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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby AztecDave » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:05 am

- two David McCullough books: "1776" about the Revolutionary War and "The Path Between the Seas," about the building of the Panama Canal & the political intrigue that went into it.
- TR Ferrenbach's "This Kind of War," the best book written about the Korean War.

Will think of more.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby michelle in alaska » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:17 am

I have a number of books by and about him.I recommend "TE Lawrence by his friends". Puts the man into the perspective of his time.


saw this today--a new book out on him: Hero. http://www.amazon.com/Hero-Life-Legend-Lawrence-Arabia/dp/0061712612/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1291633974&sr=8-2

i'm too cheap to buy it.
i just don't think it has anything new to shed on this interesting man, that hasn't been dredged up already.

although...one can't have too many books about mr. t.e., bad OR good. :)


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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby AztecDave » Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:55 am

A must read - "The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805, by Ricjard Zacks. The real story behind the "Shores of Tripoli." US Marines led by an Army CPT. And when the US Navy truely was made of wooden ships & iron men.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Caliban » Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:52 pm

svizzerams wrote:
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oooooh I wants!!!! And It is on kindle......ding.


Either of you read it? How good etc ?.
Its my wife's kind of thing and as I have bought her a Chris mouse kindle it would seem an obvious choice for me to load it for her
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Dr. V » Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:55 pm

Sorry - I didn't read it.

Think Svizz downloaded it on to her Kindle to read - not sure what happened after that
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Hitoru » Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:08 pm

Arctic wrote:Ahem.

"The Crusades through Arab Eyes" by Amin Maalouf.



Excellent read.



Agreed, I really enjoyed the insights and I think I will be able to retain some of the gorier details to relate to my minions.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Caliban » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:59 am

How many books does each one hold Jenny? Rhetorical question. Don't answer, just FUCK OFF !
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Sri Lanky » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:14 pm

Hidden History of the Human Race sounds interesting.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby coldharvest » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:53 pm

Anybody read Rising Up and Rising Down by William T. Vollmann?
I'd like to get the 7 volume set.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Caliban » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:13 pm

Caliban wrote:How many books does each one hold Jenny? Rhetorical question. Don't answer, just FUCK OFF !


Moderator's removing the spam that I respond to are making me look like I have turettes syndrome.

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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Q » Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:57 am

If you're willing to drop 2 bills (hey, I've spent more on shit a lot less worthwhile), get ahold of "Icebreaker", and "The Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to start World War Two", by Surorov. The latter way cheaper than "Icebreaker", but I go after controversial books and firearms like a homo in a shoe store.


Oh, and use either for source material in college history discussion and watch the heads explode.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby Sri Lanky » Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:41 pm

*Gulag* by Tomasz Kizny.

*wicked pictorial works of concentration camps.
*prisoner accounts
*social conditions

...really puts a human face on it.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby flipflop » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:24 pm

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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby kilroy » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:41 pm

coldharvest wrote:Anybody read Rising Up and Rising Down by William T. Vollmann?
I'd like to get the 7 volume set.


i've only read part of the condensed version a friend had lying around. would be interesting to see the whole thing. but it's a huge effort for me to plow through a single book of such volume. if you get a hold of it though please let me know if it's worth the extra time investment or if i should just stick to the condensed version.

the last time i dedicated that kind of time to a multi-volume book it was totally worth it though. was the unabridged 'romance of the three kingdoms' attributed to luo guanzhong, which i also highly recommend.
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Re: Book recommendations and reviews

Postby spider » Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:50 am

mapandcompass wrote:For those interested in American history I strongly recommend Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. It's a very well researched biography of Meriwether Lewis of the eponymous expedition.

Here's a review for you:
http://www.bookpage.com/9602bp/nonficti ... urage.html


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