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What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey of Freeper Reading Habits
9/29/08 | MplsSteve

Posted on 09/29/2008 7:19:37 AM PDT by MplsSteve

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

It can be anything...a NY Times bestseller, a technical journal, a trashy pulp short, anything!

DO NOT answer by saying "I'm Reading This Thread". It stopped being funny a long time ago.

Here's what I'm reading. I'm just about finished with "Blockaders, Refugees & Contrabands: Civil War on Florida's Gulf Coast 1861-1865."

It's a very interesting book about how the US Navy was able to turn a substantial portion of Florida's Gulf Coast population against the Confederacy, creating a civil war within that part of Florida.

So tell me...what are YOU reading now?

TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: bestsellers; books; classics; godsgravesglyphs; greatreads; magazines; pages; readers
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To: MplsSteve; petro45acp; SE Mom; Tammy8

Just finished reading “Tailspin” by Catherine Coulter.

Now, I’m reading “Heat Lightning” by John Sandford.

Waiting impatiently for another Camel Club book by David Baldacci called “Divine Justice” to be released election day.

And, Vince Flynn’s next book will be released Oct 21, titled “Extreme Measures”. Will be among the first in line to make the purchase.

Hoping to learn of a new book by Brad Thor. If anyone likes Vince Flynn, you will most likely enjoy Brad Thor. His latest book is called “The Last Patriot” and is excellent reading.

121 posted on 09/29/2008 8:37:06 AM PDT by old_sage_says ("Do not wish ill for your enemy, plan it.." Brad Thor)
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To: Skooz

Yes, a supurb piece of writing and work of history. I picked up a copy last month at his house in St. Louis, now a national historic site. They have a very nice new museum there, and a ranger told me there are plans for a presidential library — kind of like what they did with Lincoln in Springfield, but on a smaller scale. It’s well worth the visit if you are ever in the area.

122 posted on 09/29/2008 8:37:06 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Sarah Palin just field dressed the Obama campaign.)
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To: MplsSteve
Just finished Dinner at Mr. Jefferson’s: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening that Changed America by Charles Cerami Just began The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter by Matthew Dennison
123 posted on 09/29/2008 8:37:34 AM PDT by kalee
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To: Skooz

don’t expect an end. it doesn’t really end...

124 posted on 09/29/2008 8:37:35 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: MplsSteve
I am attempting to read a four book series by Jeffrey Burton Russell.

The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity

Satan: The Early Christian Tradition

Lucifer: The Devil in the Middle Ages

Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World

In that respective order. So far I am halfway through the second book. Very well written and researched with copious source citations. Early in the first book it is easy to become disheartened because he feigns a more liberal stance towards the devil, but towards the end he reveals his true thoughts on a more conservative view towards evil and the personification of it.

125 posted on 09/29/2008 8:44:56 AM PDT by Xenophon450
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To: daisyscarlett

“Silva keeps getting better and better.”

Prince of Fire was my first one by Silva. Evidently there are others with the same characters in them. I’d like to read more of them.

126 posted on 09/29/2008 9:06:03 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: TheMom

My daughter’s teenage Golden is visiting with us while they move. Last night he and my young adult Cocker feasted on a business size box of business size envelopes and a craft project I WAS working on. When confronted with the mess they both gave me that hang dog innocent eye look, but I didn’t fall for it. lol
Usually my older female Cocker sounds an alert if the other Cocker is doing something he ought not to be doing, I guess she decided if both boys were involved she’d best get out of Dodge for last night’s hoop de doo.

All of the little darlin’s are sleeping peacefiully at the moment, probably dreaming up the next bit of michcief. ;)

127 posted on 09/29/2008 9:07:20 AM PDT by kalee
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished Michelle Malkin’s “In Defense of Internment” and Jerome Corsi’s “Abama Nation”.

