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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

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    Well, I finished Clinton's book - finally. Now I am going to start a book called Blinded by the Right by David Brock. Brock was a former arch-conservative investigative reporter who broke the "Troopergate" thing and also was a part of the Whitewater stuff before he saw the light and came over to the good side (the left!)
    Brock's an opportunist in the fullest sense.

    Political books like his on both sides bother me. I couldn't go pick up Hannity's or Coulter's or Brock's book. The full on kool-aid drinkers. I know what they are going to say before I read it. Save your time Puffy, move onto stuff with more substance

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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

    Well, I wanna read the interworkings of the right wing machine of the nineties. I know its changed since then, but I don't think anyone can seriously doubt that conservatives went full bore after Clinton and I just want some insight into how.

    Also, Brock, from what I understand, is not a kool aid drinker and I don't believe he spews hate like Coulter or Hannity (or some would say Franken, although I'd disagree with them because Franken is a comedian first and foremost and he makes fun of everybody, including himself, something Coulter, Hannity, Limbaugh's can't do because of their egos.)

    I gotta at least start it and see how I like it.
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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

    So I just finished reading Kim Jong-Il: Dear Leader by Michael Breen.

    Wow, if I didn't think North Korea was a backwards mess before, it just amazes me.

    First off, there is an entire chapter on Kim Jong-Il's education, and the list that each teacher, before the year started, got about Kim's "requirements" was just amusing if it wasn't so sad.

    The writer tries to be too wity and cute at times with analogies meant to be funny, but there isn't that much material out there on North Korea, and this book certainly was a good read.

    Bought Joseph Ellis, Mr. Falsehood himself, (but I still love his writing) and his newest book on George Washington, "His Excellency" last night. Looking forward to cracking that one open this weekend.

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    I don't know if any of you know this work, but I want to strongly recommend The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway. It is a beautiful and morally disturbing novel...a quick-read (one or two can't-put-it-down sessions), which won't quickly be forgotten.

    I don't want to give away the story, but it begins in Germany in the years after WWII.


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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

    Just finished "The Time Traveller's Wife". I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

    Finished "The Rule of Four" and I didn't think much of it.

    Reading the 9/11 Report now. Very readable and chilling.

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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

    Just finishing up "Anti-Intellectualism In American Life." Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964 and written by one of my favorite historians, Richard Hofstadter. Great read and especially germane to George W. Bush's 21st century America.

    Going back to "Feet Of Clay" (A Study of Gurus) by Anthony Storr. I read all but the last couple of chapters before getting sidetracked by the above book. Interesting psychological look at famous religious leaders.

    I also need to finish "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir In Books" by Azar Nafasi. A bit lighter reading than the two above, I only got about half-way through before getting sidetracked. But it wasn't for lack of interest. On a related note, I had read "The Kiterunner" by Khaled Hosseini which brought me to "Reading Lolita." I really enjoyed "The Kiterunner" which is mostly set in modern Afghanistan. It's an interesting look at the mideastern culture. Highly recommended.
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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

    Finished up reading His Excellency by Joseph Ellis last month.

    Did an amazing job of Humanizing George Washington, which isn't an easy thing. Showed how he battled with setting his slaves free. How his hatred for the British was fueled by some slights early in life, and how strong his pride was.

    The book however, is not flattering in the slightest toward Thomas Jefferson or James Madison.

    It was my favorite type of history novel, an academic piece that told a story, I plowed thru it quickly because it was an easy read.

    Just also finished up Titan by Ron Chernow, a story about John D. Rockefeller. Spends quite a bit of time talking about how Rockefeller's relationship with his corrupt and shady father set up the duality of Rockefeller as a man in life. Pious and hidden at home, the exact opposite of his father, yet ruthless in business. Interesting introspective piece. Drags a bit at times, but Rockefeller's personal life was interesting, in a car wreck sort of manner.

    Just cracked open Conrad Black's bio of FDR, which is a 1000+ page monster. Should take me a good while.

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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

    One the books I'm now reading is "Born Fighting", a book about the Scots-Irish written by James Webb. Webb is an interesting guy. A 1968 graduate of the Naval Academy, he then served as a Marine in Viet Nam, winning purple hearts and the Navy Cross (the second highest medal given to those in the Navy). After the war, he obtained a law degree. He served as Secretary of the Navy during part of the Reagan administration. He has written several best selling novels, including "Fields of Fire." "Born Fighting" is his first non-fiction book.
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    On page 137 of Moneyball.
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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

    I just read Positively Fifth Street by James McManus. Its about a writer (McManus) who goes to Vegas to write a story on the murder of Ted Binion, owner of the casino that runs the World Series of Poker. While in Vegas he uses his advance money to enter the World Series and makes it all the way to the final table.

    Really good book.

    I'm now reading Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, who I absolutely love.
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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

    Just finished :

    Rivethead " tales from inside the assembly line " by Ben Hamper.

    Bleachers - John Grisham

    Friday night lights- bissinger

    I highly recommend all 3.

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    Re: What book(s) are you reading right now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful
    I just read Positively Fifth Street by James McManus. Its about a writer (McManus) who goes to Vegas to write a story on the murder of Ted Binion, owner of the casino that runs the World Series of Poker. While in Vegas he uses his advance money to enter the World Series and makes it all the way to the final table.

    Really good book.

    I'm now reading Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, who I absolutely love.
    Hey you know the Binion murder has been back in the news alot lately?

    http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ne...TF-8&scoring=d


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