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What Are You Reading? - My Quarterly Survey
3/29/11 | MplsSteve

Posted on 03/29/2011 9:52:18 AM PDT by MplsSteve

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

As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the more well-read of those of us on the Internet. I like to find out what all of you are reading these days.

It can be anything...a technical journal, a NY Times best seller, a classic work of fiction, a trashy pulp novel. In short, it can be anything.

However, please do not defile this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread". it became really unfunny a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm about 15% of the way thru "Henry Clay: The Essential American" by David & Jeanne Heidler. Many books have been written on Henry Clay but this one seems to be the most comprehensive. At times, the authors can be a little long-winded - but all in all, it's a good book about one of the giants of the early 19th Century.

Well, what are YOU reading?


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To: Artemis Webb

I think you’re a little cynical. Fiction may out-sell non-fiction, but this is FR. Folks here are probably heavy duty readers, at least most of us, and seriously minded, except Laz.

Why expect FR demographics to mirror the demographics of the nation at large?

With the exception of daily Bible reading, which I never even list because I don’t much think it’s what the thread is about, I read almost exclusively fiction. Which is all I ever list.

But I believe the FReepers who post the historical and political stuff. I doubt they are all conspiring to post such things.

For all the FR fiction readers out there I’d like to mention I’ve read a few Oleg Steinhauers lately, Cold War behind the Iron Curtain stuff, and really enjoyed most of it.


101 posted on 03/29/2011 10:57:41 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: MplsSteve

‘Decision Points’, GW Bush.


102 posted on 03/29/2011 11:00:08 AM PDT by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: DryFly
Just started The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the story of a black woman who, unbeknownst to her and her family, donated cervical cancer cells to science shortly before her death. From that small sample, scientists around the world cultured so many tissue samples for use in research that if you could pile all of the "HeLa" cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons — more than 100 Empire State Buildings. Fascinating stuff.

I finished that about a month ago. Fascinating indeed, esp. with a sib in the medical research field.

103 posted on 03/29/2011 11:00:11 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: Artemis Webb
I’m waiting for the first liar to come on here and say, “I’m reading The Federalist Papers”.

LOL! Well, I'm not reading them anymore, at least not for awhile. That project took fourteen months.

I am reading Democracy In America for the next FR Book Club. I do believe it's the first time all the way through it.

104 posted on 03/29/2011 11:01:31 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MplsSteve

Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles.

It is an interesting take on a possible next path for our country.


105 posted on 03/29/2011 11:02:10 AM PDT by A Texan (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: MplsSteve
I'm reading Atlas Shrugged (for the third time) as the movie is coming out soon and I want to be fresh up on the book to compare it with the movie.
106 posted on 03/29/2011 11:02:35 AM PDT by fish hawk (R. Emmett Tyrrell: Liberalism is dead. What we see now is "soft Nazis-ism".)
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To: MplsSteve
I have been reading, on the web, an Interview with Fletcher Prouty. He is one of the people who helped to set up the C.I.A. after WW11. Very interesting! (see link)

An Interview with L. Fletcher Prouty

107 posted on 03/29/2011 11:02:59 AM PDT by oldtimer2 (This was not an election on November 2. This was a restraining order.)
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To: Durus; Anoreth

Thanks! I’m number 3 on the Mecklenburg library wait-list. Anoreth will have to buy one, I’m afraid.


108 posted on 03/29/2011 11:05:04 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: MplsSteve

The Great Tradition: classic readings on what it means to be an educated human being, edited by Richard Gamble... specifically reading from this book Plutarch’s “from ‘On Bring up a Boy.’”


109 posted on 03/29/2011 11:07:11 AM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: MplsSteve

Walter Winchell: gossip, power and the culture of celebrity
by Neal Gabler

http://books.google.com/books?id=i6t6GwAACAAJ&dq=inauthor%3A%22Neal%20Gabler%22&source=gbs_similarbooks


110 posted on 03/29/2011 11:07:23 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: nina0113

Our library never got it. I had read some of the content online, but the whole thing was just overwhelming. And it can’t have gotten any better there over the last 15 years.

It’s not like “Midsomer Murders” at all!


