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 07/18/2017 12:16 PM
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Cuz

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Any good suggestions for non fiction books?

I just wrapped up "Endurance" Shackletons incredible voyage. And damn I couldn't put that book down.

Also "A wolf named Romeo" was an interesting read.

And right now I'm trying to finish up American Kingpin.

Reading Binge in full effect.

 07/18/2017 12:25 PM
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I just got back from vaca in New Orleans and bought some super hot sauce named "Jean Laffite Ghost Pepper hot sauce" and you see the name Jean Laffite all over the place there. So after googlin' some and reading about the privateer and learned that he saved the US in the War of 1812. So wanted to read about the history of the Battle of New Orleans and ordered this book from amazon:

Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans Paperback - May 8, 2007
by Winston Groom

Reading the free part from amazon and it looks interesting. Same author who wrote Forrest Gump.
 07/18/2017 01:18 PM
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stokedpanda

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I found these old paperback Louis L'Amour "Sackett" series books laying around and got kind of sucked in-

They are old western fiction/historical fiction and are great lunch break easy reads.



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 07/18/2017 03:17 PM
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peterg

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"How to Shit in the Woods", 3rd edition. who knew someone could write 109 pages on this subject.
 07/18/2017 05:26 PM
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RobdaSlob

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Some recent reads:

If you like your Shackleton read or other sea related:

Twenty Years Before the Mast, Charles Erskine

Two Years on the Alabama, Arthur Sinclair

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick

The Voodoo Wave: Inside a Season of Triumph and Tumult at Maverick's - Mark Kreidler

Surfing and Health - Doc Paskowitz

 

Non-sea related:

I like anything by Jeffery Toobin, I think I've read all of his books - recently American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst (I'm old enough to remember who she is)  Jon Krakauer has some pretty good books as well.

 



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 07/18/2017 08:02 PM
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There's supposed to be a book coming out written by Robert O'Neill and his journey to shooting bin laden. I might pick that one up

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 07/18/2017 08:33 PM
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I loved the Shackleton book as well. Looking into one called Red Notice.
I saw author Bill Browder on CNN last weekend, talking about all the organized crime in Russia and how it's made Vladimir Putin the wealthiest man in the world.
 07/19/2017 05:17 AM
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tom

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Down for a little surgery, wanted an easy reader,

so binged the entire Expanse (James Corey) series.  

Good fun!

 07/19/2017 08:05 AM
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StirfryMcflurry

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could be a good time to re-visit:

 

http://www.2ndlight.com/fusetalk/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=3&threadid=143985&highlight_key=y&keyword1=books



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 07/20/2017 09:50 AM
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LIV2SURFDT

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Devotion, by Adam Makos. If you love military history this is a must-read. An amazing story of the Navy's first black carrier pilot who went to war for a nation that wouldnt even serve him in a bar. Packed with unbelievable acts of heroism, centered around a friendship between a white kid from New England and the son of an African American sharecropper. With some side-stories so amazing you would swear this was created in a Hollywood studio. Dont remember how many times I said "wow!" out loud while finishing the last chapter. Gotta be brought to the big screen soon. You wont be able to put it down...
 07/20/2017 09:54 AM
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Off topic, fiction, but I'm enjoying The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. ( Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland)
Time travel, quantum reality, witches & magic.

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 07/20/2017 11:47 AM
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Shantaram. Its the autobiography of an Australian fugitive living in India. Very entertaining. I felt like I was in India.

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 07/21/2017 11:12 AM
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Just finished this book. Great read if you're into this kind of topic.

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 07/21/2017 03:43 PM
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Cole

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Originally posted by: worksuxgetsponsered





Just finished this book. Great read if you're into this kind of topic.


I read the Swamp awhile ago. It doesn't seem like much has changed, but it is interesting.

I'm reading Robinson Crusoe. The centuries old lingo has taken some getting used to.



