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Re: New now reading

Postby Velvis » 12 Nov 2016, 16:14

Master of the Senate is a master class on how the Senate works. Means of Ascent is a Master Class on campaign skullduggery.
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Re: New now reading

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 13 Nov 2016, 07:36

always wanted to read those Caro books, one of these days
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Re: New now reading

Postby fire and fueryIre » 13 Nov 2016, 09:26

Velvis wrote:Master of the Senate is a master class on how the Senate works. Means of Ascent is a Master Class on campaign skullduggery.


For me, LBJ is one of the most morally complex and fascinating of all POTUSes (POTUSii?) because of where he came from, what he tried to become and how his efforts were doomed. He was certainly one of the most earthy and quotable as Gerry Ford found out to his cost. So will get round to all three earlier of Caro's LBJ bios one of these days - probably starting with MOA before jumping forward to MOTS and the back to the first book Path to Power.

Ultimately, Caro has done LBJ - and indeed the first 75 years of 20th Century US politics - proud. One only hopes that he will get to finish the two or possibly three more books about his life and times he still has to write. Caro's dissecting of America during probably the most turbulent decade in its history (until now anyway) promises to be truly fucking riveting reading.

If you can get BBC iPlayer, V, there is a great Rich Hall trawl through past US presidents whcih contains tape of a typically coarse but amusing call LBJ made to his tailor when ordering some slacks
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Re: New now reading

Postby Velvis » 13 Nov 2016, 12:10

If f you like Caro, also try Rick Perlstein. I've read Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge. I still need to go back and read the Goldwater book.
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Re: New now reading

Postby fire and fueryIre » 13 Nov 2016, 12:56

Velvis wrote:If f you like Caro, also try Rick Perlstein. I've read Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge. I still need to go back and read the Goldwater book.



Read the Goldwater book a few years back and Nixonland is on the lengthy list of things I really ought to read...
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 Nov 2016, 20:36

Finally finished Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings, which I think must be as good a Booker prize winner as I've ever read, a proper sprawling character study set in the drug-drenched ganglands of 70s Jamaica and 80s New York. Must remember never to use the phrases "bombocloth" or "r'asscloth", despite it having been part of my vernacular for the last 3 weeks.

Now onto a massively pretentiously titled book, but one that sounds interesting:
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Re: New now reading

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Comic satire with a long hip-hop-ish prelude but the plot is now kicking in and looks likely to be a good one.
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Re: New now reading

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I give this a high recommendation. It's like one of the better books by Tom Wolfe or John Irving. Very "finger on the pulse of society", and very poignant.
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Re: New now reading

Postby fange » 25 Nov 2016, 13:56

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S. C. Gwynne - "Empire of the Summer Moon"

About half way through, and I absolutely love it. Fascinating stuff, and immensely readable.
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Re: New now reading

Postby John aka Josh » 25 Nov 2016, 21:41

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S. C. Gwynne - "Empire of the Summer Moon"

About half way through, and I absolutely love it. Fascinating stuff, and immensely readable.





Great book, read it a couple of years ago. Fully agree with your assessment.




Think you'll also enjoy this;

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Re: New now reading

Postby fange » 25 Nov 2016, 23:57

Looks good!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 26 Nov 2016, 22:01

Just started this as my downstairs, read-while-other-stuff-is-happening book:

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And also just started my upstairs proper reading novel:

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Re: New now reading

Postby Robert » 28 Nov 2016, 14:31

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I am only 50 pages in, but it's a gripping and beautifully written book starting in 15th Century America all the way to the end of the 20th Century
( and a bit further) in just 350 pages.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Phil T » 05 Dec 2016, 16:42

I'm currently reading this again, not having done so for a couple of decades.
It's the type of thing you dip into, rather than read as a whole.

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as is this, which I'm also reading, alongside the above.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 05 Dec 2016, 20:22

Gave up on the Eco, it was just not holding my attention at all. Now onto this desperation purchase at the local village Christmas markets this weekend. Not promising so far.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Velvis » 05 Dec 2016, 20:28

Darkness_Fish wrote:Gave up on the Eco, it was just not holding my attention at all. Now onto this desperation purchase at the local village Christmas markets this weekend. Not promising so far.

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I just grabbed Annihilation.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 05 Dec 2016, 20:30

Velvis wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:Gave up on the Eco, it was just not holding my attention at all. Now onto this desperation purchase at the local village Christmas markets this weekend. Not promising so far.

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I just grabbed Annihilation.

Have you ever read anything by him before? I only discovered today that Finch is the 3rd in a series, and given the odd concept, it supposedly helps a lot to have read the first two.
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Re: New now reading

Postby ^^^^^ great post. Thank you. » 05 Dec 2016, 20:45

Grace Jones - 'I'll Never Write My Memoirs'

It's pretty funny in places, and there's some excellent namedropping.

She gets rather 'I am Grace Jones darling, I follow my own path, I'm a rebel' at times - well, a lot - but she's very self deprecating too and I love the fuck out of her so I can forgive her a lot.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 05 Dec 2016, 20:47

Darkness_Fish wrote:Gave up on the Eco, it was just not holding my attention at all.

Yeah, I quite liked the two novels that preceded that one, but though I tried two or three times, I just could not read it.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Velvis » 05 Dec 2016, 20:58

Darkness_Fish wrote:
Velvis wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:Gave up on the Eco, it was just not holding my attention at all. Now onto this desperation purchase at the local village Christmas markets this weekend. Not promising so far.

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I just grabbed Annihilation.

Have you ever read anything by him before? I only discovered today that Finch is the 3rd in a series, and given the odd concept, it supposedly helps a lot to have read the first two.


Never read him before. But the word has been good on the Southern Reach trilogy for a couple years now.
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