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08-23-2010 08:56 AM #106
Not to toot my own horn - but I won 1st Place in the B. Frank Hall Philosophy and Religion Society Essay Contest for an article I wrote on Eric Hoffer's "The True Believer."
Hoffer essentially set out to answer the question: How - in the 20th Century - in an educated society - could Nazi Germany happen? His work is regarded as one of the finest on the development of mass movements ever produced.
Hoffer was basically self taught. He was a longshoreman and migrant worker in California for most of his life. After a bout with blindness as a boy (brought on by a fall) - he became a voracious reader - always fearing that his eyesight would disappear.
09-27-2010 10:57 PM #107
The Killer Angels. Yes, it was on my 11th grade reading list. Sixteen years later, and I'm finally getting around to it.
09-27-2010 11:07 PM #108
09-29-2010 09:46 AM #109
Right now I'm working on Slaughterhouse Five (somehow never read this, though I have read Cat's Cradle).
Also reading Nudge, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein.
10-12-2010 10:46 PM #110
I just finished a book called Medicus, by Ruth Downie. It's basically an ancient Roman murder mystery: an army doctor stationed at a fort in Britannia investigates a series of murdered prostitutes from a local bar.
Really interesting read, and I'll be starting her next book shortly.
I'm also reading Field of Schemes, the book that basically tears to shreds every argument supporting publicly-funded stadia. Probably the same way Death to the BCS will destroy the arguments around that system when my copy shows up.
10-12-2010 10:55 PM #111
Cannery Row - Steinbeck
War - Sebastian Junger
Generation Kill - Evan Wright
12-29-2010 10:07 AM #112Plus Member Since June 2009 Major Leagues
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12-29-2010 02:07 PM #113
Just starting 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. Saw the movie first and loved it, hope that doesn't take away from the book.
12-29-2010 03:56 PM #114Plus Member Since 02/03 Hall of Fame
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Just finished reading "Johnny U.", a biography of John Unitas. Very good read.
01-13-2011 10:08 PM #115
Just got done reading The Day Before Midnight, by Stephen Hunter. I've read several of his books, and I've enjoyed every one I've read. He's the same guy who wrote Point of Impact, which the movie Shooter was based off of.
I'm getting ready to start Ball Four (finally), and I'm definitely looking forward to it.
01-14-2011 06:57 AM #116
"Cats And Their Slaves".....By Michelle Lovric
01-14-2011 05:00 PM #117
Finished 'Dragon Tattoo' and have moved on to 'The Girl Who Played with Fire'. Loved the first book, even better than the Swedish movie. Can't wait to see what David Fincher does for the American version.
01-21-2011 04:39 PM #118
Sixty Feet Six Inches
This book may be a little too technical for the casual baseball fan, but if you know and love the game, and want to learn a little more about the nuts and bolts of pitching and hitting, this is a great read. It's not great baseball literature like Roger Angell, or the best of Roger Kahn, more of an informal conversation between two hall-of-famers and World Series greats. It's a wealth of information about how the game is played, and more importantly, how it should be played.
What makes it great is that there are a lot of fascinating anecdotes from both Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson interspersed with the technical stuff. Both men talk at some length about their early years in the game, and what they had to go through coming up as young black players in the 50's (Gibson) and 60's (Jackson). I already had great respect for Gibson, but have even more after reading this book. I wasn't as enamored of Reggie Jackson, but after reading Sixty Feet, Six Inches, I have new respect for him as well. Any serious student of baseball and baseball history would thoroughly enjoy this book.How much fun would it be to read an account of Cy Young sitting down and talking about the pitcher/hitter battle with Ty Cobb? Or Warren Spahn with Ted Williams? We don't have any such account, but we do have Bob Gibson talking with Reggie Jackson! This book will only grow in importance over the years.
For those of us who remember Reggie's and Bob's playing career, this is a wonderfully vivid reminder. For those who do not, it will paint a detailed portrait of who they are and show why, even among vastly talented athletes, intelligence and will power decide true excellence.
The battle between hitter and pitcher is the ultimate baseball battle. These two warriors share with the reader how they survived the war so long and with so many victories.
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Midway through The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 by Doyle.
Such a good read.
On deck, Into the Storm: Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-defying Adventures in Extreme Weather by Reed Timmer.
01-23-2011 05:31 PM #120
The Girl Who Played with Fire was better than Dragon Tattoo. Just got The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest from the library to finish the trilogy.