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FR Book Club: What's on your Summer Reading List?
June 17, 2005

Posted on 06/17/2005 10:47:19 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith

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To: Tanniker Smith

It's for the Contemporary American Society class I'm in. This class has been very interesting, to say the least.

51 posted on 06/17/2005 11:04:28 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA) Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
One book that I forgot to mention: I have to get a hold of a copy of Atlanta Nights by Travis Tea.

It has to be ... experienced ... to be believed.

TS

52 posted on 06/17/2005 11:04:43 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

1776. I just started reading it.


53 posted on 06/17/2005 11:04:57 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper ("I don't know what happenned, but I know it's wrong.")
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To: LS
I'm not familiar with Battle Cry of Freedom -- I've been focused on the first two levels of the reading list. Your recommendation sounds good (though lengthy). For Civil War reading, I can recommend the Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant -- that's a wonderful book.
54 posted on 06/17/2005 11:05:23 AM PDT by 68skylark
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To: Tanniker Smith

Books I want to read:

State of Fear by Michael Crichton

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis

Has anyone read the new book about Thomas Jefferson by Christopher Hitchens?

I recently read Lightning Out of Lebanon by Tom Diaz and Barbara Newman and Tower of Babble by Dore Gold. Both were very interesting.


55 posted on 06/17/2005 11:05:35 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: Tanniker Smith
George Washington: The Founding Father, by Paul Johnson.

Johnson was a guest on Dennis Prager this week, offering a great snapshot of Washington's life in a slimmer book.

56 posted on 06/17/2005 11:05:39 AM PDT by Minnesocold
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To: stainlessbanner

I am going to get Animal Farm eventually. That sounds pretty entertaining


57 posted on 06/17/2005 11:06:16 AM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (If we do not pray for our leaders, we cannot expect them to do what is right.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I Am Charolette Simmons by Tom Wolfe.

Damned If I Know

58 posted on 06/17/2005 11:06:46 AM PDT by sharktrager (My life is like a box of chocolates, but someone took all the good ones.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Please add me to your ping list - thanks!


59 posted on 06/17/2005 11:06:58 AM PDT by everyvotecounts
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To: Lemondropkid31

1984 is a good book, but I don't think it's his best. I personally like his earlier novels, although they certainly don't have the bite that 1984 has. His essays and letters are really worth reading too.


60 posted on 06/17/2005 11:07:33 AM PDT by twigs
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To: 68skylark

A good Libertarian view of the CW---one that I don't agree with, but nevertheless very well researched---is Jeffrey Hummell, "Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men." But you HAVE to read Newt Gingrich's 3-volume "alternate" history of the war, beginning with "Gettysburg." It is very believable and well researched.


61 posted on 06/17/2005 11:08:00 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Tanniker Smith

1776 by McCullough. I just finished reading it.


62 posted on 06/17/2005 11:08:04 AM PDT by sauropod (De gustibus non est disputandum)
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To: So Cal Rocket

Good book, wasn't it?


63 posted on 06/17/2005 11:08:19 AM PDT by sauropod (De gustibus non est disputandum)
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To: sharktrager

I have Charlotte Simmons on my book pile too along with A Man in Full which has been there for over two years! Bonfire of the Vanities is one of my all time favorites.


64 posted on 06/17/2005 11:09:14 AM PDT by babaloo
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To: Tanniker Smith

/kidding

65 posted on 06/17/2005 11:09:14 AM PDT by Xenophobic Alien (OK gang, you know the rules, no humping, no licking, no sniffing hineys.)
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To: twigs

Really? Hmm, I might check those out. This is the first Book I have ever read of his.


66 posted on 06/17/2005 11:09:37 AM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (If we do not pray for our leaders, we cannot expect them to do what is right.)
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To: oblomov

His premise is that the reason crime has gone down is because of legalized abortion. Fewer unwanted babies = fewer criminals. The problem with that is that it is flat wrong. In the 70s and 80s, it wasn’t the girls in the ghetto or trailer park who were getting abortions, it was the white middle class womyn who didn’t want a baby to inconvenience their glorious careers. Also, much of the crime reduction of the past 25 years is a result of tougher laws for criminals (in spite of the dems). This is just my analysis. There is a whole thread here on FR somewhere where there is much more data to dispute this stupid, thrown-together book.


67 posted on 06/17/2005 11:10:05 AM PDT by meowmeow (Gardeners for Global Warming)
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To: Howlin

I read them all as did my 21 year old daughter. I just gave a couple paperbacks to her friend for her birthday as well. I am looking forward to the new one more than the new Harry Potter book. We both read Metro Girl as well. Not quite as good as the others, but in the ball park. The grandmother is indeed a hoot, as are all the many assorted characters. I was standing in the ER one day with my back against the wall reading one and trying hard not to laugh out loud......of, course I was spotted there by someone I knew. I didn't care, I laughed anyway.......


