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