Malkin’s book is an excellent re-telling of the internment of ethnic Japanese folks in the West in WWII. She explodes the PC myth that the internment was racially motivate or that the treatment of the people involved was inordinately harsh. The decision on internment came from the top, including FDR, Marshall and Marshall’s deputy, McCloy. It was based on actual evidence of espionage activities and plans by Japan to engage in espionage and/or sabotage based on the affinities of many of the ethnic Japanese in the US for their home country.

The internment facilities were not luxurious or even particularly comfortable, but neither were they “American Concentration Camps” as characterized by the left and advocates for reparations.

Critics of the internment are using the propaganda version of the case to argue against many different anti-Terrorism policies, such as any kind of profiling or detention of terror suspects.

128 posted on 09/29/2008 9:10:31 AM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: airedale

I just finished Isaac’s Storm this weekend. I liked it, not as well as Devil though.

129 posted on 09/29/2008 9:15:04 AM PDT by cpanter (Babies, guns and Jesus. Hot Damn! - Rush on the Palin pick.)
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To: Xenophon450
Hey, I (re)read that set just a few weeks ago! There's a 5th book Russell wrote, called The Prince of Darkness. It's a one volume "condensation" of the other 4 books. I found it helped to read that book before reading the 4 book set, as an 'outline' to the material...Or maybe reading it after reading the other 4, just to help the material sink in the memory. Just a suggestion to take or leave.
130 posted on 09/29/2008 9:25:04 AM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: shibumi; MplsSteve; Salamander; yorkie

I’m currently reading “Hop On Pop” by Dr. Suess.

131 posted on 09/29/2008 9:30:23 AM PDT by Salamander (The number of the beast is 0.)
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To: MplsSteve
I'm catching up on the Vince Flynn series. I'm currently on "Consent to Kill."


132 posted on 09/29/2008 9:32:45 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: SamAdams76
I would advise caution when reading Nixonland

The author, Rick Perlstein, uses the term “Nixonland” to describe a situation in which American politics are dominated by conflict between two irreconcilable groups and contends that Nixon advanced his political career by exploiting such conflicts. However, if this is the case, we have been living in "Nixonland" since our country was founded--and "Nixonland" can probably describe most democratic societies.

In any case, it seems to me that commentator Victor Lasky was more accurate when in a 1977 interview, he credited President Nixon with "the cooling of America," noting that by the time Nixon left office, the unrest and vilence that began in the mid-1969's had largely ceased.

Perlstein also tends to be selective when picking and choosing facts to support his arguments. For example, when dicussing the 1960 presidential election, Perlstein devotes several pages to the first televised Nixon-Kennedy debate, in which he portrays Nixon as performing poorly. However, he doesn't mention that those who heard the debate on the radio thought that Nixon had outperformed Kennedy, and he makes no mention whatsoever of the three subsequent debates in which Nixon did much better than he did in the first debate.

Perlstein ridicules Nixon's attempt to have Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas impeached, in 1970, implying that he did so because Douglas wrote an article in a racy counter-culture journal. However, he neglects to mention the real cause of the impeachment move--a book written by Douglas entitled Points of Rebellion (Random House, 1970), in which he praised the student revolutionaries of the day and generated charges that he was advocating the overthrow of the US government.

Perlstein's account also contains a number of factual errors. For example, Nixon's birthplace was built in 1912, not 1910, as he says, and the SALT agreement of 1972 was not the "Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty."

Interestingly, in an appearance at the Nixon Presidential Library the other day, Perlstein answered a questioner from the audience who asked if we are still in "Nixonland" by saying that, indeed, we were, as manifested by Sarah Palin, an "Agnew-like" choice for vice president who seeks to exploit "middle class rages."

