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What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey
10/01/10 | MplsSteve

Posted on 10/01/2010 8:54:31 AM PDT by MplsSteve

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

As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the more well-read member of the cyber world. I like to find out what you're all reading.

Essentially, it can be anything. A timeless classic, a trashy pulp novel, a technical journal, etc. In short, anything!

Please do not ruin this thread by posting something stupid like "I'm Reading Your Thread". It became really really unfunny a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm reading "Pendergast!" by Lawrence J Larsen and Nancy J Hulston. Written in 1997, it chronicles the life as well as the rise and fall of Tom Pendergast. In the 1920's and 30's, he was the undisputed boss of Kansas City. Nothing moved or happened in that city without his approval. He was responsible for the rise of Harry S Truman as well.

Pendergast was a contradiction in many terms. he was a family man but also contracted syphilis from a prostitute. He looked out for the downtrodden by getting them jobs and food and then skimmed money off the side (on public works projects) for his own use.

And last but not least, he was a life-long Democrat as well!

All in all, this is a good book and one I'd recommend strongly.

Well, what are you reading now?!


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1 posted on 10/01/2010 8:54:32 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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I’m reading Crimes Against Liberty by David Limbaugh


2 posted on 10/01/2010 8:57:19 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" - Orwell)
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The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atomic Bomb, 1939-1949 [Hardcover]by im Baggott


3 posted on 10/01/2010 8:57:24 AM PDT by PaForBush
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4 posted on 10/01/2010 8:57:50 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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To: MplsSteve

EPowerment, Achieving Empowerment in the E World, Dr. Izzy Justice. And any of the American Girls’ books my daughter brings home from work. :-)


5 posted on 10/01/2010 8:58:00 AM PDT by knittnmom ("...only dead fish 'go with the flow'". - Sarah Palin 7/09)
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To: MplsSteve

The Apostle - Brad Thor
Very apropos given the political climate today. Great author, thrilling reads.


6 posted on 10/01/2010 8:58:20 AM PDT by BruCru (I think, therefore I am conservative!)
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To: MplsSteve

just finished “the conservative intellectual movement in america” by george h. nash (poorly written, but informative),

and “crimes against liberty” by david limbaugh (no one would have heard of this guy if he wasn’t the brother of rush; it’s a digest of obama’s doings that most freepers could do.)

today, amazon delivers “the roots of obama’s rage” by dinesh souza, my next read.


7 posted on 10/01/2010 8:59:50 AM PDT by ken21 (who runs the gop?)
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To: IYAS9YAS

If you haven’t read the Steven Hunter sniper books, you will love them.


8 posted on 10/01/2010 9:00:01 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: MplsSteve

Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson. It’s the basis for the HBO Series of the same name. Chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson, the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster.


9 posted on 10/01/2010 9:00:01 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: MplsSteve

Courgage and Consequence by Rove. Almost done.


10 posted on 10/01/2010 9:00:37 AM PDT by BamaAndy
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To: MplsSteve

The Laundry Series by Charles Stross: “The Atrocity Archives,” “The Jennifer Morgue,” and “The Fullerton Memorandum” by Charles Stross. Also short stores “On the Farm” and “Overtime.”
“Monster Hunter Vendetta” by Larry Correia
“Ragnarok” by Patrick A. Vanner
LOVE my Kindle!


11 posted on 10/01/2010 9:00:57 AM PDT by Little Ray (nO)
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To: BruCru

Parrot and Olivier Come to America

Money by Martin Amis. I read two or thee at a time


12 posted on 10/01/2010 9:01:48 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: MplsSteve

“Frontier Regulars” by Robert M. Utley. I just visited Montana and Wyoming and wanted to learn more about the post-Civil War Indian Wars. Appears so far to be an even handed account of that period in our history.


