What are you currently reading?

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by klangbild » Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:20 pm

Woodward/Bernstein: 'All The President's Men'
Just finished 'The Snowden Files' by Luke Harding

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by doug » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:45 pm

I just started a book that probably about 99 percent of you would frown on....”The Vision of The Anointed,” by Thomas Sowell. He’s an economist, and takes a rather conservative view of things.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Guitarcroc » Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:46 am

Actually Dough I think I'd find that interestng. I'm not an economist by study, but I work in finance and so have spent the last year or so since I graduated playing catch up.

I'm currently reading (trying to read!) Piketty's Capital. I can't pass opinion yet as I am only 134 pages in.

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Post by Bododio » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:03 pm

Just started 1491, subtitled "New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus," by Charles C. Mann. So far, it's holding my interest despite a rather dry writing style.
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Post by LarryShone » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:35 pm

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by martinardo » Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:01 pm

The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson. Thanks to Mike Steede for drawing my attention to it. :merci:

A sort of update in 2015 to Brysons earlier book Notes from a Small Island, written in 1995.

Just as interesting, funny and engaging. :D
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Post by Peter Lovett » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:16 am

Antony Beevor's The Battle For Spain.

Unsurprisingly it is about the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939. The savagery with which it was fought and the retributions carried out after its conclusion have repercussions carrying through to today. The incompetence of the military on both sides is breathtaking and undoubtedly contributed to the carnage.

Like most of Beevor's books it is well researched with copious footnotes, maps and index. It is slow to start with as Beevor gives the background to Spanish politics of the 1930s' leading up to the attempted coup-de-etat that led to the civil war. Excellent reading.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Steven Morgan » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:23 am

Other than this thread, Scarlatti's andante cantabile k474
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by rayian » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:04 am

Practicing A musicians Return to Music Glenn Kurtz

This is my 2nd time reading this book several years later.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Peter Lovett » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:56 am

rayian wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:04 am
Practicing A musicians Return to Music Glenn Kurtz

This is my 2nd time reading this book several years later.
I read this at least once per year as I always get something more from it each time. I have owned my copy for 5 years now and I am sure that I read it twice the first year I owned it. It is excellent reading.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Jeffrey Wijnans » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:31 pm

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris my last book for this year. Its ok so far but probably wont crack it into my top 5

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Jeremiah Lawson » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:23 pm

I've only got ... about 500 pages left to go in Taruskin's Oxford History of Western Music. Considering how many pages of the thing there are that feels like an accomplishment.

STILL slowly plowing my way through Adorno's Aesthetic Theory, though. :)

Finished Roger Scruton's The Ring of Truth.

Hoping to get to Taruskin's Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions in 2018.

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Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:26 pm

STILL slowly plowing my way through Adorno's Aesthetic Theory, though. :)

You can always give yourself a break and read Benjamin's essays instead! Far less 'systematic'. He's a better prose stylist too. Still, Adorno has a lot of interesting things to say for sure.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Evocacion » Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:58 pm

"The Universe Next Door: A Journey Through 55 Parallel Worlds and Possible Futures" published by the New Scientist magazine.

Fascinating!

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Yvon » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:08 am

Dan Brown / inferno


Not really good so far (chapter 26)
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