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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    How does it compare to the Kingsbridge books? Similar style?
    Yeah, similar style, maybe a bit more graphic - Follett really plays up the Kennedy's mistrust of the Military Brass. esp Lemay, on what to do with Castro and Cuba and the politics of the Civil Rights movement and just what JKF felt he could and couldn't do in that area. It seems to be fairly well researched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I'm reading Kingsbridge book 1 right now, thanks to you. Really like it.
    enjoy, I haven't read a Follett novel I haven't enjoyed.

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    Can't Hurt Me- David Goggins

    I heard his story on Joe Rogans podcast awhile back and have been a huge fan ever since. CHeck out the podcast and then the book if you have a chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    Can't Hurt Me- David Goggins

    I heard his story on Joe Rogans podcast awhile back and have been a huge fan ever since. CHeck out the podcast and then the book if you have a chance.
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    I just started Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. Time for another serious book after reading several murder mysteries. A month or two back I read Winning Bigly by Scott Adams, which helped me understand how Trump got into the White House. Fire and Fury will help me understand what he's been doing there from a different point of view than where I usually get my news.

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    I just finished reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

    This is an excellent book and definitely worth reading. It talks a lot about apartheid in South Africa and what happened when it ended. It covers a lot about racism too. Now I understand why he discusses the issue of racism so often on The Daily Show.

    It's a book that I didn't want to put down and it has a lot of great stuff in it. I put Fire and Fury on hold to read this book, now I'll have to finish that one. When you order electronic books from the local library, you can't always choose when they show up, and this showed up part way through the other one. Once I had read a few pages I was hooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Nelson View Post
    I just finished reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.

    This is an excellent book and definitely worth reading. It talks a lot about apartheid in South Africa and what happened when it ended. It covers a lot about racism too. Now I understand why he discusses the issue of racism so often on The Daily Show.

    It's a book that I didn't want to put down and it has a lot of great stuff in it. I put Fire and Fury on hold to read this book, now I'll have to finish that one. When you order electronic books from the local library, you can't always choose when they show up, and this showed up part way through the other one. Once I had read a few pages I was hooked.
    What do you read on? I just turn off the wifi on my kindle and then the books don't go away till I reconnect. #protip

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    What do you read on? I just turn off the wifi on my kindle and then the books don't go away till I reconnect. #protip
    Kindle Fire.

    I've never had a problem with the three week time limit. But popular books might take a month or two before they become available, which was the case with the Trevor Noah book. I had ordered a couple of books many weeks ago, saw Fire and Fury on the suggested list and available immediately, so grabbed it. Then another book showed up and I read that. Then Born a Crime showed up and I read that. Now I need to finish the one that's a bit more work to read. Not because there's a time limit, but because I want to learn from the book.

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    I finally finished Ken Follett's Edge of Eternity

    Meh - not his best work and his left wing/socialist politics come through loud and clear. Still a decent read.

    My thoughts if any one is interested.

    Currently reading a look at a 9th AF WWII fighter group, the 365th, in Northern Europe that flew mainly Close Air Support missions - the dreaded Jabo's.

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    Read Crucial Conversations last week. In general, I dislike self-help books, but this one was decent.
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    Finished Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, and now I'm reading the second book in that series, World Without End.

    One thing that strikes me as I read these novels is how brutal life was back then, especially for peasants. These are obviously fiction, but I'm guessing Follett did some research on the lives of the common people.
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    I'm reading (listening) to "Barefoot to Billionaire" the bio of Jon Huntsman. Thought I'd give it a go since, I too am LDS, and was friends with his daughter Christena while at BYU.

    Only part way through... and am in the White House years right now... and it's beyond interesting. Huntsman was right in the thick of things during the pre Watergate (mere months) debacle, and the White House Plumbers were right down the Hall from his basement office. He told a funny story... Of course there was the famous leak - and the White House wanted to find the source and get rid of the guy. Jack Anderson of the Washington Post was reporting on the White House issues, and was a recipient of some of the leaked information, and at the same time was in the same Chevy Chase ward as Huntsman. Anderson was the GD teacher, and was going to be out of town and asked Huntsman to teach his SS class one Sunday, and handed him the lesson book and material. Huntsman taught the class, and on the way home one stopped by Anderson's house to drop off the manual. What Huntsman didn't know was Anderson's home was under surveillance by the FBI on orders from the White House. On Monday morning Huntsman goes to work, and HR Haldeman confronts Huntsman about being the leak, and reports that he was seen dropping off printed material to Anderson's home. Seems as though he was caught red-handed. Huntsman said it took a bit of convincing Haldeman that he wasn't the leak the Plumbers were looking for, and he was only dropping off a Sunday School manual.

    Huntsman also reported on the time he was in the White House gym and had to field multiple inquiring questions from Henry Kissinger about his odd looking one piece garments as he was getting dressed after they were all in the steam room.

    Anyway... enjoying the book more than anticipated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Read Crucial Conversations last week. In general, I dislike self-help books, but this one was decent.
    I agree, I thought it had some great stuff.
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    David Goggins- Can't Hurt Me

    Solid. Dude has an unbelievable story.
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    I just finished Sir Jeffrey Archer's latest, Heads You Win

    Interesting premise - The main character escapes from the USSR in 1968 in a shipping container. When he and his mother get to the docks, they have a choice of either going to the US or England. The story is duel tracked, as Mr. Archer tells what happened with both choices. There is also a bit of an O'Henry style ending. For me, a 4+ star read.

