So, What Are You Reading?

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  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Melvin Small's The Presidency of Richard Nixon.
     
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  3. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Josiah Bunting III's Ulysses S. Grant.
     
  4. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Maybe I'll go upstairs and start reading another book about President Grant.
     
  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Read the following (and many others) recently. (No TV for about a year, now.)

    A Brief History of:

    The Anglo-Saxons
    The Celts
    Life in the Middle Ages
    The Vikings
    The Knights Templar
    The Universe
    The Druids
    Ireland

    You guessed it - they were on sale. Also picked up Brief Lives of the English Monarchs and Mammoth Book of the Mafia.
     
  6. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Active Member

  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Another bunch of recent reads:

    3 from my son. The kid (nearly 50) knows what I like:

    Rothko - Jacob Baal-Teshuva
    Mondrian - Susanne Deicher
    Kandinsky - Hajo Duchting

    The Poetry of Walt Whitman
    The Navajos
    - Liz Sonneborn

    Awesome Algebra - Michael Willers
    Phenomenal Physics - Isaac McPhee
    Super Psychology - Jarrett & Ginsburg

    The Power of Index Funds - Ted Cadsby
    Microcosmos (microscopic images) Brandon Broll
    Infinity in Your Pocket - Mike Flynn

    Working my way through:
    100 Killer Blues Licks & Chops for Blues Guitar - Phil Capone
     
  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    I'm 45 and my mom still thinks I'm a kid. ;)
     
  9. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Well, I'm 57 and my mom still thinks I'm a kid.
     
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  10. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Several months later, and I'm still extremely happy with the purchase. I'm moving to an area where physical books are hard to come by, but internet is common. I've found that I can "borrow" kindle ebooks from my (currently) local library at no charge. Despite my up and coming remoteness, I'm still able to feed my book reading habit :cool:
     
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  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Then you'll just have to stop climbing trees and getting into fights, Ted.
     
  12. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Nancy Reagan's My Turn.
     
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  13. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Charles W. Calhoun's The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant.
     
  14. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father.
     
  15. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Bill Clinton's My Life.
     
  16. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Harold H. Brown's Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskeegee Airman.
     
  17. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Read Stephen Ressler's Understanding the World's Great Structures.
     
  18. Alex Samuel

    Alex Samuel New Member

    Currently, i have started torah first chapter...
     
  19. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Is anyone using Blinkist? Any reviews?
     
  20. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I'm due to finish Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family this afternoon. It's the nonfiction source for the movie Goodfellas. It's not as compelling nor memorable as the movie, but there are some really interesting details that the book shares that never made it to the film. What's amazing to me is how little of the movie is embellished for entertainment purposes- many of the most clever lines in the movie are verbatim from Henry Hill's actual words, and many of the most incredible scenes in the movie are events that actually happened.

    Still, this is one of those times then the movie is actually better than the book. The book is expositive, not very entertaining, and doesn't make the characters and their world come alive like the movie does.

    Worth a read only if you fancy yourself a Mafia historian, or a superfan of Goodfellas. Count me among the latter.
     

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