111 posted on 03/29/2011 11:07:59 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: MplsSteve
Letters on England - Voltaire

The Bible as History - Werner Keller

Polar Star - Martin Cruz Smith

112 posted on 03/29/2011 11:09:54 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: MplsSteve

Catching Fire — Suzanne Collins


113 posted on 03/29/2011 11:10:31 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: fredhead
I ordered TRUE GRIT for my daughters to read.

I'm currently up to page 170 in BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY by Eric Metaxas and page 139 in WAR by Robert Greene.

Already I can recommend the Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer book. The author did his research and writes well too.

114 posted on 03/29/2011 11:15:40 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: MplsSteve

“The Triathlete’s Training Bible” by Joe Friel - to support my midlife crisis.


115 posted on 03/29/2011 11:16:03 AM PDT by PrivateIdaho ("... like a wild potato.")
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To: Tax-chick
It’s not like “Midsomer Murders” at all!

My wife and I love that television series. I usually get her a set of the DVDs each time a present is due, then we get to spend a few hours watching them together. Don't tell her English villages aren't really like that, I'm fairly sure she plans on retiring to Badger's Drift.

116 posted on 03/29/2011 11:16:03 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Tax-chick
If you're looking for more British depression, there's The Abolition of Britain by Peter Hitchens. I picked up a copy at Goodwill. I think the original owner must have died; there was a (personal) library's-worth of historical and political non-fiction, and another customer and I were pawing through them greedily. He was scooping up the British ones, and I was taking the Mideastern, but he did cede me that one on request.
117 posted on 03/29/2011 11:16:22 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: MplsSteve
"Don't send me no letter 'cause I can't read" -- Fats Domino.
118 posted on 03/29/2011 11:19:23 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: MplsSteve

“The Lost Boys” on my MP3 player for when I walk the dog

“Absolute Zero” in paperback (I’m not real impressed with this book, it’s definitely a man’s book, but it’s not bad enough to pitch)

“The Tourist,” by Olen Steinhauer. If you’ve never read Olen Steinhauer, I highly recommend him, brilliant writer.


119 posted on 03/29/2011 11:21:18 AM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: MplsSteve

Reading the Bolo series started by Keith Laumer and taken over by various authors after his death.

Includes

The complete Bolo By Keith Laumer
The Honor Of The Regiment
The Unconquerable
The Triumphant
Last Stand
Old Guard
Cold Steel
Bolo Brigade
Bo;o Rising


120 posted on 03/29/2011 11:23:37 AM PDT by jdietz (God is great, beer is good and people are crazy, (which is why guns are necessary))
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To: Auntie Mame

““The Tourist,” by Olen Steinhauer. If you’ve never read Olen Steinhauer, I highly recommend him, brilliant writer.”

Oh, did you see my comment, I recently read a bunch of him too? I think his name is Oleg, though? Anyway, yet, I really like his books and plan to read them all.


121 posted on 03/29/2011 11:26:13 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: MplsSteve
Democracy in America, by Alexis de Toqueville in a new translation by Arthur Goldhammer.
122 posted on 03/29/2011 11:27:05 AM PDT by Publius
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished “New Deal or Raw Deal: New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America” by Burt Folsom and “The Forgotten Man: : A New History of the Great Depression” by Amity Shlaes.

After those two, I need some time off from depressing failed Democrap politics and the long-march take-over of America, so I’m enjoying “The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson.


123 posted on 03/29/2011 11:29:27 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: MplsSteve
The Histories by Gaius Cornelius Tacitus
124 posted on 03/29/2011 11:29:46 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished “The Worst Hard Time” (Timothy Egan) about the Dust Bowl. Harrowing reading, it’s unbelievable the privations those people suffered.

Now reading “The War Of The Copper Kings” (G. B. Glasscock), about the early copper industry in Montana. Robber Barons unleashed!


125 posted on 03/29/2011 11:33:03 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Throw away your papers, blow up your TV...and set yourself free.)
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To: caww
How’s it read so far?

It's fascinating. Rumsfeld had an uncommonly close-up seat for some very interesting decades of our history. Getting his perspective and his version of events is enlightening. He starts at the beginning too... way back... and tells the story more or less chronologically. So far I'm only through to his years at Searle. He's got amazingly detailed notes and backup. In fact there's a website that serves as a companion to the book, where not only does he cite a source document, but ~provides~ the actual source document, some of which I think was de-classed just for the book.

