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Author Topic: Recent Books you have enjoyed  (Read 49197 times)

KipsBayEagle

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Recent Books you have enjoyed
« on: April 30, 2010, 10:26:48 AM »
New topics just keep on coming.  Almost finished george friedman's book "The Next 100 years".  very fascinating.  he forecasts that in 2020 China will fragment, a 2nd cold war will break out with Russia in which we win.  He predicts that the value of homes will freeze and even drop, since Americas population is decreasing.  he also predicts that by 2030, America will be installing policies that will be meant to attract more immigrants into America, and that the next gresat war will be between America and Poland on one side, against Japan and turkey on the other, all fighting over the scraps of a defunct Russia after it disintegrates after the 2nd cold war.  If you have any recomendations, post them here!

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010, 10:30:25 AM »
I saw that book at Barnes and Noble last time I was there...

Would you say its worth reading?  Just your little synopsis makes me feel like he is WAY out in left field... like some first year history student that could just make up something that sounded cool. 

Does he make good arguments?

Last good book I read was "The Story of B" by Daniel Quinn... I like him as an author, though I'm sure many here won't. 

KipsBayEagle

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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010, 10:33:26 AM »
The arguments are actually very sound.  Whenever you undertake a task of predicting what will happen 100 years from now, you are always going to enter the theater of the absurd to some level.  But he really presents compelling arguments, and precedents that have happened in the 20th century to back up his claims.  I strongly recommend it.

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010, 10:41:57 AM »
I know it is not a new book, but I recently read "Chronicle of a Death Foretold", and thought it was very good.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 10:44:37 AM »
The arguments are actually very sound.  Whenever you undertake a task of predicting what will happen 100 years from now, you are always going to enter the theater of the absurd to some level.  But he really presents compelling arguments, and precedents that have happened in the 20th century to back up his claims.  I strongly recommend it.

cool, thanks for the tip, I almost bought it last time, and next time I will.

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 10:47:13 AM »
I know it is not a new book, but I recently read "Chronicle of a Death Foretold", and thought it was very good.
Whats the general premise?

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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010, 10:49:07 AM »
EAT is just finishing "Touchdown Johnny." Words are kinda big for him, so it takes a while.

When do you cats have time to read? With the need to post here and every other obligation, tough to make the commitment.
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KipsBayEagle

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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2010, 10:57:49 AM »
EAT is just finishing "Touchdown Johnny." Words are kinda big for him, so it takes a while.

When do you cats have time to read? With the need to post here and every other obligation, tough to make the commitment.

TV sucks so much nowadays, I find reading is quickly taking its place for me.

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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010, 11:00:00 AM »
Anyone reading on the ipad with ibooks and how's that working out compared to the Kindle?
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2010, 11:02:59 AM »
Whats the general premise?

(Fiction)

It is the retelling of a series of events that lead up to and involve the murder of a young man.


Hard to identify the general premise in any other way.  It is a rather short book, but still very detailed.  
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2010, 11:26:39 AM »
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Very interesting look at some of the new research that suggests that the Americas could have actually been more populous than Europe before Columbus, but that massive disease outbreaks may have killed as much as 80% of the native population.  This is based on both eye-witness accounts of massive settlements that were mentioned by early explorers, that were gone just a few decades later. 

The author also points out some drawbacks to these theories...mainly "where are the skeletons?"

Also mentions a number of theories that suggest that humans may not have come over strictly on the land-bridge from Asia to the Americas.

If you are into this kind of stuff, it is a very good book.

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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2010, 11:37:55 AM »
 Finished "The Road", very good short book. Basically starts off with a father and his son after the apocalypse. Follows their struggles to fend of canibals, find food, etc. Apparently they made a movie out of it with Vigo Mortenson as the star.

 Now reading "You can call me Al."
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2010, 11:48:23 AM »
Tony Judt - Europe after 1945

A rather large tome that really lays out what happened afterWWII in the world. Judt goes country by country and delves into what worked and what was a catastrophy and the reasons for what followed such as the roots of European Socialist Democracies

KipsBayEagle

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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2010, 11:49:07 AM »
Finished "The Road", very good short book. Basically starts off with a father and his son after the apocalypse. Follows their struggles to fend of canibals, find food, etc. Apparently they made a movie out of it with Vigo Mortenson as the star.

 Now reading "You can call me Al."
I love Cormac Mccarthy, but for some reason, I hated the road.  I loved no country for old men, and child of god, but I really hated this novel.  I am definitly in the minority for this one.

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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2010, 11:57:05 AM »
Isn't anyone reading "The Audacity of Hope"?
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2010, 12:27:50 PM »
Game Change (that new ish political tell all) It's pretty good. Makes both sides look crappy. I like that

Atlas Shrugged. Classic, love it, taking forever though. ~1200 pages

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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2010, 12:32:14 PM »
a good site to keep track of what you've read and what your friends are reading is goodreads.com.

starting to read a book on Michael Collins. 

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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2010, 12:45:23 PM »
Game Change (that new ish political tell all) It's pretty good. Makes both sides look crappy. I like that

Atlas Shrugged. Classic, love it, taking forever though. ~1200 pages

my problem with "Game Change" is that the authors don't revleal any of their sources. 

so uh.  Nice book that could be mostly hearsay.  I suggest not taking the book as fact.

Atlas Shrugged, huh?  If I didn't know where your political/ideological beliefs lied before, I do now.  The Fountainhead is much better, IMO.

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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2010, 12:50:55 PM »
my problem with "Game Change" is that the authors don't revleal any of their sources. 

so uh.  Nice book that could be mostly hearsay.  I suggest not taking the book as fact.

Atlas Shrugged, huh?  If I didn't know where your political/ideological beliefs lied before, I do now.  The Fountainhead is much better, IMO.

ha! The Fountainhead is next on my reading list.
Not revealing sources does diminish the book's credibility. It's almost a kitty kelly political book. Though generally, as an inside look at political primaries (poor decision making and the frustration of two terrible campaigns), it was pretty good.

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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2010, 12:53:35 PM »
Just as long as you don't start worshipping Ayn Rand.

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« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2010, 01:00:18 PM »
Just as long as you don't start worshipping Ayn Rand.

you mean you don't see me at the tea parties with the sign "Atlas has Shrugged" and "Who is John Galt?"

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« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2010, 01:50:37 PM »
Superfreakonomics.    Wicked funny.
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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2010, 08:39:11 AM »
Superfreakonomics.    Wicked funny.

Don't forget its predecessor, "Freakonomics" either :)

I am going to read "The Paradox of Choice" soon.

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« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2010, 09:24:57 AM »
given the seasons

John Daly: My Life in and out of the Rough

or

Who's your Caddy


read both on my to Afghanistan...some good and literal "LOL"s
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« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2010, 10:17:52 AM »
Speaking of Afghanistan, I really enjoyed and strongly recommend these autobiographies of two young American men and their experiences in that country:

ONE BULLET AWAY:  THE MAKING OF A MARINE CORPS OFFICER by Nathaniel Fick, and

THREE CUPS OF TEA by Greg Mortenson


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