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Author Topic: Recent Books you have enjoyed  (Read 49132 times)

jficke13

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Re: Recent Books you have enjoyed
« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2010, 10:41:25 AM »
Both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead were good. You can keep We the Living unless you are into books where literally nothing good happens to any of the characters.

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« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2010, 10:53:08 AM »


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« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2010, 11:27:49 AM »
I just re-read the Fountainhead.   Always enjoyable.

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« Reply #28 on: May 03, 2010, 10:27:48 AM »
about 40 pages into "The Next 100 Years".  I dig it.  Thanks for the rec.

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« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2010, 10:28:53 AM »
about 40 pages into "The Next 100 Years".  I dig it.  Thanks for the rec.
No prob, hope you like the rest, give me a full review when yuor done!

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« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2010, 10:48:43 AM »
Just as long as you don't start worshipping Ayn Rand.

While I do not worship Ayn Rand I would say that Atlas Shrugged predicted very accurately the late 1900's and early 2000's.  I ussually reread it every 5-7 years and find I am amazed at how accurately she foretold the European/US development (or lack thereof)

It is also regularly in the 10 most influential books of all time list along with the Bible.
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« Reply #31 on: May 04, 2010, 11:07:21 AM »
While I do not worship Ayn Rand I would say that Atlas Shrugged predicted very accurately the late 1900's and early 2000's.  I ussually reread it every 5-7 years and find I am amazed at how accurately she foretold the European/US development (or lack thereof)

It is also regularly in the 10 most influential books of all time list along with the Bible.


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« Reply #32 on: May 19, 2010, 11:11:24 AM »
Read "The girl with the dragon tattoo" by Stieg Larson and am now moving into the follow up "The girl who played with fire"

Really enjoyed the first one and am so far enjoying the second as well.  These writings by Larson are mystery type, which I typically do not enjoy, but these are both very well done and would definitely recommend them to everyone.

It's a shame Stieg is no longer with us though.

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« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2010, 11:41:32 AM »
I was late to it but "The Road" is one of the best fiction books I've read in quite sometime.

Baseball fans will enjoy "High Heat" the new book about the history of the fastball and the pursuit of identifying the fastest pitcher of all-time. 

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« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2010, 11:44:21 AM »
Reading Too Big To Fail. I've found it to be very good.
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« Reply #35 on: May 19, 2010, 11:46:15 AM »
 Now reading "Long Walk to Freedom," Nelson Mandela's autobiography. Very interesting childhood and path in his life up to the point I have read. Being very young when he was elected its amazing to realize that South Africa was segregated for so long. Would recommend it thus far.
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« Reply #36 on: May 19, 2010, 08:57:22 PM »
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy... absoulte riveting.  Couldn't put it down.

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« Reply #37 on: May 19, 2010, 09:46:54 PM »
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!
I doubt any of that will happen

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« Reply #38 on: May 20, 2010, 12:41:53 AM »
Don't forget its predecessor, "Freakonomics" either :)

You should check out "Gang Leader For A Day" by Sudhir Venkatesh; he's the maniac U of Chicago grad student from "Freakonomics" that supplied the information for the chapter about "why drug dealers still live with their moms."  It's basically the whole story of how he wandered into the projects for a sociology project, cheated death, and became the right-hand man of J.T., a top drug dealer in the Robert Taylor Homes.  It's an easy read and incredibly interesting, you couldn't make this stuff up.  See how the other half lives and what not.

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« Reply #39 on: May 20, 2010, 01:02:51 AM »
I have really enjoyed Jon Krakeur's latest two books:

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
 - All I knew before I started reading this book was what the media covered but there really was much more - tragic story.

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
 - The premise is an attempt to explain why two fanatically devout Mormon men murdered their brother's wife and young daughter.  
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« Reply #40 on: May 20, 2010, 07:01:55 AM »
I have really enjoyed Jon Krakeur's latest two books:

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
 - All I knew before I started reading this book was what the media covered but there really was much more - tragic story.

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
 - The premise is an attempt to explain why two fanatically devout Mormon men murdered their brother's wife and young daughter.  

My brother went to ASU...got it for me for a Christmas present one year. Good Read.
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« Reply #41 on: May 20, 2010, 08:21:16 AM »
I doubt any of that will happen

Lots of things that people don't think could happen, happen.

He explains it in the book.

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« Reply #42 on: May 20, 2010, 12:39:58 PM »
just finished "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis (guy who wrote The Blind Side).
excellent book- gives names and personalities to some of the people involved in the recent economic crisis.  A little one-sided, in that he fails to talk about what created the opportunity for the big banks to screw us all, but you'll realize that, put it aside as I did, and thoroughly enjoy the read. 
now working on "Ghengis Kahn" and really amazed at how undervalued he is in history.

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« Reply #43 on: May 20, 2010, 12:49:47 PM »
just finished "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis (guy who wrote The Blind Side).
excellent book- gives names and personalities to some of the people involved in the recent economic crisis.  A little one-sided, in that he fails to talk about what created the opportunity for the big banks to screw us all, but you'll realize that, put it aside as I did, and thoroughly enjoy the read. 
now working on "Ghengis Kahn" and really amazed at how undervalued he is in history.

To be honest, that is the truth with most non-western historical figures. :)

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« Reply #44 on: May 20, 2010, 02:27:13 PM »
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner,  I know it has been around for a few years, but I just had the opportunity to meet him in Phoenix and he gave me a copy of his book. The connection and fact I did not know is that he grew up in Milwaukee.

It is an easy read and worth the time.

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« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2010, 10:59:57 PM »
To be honest, that is the truth with most non-western historical figures. :)

I agree, but am still surprised that he and his amazing conquests/contributions has been so overlooked/ignored, while minor figures like Atilla the Hun seem to get good ink, without contributing or accomplishing 1/100th of that which Genghis Khan did.

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« Reply #46 on: May 21, 2010, 02:40:41 PM »
Read "The girl with the dragon tattoo" by Stieg Larson and am now moving into the follow up "The girl who played with fire"

Really enjoyed the first one and am so far enjoying the second as well.  These writings by Larson are mystery type, which I typically do not enjoy, but these are both very well done and would definitely recommend them to everyone.

It's a shame Stieg is no longer with us though.

I read both of these and moved onto the third as well, "The girl who kicked the hornets nest"  thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

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« Reply #47 on: May 21, 2010, 03:06:37 PM »
have you guys read The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King? I am on the third book of three, and I have really enjoyed it so far. It is kind of like Lord of the Rings meets Clint Eastwood's spaghetti-western genre gunslinger movie.
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« Reply #48 on: May 22, 2010, 10:26:08 PM »
I absolutely loved "Blood and Thunder"..., the true story of Kit Carson and the conquering of the West.  Great read.  Amazing guy.

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« Reply #49 on: May 23, 2010, 05:57:03 AM »
Big Russ and Me by Tim Russert

Always by My Side by Jim Nantz

Both great forFather"s Day

 

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