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Re: Your current reading list

Postby suwon fish » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:45 pm

I am also working on a Mark Twain.

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His real life adventures and travels as a young man. It's not as polished as his fiction but it's a great read nonetheless.

If you've got an ebook it's free here...

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3177
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby Hitoru » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:47 pm

I read that book last summer.

He really seemed to be quite the hiker, he sure got around. I have been to most of the various towns and mining areas in Calif and Nevada that he wrote about back when he was thinking he was a miner. (was that a run-on sentence ?) The story about his exploration of Mono Lake was cool.

Some where in my collection I have some local Calaveras County Ca. published books I got from my grandfather about him. I'll have to find them.
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby suwon fish » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:38 am

Hitoru wrote:I read that book last summer.

He really seemed to be quite the hiker, he sure got around. I have been to most of the various towns and mining areas in Calif and Nevada that he wrote about back when he was thinking he was a miner. (was that a run-on sentence ?) The story about his exploration of Mono Lake was cool.

Some where in my collection I have some local Calaveras County Ca. published books I got from my grandfather about him. I'll have to find them.


I'm only halfway through it but really enjoying it. His style in this book reminds me of Three men in a boat. That guy really had some adventures. I love the way he lands a $1,000,000 mine, loses it and just moves on without really giving a shit.

I would appreciate the name of the author that wrote about him. I'd like to read more about his real life adventures.
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby Eiriksson » Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:05 am

Packing for El Salvador:

I always travel with "The Atlas" by Vollman. Just a great travel book, very, very short stories that you can read and be done with and go to sleep with.

Bringing "The Age of the Warrior", Robert Fisk, for some prep reading in hopes of getting my ticket to the Middle East.

Biography of Trujillo. 90% sure I've got to do some D.R.-Haitian border correspondence in a few months, figure I should brush up. Plus, I can dump it once I've finished it. Hard to re-read biographies, no?
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby JamesInTheWorld » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:51 pm

Western Civilization Its Genesis and Destiny by Norman F. Cantor


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Re: Your current reading list

Postby coldharvest » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:28 pm

The Tell-Tale Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby redharen » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:25 pm

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Re: Your current reading list

Postby Penta » Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:18 pm

Ill fares the land, by Tony Judt. And a crime novel.
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby Rhah » Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:20 pm

Chicago Assassin by Richard J. Shmelter. About Vincenzo Gibaldi aka "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn and the Chicago beer wars of the 1920s
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby rickshaw92 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:45 pm

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Re: Your current reading list

Postby redharen » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:18 pm

I'm just getting into Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder.

It's pretty cool because rather than try to tell the history of a political region or a particular people, he isolates a zone of death across Poland and the Ukraine, and between the Baltic and the Black Sea. 14 million non-combatants were killed there in 12 years. The mass starvation of Ukrainians during the first Five Year Plan, the Holocaust, Hitler's starvation of Soviet prisoners of war, and Stalin's political murders all then get told as part of one story.
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby Kurt » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:26 am

JamesInTheWorld wrote:Western Civilization Its Genesis and Destiny by Norman F. Cantor


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Norman F. Cantor rocks.

At the moment he is my favorite historian.
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby Kurt » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:28 am

History of The Byzantine State and Society by Warren Treadgold.

I am putting Treadgold in the ranks among Cantor and V.A Fine right now. A very good book but it is very long.
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Re: Your current reading list

Postby BigFire » Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:17 am

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Re: Your current reading list

Postby strapped » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:35 pm

redharen wrote:I'm just getting into Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder.


There is an interview with Snyder at this site:

http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/ideas.xml

I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet.
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