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Posted on 06/17/2005 10:47:19 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith
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It's for the Contemporary American Society class I'm in. This class has been very interesting, to say the least.
It has to be ... experienced ... to be believed.
1776. I just started reading it.
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.
Johnson was a guest on Dennis Prager this week, offering a great snapshot of Washington's life in a slimmer book.
I am going to get Animal Farm eventually. That sounds pretty entertaining
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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.
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.
1776 by McCullough. I just finished reading it.
Good book, wasn't it?
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.
Really? Hmm, I might check those out. This is the first Book I have ever read of his.
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 wasnt the girls in the ghetto or trailer park who were getting abortions, it was the white middle class womyn who didnt 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.
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.......
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.
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.
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.
whatver image that should have been, it's not showing up.
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.
Down & Out In Paris & London is a good one by Orwell.
Well Trained Mind and Well Educated Mind, George Schuyler's autobiography,etc.etc. I'll have to look at my desk :-)
I see it.
It's BJ Clinton's book.
I'm reading Harry Turtledove's alternate history books.
I just ordered One for the Money from Amazon. Did you read it?
It's the first in the Plum series.
Nevermind it was a bad joke.. been a long day at work.. and I havn't seen the silly friday thread today /sigh.
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.
Miniatures and Morals
The Christian Novels of Jane Austen
Peter J. Leithart
"Not only are Austens 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 Austens 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 Austens 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."
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!
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.
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.
Right now I'm reading Quentins by Maeve Binchley. I love her books.
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?"
Are you reading Guns of the South?
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.)
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.
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.
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. ;)
i'll have to check from a different pc later.
McCullough is a very good writer. His book on Truman was good.
A deadhead here, what'dya think of Phil's book?? Thanks for your reply...
Thanks! My Wish List at Amazon.com is getting longer LOL