68 posted on 06/17/2005 11:10:14 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Tanniker Smith

Just read the new Phil Lesh book about the Grateful Dead "Searching For The Sound". Still working on Building the Contagious Church, The longest war : the Iran-Iraq military conflict by Dilip Hiro and Guadalcanal remembered by Herbert Christian Merillat.


69 posted on 06/17/2005 11:10:22 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Tanniker Smith
thanks for the reference on Atlanta Nights. The reviews look good.

I just finished "The Annunciation of Francesca" which might be controversial reading for many Christians. I did have a few problems with some of the first chapters, but have decided that the book is not blasphemous.

I will attempt to read "Catcher in the Rye" again....
70 posted on 06/17/2005 11:11:19 AM PDT by peacebaby (The human heart yearns for the beautiful in all ranks of life. Harriet Beecher Stowe.)
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To: stylecouncilor

I know of Dr. Lee but haven't read any of his work. He's Connecticut or NY State Police Forensic's director right? The first two books I mentioned are required study material at the moment and I've been pleasantly surprised by Barry Fischer's crime scene investigation book.


71 posted on 06/17/2005 11:11:35 AM PDT by Horatio Gates
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To: Tanniker Smith
1. Currently finishing "Brideshead Revisited," which I have been intending to read for the past 15 years. Excellent read so far, about the decline of the Anglo-Catholic aristocracy. No, I DO NOT view the relationship between Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte to be sexual.

2. Next up: Henry Kissinger's "Diplomacy." Read it when I was a senior in high school. Flame away, but I think current US foreign policy needs to shift back to the realism advocated by Kissinger as opposed to the idealism put forth by the likes of Pearle.

3. Prescott's Conquest of Mexico and Conquest of Peru will likely conclude my summer reading.

72 posted on 06/17/2005 11:11:48 AM PDT by Clemenza (Frylock is my Homeboy)
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To: Xenophobic Alien

whatver image that should have been, it's not showing up.


73 posted on 06/17/2005 11:11:49 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I'm reading The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, to be followed by Theodore Rex, both by Edmund Morris.

So far, much better than the mess Morris made of Reagan's biography, Dutch although I disliked that book much less than I thought I might, given some of the critical scorn heaped on it.

I'm really looking forward to David Horowitz's new book, The End of Time. David is one of the most interesting characters on the Right today and I found his book, Radical Son to be a very moving and telling account of his political transformation.

Oh, and for lighter reading that comes in nice, manageable chapters, I highly recommend William F. Buckley's "literary autobiography" Miles Gone By.

74 posted on 06/17/2005 11:11:54 AM PDT by borkrules
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To: stainlessbanner

Down & Out In Paris & London is a good one by Orwell.


75 posted on 06/17/2005 11:12:05 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Tanniker Smith

Well Trained Mind and Well Educated Mind, George Schuyler's autobiography,etc.etc. I'll have to look at my desk :-)


76 posted on 06/17/2005 11:13:07 AM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I see it.


77 posted on 06/17/2005 11:13:08 AM PDT by retrokitten (www.takebackthememorial.org)
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To: Tanniker Smith

It's BJ Clinton's book.


78 posted on 06/17/2005 11:13:18 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper ("I don't know what happenned, but I know it's wrong.")
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To: Tanniker Smith

I'm reading Harry Turtledove's alternate history books.


79 posted on 06/17/2005 11:14:02 AM PDT by Crawdad (I know we've only known each other 4 weeks and 3 days, but to me it seems like 9 weeks and 5 days)
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To: Howlin

I just ordered One for the Money from Amazon. Did you read it?
It's the first in the Plum series.


80 posted on 06/17/2005 11:15:27 AM PDT by hipaatwo (When you're in trouble you want all your friends around you...preferably armed!)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Nevermind it was a bad joke.. been a long day at work.. and I havn't seen the silly friday thread today /sigh.


81 posted on 06/17/2005 11:15:43 AM PDT by Xenophobic Alien (OK gang, you know the rules, no humping, no licking, no sniffing hineys.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I just finished "Excelsior, You Fathead -- The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd" by Eugene Bergman. Not exactly a biography, but a detailed account of the work of the great radio broadcaster, storyteller, writer, and movie maker. (He's wrote and narrated "A Christmas Story.")

And for something completely different -- I just started "Witness to Hope -- The Biography of Pope John Paul 2." At 900+ pages, that should take care of me for the summer.

Both are excellent.


82 posted on 06/17/2005 11:15:49 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Responsibility is the culmination and fulfillment of freedom)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I've been enjoying this book immensely, of all the critiques of Jane Austen, none has put their finger so profoundly on just what Austen was saying. Highly recommend it to all who love her.

Miniatures and Morals
The Christian Novels of Jane Austen

Peter J. Leithart
198pp

"Not only are Austen’s novels still widely read, they continue to influence modern film and literature. In both their moral content and their focused, highly detailed, “miniaturist” execution, they reveal Austen’s mastery of the art of fiction and her concern for Christian virtues exercised within communities. She entertains, edifies, and challenges men and women readers alike.

