What book are you reading right now?

Komet posted:

So how balanced is the book?

If the question is directed to The New Sultan my answer would be that I it is well balanced, giving praise and criticizing according to policies and events. The book was being taken to print just after the 2016 coup attempt so the most recent extreme steps taken by Erdogan are not covered here. The writing is pretty academic, clear but a little on the dry side which I don't mind. Definitely worth reading.

Kevin-W posted:

Peter Doggett's masterful account of the breakup of The Beatles:

With due respect for you and your choice of books, I have loved them too much, so I even hope to see them forgotten than become the perennial object of a mix of irrational devotion and cynic, cunning revisionism as it seems to happen to all great things gone.

M.

Max_B posted:
Kevin-W posted:

Peter Doggett's masterful account of the breakup of The Beatles:

With due respect for you and your choice of books, I have loved them too much, so I even hope to see them forgotten than become the perennial object of a mix of irrational devotion and cynic, cunning revisionism as it seems to happen to all great things gone.

M.

Have you read the book Max?

The heroic story of a Polish squadron fighting as part of the RAF in the battle of Britain. The book was written in the midst of the war and copies of it were parachuted to Poland to raise their moral in the struggle to free themselves from the German occupiers. 

Haim Ronen posted:

A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption.

Couldn't stomach the self-serving, egotistical, bragging style of the author. Quit about 25% of the way through.

Paper Plane posted:

Anyone splashed out on a copy of Fire And Fury yet?

steve

Bought it and read it over a 4 day stay at a Landmark property. One could almost (almost) feel some sympathy for Drumpkopf.

As a counterpoint to F&F I also read "Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Somme" by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, both rather better written than F&F. 

winkyincanada posted:
Haim Ronen posted:

A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption.

Couldn't stomach the self-serving, egotistical, bragging style of the author. Quit about 25% of the way through.

Pity. The writing is nothing to write home about but the real events are captivating.

Haim Ronen posted:
winkyincanada posted:
Haim Ronen posted:

A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption.

Couldn't stomach the self-serving, egotistical, bragging style of the author. Quit about 25% of the way through.

Pity. The writing is nothing to write home about but the real events are captivating.

I just couldn't stand reading one more time about how awesome he was.

winkyincanada posted:
Haim Ronen posted:

 

 

Pity. The writing is nothing to write home about but the real events are captivating.

I just couldn't stand reading one more time about how awesome he was.

Winky, you should have gotten immune to that long time ago, after reading endless posts of NAIM owners yammering about their awesome systems.

Kevin-W posted:
Max_B posted:
Kevin-W posted:

Peter Doggett's masterful account of the breakup of The Beatles:

With due respect for you and your choice of books, I have loved them too much, so I even hope to see them forgotten than become the perennial object of a mix of irrational devotion and cynic, cunning revisionism as it seems to happen to all great things gone.

M.

Have you read the book Max?

No. I was only voicing my fears. 

cariboukid posted:
Paper Plane posted:

Refreshing my memory ahead of upcoming model railway exhibitions with my US outline layout.

steve

Interesting. That's a little ways south-west of my neck of the woods.

 

The layout is actually set in Chippewa County of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan but his book has superb reference material on ore carrying in the general area.  My model depicts (a very small) part of a mining operation.

Thanks

steve

Ruth Wariner  -  "The Sound Of Gravel"  The author was the thirty-ninth of forty-two children in the family of a Mormon polygamist in Mexico.  In her adult life she ultimately became a teacher and coincidentally ended up a high school Spanish teacher in the small Portland suburb where I worked for 30 years in municipal government.

Miles The Autobiography - Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe - A really excellent read thank God Miles doesn't linger on all the drug stuff and only goes into it to describe how shit it really was and the negative impact it had on his and many other carreers. A bit of social history but so far (just pre Kind of Blue) he just sticks to the music and the scene. Excellently written too.

Chad Hardbach - "The Art of Fielding". Just finished this today. An American novel in the Franzen vein (no surprise to see a comment by him on the cover). Despite talking a lot about baseball, not a sport whose language I am remotely fluent in, it's really about the characters, and they're all to my mind well enough developed that you sort of miss them when you finish the book - always the sign of a good novel. Recommended.

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