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Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. strazzaque

    strazzaque Senior member

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    Gordon Thomas, Gideon's Spies.

    A book about the Mossad, published in 1999. I also have False Flag, by Zeev Avni on my to read list.

    The last books I read were 4 Leo Kessler books, about a fictional German SS battalion called Wotan.

    After I complete my Mossad readings I'll probably turn to sci-fi, in the form of 2 Alien spin-off novels and a Predator novel.
     
  2. lithium180

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    Homage to Catalonia?

    This is a great piece of modern war journalism.

    Yevgeny Zamyatin's We. I think it is more a question of influence (I can't recall whether acknowledged or not) than actual rip-off.

    I read this when I was backpacking through the Caucasus and really liked it!! Russian literature both past and present is just FILLED with treasures...


    I am currently reading Theodore Rex, a bio chronicling TDR's two terms in office.
     
  3. Dedalus

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    Finally finished Techno DJ Penis. It really backlogged my queue. At the risk of sounding Jerome-ish, I'm moving on to some Leibniz.
     
  4. gumercindo

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    - Just got Confederacy of Dunces to see what all the hoopla was about.
     
  5. lithium180

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    - Just got Confederacy of Dunces to see what all the hoopla was about.

    I didn't make it to the finish line on this one.
     
  6. denimdestroyedmylife

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    Anyone know of any good biographies?
    Not much of a biography reader, I admit, but Peter Guralnick's Elvis Presley biographies, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, are very readable and compelling. I read them before I had a taste for Elvis' music, and now I am on the other side, a huge fan. I would like to read the books again (its been 7 or so years) now that I am actually familiar with Elvis's work. Peter Guralnick does not try to convert people into Elvis fans, that is just my experience. The man can write! And the story is interesting even if we did not have access to The King's output. It has the drama and scope of Oedipus Rex; we know how it will end, but one cannot help but be swept up in the forces that seemed to conspire to bring our man down. Read it. You must!
     
  7. Saucemaster

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    I've been reading what I tend to read for "pure entertainment"--lightweight non-fiction. In this case, Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II.

    So the author just got done giving the dumbed-down version of the various ways that the Poles and the British broke the Enigma machine. Just ended with an explanation of Turing's solution to the machine... and I am going to be honest here, I just zoned. Completely skimmed. I didn't want to think about it. Now I feel guilty, and I think I might need to go back and re-read, and at least give a real go at understanding it. I picked up this book because I didn't WANT to think, dammit.
     
  8. Dedalus

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    So the author just got done giving the dumbed-down version of the various ways that the Poles and the British broke the Enigma machine. Just ended with an explanation of Turing's solution to the machine...

    Alan Turing the Turing machine guy? I didn't realize that he was such an important figure in WWII. Awesome.
     
  9. lawyerdad

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    "The Bookman's Promise", by John Dunning.
     
  10. globetrotter

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    I've been reading what I tend to read for "pure entertainment"--lightweight non-fiction. In this case, Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II.

    So the author just got done giving the dumbed-down version of the various ways that the Poles and the British broke the Enigma machine. Just ended with an explanation of Turing's solution to the machine... and I am going to be honest here, I just zoned. Completely skimmed. I didn't want to think about it. Now I feel guilty, and I think I might need to go back and re-read, and at least give a real go at understanding it. I picked up this book because I didn't WANT to think, dammit.


    john keegans latest (?) book, intellegence at war, gives a great acount of this, probrably abridged.
     
  11. Saucemaster

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    Alan Turing the Turing machine guy? I didn't realize that he was such an important figure in WWII. Awesome.

    Yep, that Alan Turing. I only sort of vaguely remembered that about him--another in the long list of all things historical that I half-remember at best. [​IMG]

    john keegans latest (?) book, intellegence at war, gives a great acount of this, probrably abridged.

    I really like Keegan. Haven't picked up Intelligence in War yet, maybe I'll give it a shot right after this book. Should dovetail nicely!
     
  12. Tangfastic

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    - Just got Confederacy of Dunces to see what all the hoopla was about.

    I read that recently I enjoyed it, though worryingly identified with Ignatius very closely...
     
  13. kwilkinson

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    Just started 1776. Kind of slow reading between my Anthro and History textbooks, but seems interesting so far.
     
  14. denimdestroyedmylife

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    I am reading Patrick Hamilton's Hangover Square, as part of a sort of "book club" on another forum. Very British, this book. Extremely readable and compelling. A lot of drinking and I suspect a bit of homicide. You want him to kill, but he seems to be a bit of a fat lazy Hamlet in that department.
     
  15. Thomas

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    - Just got Confederacy of Dunces to see what all the hoopla was about.

    I didn't make it to the finish line on this one.

    I did and I was relieved it was over. I think the book's size precluded my ability to enjoy it, but I do recall some of the better parts vividly which is a good sign.

    Just finished: Friend of the Earth, by T.C. Boyle. I liked it much better than I had anticipated. Boyle writes some fantastic short stories, but I've generally not found his novels to measure up. Well worth the time to read it.

    Should finish God is not Great soon.

    Up next: Atonement.
     
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    Octavio Paz: The other Voice
     
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    I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
     
  18. Alter

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    The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge.
     
  19. lawyerdad

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    I did and I was relieved it was over. I think the book's size precluded my ability to enjoy it, but I do recall some of the better parts vividly which is a good sign. Just finished: Friend of the Earth, by T.C. Boyle. I liked it much better than I had anticipated. Boyle writes some fantastic short stories, but I've generally not found his novels to measure up. Well worth the time to read it. Should finish God is not Great soon. Up next: Atonement.
    I enjoyed Friend of The Earth (apologies if we've already discussed this). His short stories really are excellent. Just finished Michael Dibdin's "Vendetta". Scanning my shelves (and piles) for what's next.
     
  20. denimdestroyedmylife

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    I am reading Mocking Bird by Walter Tevis; only 18 pages in! Written in 1980. Set in dsytopic future. Androids. NYC.
     

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