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« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2019, 08:28:59 am »
I just got a copy of Clyde Fans by Seth, which I think is probably the best picture novel I've ever read (or looked at) since Louis Riel by Chester Brown. He was doing a signing at my local book store, so I even got an original illustration inside. It's a melancholy story of two old brothers who run a fan manufacturing business in the fictional city of Dominion, Ontario in the last half of the 20th century, and the images largely focus on the storefronts and architecture of that time.



OMG this looks great.  I have the Louis Riel somewhere but never read it.  Maybe Easy and I will enjoy it someday.

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« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2019, 09:24:22 am »
I have become a fan of Gwynne Dyer. The first book of his I read was given to me as a Xmas gift by an uncle, and it was given early as I was going to be away during the holiday season. I took that gift with me and opened it on the 25th. I realized my uncle had thought ahead on this choice of a gift since the book covered the war in Afghanistan and I was at the time living in Jalalabad and traveling throughout the country. How interesting it was at times when I might read a chapter describing a specific location and then travel to that location the next day. Dyer is known for the depth of his historical research and it often deals with real people. I learned more from that trip than from any classroom history class I ever sat in.

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« Reply #32 on: June 13, 2019, 11:54:39 am »
I have become a fan of Gwynne Dyer. The first book of his I read was given to me as a Xmas gift by an uncle, and it was given early as I was going to be away during the holiday season. I took that gift with me and opened it on the 25th. I realized my uncle had thought ahead on this choice of a gift since the book covered the war in Afghanistan and I was at the time living in Jalalabad and traveling throughout the country. How interesting it was at times when I might read a chapter describing a specific location and then travel to that location the next day. Dyer is known for the depth of his historical research and it often deals with real people. I learned more from that trip than from any classroom history class I ever sat in.

That's really awesome. Nothing like visiting a place in person to get a real feel of its people and history.
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« Reply #33 on: June 13, 2019, 12:53:46 pm »
That's really awesome. Nothing like visiting a place in person to get a real feel of its people and history.

One particular experience that occurred while there was when I was sent on a trip to the Canadian military base south of Kandahar. Some of those boys there took a fellow Canadian on a little tour, one of the highlights of which was a visit to the church where the Taliban originated. That had been mentioned in a chapter of the book I had read the night before. If ever I felt a shiver go through me it was then. 

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« Reply #34 on: June 16, 2019, 12:37:05 am »
I've read about a third of the way through a book that chronicles the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire by UK/France/Russia, and involves the colonial land grab of the Middle East and Central Asia.  It's called A Peace to End All Peace, it's by David Fromkin.
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« Reply #35 on: June 23, 2019, 09:39:10 pm »
Anyone ever read "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu?
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« Reply #36 on: June 26, 2019, 02:44:56 am »
Picked up another I'm reading along with Sun Tzu: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. It's hard to tell whether he was a communist or not.
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« Reply #37 on: July 28, 2019, 09:55:21 pm »
About finished The Time Machine; now onto a version of the Arabian Nights. Pretty amusing stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/Arabian-Nights-New-Deluxe/dp/0393331660/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3UOQARYVK9GLQ&keywords=arabian+nights+haddawy&qid=1564368796&s=gateway&sprefix=arabian+nights+h%2Caps%2C144&sr=8-1

Arabian Nights has a pretty extensive story as far as its different translations and publications. Some are less authentic than others, Burton's supposedly hard to read.
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« Reply #38 on: July 29, 2019, 02:55:10 pm »
I've read about a third of the way through a book that chronicles the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire by UK/France/Russia, and involves the colonial land grab of the Middle East and Central Asia.  It's called A Peace to End All Peace, it's by David Fromkin.

Have you read any of Peter Hopkirkís books. The Great Game, Secret Service East of Constantinople etc. Havenít read them all yet but an interesting and relatively unknown period of history full of larger than life characters on both sides. Look up a guy called Reginald Teague-Jones.
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« Reply #39 on: July 30, 2019, 01:00:17 am »
I certainly will. The one by Fromkin mentions the Russian/British intrigues about keeping each other out of Afghanistan so as not to threaten the Raj. Apparently Russia and France were number 1 and 2 on Britain's **** list of the time. The strange lines that were drawn on the present middle eastern map were for the purpose of keeping France and Russia in their proper places (but then Russia w/d from the war before the Sykes-Picot-Sazonov Agreement became the Sykes-Picot pact.)

I know Im getting a bit off topic, but the whole purpose of grabbing Iraq, etc., had nothing to do with oil. It had to do with the protection of the British "lifeline to India" (i.e., the supply line from the Med, through the Suez Canal, around Arabia and up the Persian Gulf). Iran was also partitioned into Russian, British and neutral zones. It might have been suspected Iraq had oil, but no one actually KNEW for a fact that there were gargantuan quantities under Iraq. Or Saudi Arabia for that matter. In the age of the railroads, they wanted a more efficient transport system of troops from the Indian Empire to Med, if need be. Those who say "Churchill wanted oil so he seized Iraq" are putting the cart before the horse. Extremely so.
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« Reply #40 on: July 30, 2019, 11:15:18 am »
I certainly will. The one by Fromkin mentions the Russian/British intrigues about keeping each other out of Afghanistan so as not to threaten the Raj. Apparently Russia and France were number 1 and 2 on Britain's **** list of the time. The strange lines that were drawn on the present middle eastern map were for the purpose of keeping France and Russia in their proper places (but then Russia w/d from the war before the Sykes-Picot-Sazonov Agreement became the Sykes-Picot pact.)

I know Im getting a bit off topic, but the whole purpose of grabbing Iraq, etc., had nothing to do with oil. It had to do with the protection of the British "lifeline to India" (i.e., the supply line from the Med, through the Suez Canal, around Arabia and up the Persian Gulf). Iran was also partitioned into Russian, British and neutral zones. It might have been suspected Iraq had oil, but no one actually KNEW for a fact that there were gargantuan quantities under Iraq. Or Saudi Arabia for that matter. In the age of the railroads, they wanted a more efficient transport system of troops from the Indian Empire to Med, if need be. Those who say "Churchill wanted oil so he seized Iraq" are putting the cart before the horse. Extremely so.

It was partly due to oil, shipping and particularly the navy was switching from coal to oil fired boilers but the priority had always been to protect India and Suez. Whether from the Russian Empire, Turks and Germans, or the Bolsheviks. He is out of fashion as an imperialist but Kiplingís Kim is also a good Great Game read.
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« Reply #41 on: July 30, 2019, 07:57:21 pm »
They got me interested in reading John Buchanís, Richard Hannay novels. 39 Steps, Greenmantle etc. Dirt cheap on Kobo or Kindle because they are a century old. Looking forward to them. Buchan is another interesting dude. Among other things, the 15th Governor General of Canada.
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« Reply #42 on: July 30, 2019, 11:10:52 pm »
The Life we Bury - Allen Eskens. A must read.

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« Reply #43 on: July 31, 2019, 03:26:01 pm »
They got me interested in reading John Buchanís, Richard Hannay novels. 39 Steps, Greenmantle etc. Dirt cheap on Kobo or Kindle because they are a century old. Looking forward to them. Buchan is another interesting dude. Among other things, the 15th Governor General of Canada.

Yes I have heard of Greenmantle. John Buchan I think had a hand in the Arab Revolt didn't he? I had no idea he became Governor-General of Canada. Interesting.

In the last episode of Season 1 of Archer, Mallory is reading John Buchan's Greenmantle in bed. (Appropriate for a spy show I guess?)
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« Reply #44 on: December 20, 2019, 02:51:26 pm »
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