13 posted on 10/01/2010 9:02:17 AM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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Where Men Win Glory - Jon Krakauer

Historical Fiction on Cleopatra - can’t remember the authors name. Quite a good read so far


14 posted on 10/01/2010 9:02:22 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: MplsSteve

“We Band Of Angels, The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese” by Elizabeth M. Norman (paperback), and “Casino Royale” by Ian Fleming on my Nook ebook reader!


15 posted on 10/01/2010 9:03:17 AM PDT by shorty_harris
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16 posted on 10/01/2010 9:03:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m on a Mark Twain kick, just finished Tom Sawyer, and now I’m half way through Huckleberry Finn. Both very enjoyable!


17 posted on 10/01/2010 9:03:32 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: MplsSteve
Still working on Josephus, The Annals of the world and have started Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts.
18 posted on 10/01/2010 9:04:05 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: MplsSteve

Studying for graduation this fall...

19 posted on 10/01/2010 9:04:19 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m on a kick, putting together a library on my thumb drive of books I’ve downloaded from the net. And then working my way through it.

Right now, reading Belloc, Europe and the Faith, and Von Mises, Planned Chaos (its a short one, almost a pamphlet). One at lunch, the other at coffee.

Just finished Everlasting Man (Chesterton), Money and Credit (Von Mises again), and French Revolution (Edmund Burke). Its the copyright thing. Everything I’m reading is at least 80 years old...


20 posted on 10/01/2010 9:04:30 AM PDT by marron
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading “Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man who led the Band of Brothers” by Larry Alexander.

It’s a wonderful read. I’m planning on reading Major Winter’s book next, “Beyond the Band of Brothers”. I’m looking forward to that one.


21 posted on 10/01/2010 9:04:49 AM PDT by Hatheos
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To: MplsSteve
“Twelve Who Ruled: The Year of the Terror in the French Revolution” By-R.R. Palmer

Rereading this, actually. Read it a million years ago

Also:

“The Unconquerable General Daumesnil” by-Edward Ryan.

22 posted on 10/01/2010 9:05:10 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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Just finished re-reading Cujo. Read it as a teenager over 20 years ago and after snobbishly turning my nose up at my hubby for suggesting streaming the movie on Netflix, couldn’t remember why I hated the movie so much so had to re-read the book. Now I remember why I hated the movie. The director wimped out.


23 posted on 10/01/2010 9:05:16 AM PDT by LatinaGOP
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To: MplsSteve
Rereading “Public Enemies”, by Brian Burrough, about the rise of Miss Hoover's FBI and the war on the 30’s gangs, like Dillinger, Floyd and the Barkers.
24 posted on 10/01/2010 9:05:16 AM PDT by jonascord (The Tea Party just gave the Republican senators an ice water enema.)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading UNBOUND by Neil Lozano. “Unbound” teaches practical steps to free us from the blocks that get in our way of being more effective Christians and expands our understanding of how evil works. It seems very solid and balanced to me so far.


25 posted on 10/01/2010 9:05:24 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: MplsSteve

Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert Bork, and Surrender is Not an Option, by John Bolton.


26 posted on 10/01/2010 9:05:33 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: MplsSteve

for later


27 posted on 10/01/2010 9:05:46 AM PDT by goodnesswins (There are Indian Reservations in the US LARGER than Israel. Leave Israel alone!)
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To: MplsSteve

Dead by Sunset by Ann Rule


28 posted on 10/01/2010 9:06:02 AM PDT by fml
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To: MplsSteve

Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil by Derek Landy


29 posted on 10/01/2010 9:06:10 AM PDT by Vor Lady
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To: MplsSteve

“Shooter”

By Gunnery Sgt. Jack Caughlin


30 posted on 10/01/2010 9:07:05 AM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: fml
Dead by Sunset by Ann Rule

Great read. I love all her books.

31 posted on 10/01/2010 9:09:18 AM PDT by LatinaGOP
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To: MplsSteve
Re-reading "The Hobbit" by Tolkein...