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 07/23/2017 02:55 PM
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ww

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Grunwald's book is a classic.  I'd be happy to pass my copy on to an eager reader.

Also accidentally got an extra copy of "Board," David Flangan's account of taking up surfing when approaching 40 in Orkney.  

 07/23/2017 06:06 PM
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Central Floridave

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Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans

Book delivered a few days ago. So far an enjoyable read. War of 1812...so clueless on it...but wow. Epic American story. The author is a pretty good writer.
 07/24/2017 07:36 AM
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I'm going to get this book and read it:
Woolly: The true story of the Quest to revive one of history's most iconic extinct creatures by Ben Mezrich

Ben also wrote Once Upon a Time in Russia, the 37th Parallel, and Bringing Down the House (they made the movie "21" from it)

"Ben Mezrich takes us on an exhilarating true adventure story from the icy terrain of Siberia to the cutting-edge genetic labs of Harvard University. A group of young scientists, under the guidance of Dr. George Church, the most brilliant geneticist of our time, works to make fantasy reality by sequencing the DNA of a frozen woolly mammoth harvested from above the Arctic circle, and splicing elements of that sequence into the DNA of a modern elephant. Will they be able to turn the hybrid cells into a functional embryo and bring the extinct creatures to life in our modern world?

Along with Church and his team of Harvard scientists, a world-famous conservationist and a genius Russian scientist plan to turn a tract of the Siberian tundra into Pleistocene Park, populating the permafrost with ancient herbivores as a hedge against an environmental ticking time bomb. More than a story of genetics, this is a thriller illuminating the race against global warming, the incredible power of modern technology, the brave fossil hunters who battle polar bears and extreme weather conditions, and the ethical quandary of cloning extinct animals. Can we right the wrongs of our ancestors who hunted the woolly mammoth to extinction - and at what cost?"
 07/24/2017 08:27 AM
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moody

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Originally posted by: ww Grunwald's book is a classic.  I'd be happy to pass my copy on to an eager reader.

Also accidentally got an extra copy of "Board," David Flangan's account of taking up surfing when approaching 40 in Orkney.  

I agree about Gruwald - not much changes here. I think you told me about the Flanagan book when Marc and I were in the UK last , and I still haven't read it, so if you want to pass that one along I'd appreciate it. I'm reading Al Franken's new book - it's good so far. Also reading a couple of graphic novels (Birthright series) and Meddling Kids (which is a dark continuation/expansion of the Scooby Doo cartoons ). For more non-fiction, I just got done reading White Trash: the 400 year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg. It's a good history. I don't recommend Hillbilly Elegy, though - Vance falls into too many of the same traps he criticizes, and doesn't reflect enough about them. For work I'm reading How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design by Katherine Isbister - if you're interested in games and narrative, it's a good primer on immersive game experiences and how they culturally change us.

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 07/24/2017 03:43 PM
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ww

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Oops.  David Flanagan.  The normal spelling.  PM or go via FB; will arrange delivery.  

Princeton University Press is promoting a graphic novel on the beginnings of modern philosophy.  It comes with a book trailer!  

Princeton has a new director, filched from Chicago.  PUP amazes me.  Hope they keep up the good work.  

 

 08/09/2017 04:14 AM
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Cuz

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Originally posted by: LIV2SURFDT

Devotion, by Adam Makos. If you love military history this is a must-read. An amazing story of the Navy's first black carrier pilot who went to war for a nation that wouldnt even serve him in a bar. Packed with unbelievable acts of heroism, centered around a friendship between a white kid from New England and the son of an African American sharecropper. With some side-stories so amazing you would swear this was created in a Hollywood studio. Dont remember how many times I said "wow!" out loud while finishing the last chapter. Gotta be brought to the big screen soon. You wont be able to put it down...


I picked up this book after your post and it was excellent!! Thanks for the recommending it I have read one other Military History called Pathfinder about the Vietnam war and it was great also.

Keep em coming.
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