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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Lost Boy » Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:23 pm

Kurt wrote:
Lost Boy wrote:Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.


That is one thing I realize I know nothing about other than it happened.

Unlike others in Quarantine I have found reading books to be just as easy or easier than before.

Right now I am reading The Secret World: A History of Intelligence by Christopher Andrew. It's big and since it references other points in history without going into great detail about them (like The Frond before the reign of Louis XIV ) It takes a while.

What I thought was the most interesting part of it (so far) was that in the mid 1600's the Mughals, Chinese, Ottomans, and Persians were all much more powerful than any country in Europe. They had more intelligence on us than we had on them, in fact some of "us" where still thinking that we could find a shortcut to "them". When the superpowers of that time discovered that the west was settling a "New Land" they thought we were idiots. They could take land that was ancient, cultivated and had a history of producing wealth and being able to muster armies. They let "us" have a few trading outposts here and there like the Mughals allowed the Portuguese to use Goa, but really there attitude was "they are stupid, smelly and the more they focus on the New World and fighting one another for it and their weird sectarian wars then they will eventually need the Ottoman's to restore peace"

The Mughals never would have guessed that within 100 years the Brits, who they had hardly been aware of, would be in control of their old puppets, or that the Qing Dynasty would be carved apart in 200 years, partially by the New Land that they mocked, and eventually the political system that lasted started in 200 BCE would be destroyed.

That also made me realize I have not read any History or literature from Persia, especially ancient Persia. Just what the Greeks wrote about. If anyone has any advice where I should start on this I would appreciate it.


After reading Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, I recommend reading The Red Cliffs of Zerhoun, by Matthew Bracken.
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Postby el3so » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:20 pm

Rood Rubber by Vangroenweghe, second hand picked up anos ago, about the Congo Free State under Leopold II, got a lot of sh!t when it was published in the 1980s.

Splurged on McCay's little Nemo because I like looking at the pictures.
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Postby el3so » Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:54 pm

Arctic wrote: "The Crusades through Arab Eyes" by Amin Maalouf. Excellent read.
Agreed, quite a page-turner.
AztecDave wrote: TR Fehrenbach's "This Kind of War," the best book written about the Korean War.
Very good read as well.
Re-reading Jeeves&Wooster, local fiction, re-activated my amazon account. Predict I am going to splurge on comic books soon, supporting local stores, will have to get more bookshelves. Whole house is an above ground man-cave as is, it might class up the place a bit.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Lost Boy » Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:38 am

Just finished "The Walking Drum" by Louis L'amour. Excellent read. Technically a fictitious novel in an historical setting, which takes place throughout Europe and the Middle East during the 12th century. Very well researched, epic, and highly entertaining.
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Postby el3so » Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:58 am

Savage war of peace by A Horne, first time toe dipping into the Algeria pool. The politics and civil disturbance parts are the most interesting, kinda light on the military matters. Good read.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby snaark » Thu Aug 19, 2021 7:52 pm

Some recent holiday reads:

Dispatches by Michael Herr
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
This Time is Different by that Harvard guy and that world bank lady

On Audible I've been listening to:

The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier
Escape from Rome by Walter Scheidel
The Narrow Corridor by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
and a lot of John le Carre books (because sometimes I need something a bit lighter)
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