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Old 03-13-18, 05:52 PM
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Finished listening to Bad News, another crime novel in the John Dortmunder series by Donald Westlake.Another winner.

Started listening to The Great Bridge, The Epic Story Of The Building Of The Brooklyn Bridge, by David McCullough.
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I'm now re-reading Daniel C. Dennett's Darwin's Dangerous Idea. I'm a huge fan of Dennett's writings and ideas, especially the second or third time through.
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Finished Lawrence in Arabia. Started The Ghost Map.
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Old 03-26-18, 07:39 AM
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Finished listening to The Great Bridge, The Epic Story Of The Building Of The Brooklyn Bridge, by David McCullough. Very detailed but interesting. More discussion of the Tweed Ring in Manhattan and its equivalent in Brooklyn than I cared to hear, in this case I probably should have made an exception and listened to the abridged version

Finished reading The Doomsday Machine, Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, non fiction account of nuclear war planning during the height of the Cold War, and still relevant, by Daniel Ellsberg. This book will give anyone sentient nightmares.
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Old 03-29-18, 07:09 PM
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Finished listening to Busy Body, crime novel by Donald Westlake.

Started listening to Munich, a fictionalized account of the events in Europe in 1938, by Robert Harris.

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Finished listening to Munich, a fictionalized account of the events in Europe in 1938, by Robert Harris. Just OK.

Started listening to Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, by Steve Coll.

Started reading The Wizards of Armageddon, by Fred Kaplan, non fiction about the formulation of post WW2 US nuclear war strategy with an emphasis on the people associated with the RAND Corporation .
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Finished listening to Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, by Steve Coll. Very informative, well worth a read

Finished reading The Wizards of Armageddon, by Fred Kaplan, non fiction about the formulation of post WW2 US nuclear war strategy with an emphasis on the people associated with the RAND Corporation. Good book to read in combination with Daniel Ellsberg's revealing non fiction book on the same subject, The Doomsday Machine.

Started listening to Greeks Bearing Gifts, the last Bernie Gunther novel written by the recently deceased Phillip Kerr.
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I'm now re-reading Daniel C. Dennett's Darwin's Dangerous Idea. I'm a huge fan of Dennett's writings and ideas, especially the second or third time through.
Finally finished Darwin' Dangerous Idea, and immediately started on Dennett's most recent (2017) book From Bacteria To Bach And Back.

Just having (re-)read the Darwin tome was excellent prep for this newest book, as I'm not totally lost

...yet.
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Finished listening to Greeks Bearing Gifts, the last Bernie Gunther novel written by the recently deceased Phillip Kerr. Not among Kerr's best, but still a good story.

Started listening to Macbeth, crime novel written by Jo NesbÝ, based on the themes from Shakespeare's tragedy. The setting is in 1970's Scotland.
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"The Hornet's Nest" by Jimmy Carter, it's about the Revolutionary War in the Southern states. One of my ancestors was a militiaman, he was in Roebuck's Battalion; Spartan Regiment of the South Carolina militia. They took part in the Battle of Cowpens and Battle of Kings Mountain among others and he was at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered. The scene near the end of The Patriot with Mel Gibson where the militia fires 2 shots and then run suckering the British into a trap was taken from the Battle of Cowpens. Roebuck's Battalion was one of the militia that took part in that but in the real battle they did twice, once on the British main advance like it showed in the movie and then to a Highland Regiment that was trying to outflank the Continentals. When they stopped and held their ground on the Highlanders Continental Cavalry outflanked the Highlanders who then surrendered.
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Finished listening to Macbeth, crime novel written by Jo NesbÝ, based on the themes from Shakespeare's tragedy. Good book, surprise at the conclusion.

Started listening to Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Steve Coll. Picks up where the book, Ghost Wars, by the same author left off, Sept. 11, 2001.
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Finally finished City on Fire by Garth Risk. Basically takes place in NYC around mid 70's. This is when punk rock was coming out and the city was grungy. The story follows about 8 main characters as their lives intertwine. A somewhat long book. Felt like some of it wasn't that necessary.

Started reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This book came with all sorts of awards and critical praise, but so far pretty disappointed. It reads like something written by an ambitious 8th grader. Flat characters, bland descriptions, clunky dialogue and exposition. I have no idea what people see in this. My suspicions were aroused that it was written with a movie screen play in mind, since that is how it reads. Then I saw the "soon to be made into a major motion picture" label on the book. Blah.
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Finished reading Devil in a Blue Dress, the first of the Easy Rawlins series, by Walter Mosely. Good, will read or listen to more in the serious at a later date.

Started reading The Big Bounce, crime novel by Elmore Leonard. This may be the only Elmore Leonard book that I hadn't previously listened to or read.
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Hey, did someone read DUNE? My brother said this is the best book he ever read
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Hey, did someone read DUNE? My brother said this is the best book he ever read
Dune is very interesting book, I can not say that everyone will like it. If you are fan of space and science fiction novels, you will probably love it.
As for me, I am currently reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Very impressive and even cruel book.
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Hey, did someone read DUNE? My brother said this is the best book he ever read
Easily my favorite book of all time
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Finished listening to Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Steve Coll. OK, but too long.


Finished listening to A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA, by Joshua Kurlantzick.


Started listening to A German Requiem: A Bernie Gunther Novel, by Phillip Kerr, the third novel in the series.
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Gave up on The Nightingale after 100 pages. Good lord what a horrible book. One of three books in my lifetime that I couldn't finish. Soon to be a major motion picture in 2019.
Started reading Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Liking it so far.
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Little Big Man (loved the movie, one of my top ten folks since I first saw it as a kid). And American Gods.
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Currently reading "A Universe From Nothing" by Lawrence Krauss
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Finished listening to A German Requiem: a Bernie Gunther novel, by Phillip Kerr.


Started listening to Watch Your Back, a John Dortmunder crime caper novel, by Donald Westlake.
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Finished listening to Watch Your Back, a John Dortmunder crime caper novel, by Donald Westlake.


Started listening to One from the Other, a Bernie Gunther novel, by Phillip Kerr.
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Finished Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. I liked it. If I learned one thing (that I sort of already knew)...we screwed over the Native Americans, then again and again and again, then for good measure screwed again.
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