Mike

32 posted on 10/01/2010 9:09:26 AM PDT by MichaelP (Democrats are the party of Special Re-education)
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To: marron
"Just finished Everlasting Man (Chesterton)"

I've read it several times and get something new out of it each time. Perhaps I'm just a little slower on the uptake then most, but I would recommend going back a year or so from now and thumbing through it again :-) If you're like me, you'll find stuff that wasn't there your first time through.

It's the book CS Lewis credited for bringing him back to God.

33 posted on 10/01/2010 9:10:29 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: MplsSteve

The third volume of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


34 posted on 10/01/2010 9:12:08 AM PDT by mojito
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To: MplsSteve
I'm listening to the audio version of "Master and Commander," a ripping good seafaring adventure:


35 posted on 10/01/2010 9:12:15 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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“War of the Rats” by David L Robbins.

Russian Ace Sniper Vassily Zaitsev v German Ace Sniper Heinz Thorvald at the Battle of Stalingrad. One Shot...One Kill.

After this, I wanna re-read “Absolute Power” by David Baldacci.


36 posted on 10/01/2010 9:13:31 AM PDT by Sloane_Ranger
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To: MplsSteve

Man’s Search of Meaning - Viktor Frankl
Of Bees and Mist - Erick Setiawan
Beautiful Losers - Leonard Cohen
Book of Mercy - Leonard Cohen
The Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb


37 posted on 10/01/2010 9:14:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2589165/posts)
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To: Personal Responsibility
Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years, the one volume abridgement of the six volume set by Carl Sandburg.

Kush

38 posted on 10/01/2010 9:14:09 AM PDT by Kush (Insert your own witty, patriotic, or sarcastic remark here.)
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I’m reading “Nullification” by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
It is a great book on the principles of the Constitutional government and how the States were designed to be the check on the federal government. If this concept were to ever catch on we could change our oppressive federal government over night. Pray for our republic.


39 posted on 10/01/2010 9:14:18 AM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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40 posted on 10/01/2010 9:14:49 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: MplsSteve

Culture of Corruption: Michelle Malkin
Foundation: Isaac Asimov


41 posted on 10/01/2010 9:15:56 AM PDT by CCWild Bill (ccwildbill)
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Augustine’s Confessions, the Historian (novel), I Timothy (Bible), several biographies of composers (Bruckner) and musicians (John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong).

Also, sticking with the music phase, I have Terry Teachout’s book of essays. I strongly recommend anything/everything by Teachout. He is a political conservative; so you don’t have to feel like you are wading through a sewer to get some good commentary on the arts and music......


42 posted on 10/01/2010 9:16:08 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Red Badger

What is a lion?


43 posted on 10/01/2010 9:16:18 AM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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To: All

Are there any fans of Christian Fantasy on the thread?


44 posted on 10/01/2010 9:16:22 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: MplsSteve

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury


45 posted on 10/01/2010 9:16:33 AM PDT by filospinato (Engine No. 9!)
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And last but not least, he was a life-long Democrat as well!”

Syphillis, manipulator of the poor through handouts...sounds like a perfect Democrat to me!


46 posted on 10/01/2010 9:17:28 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Little Ray

How is Larry’s book? He was the instructor of my CC class. I didn’t know he had published already.


47 posted on 10/01/2010 9:18:13 AM PDT by hotshu (Keep America's Faith, that's all 0bama and his fellow traitors can't steal from us.)
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To: MplsSteve

i am re-reading The Life of the Mind: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking by James V. Schall...


48 posted on 10/01/2010 9:18:17 AM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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I just finished the latest in the Frankenstein series by Dean Koontz.

It is a very nice re-imagining of the Frankenstein mythology.

I recommend it highly for Koontz fans or anyone else that enjoys well written fiction.

Cheers,

knewshound


49 posted on 10/01/2010 9:19:18 AM PDT by knews_hound (Credo Quia Absurdium--take nothing seriously unless it is absurd. E. Clampus Vitus)
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Voices of the Foreign Legion. Copyright 2010 by Adrian D. Gilbert.


50 posted on 10/01/2010 9:20:17 AM PDT by BluH2o
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