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  1. #281
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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh
    Grant by Ron Chernow

    950+ pages

    One of Mrs. dd's Christmas gifts to me

    I'm gonna need a few Ymm, Beers to get through this one, not because of quality but because of its length/depth/detail.

    Page 32 this AM and he's just graduated from West Point and received his first Army assignment.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  2. #282
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    Dec 2011
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    Albemarle, North Carolina
    Could we create a poll for the beginning of this entire thread? I was wondering what type of genre most on here read or just prefer in general.
    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge" -Stephen Hawking

  3. #283
    I read DBR, some other Duke and Falcons sites, and some financial stuff does that count?
    The only 'book' I read is The Bible.

  4. #284
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    Dec 2011
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    Albemarle, North Carolina
    Quote Originally Posted by DevilFalcon View Post
    I read DBR, some other Duke and Falcons sites, and some financial stuff does that count?
    The only 'book' I read is The Bible.
    Tried a read through of the bible but it's not a pleasant read, I may try a NIV to make it easier.
    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge" -Stephen Hawking

  5. #285
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    Feb 2007
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    Greensboro, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim3k View Post
    Beneath a Scarlet Sky (2017) by Mark Sullivan.

    This is the story of Pino Lella, an Italian teenager who becomes first a savior of Jews in 1943 as he led them to escape across the Alps into Switzerland both during the Fascist regime and later during the Nazi occupation. Mostly true, but necessarily fictionalized, history since there are very few primary historical documents. The author did have access to the elderly Lella and did a great deal of research. As a result of some unlikely circumstances he later became the driver for Nazi general Hans Leyers, reporting the general's activities to the Partisans. Hair-raising. Just now gaining recognition as a savior of Jews and as an (forgotten/unsung) Italian hero. A movie seems to be in the works.

    Mark Sullivan is a fairly well-known author in his own right, but more recently has served as James Patterson's co-author in the Private series. Sullivan does a good job and tells Lella's story with the right amount of suspense.

    Recommended.
    Great book! I have a soft spot for the heroes of World War II, and there were many more than we will ever know.
    Man, if your Mom made you wear that color when you were a baby, and you're still wearing it, it's time to grow up!

  6. #286
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Elon, NC
    Currently reading Vince Flynn novel called Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills. Very good.
    Tom Mac

  7. #287
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    Feb 2010
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    Colorado
    Quote Originally Posted by JNort View Post
    Could we create a poll for the beginning of this entire thread? I was wondering what type of genre most on here read or just prefer in general.
    I love reading history, especially in the 1492 era. Columbus discovers America, Spain expels the Moors from Granada, the Spanish Inquisition begins. I love reading about the Renaissance and also the Protestant reformation and the Catholic counter reformation. Interesting, world shattering events that have shaped our current world.

    I love crime and spy novels. John LeCarre, Michael O'Connell, Daniel Silva, and many others.

    Despite being a tired, aging attorney, I love well written stories about great lawyers and cases. Louis Nizer. "A Civil Action" later made into a decent movie. I had a case in Denver decades ago against the lawyer protagonist of A Civil Action. Good guy. He was telling me, over coffee, about the big environmental case he had in Boston.

    I like to read and take great enjoyment from it.

  8. #288
    Just finished God Unbound by Elaine A Heath, current dean of Duke Divinity school.

    It is only $10 on Amazon, and just over 100 pages.

    I found it a fascinating read.

  9. #289
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    Mar 2008
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    Arlington, VA
    I finished Outer Dark and The Orchard Keeper to complete my Cormac McCarthy collection. Outer Dark was a doozy. Its a deranged Southern Gothic nativity retelling of sorts. If you are a McCarthy fan like I am (obviously) its worth checking out. But like his other stories, its got some brutal stuff, so be forewarned. Starting Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. They're retired SEALs and the book is a leadership guide more so than a war memoir. I like it so far. Oh and Jocko's podcast is awesome.

  10. #290
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    Nov 2007
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    Vermont
    Showtime is about to have a five part series, Patrick Melrose, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead.
    It's based on the five Patrick Melrose novels (semi autobiographical) by Edward St. Aubyn.
    All five are now available as one download on Kindle (hardcover probably, too), 880 pages.
    Great Brit writing, but not for the faint of heart.
    I'm on the last of the five books right now...

  11. #291
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    Albemarle, North Carolina
    Quote Originally Posted by MartyClark View Post
    I love reading history, especially in the 1492 era. Columbus discovers America, Spain expels the Moors from Granada, the Spanish Inquisition begins. I love reading about the Renaissance and also the Protestant reformation and the Catholic counter reformation. Interesting, world shattering events that have shaped our current world.

