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Old 06-21-2010, 08:32 PM   #1
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What books are you guys reading? I'm going to be in a car for 18 hours this weekend so I'm looking for some reading material to kill some time. I just finished reading "The Last Ridge", which I thought was an interesting and entertaining read about the US Army's mountain rangers during World War 2. After that I just flew through "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" as a fun read, but now I'm looking for something that requires actual thinking. Anyway, I'm just rambling now. What are some good books that you guys are currently reading or just read?

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Old 06-21-2010, 08:40 PM   #2
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I'm reading this right now and its excellent: http://www.amazon.com/Joker-One-Platoons-Leadership-Brotherhood/dp/0812979567/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277152606&sr=8-1

It is a memoir written by a marine platoon leader about of his tours in Iraq. It is almost completely void of politics which is nice. It's a great read.


EDIT - This is also excellent and one of the best books I've read in a while: http://www.amazon.com/Final-Frontier.../dp/0743453131

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Old 06-21-2010, 08:42 PM   #3
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Requires actual thinking?

Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdani

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Old 06-21-2010, 08:52 PM   #4
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Reading:
Earth: The Sequel - Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn

Recent:
The Big Short - Michael Lewis
Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis
A few Malcom Gladwell books
The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 - Josh Toland

And if you're really into something strange, either:
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami, or
House of Leaves by Danielewski

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I'm just finishing off "Kingdom of Fear" by Hunter S Thompson, bought it at the airport a couple of months ago when traveling for work. Off on my honeymoon next week, so will be reading a couple of Lee Child books then.

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Brewing up a Business by Sam Calagione.

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I'm reading "The First American" by H. W. Brands, a biography of Benjamin Franklin that's really engaging. There are some very interesting points made about how various historical figures, especially Franklin of course, were perceived in their time versus how they are seen now. It really will give you some things to think about concerning some of histories most notable personalities and we came to think of them the way we do.

I'm also reading "My Life in France" by Julia Child, an autobiography about her time learning to cook and about the time she spent writing her book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". I wouldn't say this book will make you do much heavy thinking but it's a fun look into the history and mind of one of this centuries most unique and beloved ladies.

I am not normally into biographies or autobiographies but somehow fell into reading the two of these at the same time. I don't find either of them nearly as dry as the genre can be but I was also interested in both people well before I started reading.

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Right now I'm reading two books for a second time, Jesus Lived in India and The Reformation (from my college days back in the '80s).

I just finished another Steve Berry book, The Alexandria Link. I read a few others by him that were also pretty good, The Charlemagne Pursuit and The Templar Legacy. All of them have the same main character. I'm not really into books of that nature since you almost feel compelled to buy and read the others, especially if they are in a series, which these are not, but characters do overlap into other books. I guess that saves reading and writing time since you don't have to reintroduce new characters and their backgrounds.

I also finished another by Richard D'Agostino called the Rite of Passage.

They are all pretty much the same with some global trottig adventures with treasure hunting and religious references (speculative, not mainstream).



JadeMonkeyStang: Go rent the movie Julie and Julia...it's a lot about Julia Childs during that same time period.

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Finishing up A Peoples history of the United states of America, Howard Zinn. On deck is going to be either God delusion by Dawkins or Gravity's rainbow, Thomas pynchon. Haven't decided yet.

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I just got back from the library. I picked up Oil! by Upton Sinclair and As I Lay Dying by Faulkner. I want to start reading some classical authors as I haven't read any books from that genre outside of required reading in school. I started reading the latter book and it seems like it's going to be a really quick read. I'm not sure if it's been made into a movie yet, but if it hasn't it seems like the type of book that would make a seamless transition to the big screen. It could be a really good character study type of movie.

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