What book are you reading right now?

Originally Posted by Tony2011:
 

Excellent. All we have to do is Learn Yiddish I suppose!

Only Hebrew, Tony. I suppose that it will take some time for the collection to be translated into English since the publishers will have to get the consent of all thirty writers.

 

Personally, I find it refreshing to read once in a while a book written in my mother's tongue.

Originally Posted by DrMark:

Great book Dr Mark.

 

Her newest one, The Empress Dowager Cixi, which I finished reading a couple of weeks ago, is really worth reading - a long-overdue biography of a shadowy but important figure barely known here in the West.

"Why is the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world? Why did Facebook succeed when other social networking sites failed? Did the surge in Iraq really lead to less violence? And does higher pay incentivize people to work harder? If you think the answers to these questions are a matter of common sense, think again. As sociologist and network science pioneer Duncan Watts explains in this provocative book, the explanations that we give for the outcomes that we observe in life-explanations that seem obvious once we know the answer-are less useful than they seem. Watts shows how commonsense reasoning and history conspire to mislead us into thinking that we understand more about the world of human behavior than we do; and in turn, why attempts to predict, manage, or manipulate social and economic systems so often go awry. Only by understanding how and when common sense fails can we improve how we plan for the future, as well as understand the present-an argument that has important implications in politics, business, marketing, and even everyday life."

Kevin,

 

I am in early stages of the book (preface & introduction), so far finding it very interesting and well written. Between 1930-1945, in a relatively small part of Europe (the Bloodlands stretch from the Baltic states through Poland, to Ukraine and Belarusia) 14 million non combatant people were executed or died of hunger. Snyder investigates the motives and methods of both Hitler and Stalin and the relations between the two regimes. "Using scholarly literatures and primary sources in all relevant languages, Snyder pays special attention to the sources left by the victims: the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the diaries found on corpses"

The events of the novel take place during the course of a single day in an unnamed city in occupied Germany where the endless drone of allied planes overhead increases the already heightened tension. Throughout this powerful narrative, the characters' experiences ultimately reveal how and at what cost Germans in the 1950s, by failing to confront their recent past, blinded themselves to its after effects.

 

A far traveling book. I Couldn't find it in any library in the state of Illinois so finally a copy arrived from a community college in Oklahoma City.

Originally Posted by christian u:

very enjoyable and well written.If you are Cello suite fan it is a must.

...and a fan I am.  When I read this book, the cover was like this:

 

I am a visual person driven by visual clues to keep track of things and very little annoys me more than when something is repackaged.  Who knows if this is newer, older, the same, different......?

 

I am so undisciplined that even though the conditions for buying this was that it would remain under the tree as my own Christmas gift to myself until Christmas Eve just before midnight.

 

Oh well.  No one really gets hurt even if I can't keep my own word for such things and I am selfishly enjoying this now.  I believe the old adage is wrong.  Each photo contains many more times one thousand words each.

Originally Posted by Kevin-W:
Originally Posted by Haim Ronen:
Originally Posted by Kevin-W:

 

Kevin,

 

Max Hastings has an excellent book on the same topic:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12.../26SHEEHAN.html?_r=0

I've read it Haim, enjoyed it. Good man, Hastings. Have you read "All Hell Let Loose"?

No, though I read several other Hastings books covering WW II, Korea and the Falkland Islands. I also had the privilege to hear him speak last year in Chicago.

An excellent trilogy covering the European WWII (western front only) by Rick Atkinson was just completed. I highly recommend him.

Beowulf in Old English.  I was supposed to learn the lamguage in graduate school but didn't.  Not surprising that so many words from a thousand plus years ago have close cognates in Modern English--what is almost unbelievable is how much the language changed between the Conquest and the Middle English of Chaucer.

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