    I love crime and spy novels. John LeCarre, Michael O'Connell, Daniel Silva, and many others.

    Despite being a tired, aging attorney, I love well written stories about great lawyers and cases. Louis Nizer. "A Civil Action" later made into a decent movie. I had a case in Denver decades ago against the lawyer protagonist of A Civil Action. Good guy. He was telling me, over coffee, about the big environmental case he had in Boston.

    I like to read and take great enjoyment from it.
    Whew... I honestly couldn't think of something that would entertain me less. History, court and law... seems you hit my big 3.

    I'm more of a fantasy and science type of book lover with the occasional mix in of fiction adventure and mystery.
    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge" -Stephen Hawking

  12. #292
    Lincoln In The Bardo. Man Booker winner.

    Excellent.
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  13. #293
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    Feb 2007
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    Washington, DC area
    (I'm hoping someone says The Hush soon. But not for any relative reason...)

    -jk

  14. #294
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    Feb 2007
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    Walnut Creek, California

    Ugly history

    Safe Area Goražde 1992-1995, by Joe Sacco (2000). This is a graphic novel, the first one I have ever read. It is a novel in the sense that the author has had to take liberties with personal events which are consistent with the overview of the Serbian partitioning of Bosnia after the dissolution of Tito's Yugoslavia.

    Let me say first, that Sacco is a a terrific cartoonist. Second, as a journalist he has captured the ugliness of those years. Goražde (pron. Garage-dah) is a small city in southeastern Bosnia which was supposed to be a safe area per a UN declaration. It was anything but. Other safe areas fell to the Serbs without much of a whimper from the UN. Goražde seemed likely to fall as well. The town was virtually defenseless and had been pounded into a pre-industrial state.

    This book personalizes what happened. It ain't pretty. History wants to call it a civil war. It was more of an ethnic cleansing of an unarmed civilian people by a full blown army with heavy weaponry. The Bosnian army was small, ill-equipped and largely unable to fight. So the Serbian army, with the murderous assistance of ethnic Serbs (who were Bosnian) decided to take all Serbian areas of Bosnia under the guise of protecting the Serb portion of the population, and cleanse it of these Europeanized Muslims who had been living with them. They had lived side by side in harmony for years, both under Tito and for a while thereafter. The Serbian atrocities were appalling. Sacco doesn't spare the Bosnians from their own misdeeds either, so there is a balance.

    This is also a condemnation of the UN's failure to do its job and the three years of NATO dithering. Once it acted, the peace talks in Dayton commenced. Even then, the partitioning was never fully redressed.

    Anyway, Sacco does a good job of recording the facts, dreadful as they are. The graphic aspect makes it easy to follow. If you feel that you have never quite understood the Bosnian War, this is an easy way of getting a handle on it.

    I'm not sure if I will try another graphic novel, despite this one's excellence. I'll take recommendations.

  15. #295
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    Toronto
    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    (I'm hoping someone says The Hush soon. But not for any relative reason...)

    -jk
    I bought it a couple of weeks ago but didn't have a chance to start reading it until this weekend. I've barely begun, but enjoying it so far.

  16. #296
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    Mar 2008
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    Arlington, VA
    Started The Girl With All the Gifts. Anyone else read this or watch the movie?

  17. #297
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    Mar 2008
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    Arlington, VA
    Just finished The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. Can’t recommend it enough. Fantastic and informative read. I plan on watching the Hulu series now. Next book is Neuromancer. Kind of embarrassed it’s taken me this long to get around to it...

  18. #298
    I just finished reading "The King of Lies" and "Down River" by John Hart ... after recommendation by someone on these boards. I picked up "The Last Child" today but haven't started it yet. I love John Hart's writing. Great books!

  19. #299
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    Feb 2007
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    Norfolk, VA
    I am 170 pages into A Peace To End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin. It is very interesting to read about the political maneuvering of the Western Powers in how to break up the Ottoman Empire between themselves. Most interesting is the plotting of the different British offices; in London, Egypt and India. The rivalry between British in Egypt and in India over which office would oversee the new Middle East was as intense as the rivalry between England, France and Russia.

    All of this political maneuvering is occurring while the Turkish Army inflicts 250,000 casualties on the Allies at Gallipoli.
    Bob Green
    DBR Survivor Football Champion
    2010 & 2016

  20. #300
    Reading the brilliant Gabriel Allon series written by Daniel Silva. Third time through the series, which is now 17 or 18 books. Also just finished a couple by Nelson DeMille.

    Oh, and writing a novel now, set in Nicaragua, which suddenly is providing me some great material ripped from the headlines.
    Don't waste your time on House of Cards S6!
    -We found out Frank was critical to making anyone else in the show interesting...not a surprise...

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