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Discussion in 'Op Ed' started by maverickldr, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. maverickldr

    maverickldr Council Member

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    have finished the following....

    The strange death of Europe by Douglas Murray

    The 3 languages of politics by Arnold kling

    Highly recommend the first. the second is good but somewhat repetitive for me, given I teach the material. The framework is a very good concept though.
     
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    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    Finished this one yesterday and highly recommend it:

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  3. maverickldr

    maverickldr Council Member

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    I've been there, Springhill TN and the battle of Franklin area. Great story!

     
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  4. maverickldr

    maverickldr Council Member

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    I'm nearly through Sheryl Atkinson's book STONEWALLED. Truly, if you want to understand how Trump got elected, read this. VERY informative.
     
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    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    As you might have guessed,I am a Civil War enthusiast. That's what I do all my reading on.
     
  6. maverickldr

    maverickldr Council Member

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    I like the Civil War era as well. Been to Gettysburg and many other battlefields. For some odd reason I like cemetaries.
     
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    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    I am a cemetery prowler too. My family kids me. They say cemeteries have become vacation destinations. :D
     
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  8. Craig

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    The last few have been biographies/cultural histories...Springsteen, Flatlanders, and The Daily Show.

    Going off here...

    Some cemeteries are extremely well attended by travelers. In the US, Arlington, of course...but the grandaddy vacation destination cemetery is Paris' Pere Lachaise. The wealth of famous dead; the age; the crypts and sculptures, some quite bizarre; the terrain...all make for a tremendous experience. Locals will picnic inside the walls.

    There is a civil war connection...Judah P. Benjamin is interred there. He was the Confederacy’s first Attorney General, then acting Secretary of War, and finally Secretary of State.

    https://jeparleamericain.com/2011/11/24/an-american-no-make-that-eight-in-pere-lachaise/

    It's a must do if one finds themselves in The City of Light.

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    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    Speaking of books. Read this one in 2015. It's primarily about the flight and plight of Jefferson Davis and John C. Breckenridge after the fall and evacuation of Richmond in April 1865. However,it begins with the Confederate government still in Richmond,those that stayed and allowed themselves to be captured and those who evacuated. Those that chose to evacuate started out as a group and eventually dispersed. It was a surprise then and to historians later that Benjamin was able to make it to Europe. He wasn't a very healthy man and was considered to be the least resourceful and not much self-motivated of the Confederate Cabinet that evacuated Richmond.

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    A better shot of his plain headstone...

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    Currently reading this one in preparation for a 4 day guided CW tour of SW Louisiana next week:

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  12. maverickldr

    maverickldr Council Member

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    Just finished reading Stonewalled by Sheryl Atkinson. OUTSTANDING work. If you need an explanation for how Trump got elected, reading this would be a good start. It would be very hard for the dems to refute her claims given the documentation she has....being an investigative reporter of course. NB: I am a bit biased as I went to UoF, same school are Atkinson.
     
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    Just finished book 4 of ASOIAF series and a 1980s action novel called American Reich ... the most fiction I've read for a long time.

    Currently reading Yang Jisheng's history of the great Chinese famine, a history of the Yugo, and All the President's Men.
     
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    Reading this one now. I live about 35 miles from Galveston.

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    Started Polio: an American Story. Great narrative history so far.
     
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    I recommend 1493, its a fascinating look at world history as told by the impacts of the New World upon the rest of the world. There is even an incredible chapter on fiat money in China around the 1600s due to a shortage of silver. You will never look at a potato the same way again after reading this book.
     
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    Books are truly wonderful!!

    My dad bought an antique Book Store after he retired.

    My library is well stocked , with most of the focus on classic outdoor books.

    And a lot of history (American Frontier)

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    My father has thousands of books. "Some day son. All this will be yours." :D
     
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