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I've finally just given up on the Jobs biography. Lost interest. A brilliant, but exceedingly flawed man.
Currently reading "God & Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC" by Chad Gibbs for the second time. Very entertaining.
Also just finishing my annual Opening Day reading of "Money Ball". Love that book. Usually follow it with "Three Nights in August" just to get some contrast.
I also almost always have either a Vince Flynn or David Baldacci book going. Currently "The Innocent" by Baldacci.
My copy of "The Leftovers" is supposed to arrive tomorrow. Can't wait for that.
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I don't seem to have much time these days because of work and kids, but I'm about a month into the 2400 (iPad) pages of 11/22/63, my first Stephen King in years. Half way there and I like it.
The Forgotten Soldier - War memoir of a German soldier in WWII on the Russian front. For those that like war memoirs, it is one of the best I've read, and I have read a lot of them.
Pro Ecclesia, Pro Mundus
A good one. Hans von Luck's "Panzer Commander" is very good if you like Forgotten Soldier. Fraser's "Quartered Safe Out Here" is outstanding (he's the author of the "Flashman" series). Very different but great is Sledge's "With the Old Breed." All WWII. Outside of that era, one of the best first person narratives ever was "Company Aytch" by Sam Watkins. Margaret Mitchell said it was the best book ever written on the Civil War.
For a lighthearted read, and for any fan of the greatness of the classic movie "Animal House", I recommend The Real Animal House by Chris Miller. It is the real stories that inspired the movie as told by one of the creators. Very funny book!
I don't read books bc of my schedule, so I listen to audiobooks. Here's what I've finished lately:
*Unbroken by Hillenbrand : amazing story and a must read for anyone who likes America, war, history, or athletics.
*One on One: Behind the Scenes With the Greats in the Game by John Feinstein : it's basically the best of aspects of all his time spent with sports icons. Lots of college basketball stories, tennis stories, and a great olympic story about a russian hockey player.
*The Innocent Man by John Grisahm : if you're a fan of grisham you've already read this, but if you're not or you care about the legal system and law then you need to read it this weekend.
*Liars Poker by Michael Lewis - for anyone who's been in financial services or accounting this is a great book to read about making sure you have a good perspective on how important work should be/is in your life.
*Radical by David Platt - I recommend this for anyone who wants to take their faith beyond Sunday school.
*The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam - lots of books are about the vietnam war. this book is about that other war, korea. it focuses on the lead up and the mismanagement of the war by Gen. MacArthur. HIGHLY RECOMMENED for history/military buffs
*Stories I only tell my friends by Rob Lowe - if you were a fan of the west wing you'll find lowe's story pretty amazing. he's a bit of a snob, but he admits it.
*The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin - Great book about the Roberts court and the dynamic between the judiciary and executive branch.
Just about to wrap up The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It's a fascinating factual account of the man behind the Chicago World's fair in 1893 juxtaposed to a serial killer who used the fair to his advantage. The movie is in production with Leo Decaprio as the serial killer and Brad Pitt as the genius behind the fair. I've been on a kick of books by this guy Larson because all of his stories are true w/ research to back things up. I had just read Isaac's Storm which was about the great hurricane of 1900 that wiped out most of Galveston. Reading these stories of the industrial revolution era is great because it reminds me of today. We just think we've figured out everything in 2013 and they felt the same way over 100 years ago.
Liar's Poker was great and so was Unbroken. I listen to books on audible also- I just ordered "Toughness" by Jay Bilas- looking forward to listening to it.
I need to get into audio books. I spend a good deal of time in my car sitting in traffic and I only listen to sports radio or NPR. Would be nice to switch it up.
I don't want to derail the thread here but I just don't get zombies. It requires way too much suspension of disbelief. Maybe if it were a disease that affected living people and just made them crazy and act like zombies then it would be different. But reanimation of a decomposed body isn't believable enough to entertain me. If they can come to life enough to walk around and kill, why wouldn't they just come all the way back to life. Lol end Debbie downer post.
I think the zombie appeal has more to do with facing a profound challenge and how you'd get through it. Like in Walking Dead they really don't explain how it happens or why. In WWZ he goes a bit further in not only not explaining why, but further says that they defy natural laws: they may decay but they persist; they can walk the bottom of the oceans unaffected by pressure or salt water, can only be eliminated by destroying the head, etc. I think the purpose of zombies in those stories is that they're a profound obstacle. In WWZ it became a situation where the living just accepted them as part of life and everyone just stayed on their guard. Same for Walking Dead. Everyone adjusts and your fellow man is actually more of a threat than the undead. Passing a zombie is like passing a stray dog; they only engage them if it's necessary.
The CDC came out with a zombie apocalypse survival guide of some kind not too long ago. Their thinking was that more people would look into it because of the subject and would make it a bit more fun, and because if you prepare for something like that then you're likely prepared for anything.
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