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02-14-2017 10:49 PM
jojjeshruk
Re: Which book do you currently read?

Cool thread!

Currently reading Ray Bradbury's Martian chronicles. A series of novellas about human exploration of Mars. Quite comfy, it's like science fiction fables from someone who is spooked by the absurd future. I really like it. Never read any American science fiction really, really enjoyed a few Strugatsky bros. books though. Should probably read a Philip K Dick and some other classics in the genre so I have have a comprehensive view of the genre.

In parallel I'm reading John Stuart Mill's On liberty for school
02-11-2017 02:42 PM
smitty8
Re: Which book do you currently read?

Just finished The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry and about to start The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry (this is a series). I am slowly getting through my tall stack of books in my office.
01-28-2017 10:21 AM
acacacacademy
Re: Which book do you currently read?

The Age of Revolution (1789-1848) by Eric Hobsbawm. My kinda book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand Marxism. I've spoken to so many dunces who've read the Communist Manifesto, divested of context, and completely failed to comprehend it. This book would be a good primer for anyone who wants a better understanding of the circumstances in which that particular text was written, and against which it was reacting.

Got a new book in the post yesterday — The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel. Interesting stuff so far, and great to finally have a substantial treatment of this topic for a more general audience. I'm way too incompetent at science to comprehend the specialised literature available about telomeres in journals.

(oddly enough, the Ernst Jünger and Jared Diamond books mentioned a few posts back are both on my stack of unread books right now)
01-28-2017 02:41 AM
smitty8
Re: Which book do you currently read?

The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry.
01-26-2017 04:40 PM
miura88
Re: Which book do you currently read?

Recently finished:

Rotten Heart of Europe by Bernard Connolly: He worked as an economist in the European Commission in the mid 90s while he wrote this indictment of the EU's Exchange Rate Mechanism + plan for a Monetary Union. Suffice to say he was fired after the book was published, and it turned out to be pretty prophetic. A lot of economist spiel which flew over my head at times, would've liked a bit more talk on the political moves behind the scenes but it's written by an economist so pretty expected. Connolly also successfully predicted the Global Recession in 2008, so his stock is pretty high at the moment. He has predicted Le Pen to win the french election

The Age of Jihad by Patrick Cockburn: On-the-ground journalist who first visited the Middle East in the late 70s, these are mostly diary entries of his time in Iraq during the US occupation, the aftermath of all that, some time in Afghanistahn and the Arab Spring. I think he has an affinity for Iraq and that really shines through in the sections on that region.

Have 3 more history books sitting on my shelf, all of them 600+ pages
01-26-2017 04:13 PM
Police of Mind
Re: Which book do you currently read?

Storm of Steel by Ernst Juenger
12-28-2016 11:22 PM
miura88
Re: Which book do you currently read?

Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond, not that impressed so far but we gonna see what's going on.
12-17-2016 08:32 PM
miura88
Re: Which book do you currently read?

The Rise & Fall of Communism by Archie Brown
12-10-2016 05:31 PM
Roger the Dodger
Re: Which book do you currently read?

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Interesting. I haven't read that yet, but have been working my way through "The Human Condition" throughout the past few months. She makes some astute insights into the modern and ancient conceptions of freedom and labour.
A tough read. I've been gnawing at it for months now.

I don't know if she wrote all her other books the same way but the way she keeps coming around and regurgitating the same points over and over should make her yarn seem repetitive but instead we find her introducing insightful facets of the same subject with each spin. Wonder if her New Yorker stuff reads the same way.

Still in "Labour".
12-10-2016 05:11 PM
acacacacademy
Re: Which book do you currently read?

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Just finished Eichmann in Jerusalem. Excellent analysis of the trial and Eichmann himself, and although she didn't study law, her reasoning about Nuremberg trial and the crimes which the nazis were sentenced for was exquisite.

Don't have much time for books currently (posting on MTF takes my whole time), but I'm contemplating starting The Origins of Totalitarianism or Bloodlands by Snyder.
Interesting. I haven't read that yet, but have been working my way through "The Human Condition" throughout the past few months. She makes some astute insights into the modern and ancient conceptions of freedom and labour.
12-10-2016 04:17 PM
Kyrgyros
Re: Which book do you currently read?

Just finished Eichmann in Jerusalem. Excellent analysis of the trial and Eichmann himself, and although she didn't study law, her reasoning about Nuremberg trial and the crimes which the nazis were sentenced for was exquisite.

Don't have much time for books currently (posting on MTF takes my whole time), but I'm contemplating starting The Origins of Totalitarianism or Bloodlands by Snyder.
12-10-2016 01:36 PM
Police of Mind
Re: Which book do you currently read?

Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic
12-10-2016 12:16 AM
miura88
Re: Which book do you currently read?

"Heaven on Earth: A Journey through Shari'a Law" by Sadakat Kadri.
11-16-2016 07:04 PM
GOAT = Fed
Re: Which book do you currently read?

Been getting into Russia literature recently.

Read Crime and Punishment

75% way through Anna Karenina

Will start The Brothers Karamazov after.
11-15-2016 02:55 AM
miura88
Re: Which book do you currently read?

Brussels Laid Bare by Marta Andreasen. Describes her experience as Chief Accountant for the EU, and all the fraud, waste and corruption within.
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