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Posted on 01/23/2012 8:52:51 PM PST by WilliamEaton
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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.
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.
“The Specialist” by Charles “Chic” Sale.
Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell Patrick Robinson
Black Hawk Down Mark Bowden. Seals are Super Human!!!
“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.
John Burnside - The Devil’s Footprints
Touche - I figured that would be a popular one.
Augie Garrido Texas Longhorns Autographed Life Is Yours to Win
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
My Bible (read through every 90 days, it’s not that difficult)
Entre Leadership (Dave Ramsey)
Unbroken (reading through the 2nd time)
I Henry IV
Ameritopia by Mark Levin
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.
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.
The IRS is posting on FreeRepublic now?
Whatever’s unpopular among the crowd.
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!
The Atheist Delusion
The Life of Marie Antoinette
The book of Matthew in the NewTestament
“He is the best author in America, probably the best in American history.”
Nope. Lawrence Block is.
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?
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.
Is your copy of the Gulag Archipelago an abridged edition? I looked on the Kindle and could only find it abridged.
“The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson.
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.
“The Rho Agenda” series by Richard Phillips
The Walking Dead (a “here, read this” loaner, and I want my counter-loaned 300, V For Vendetta, and Watchmen back.)
No Easy Day
Winnie The Pooh (enthraling a 5yo)
Jack Reacher - One Shot (I’m now puzzled by the title, as it’s about 6 shots)
The Hunger Games trilogy
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.
Was Clapton happy with his own guitar playing?
They are great books....and just might be painting a picture of where we are headed!
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.
I just finished American Gods and liked it very much. Thanks for posting the list.
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.
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.
King Rat/James Clavell is one powerful book, second your recommend.
I just finished The Book Thief. It’s excellent.
Just finished “The Harbinger.”
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