133 posted on 09/29/2008 9:40:56 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: MplsSteve
Something New, by P.G. Wodehouse, on my cell phone. I usually have a couple dozen ebooks on it at any given time.
134 posted on 09/29/2008 9:46:14 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: gubamyster


135 posted on 09/29/2008 9:47:42 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: MplsSteve; Carry_Okie; betty boop; Alamo-Girl

“Don’t Let Science Get You Down, Timothy: A Light-hearted (but Deadly Serious) Dialogue on Science, Faith, and Culture” by Jean Drew and Sandi Venable — FREEPERS Alamo-Girl and Betty Boop (Paperback - Jan 27, 2007)

“Natural Process” by Mark Edward Vande Pol — FREEPER CarrieOkie

“Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes in you and your kids” by Turansky and Miller

“He Has Made Me Glad: Enjoying God’s Goodness With Reckless Abandon” (Saltshaker Books) by Ben Patterson

“False Assumptions” by Cloud/Townsend it’s about bible believers struggling with emotional issues.

“The Nature of God in Plain Language” by Hocking, re-reading it.

Several books on Solar Power installation.

I recently posted a top ten list of books I recommend to read. I’ll see if I can find it.

136 posted on 09/29/2008 10:02:18 AM PDT by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery.
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To: MplsSteve

I found the thread...

10 Books Not To Read Before You Die
The Times (UK) ^ | September 17, 2008 | Richard Wilson
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2008 6:41:41 PM by PotatoHeadMick

To: BilLies; Alamo-Girl; betty boop
Same here. But my exceptions are probably a little longer.

So which nonfiction books would you say were a waste of your time? I’m having trouble coming up with some. The cool thing about nonfiction is that if you wade through the drudgery when you don’t like it, at least you learned some history.

Here are 10 nonfiction titles that I recommend TO READ...

1) “Intercept UFO” by Renato Vesco. It’s not what you think, very surprising book about how flying saucers are secret weapons.

2) “Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsay. Highest selling title of the entire decade of 1970’s. Changed my life.

3) “Jesus: God, Ghost or Guru” by Buell & Hyder. The basics — that Jesus claimed to be God. Simple, clear reading.

4) “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” by Josh McDowell. Reinforcement of #3.

5) Nam (Some collection of first person stories about soldiers in Viet Nam. I found it compelling. I wonder if there’s a corollary for Iraq? )

6) “The Ultra Secret” by Winterbotham. How the brits broke the NAZI code.

7) “Excess Heat: Why Cold Fusion Research Prevailed” Beaudette, C.G. Read it here for free:

8) “Don’t Let Science Get You Down, Timothy: A Light-hearted (but Deadly Serious) Dialogue on Science, Faith, and Culture” by Jean Drew and Sandi Venable (Two of my favorite Freepers, pinging them also. I haven’t read the book all the way through yet.)

9) “The Spymasters of Israel” forgot author.

10) “Hackers” by Steven Levy in the same vein, “Fire in the Valley” and “Hard Drive”

Then there’s Biographies: Wright Brothers, Hudson Taylor, Brother Andrew, Corrie Ten Boom, Thomas Townsend Browne, Chuck Yeager, Chesty Puller, Congressional Medal of Honor winners, Bismarck, Hitler, Napoleon, Caesar, Christopher Columbus, Francis Drake, Audie Murphy, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Nicola Tesla, Bill Gates.

97 posted on Friday, September 19, 2008 2:42:51 PM by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery.
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138 posted on 09/29/2008 10:05:48 AM PDT by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery.
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sounds like we read similar stuff.

Check out “Intercept UFO” by Renato Vesco. It’s about boundary layer control experiments done by the Germans near the end of WWII, and how our side got them.

139 posted on 09/29/2008 10:07:32 AM PDT by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery.
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To: Kevmo
I'm honored, but I'm also threatening to add another to your list. This book is about the Sabbath for the land and the amazing libertarian Biblical civil defense system in Leviticus 25, revealed for the first time in over three thousand years:

Shemitta: For the Land Is Mine

Unlike Natural Process, this one is an easy read.
140 posted on 09/29/2008 10:08:15 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The fourth estate is the fifth column.)
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