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    Where's Wallace? Surfah's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Ha. Good point.

    I liked it.
    I enjoyed it as well.
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    Freedom at Midnight

    It covers the independence of India including the partition of India and the birth of Pakistan. It's really fascinating. It's one of the books used for the basis of The Viceroy's House film.

    Unfortunately, it's hard to find. This edition: https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Midni.../dp/B00OEIHU52 can be had used for pretty cheap. There are older editions out there and editions published in both the UK and India, in English and in Hindi. I managed to get my hands on the Indian edition in English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    I enjoyed it as well.
    Same. Really enjoyed SHoe Dog.
    *Banned*

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    My reading over the past couple months:

    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. This was a re-read of a favorite.
    But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer, a very interesting bit of historical fiction about Jazz recommended to me by OrangeUte.
    Memento Mori by Muriel Spark, quirky and often funny novel about being old.
    Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, this is one I've been meaning to read for a long time and it didn't disappoint.
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche, just because.
    Benito Cereno by Melville. Man, what Tarantino could do with this story with a modern rewrite for its ending.
    Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier. Very much enjoyed this one. Wish I could read it in French.

    Currently Reading:

    In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu. Published in 1870s, gothic ghost stories. It's actually structured a lot like a 19th century X-Files and it's a been a great read so far.

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    The dude abides Jeff Lebowski's Avatar
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    Finished a couple of books:

    Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor. Focus on Queen Mary, but an interesting history of the royal family from Victoria down to the current queen. Also a fascinating account of the decline of royalty in europe.

    Evil Has a Name. The story of the decades long investigation that finally led to the capture of the Golden State Killer last year. This is audio-book only production that is done kind of like an extended podcast (six hours). It is narrated mostly by investigators and victims. One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. Highly recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Just finished Red Notice by Bill Browder. Hard to review this without reverting to hyperbole. Fantastic book. First half is a thrilling story of how he built up a $6B investment fund from scratch primarily by finding opportunities in post-Soviet Russia. Found some buys that results in 1000x gains. Also had some huge losses. Second half of the book is a shocking story of murder, corruption, cover-up, etc. Story ends up involving the US house, senate, state dept. and presidency, not to mention the highest levels of the Russian government. Reinforces once again how utterly evil Putin is. Russia is a crazy place.
    As part of my weekly lesson with a Ukrainian woman I tutor in English, we discuss current events in Russia and Ukraine. I've expressed interest in Putin's corruption and what seems to be a hybrid kleptocracy/oligarchy (she is not a fan). This week she handed me Red Notice and said simply, "Read this." I had forgotten your review and comments, but they're spot on. I'm only 100 pages in but I'll finish before next week's lesson where this will be topic no. 1. Fascinating book, and a quick read. Strongly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    As part of my weekly lesson with a Ukrainian woman I tutor in English, ...
    It's been a long time since I've read a post that had such a promising start. What a buzzkill.

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    Just finished Red Notice and as the Dude noted, it really is fantastic, and the final couple of pages pack an emotional wallop. It's a case study in how Putin and the oligarchs work, and why the Magnitsky Act is such a big deal. The book caused me to go back and watch the Trump/Putin press conference in Helsinki and at least one of two conclusions is inescapable: Trump is either in the bag with Putin, or he's astonishingly dumb and uninformed as a U.S. President. Perhaps both are true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Just finished Red Notice and as the Dude noted, it really is fantastic, and the final couple of pages pack an emotional wallop. It's a case study in how Putin and the oligarchs work, and why the Magnitsky Act is such a big deal. The book caused me to go back and watch the Trump/Putin press conference in Helsinki and at least one of two conclusions is inescapable: Trump is either in the bag with Putin, or he's astonishingly dumb and uninformed as a U.S. President. Perhaps both are true.
    That book is mind-blowing. And scary.
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    I'm currently reading The Field of Blood
    It about violence in the precivil war congress and how southern senators and congressmen stifled debate on slavery. According to the author there were at least 70 assaults by members of congress on other members of congress between 1830-1860 and one death (a duel gone bad).

    So far it been interesting, if a bit dry. I saw the author a BookTV a few months back. She is a Yale history professor.

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    Almost finished with Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene. At times it's a slog, but generally pretty good. I like it better than his other books, a bit less Machiavellian than 48 Laws of Power and Art of Seduction. It requires a bit more introspection, which can be unpleasant.

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