Jump to content
Whatss

Currently Reading

Recommended Posts

American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent (by: Tamer Elnoury)

An incredible page-turner..did not want to put it down.  It walks the reader through Tamer's (agents undercover name) contact with, integration into and eventual arrest and prosecution of a US/Canadian al-Qaeda affiliate.  

Book came to my attention as Tamer was interviewed on 60-minutes recently as well as some well known podcasts.

Very Highly Recommended Read!!!!  Only about 350 pages so will not take a long commitment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got two books for Christmas that I'm excited about.

The first is Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beaty by Charles Leerhsen.  Evidently this book ends up shedding doubt on the famous negative stories about Cobb's life.

The second is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.  It's about the murders of Native Americans in 1920s Oklahoma.

I'm currently reading Twain's The Guilded Age.  Once I get done with that, I'll move onto my two new books.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea: Barbara Demick

Story about the lives of multiple defectors who all lived in/around the N. Korea city of Chongjin. Really provides perspective of the hardship of life, what ordinary citizens must do to survive, and the absurd cult of personality that runs the country.

Not a long book, about 350 pages, and it's personal story based (the defectors) as opposed to facts based (which can be boring)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just finished GhettoSide.  From Publishers Weekly...

Provides a deep dive into the lives of homicides in the inner city (in this case Watts), the detectives who investigate/solve the crimes, the families of the victims and the social trends and events that lead to the lifestyles that cause these circumstances.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

This absorbing first book from journalist Leovy traces the investigation and prosecution of a 2007 murder in South Los Angeles, registering along the way a powerful argument about race and our criminal justice system. Eighteen-year-old Bryant Tennelle was "just another black man down." His shooting death inspired neither press attention nor vigorous police action until, that is, his case was handed to Police Detective John Skaggs, the central figure in Leovy's narrative. By following the relentless Skaggs, fleshing out all his quirks, and rendering the perpetrators, survivors, and witnesses of the murder vividly, Leovy spins a good yarn and illustrates how, by her lights, black-on-black homicide should be dealt with (but too seldom is). The state fails "to catch and punish even a bare majority of murderers" in urban black enclaves, and the result is "street justice" informal legal systems, replete with their own laws and codes and punishments. Gang violence, in Leovy's account, is thus not a cause of lawlessness; rather, it is "a whole system of interactions determined by the absence of law." Like most ghettoside cases, the Tennelle case was eminently solvable merely awaiting a determined investigator to whom the lives of black men were valuable, their murders something to be answered for. Readers may come for Leovy's detective story; they will stay for her lucid social critique.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just finished The Given Day by Dennis Lehane, who wrote Mystic River and Shutter Island.    I was expecting a detective novel, but instead it’s a story of a second generation policeman and a black man in 1918-19 Boston.    The cops are often used to bust up strikes, and strikers are seen as Bolsheviks and anarchists in the wake of the Russian revolution.    But the police force themselves are horribly underpaid, having not received a raise in about 15 years, and there is unrest on the force that eventually brings the plot to a boil.

One of the interesting narrative devices is there are 4-5 chapters sprinkled through the book, including the first and last, where Babe Ruth is the principal character.     

It was an extremely well written book and well worth the read.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, who won the Pulitzer Prize a few years ago for her novel A Visit to the Goon Squad  (which I haven’t read).    It’s a very interesting novel set around WWII with three main characters - a father who’s a bagman for a corrupt union, his daughter who wants to become a diver who works on repair of military ships in a male-dominated field, and a mob nightclub owner.     Can’t say much about the plot without spoilers but it’s interesting throughout and the author had to do a ton of research into shipyard operations, diving and other wartime activities.    And she writes like an English professor’s dream — in a good way.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In the middle of The Soul of Baseball by Poznanski. Wonderful read with engaging anecdotes about Buck O’Neil. Poz is carefully nuanced in his descriptions of the year he spent with one of the games trailblazers.

Highly recommended.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My first post on this area of the forums... good timing vis-a-vis the upgrading of the O's presence in the Dominican, as I'm halfway through a great and classic novel by Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, about the Trujillo dictatorship ending with his assassination in 1961: The Feast of the Goat

I never knew much about the history of that country -- which Trujillo basically created (with US help) alongside the different cultural nation of Haiti. It's quite the eye-opener, at the same time all too familiar of the history of the region.

The narrator structure is similar to Marlon James's excellent Jamaican thriller about the killing of Bob Marley, A Brief History of Seven Killings, in following the assassins; but where James delves into a dozen or so characters and voices, this plot alternates between the assassins and their backstory, Trujillo and his (on his last day alive), and the daughter of a state official years later in New York.

My first exposure to Llosa and I'll be reading more; a true master. And after this I will have deeper appreciation for the culture and sad history of the homeland of many of our MLB stars, including hopefully a new batch of future Orioles.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My father took me to this everything is a dollar liquidator store today.  Just all sorts of random stuff, a dozen bins of used CDs, row after row of used books.  Everything from old college textbooks to books on 2000 edition Power Point and teaching Windows Vista to seniors.  I'm thumbing through conscious of my lack of space for books when I find a 1975 paperback Lester Del Rey collection, score I think, grabbing it, has some stories I haven't read.  As I hit the next shelf, paydirt, a 1979 first edition English translation of Stanislaw Lem's Tales of Pirx the Pilot.  Dust cover has a tear and a piece missing from the interior but the binding is a solid good and all the pages look fine.

Not my best used book find but the best I've had in quite a few years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


Orioles Information


Orioles News and Information

Daily Organizational Boxscores

News

Tony's Takes

Orioles Roster Resource

Orioles Prospect Information

2018 End of Season Top 30 Prospects List

Prospect Scouting Reports

Statistics

2019 Orioles Stats

2019 Orioles Minor League Stats

Baseball Savant Stats







×
×
  • Create New...