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Good Books
« on: February 20, 2019, 04:30:42 pm »
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Re: Good Books
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2019, 04:54:59 pm »
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2019, 04:12:28 am »
There was an interesting one I found that I read some of (wasn't boring, I just don't finish books sometimes) called "The dictator's handbook: How Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics" by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith. I think it's based on a larger, more academic work called "The logic of Political Survival".

Here's a link on amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Dictators-Handbook-Behavior-Almost-Politics/dp/1610391845/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550830772&sr=8-1

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is interesting so far:

https://www.amazon.com/Pillars-Earth-Novel-Kingsbridge/dp/0451166892/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550830825&sr=8-2

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2019, 10:58:20 am »
There was an interesting one I found that I read some of (wasn't boring, I just don't finish books sometimes) called "The dictator's handbook: How Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics" by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith. I think it's based on a larger, more academic work called "The logic of Political Survival".

Here's a link on amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Dictators-Handbook-Behavior-Almost-Politics/dp/1610391845/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550830772&sr=8-1

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is interesting so far:

https://www.amazon.com/Pillars-Earth-Novel-Kingsbridge/dp/0451166892/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550830825&sr=8-2

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I loooooved Pillars.  I've read it a few times now.  It has a sequel - World Without End - that is just as good as the first book.  (And just as long  :D)

Pillars was made into a series.  It omits some of the stuff from the book, but is still a good watch on a blustery day.
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2019, 12:47:48 pm »
The best historical fiction I have read is Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey-Maturin series on which the movie Master and Commander was based. 20 books in the series, the first can be a bit of work because his characters use 18th century English, the nautical terms from the age of sail and the descriptions of late 18th century science and medicine. They are one of those rare books where you actually feel you are in their time. O'Brien has been called the nautical Jane Austin. The characters are wonderful, human, often funny, sometimes tragic and evolve over time, the movie didn't come close to doing them justice and completely ignored their lives ashore. Many of the actions described actually happened and are accurately retold with only his characters inserted. I've read the entire series twice and will do so again.

Also, anything by John Le Carre.
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2019, 02:01:38 pm »
I've also read Pillars and World Without End and enjoy a lot of Follet's stuff. "The Anarchy" was a period of English history i really didn't know much about but after reading these books and learning more, found it to be really interesting. The Century Trilogy is also good, it follows several families, American, German, Russian, English and Welsh from the beginning of WW1 to the beginning of the Cold War.
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2019, 07:52:38 pm »
The Dictator's Handbook sounds interesting, cynical but interesting.
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2019, 09:52:08 am »
Pillars is good so far. I think I'm at the beginning of Part III/Ch. 8. I have World Without End as well but I've watched the miniseries of WWE, not Pillars yet. I think I'll finish reading Pillars the book before I see the miniseries.

Also was reading Shogun, and a book on the Byzantine Empire that was interesting.
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2019, 11:25:15 am »
If you like Shogun you will probably like Taipan and Clavell's other books. There was an Emmy winning miniseries done of Shogun in 1980 staring Richard Chamberlain as Blackthorne. All the Japanese parts speaking Japanese and subtitled.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2019, 11:48:00 am »
If you are looking for the Shogun miniseries make sure it is the full ten hours. Apparently there was a badly butchered feature length version issued as well.
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2019, 12:35:51 pm »
For all you hockey buffs, check out "The Rebel League" which tells the stories and history of the World Hockey Association in the 70s, and their attempt to complete with the NHL.
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2019, 06:45:04 pm »
For all you hockey buffs, check out "The Rebel League" which tells the stories and history of the World Hockey Association in the 70s, and their attempt to complete with the NHL.


OOOOOOooooooo. 

I have read two great hockey books: Derek Sanderson's autobiography as well as Klein and Reef's Hockey Compendium.

 

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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2019, 07:53:46 pm »

OOOOOOooooooo. 

I have read two great hockey books: Derek Sanderson's autobiography as well as Klein and Reef's Hockey Compendium.

Derek Sanderson's book sounds really interesting.

Another excellent book is called "When the Lights Went Out."  It takes an in-depth look at the infamous Canada-USSR brawl at the 1987 World Junior Championships.  This brawl has long lasting ramifications, as it turned the World Junior Championships from some obscure tourney, into a must-watch sports event in Canada.  It also launched Don Cherry's career in broadcasting.
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2019, 07:12:42 pm »
I've read Noble House and I own the four-part miniseries on DVD. (I'm guessing it's not butchered either, because it seems to be the complete plot as per the novel).
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2019, 08:38:02 am »
Derek Sanderson's book sounds really interesting.
 
There's a story about an epic hockey fight at a championship game.   It starts with something like "there were a lot of Indians in the crowd that night, so there had been a lot of drinking" and descends into an all out riot involving spectators in the stands and outside.