    Having recently read both Follett and Archer (two of my favorite British authors writing right now) I think I enjoy Archer a bit more. He doesn't let his politics show quite a much

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    I just finished Sir Jeffrey Archer's latest, Heads You Win

    Interesting premise - The main character escapes from the USSR in 1968 in a shipping container. When he and his mother get to the docks, they have a choice of either going to the US or England. The story is duel tracked, as Mr. Archer tells what happened with both choices. There is also a bit of an O'Henry style ending. For me, a 4+ star read.

    Having recently read both Follett and Archer (two of my favorite British authors writing right now) I think I enjoy Archer a bit more. He doesn't let his politics show quite a much
    My first Archer book was "A Twist in the Tale" which I read as a teenager while recovering from a broken neck. Really enjoyed it, as I have several of his other books since.
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    I downloaded a bunch of G. K. Chesterton's books. Just finished Orthodoxy, which is a fantastic apologetic treatise on Christianity. Well worth the time.

    When a religious scheme is shattered (as Christianity was shattered at the Reformation), it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage. The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone.
    And the more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.
    For the only courage worth calling courage must necessarily mean that the soul passes a breaking point—and does not break.
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    It is written, "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." No; but the Lord thy God may tempt Himself; and it seems as if this was what happened in Gethsemane. In a garden Satan tempted man: and in a garden God tempted God. He passed in some superhuman manner through our human horror of pessimism. When the world shook and the sun was wiped out of heaven, it was not at the crucifixion, but at the cry from the cross: the cry which confessed that God was forsaken of God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    David Goggins- Can't Hurt Me

    Solid. Dude has an unbelievable story.
    I'm about half way through this, very entertaining and a good read for someone that may need a kick in the butt. I'm also about half way through Life by Keith Richards, two very different paths to success.

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    this phil knight book is trash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    this phil knight book is trash.
    Shoe Dog? I thought it was interesting how things feel into place for him. He worked hard and put it all on the line several times but a lot of things also had fall in place for it all to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    Shoe Dog? I thought it was interesting how things feel into place for him. He worked hard and put it all on the line several times but a lot of things also had fall in place for it all to work.
    yeah. like 1000 pages of phil knight talking about how hard phil knight worked. zzzzz
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    yeah. like 1000 pages of phil knight talking about how hard phil knight worked. zzzzz
    Maybe building a multi-billion dollar company is in fact hard work. Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Maybe building a multi-billion dollar company is in fact hard work. Just a thought.
    that doesn’t make it a good book
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    that doesn’t make it a good book
    Ha. Good point.

    I liked it.
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    I'm currently reading historian John Julius Norwich's last book A History of France
    It is subtitled From Gaul to DeGaulle. The first 800 yrs (from Julius Caesar to Charlemagne) is covered in about 30 pages. The pace does slow a bit after that. It is "only" 400 pages or so, and very readable.

    He passed away last summer and was a fantastic historian and writer. He wrote several books on the history of various places in the Mediterranean, including Venice, Sicily and a three volume set on the Byzantine Empire

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    I finally got around to reading The Goldfinch. Really great. Probably below The Nix for me, but definitely among the very best fiction I've read in the last few years. I agree, however, with those who thought it too long; the same story could have been told in a couple hundred fewer pages without losing any value to the characters or the story. That said, there is absolutely zero chance that a movie will be any good for the book readers. But I think i'll be interested to see it just to see what they cut out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    I finally got around to reading The Goldfinch. Really great. Probably below The Nix for me, but definitely among the very best fiction I've read in the last few years. I agree, however, with those who thought it too long; the same story could have been told in a couple hundred fewer pages without losing any value to the characters or the story. That said, there is absolutely zero chance that a movie will be any good for the book readers. But I think i'll be interested to see it just to see what they cut out.
    The Goldfinch is in my top 5 ever novels. So good.

    I thought The Nix was just OK.

    Agree that The Goldfinch movie will automatically suck but I wil watch it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    I finally got around to reading The Goldfinch. Really great. Probably below The Nix for me, but definitely among the very best fiction I've read in the last few years. I agree, however, with those who thought it too long; the same story could have been told in a couple hundred fewer pages without losing any value to the characters or the story. That said, there is absolutely zero chance that a movie will be any good for the book readers. But I think i'll be interested to see it just to see what they cut out.
    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacCoug View Post
    The Goldfinch is in my top 5 ever novels. So good.

    I thought The Nix was just OK.

    Agree that The Goldfinch movie will automatically suck but I wil watch it anyway.
    Yep, top 5 for me too. I had serious anxiety during the period the narrator was working as an antiques dealer in NY. Like, bleeding into my real life anxiety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacCoug View Post
    The Goldfinch is in my top 5 ever novels. So good.

    I thought The Nix was just OK.

    Agree that The Goldfinch movie will automatically suck but I wil watch it anyway.
    Both great books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Both great books.
    Agreed.

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