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Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:37 am
by fickman
WildBill wrote:I finished the book and highly recommend it. It is really quite an interesting story.

It was amazing how Clarence Thomas was attacked by the liberals because he didn't think the same way as they expected all black people to think. :banghead:

My favorite line from the book is a quote from Clarence Thomas' grandfather:

"Hard times make monkey eat cayenne pepper" :mrgreen:
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully some others will be curious enough to pick it up.

I admire how open he was about drinking, his failure as a husband, and about how he turned away from his faith for so long and was brought back.

One of my favorite takeaways was the theme of rattlesnakes and water moccasins when comparing overtly racist Southerners with the liberal establishment that seeks to build their careers off of the blind loyalty of black voters.

Another takeaway was his grandfather's refusal to accept government handouts because you are "inviting them into your home".

Good read.

(My Grandfather's Son: The Memoirs of Clarence Thomas)

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:09 pm
by Bitter Clinger
"The Moon is Down" by Steinbeck.

Awesome...

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:38 pm
by Scott B.
I was really irked to learn that his 'Travels With Charlie' was almost entirely fictional. Read it when I was younger and wanted to re-read it...never google your memories.

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:44 pm
by The Annoyed Man
Bitter Clinger wrote:"The Moon is Down" by Steinbeck.

Awesome...
My dad knew Steinbeck personally.

I am currently reading "The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II".

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:18 pm
by JustSomeOldGuy
Currently re-reading "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross. It's still available in book form on Amazon; and I found an ebook .pdf version when I was using Google to look for something else.......... :roll:

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:02 am
by The Annoyed Man
JustSomeOldGuy wrote:Currently re-reading "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross. It's still available in book form on Amazon; and I found an ebook .pdf version when I was using Google to look for something else.......... :roll:
OK, you just messed me up big time. I found the e-book this morning, downloaded it, and started reading it. Now I can't stop.........and I'm supposed to be getting ready for a trip to ETTS to shoot the 1,000 yard line later this morning. And I've got to finish my preparing my tax filing.....and about a million other things. Dang your eyes! :lol:

Here's the LINKEY.

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:16 am
by koine2002
The Presence of the Future by George Eldon Ladd
The First Urban Christians by Wayne Meeks
Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves
Subversive Meals: The Lord's Supper as an Anti-Imperial Praxis by R. Alan Streett
Idioms of the Greek New Testament by Stanley Porter
All sorts of sections of all sorts books relevant to my dissertation
A number of journal articles
Aftermath: Starwars: Journey to the Force Awakens by Alan Foster

I keep different books in different rooms and read them when I'm in those rooms. I scan any articles/book sections for my research and put them on a PDF reader that allows annotation on my iPad.

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:49 am
by Bitter Clinger
The Annoyed Man wrote:
JustSomeOldGuy wrote:Currently re-reading "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross. It's still available in book form on Amazon; and I found an ebook .pdf version when I was using Google to look for something else.......... :roll:
OK, you just messed me up big time. I found the e-book this morning, downloaded it, and started reading it. Now I can't stop.........and I'm supposed to be getting ready for a trip to ETTS to shoot the 1,000 yard line later this morning. And I've got to finish my preparing my tax filing.....and about a million other things. Dang your eyes! :lol:

Here's the LINKEY.
Thanks for the link! You may wish to look at "Children of Paradise: The struggle for the Soul of Iran". I have it queued up for as soon as I finish "Unintended Consequences"...

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:17 am
by JustSomeOldGuy
Just finished going through the Texas Monthly'Guns Issue' (April 2016). An interesting mix of articles and tidbits. For instance, on page 85 there is a map of Texas counties that charts Percentage of People Over 21 With a (sic) CHL. Fisher county came in 1st at 48%. McMullen county came in 2nd at 32%. I had to wikipedia both of them. Maybe I'll move to one of them when I retire. The graphic is titled "The Worst Places In Texas To Rob a Gas Station". Some of the articles were historically informative. Some were predictably disappointing. :roll: TM was smart enough to interview Dr. Suzanna G. Hupp. Some of the articles are available on the texasmonthly.com website. Page thru the magazine at your local library or in the checkout line at the store before plunking down $5.95 :txflag:

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:39 am
by J.R.@A&M
This week I have been digesting Joseph Ellis' "The Quartet". It is a great read (actually, I'm listening to the audiobook version).

This is from the Preface: “Four men made the ­transition from confederation to nation ­happen. . . . George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison” (along with three supporting players: Robert Morris, Gouverneur Morris and Thomas Jefferson). He writes that “this political quartet diagnosed the systemic dysfunctions under the Articles, manipulated the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, collaborated to set the agenda in Philadelphia, attempted somewhat successfully to orchestrate the debates in the state ratifying conventions, then drafted the Bill of Rights as an insurance policy to ensure state compliance with the constitutional settlement. If I am right, this was arguably the most creative and consequential act of political leadership in American history.”

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:53 am
by Abraham
"The Lower River" by Paul Theroux.

I've read all but one of his books.

His fiction is superb and his travelogue's wonderful for their anthropological insight.

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:28 pm
by sbrawley
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Not much into reading, but To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book.

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:05 pm
by aggie67
You guys made me go back and re-read "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross. I had it on my I pad and since I cut my big toe open and had to stay close to the barn today, I read it again. Still worth my time. I am collecting several WWI histories, some already read, to keep up with grandson who is covering WWI for Texas UIL History competition. I have to keep up with the 17 year olds.
Keep on readin' on.

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Thu May 05, 2016 8:24 pm
by JALLEN
Since the last report, I have read the 8 or 9 volume biography of Winston Churchill, by his son and Martin Gilbert, which was available for nothing or next to nothing at Hillsdale College Bookstore, for Kindle.

I have just finished re-reading "Coolidge" by Amity Schlaes. I read this book when it first came out, then last year went to Plymouth Notch, VT to inspect Coolidge's boyhood home and farm, and where he got word of Harding's death and became President. I think I have become a Coolidgean, the President I most admire.

I've also read a good part of "Three Roads to the Alamo," concurent biographies of Travis, Bowie and Crockett.

Re: What are you currently reading?

Posted: Sun May 08, 2016 9:56 am
by Abraham
Just finished: "Clinton Cash": The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer.

Wow!

I know the Clintons are an evil, evil force, but this book provides specifics that are spectacular.

Plus, I'm currently reading: "Please Stop Helping Us" by Jason L. Riley.

A brilliant conservative who happens to be black.