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Old 06-20-2013, 11:41 AM
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Default What books ya'all reading?

Originally Posted by subzali View Post
Now that my commute is 27 miles each way, Jacki has been getting me audio books out of the far I've listened to:

-Colossus by Michael Hiltzik, which is about the construction of the Hoover Dam;

-Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. Title says it all. I've heard of Shackleton's voyage and knew pretty much what happened and how it all went, but hearing it told through and through just puts it on a whole different level. Those guys were


-Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. I'm glad I'm done with this one because it was a sad and upsetting book and I think put me in a bad mood for a few days, especially near the end. Really nice book to tie all the stories together, though, of Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Custer and his last stand at Little Bighorn, and many other tribes, chiefs, army commanders and politicians of the time.

Today I started Why the West Rules, For Now by Ian Morris. Promises to be a good book. I think on the level of Collapse by Jared Diamond. Soon I hope to listen to Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond as well. Pretty good way to spend my 40 minute to hour-long commute I think. Maybe I'll be as smart as DaveinDenver someday

These books were all good picks.

My commute is now 13 miles each way, 30-35 minutes, but enough to get through a chapter or 2 each way.

I then listened to Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond and was actually disappointed. For having won a Pulitzer Price for that book, I thought Why the West Rules, For Now by Ian Morris was a lot better written. However, the first book was written in the mid-90s and I think the second one is a lot more current, so that could account for the difference.

Listening to Eisenhower: The White House Years by Jim Newton right now. It's a very thorough account, by my reckoning. Pretty good stuff to see where we were as a nation 60 years ago.

Somewhere in her I read Journey to the Center of the earth as well.
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