126 posted on 03/29/2011 11:43:45 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: MplsSteve

http://www.biblein90days.org/


127 posted on 03/29/2011 11:50:15 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: MplsSteve

In the middle of “Marine Rifleman” by Col. Wesley Cox.

“Unbroken” the story of POW Louis Zamperini is on deck.


128 posted on 03/29/2011 12:15:39 PM PDT by wordsofearnest (Evan Bayh gave Indiana a twofer.)
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To: SaxxonWoods

“Just finished “The Worst Hard Time” (Timothy Egan) about the Dust Bowl.”

I read that, very good. We think we have it bad!


129 posted on 03/29/2011 12:19:55 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: MplsSteve

Last week I read ‘The Fountainhead’ from cover to cover. Yes, all 694 pages of it—kids were on Spring Break! LOL

Now reading:

‘Almost a Crime’ by Penny Vincenzi—British author who likes to write big fat novels that are right up my alley (her ‘Spoils of Time’ trilogy was quite good)

‘Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World’ by Jeff Belanger. I love ‘Ghost Hunters’ ‘Ghost Adventures’ and all those ghost hunting shows—my guilty pleasure in life ;)

‘Paul Revere’s Ride’ by David Hackett Fisher; nonfiction.

‘7 Events that Made America America’ by FReeper LS.

My husband just gave me back ‘Atlas Shrugged’ which he just finished reading recently. I read it many years ago, but I’m ready to read it again (I gave him the copy for his birthday in November).


130 posted on 03/29/2011 12:28:18 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Change everything you are, everything you were, your number has been called.)
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To: Ramius

Thank you...I will look forward to reading. I really enjoyed his briefings during the war and how he handled the media. He always had the upper hand. Was sorry he resigned but understood why it had to be.


131 posted on 03/29/2011 12:28:22 PM PDT by caww
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To: JPG

I loved that book so much I wore out my copy reading it over and over again. My mom was crazy about it, and she doesn’t usually read stuff that long, LOL. I think I need to pick up another copy for my bookshelf. I am not sure my mom ever gave me back the one I loaned her ;)


132 posted on 03/29/2011 12:35:02 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Change everything you are, everything you were, your number has been called.)
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To: MplsSteve

“Turn Coat” - The Dresden Files - James Butcher.


133 posted on 03/29/2011 12:39:48 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MplsSteve
"We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals" by Gillian Gill, a biography about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (duh!) and

"Henry VII: Mask of Royalty" by Lacey Baldwin Smith, another biography. This one seems to be a psychological study of King Henry VIII--interesting.

134 posted on 03/29/2011 1:06:59 PM PDT by StrictTime (I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused.)
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To: StrictTime

oops, “Henry VIII: Mask of Royalty”. No one should confuse the VII and the VIII King Henries.


135 posted on 03/29/2011 1:08:38 PM PDT by StrictTime (I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused.)
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To: Persevero

Glad to hear there’s another Olen Steinhauer appreciator. He’s a brilliant writer. If you have a chance to “read” one of his books on tape, they are excellent to listen to. I’ve read “Bridge of Sighs” and “36 Yalta Boulevard,” working on “The Tourist,” and have four others checked out of the library to read (or listen to—some are books and some are CDs). I love it when I find a good author and there are lots of their books to go through. However, Steinhauer’s books cannot be read breezily, IMO, there’s a lot to them.


136 posted on 03/29/2011 1:11:35 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished the Secret Garden. About 1/3 through Shoot Him If He Runs. It’s pretty awful, especially the scenese where 4 middle-aged men and women get naked for cocktails and sunbathing, while discussing the case at-hand.


137 posted on 03/29/2011 1:36:51 PM PDT by Scarpetta (e pluribus victim)
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To: Tax-chick
I have the biography of John Adams, but I've taken a break from it. He's rather a depressing person..I think he knew he was fighting a losing battle the whole time.