From theological and literary angles, Leithart analyzes character and theme while summarizing each of Austen’s major works. Including helpful review and thought questions for each section, this book is an excellent introduction to Austen for students and for all who desire a richer appreciation of her enduring genius."

83 posted on 06/17/2005 11:15:52 AM PDT by Maigret
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To: shotokan

Yes he's based in Connecticut. He also has a good T.V. show on Court TV called "Trace Evidence", where he reconstructs crime scenes. He really knows his stuff.

Good luck with your studies!


84 posted on 06/17/2005 11:16:21 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: borkrules

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is awsome. I haven't read Theodore Rex yet, but I am sure it is great too. I hope he hurries and finishes the third book if he is going to write it. Dutch was garbage. That was the lousiest book Morris ever wrote.


85 posted on 06/17/2005 11:18:14 AM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (If we do not pray for our leaders, we cannot expect them to do what is right.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Launch the Intruders, Carol Reardon. The story of the "Sunday Punchers", the A-6 attack squadron VA-75 off the USS Saratoga in Vietnam in 1972-73. Fascinating look into the day-to-day lives of the men of the squadron and their families.

My uncle was a B/N in that squadron. The book really connected the dots on things I've heard him say over the years.

86 posted on 06/17/2005 11:19:32 AM PDT by MrTed
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To: Tanniker Smith

Right now I'm reading Quentins by Maeve Binchley. I love her books.


87 posted on 06/17/2005 11:19:34 AM PDT by hipaatwo (When you're in trouble you want all your friends around you...preferably armed!)
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To: sauropod
1776 by McCullough. I just finished reading it.
Good book, wasn't it?

Yes, outstanding... although I got about 3/4ths of the way through the book thinking "How in the heck did we ever win this war?"

88 posted on 06/17/2005 11:20:38 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: Crawdad

Are you reading Guns of the South?


89 posted on 06/17/2005 11:20:44 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: hipaatwo

Yes, I did. You'll be hooked; might as well start looking for the rest of them at yardsales!

If you check at Borders, sometimes they have her stuff in compilation books on the sale table. (Sam's, too, I think.)


90 posted on 06/17/2005 11:20:53 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Lemondropkid31
It's certainly his best known, along with Animal Farm which is wonderful. His earlier novels are almost unknown, although they're still in print. Homage to Catalonia is worth a read. It's non-fiction, his eyewitness account of what really happened in the Spanish Civil War. It's what turned him totally against Communism. I also like Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Burmese Days and Coming Up for Air. His non-fiction Road to Wigan Pier has some of the best quotables about liberals that I've ever read.
91 posted on 06/17/2005 11:21:05 AM PDT by twigs
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To: Tanniker Smith
Am in Alexander Hamilton right now. A good read - recommended.

Next will probably be Flyboys.

Between Silk and Cyanide is on the shelf, about codebreakers and secret agents in WWII.

For fun and fiction, I've got a couple of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mysteries.

92 posted on 06/17/2005 11:22:18 AM PDT by colorado tanker (The People Have Spoken)
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To: Tanniker Smith
All the books by Paulo Coelho.

Eg The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes, Veronika Must Die, By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept, The Fifth Mountain, The Valkyries, The Pilgrimage, and wrap it up by going through the Warrior of Light.

Darn good writing.

93 posted on 06/17/2005 11:23:11 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear tipped ICBMs: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol.)
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I plan to start with David Horowitz's _Radical Son_ and work my way through a few of his books--I am interested in understanding his transition from extreme Leftist to dedicated conservative...I have several sisters who are waaaay left and I wonder how to even begin the process of opening up their minds...

Thing is, at least one of them has tried the process in reverse on me...IT DID NOT TAKE. ;)


94 posted on 06/17/2005 11:23:15 AM PDT by krunkygirl
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To: Tanniker Smith

bookmark


95 posted on 06/17/2005 11:23:49 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: retrokitten

i'll have to check from a different pc later.


96 posted on 06/17/2005 11:24:54 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: So Cal Rocket

McCullough is a very good writer. His book on Truman was good.


97 posted on 06/17/2005 11:25:11 AM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (If we do not pray for our leaders, we cannot expect them to do what is right.)
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To: AppyPappy

Appy,

A deadhead here, what'dya think of Phil's book?? Thanks for your reply...

WIC4B


98 posted on 06/17/2005 11:25:26 AM PDT by WI Conservative 4 Bush (Three Cheers for Old Nassau!)
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To: Tanniker Smith
FR Book Club: What's on your Summer Reading List?

The Qu'uran.

99 posted on 06/17/2005 11:26:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Republican Party is the France of politics.)
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To: twigs

Thanks! My Wish List at Amazon.com is getting longer LOL


100 posted on 06/17/2005 11:27:21 AM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (If we do not pray for our leaders, we cannot expect them to do what is right.)
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