recent:
Jack Reacher - One Shot (I’m now puzzled by the title, as it’s about 6 shots)
The Hunger Games trilogy


189 posted on 07/07/2013 7:47:45 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: WilliamEaton
I always love this post. Most of my recent reading has been homework, for a book I'm writing myself. Many books are pretty abstruse, but among the ones that were more generally interesting were:

Anthony Pagden, The Enlightenment and Why It Still Matters
Charles Emmerson, 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War
Paul Johnson, The Renaissance

I am currently reading:

John Darwin, Unfinished Empire
David T. Beito, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967

Still to do:

Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes
Deirdre McCloskey (one of my favorite writers), Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World

In a confession that will do little for my FR reputation, I am also reading Das Kapital, in preparation for a class on Marxism I hope to teach.

190 posted on 07/07/2013 7:56:56 PM PDT by untenured
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To: Moonman62

Was Clapton happy with his own guitar playing?


191 posted on 07/07/2013 7:57:43 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: WilliamEaton; Travis McGee
Basically finishing up Matt Bracken's first three books....

Go here.....

http://enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/

They are great books....and just might be painting a picture of where we are headed!

192 posted on 07/07/2013 7:59:21 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Sic semper evello mortem Tyrannis)
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To: WilliamEaton

PFL


193 posted on 07/07/2013 8:00:04 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: Yardstick
It's been awhile since I made that comment. My lasting impression is that Clapton wanted to be either listening to music, playing music, or talking about music. And if it weren't for music and his abilities, he probably would have had no friends at all.

I don't remember him saying much about his satisfaction with his ability. I think he worked at emulating anything he liked no matter how difficult. I think he said his first guitar was very difficult to play.

There was also an explanation of how he got his "slow hand" nickname.

194 posted on 07/07/2013 8:15:43 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: MtnClimber

I just finished American Gods and liked it very much. Thanks for posting the list.


195 posted on 07/29/2013 6:46:43 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: WilliamEaton

I read a lot for work, but for fun I’m reading FORMER PEOPLE, about the fate of Russian aristocrats under the Revolution, and a history of Liberia.


196 posted on 09/25/2013 2:10:25 PM PDT by Argus
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To: WilliamEaton

Finished the journals of Captain Cook, am now in the middle of a fantasy novel, The Iron Tower by Dennis McKiernan, and wandering and pondering through the Tai Chi classics, plus many booklinks on my Android.


197 posted on 10/25/2013 7:32:20 AM PDT by Anton.Rutter
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To: Krankor

King Rat/James Clavell is one powerful book, second your recommend.


198 posted on 10/25/2013 7:35:24 AM PDT by Anton.Rutter
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To: WilliamEaton

I just finished The Book Thief. It’s excellent.


199 posted on 10/25/2013 7:42:03 AM PDT by Juana la Loca
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To: WilliamEaton

Just finished “The Harbinger.”


200 posted on 10/25/2013 7:42:39 AM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
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