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    Iím finishing up Homo Deus and just getting into Leonardo Da Vinci (with Grant on deck), but I had to drop the somewhat heavy reading temporarily in favor of listening to Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House. The book will likely confirm everyoneís biases, regardless of what those are. Trump defenders will observe, correctly in this instance, that Trumpís critics are never objective and often unfair. Trumpís detractors will have their most negative suspicions about Trump and his inner circle confirmed.

    Critics of the book (mainly Trump supporters, beginning with Sarah Huckabee Sanders) have said itís an untrue and fabricated fantasy. Although no doubt there are some errors, it seems very accurate. Itís filled with loads of quotations from named sources and so many other details that could be easily refuted or contradicted, and yet, so far as I am aware, none have been. Indeed, there are so many direct quotes from Bannon alone that havenít been denied or refuted (by him or others) that it lends support to the veracity of the other sometimes surprising statements.

    Other than a detailed description by Ivanka about how her dad constructs his hair over a completely hairless dome (an lol moment which can be embarrassing if one is listening on earphones with others nearby), thereís not a great deal new about Trump. But one picks up a greater understanding of the changing and petty rivalries between the Bannon and Jarvanka factions, and why we should all be praying for the good health of Messrs. Kelly, Mattis and Tillerson. Although I still think heís a terrible person, Bannon comes off somewhat better than I expected. He's certainly more savvy politically than the inner Trump circle who are political dunces. Hope Hicks is a spineless sycophant who may be facing some legal problems due, among other things, to helping Trump on Air Force One to craft the utterly false explanation of the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians (although I felt sorry for her when, after explaining why she wanted to help Cory Lewandowski, an erstwhile lover, with his post-campaign career, Trump declared in the presence of others, ďWhy help him? Youíre the best piece of tail heíll ever have.Ē). And newsflash, Don Jr. comes off as a dope. I like that heís referred to as Fredo by Bannon and others still on the WH staff.

    I feel a little unclean for having listened to it, but itís been an entertaining experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    I’m finishing up Homo Deus and just getting into Leonardo Da Vinci (with Grant on deck), but I had to drop the somewhat heavy reading temporarily in favor of listening to Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House. The book will likely confirm everyone’s biases, regardless of what those are. Trump defenders will observe, correctly in this instance, that Trump’s critics are never objective and often unfair. Trump’s detractors will have their most negative suspicions about Trump and his inner circle confirmed.

    Critics of the book (mainly Trump supporters, beginning with Sarah Huckabee Sanders) have said it’s an untrue and fabricated fantasy. Although no doubt there are some errors, it seems very accurate. It’s filled with loads of quotations from named sources and so many other details that could be easily refuted or contradicted, and yet, so far as I am aware, none have been. Indeed, there are so many direct quotes from Bannon alone that haven’t been denied or refuted (by him or others) that it lends support to the veracity of the other sometimes surprising statements.

    Other than a detailed description by Ivanka about how her dad constructs his hair over a completely hairless dome (an lol moment which can be embarrassing if one is listening on earphones with others nearby), there’s not a great deal new about Trump. But one picks up a greater understanding of the changing and petty rivalries between the Bannon and Jarvanka factions, and why we should all be praying for the good health of Messrs. Kelly, Mattis and Tillerson. Although I still think he’s a terrible person, Bannon comes off somewhat better than I expected. He's certainly more savvy politically than the inner Trump circle who are political dunces. Hope Hicks is a spineless sycophant who may be facing some legal problems due, among other things, to helping Trump on Air Force One to craft the utterly false explanation of the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians (although I felt sorry for her when, after explaining why she wanted to help Cory Lewandowski, an erstwhile lover, with his post-campaign career, Trump declared in the presence of others, “Why help him? You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have.”). And newsflash, Don Jr. comes off as a dope. I like that he’s referred to as Fredo by Bannon and others still on the WH staff.

    I feel a little unclean for having listened to it, but it’s been an entertaining experience.
    Sounds like a lot of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    I’m finishing up Homo Deus and just getting into Leonardo Da Vinci (with Grant on deck), ...
    Chernow's Grant? I've heard great things about it. I got the DeVinci book with my B&N gift cards and I hope to start it this month.

    If you read fiction, I just finished a HF novel about the 4 yrs De Vinci and Michelangelo were in Florence at the same time (1501-1505), De Vinci painting the Mona Lisa (among other things) and Michelangelo sculpting his David.

    Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo by Stephanie Storey
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...oil-and-marble

    I thought it was a solid 4 star read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Was ready player one any good? I've had it sitting unopened on my kindle for a couple of years.
    It's really fun. I was very proud of myself for figuring out a couple of things before the book told me. I, however, would've never found the Copper Key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Was ready player one any good? I've had it sitting unopened on my kindle for a couple of years.
    Read it last week while on business out of town. Loved it. Been meaning to get to it for years and the trailer that recently released pushed me to finally do it. Fun and fast paced.
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