And I have the neverending mostly-translated epics of the (shapeshifting? demi-god?) Icelandic Vikings (?), with two hundred(ish) different reocurring characters to keep track of, who randomly break into poetry that appears to have nothing to do with the actual story, in order to prove their ablities to talk themselves up at any given moment. It's like reading the Bible, but worse.

And The Once and Future King, conveniently sized to fit in the side pockets of a pair of ODU pants, which is my flightcon book.

138 posted on 03/29/2011 1:52:35 PM PDT by Anoreth (I'm wanted in seven systems.)
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To: Anoreth

Jan’s Story by CBS’ Barry Peterson. It’s a story about his wife, Jan’s coming down with early Alzheimer’s in her 40/50’s and what he should do. She is still alive but just not there.


139 posted on 03/29/2011 2:07:31 PM PDT by RGF
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To: Pan_Yan

I got a lot of episodes from the library, and now I’m requesting them from Netflix.

If I were going to retire in Midsomer, I sure wouldn’t pick Badger’s Drift, though ... I practically expect the Zombie Plague to break out there, next.


140 posted on 03/29/2011 2:22:08 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: nina0113

Thanks, I just added that to my library list. I look at books at The Salvation Army sometimes, but they’ve never had any Thomas Sowell!


141 posted on 03/29/2011 2:26:13 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Anoreth

You would like “Paul Revere’s Ride.” (The recent history book, not the Longfellow poem.) John Adams is in it, talking a lot.


142 posted on 03/29/2011 2:28:10 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: MplsSteve

Life.


143 posted on 03/29/2011 2:28:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: MplsSteve

A little lite reading here.
Total Resistance{ Swiss army guide to Guerrilla warfare}
Special Forces Guerrilla warfare Manual....
Plus the latest issue of Military History Quarterly


144 posted on 03/29/2011 3:17:11 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: MplsSteve
I read both....they are good.
Cornelius's Ryan{I know I smashed his first name} wrote a book about the fall of Berlin. I read it as a kid and have a copy floating around here somewhere.
145 posted on 03/29/2011 3:20:39 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: MplsSteve
“Voice Of The Crystal” by H. Peter Friedrichs.

It shows how to make a radio from junk around the house.
You can actually make radio parts from scratch.

I've made radio parts from wire, foil, safety pins, old pennies, razor blades, 2 liter bottles with salt water inside, a noisemaker like you would find in a greeting card, pencil lead, fool's gold, etc.

Unless you live 2 blocks from a radio station, you'll probably have to mix these parts with manufactured radio parts.

However, I've heard stations 200+ miles away with a razor blade as a detector. I've clearly heard stations over 200 miles away with a noisemaker for an earphone.

None of these radios used a battery or electricity. The only electricity was the tiny amount of electricity coming from the radiowave itself (a few millionths of a volt).

146 posted on 03/29/2011 3:25:57 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: MplsSteve
The History of The Ancient Southwest by Stephen Lekson

This is a very good book that sifts throught the Hohokum. Mogollon and Anasazi history and tracks it to the current Hopi, Pueblo and other southwest peoples.The Period is 500 ad to present. Most of what is known is very recent, last 50 years or so.

It must certainly be controversial because he takes on the parochial south west archeological types with great thoughts as to how the history of these people developed. It is well written and is not a dry scholarly work. It is half book and half notes. The notes are sometimes obtuse but sometimes very juicy as a fellow archeologist is pilloried.

On the shelf to follow is the Architecture of Chaco Canyon also by Lekson, next up

I sat down last Saturday begin Winds of War by Herman Wouk only to discover I had the sequel War and Remembrance I hope to get it tomorrow

147 posted on 03/29/2011 3:39:55 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: MplsSteve

Lee Child - Die Trying


148 posted on 03/29/2011 4:04:06 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading “Story Engineering” by Larry Brooks, and making plans to tweak the Great American Novel.


149 posted on 03/29/2011 4:10:51 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: Tax-chick
I'm sure my wife would have chosen a better town. Badger's Drift is just the only one I remembered off the top of my head.

You might also like the Nero Wolf series. I picked up the complete set off a clearance rack cheap. We thoroughly enjoyed them.

My wife has asked me for some of the Midsomer and Nero Wolf books to complement her massive Agatha Christie collection.

150 posted on 03/29/2011 5:42:04 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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