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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #225 on: January 04, 2013, 04:23:55 am »
Just completed Taurus Moon: Relic Hunter by Keith Gaston. It was a great read. Lots of action, funny, and entertaining. Taurus is a Indiana Jones of the supernatural. I highly recommend it.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #226 on: January 04, 2013, 07:16:17 am »
A friend recommended SuperFreakonomics, so I picked that up on Audio the other day.  I also got Daniel Pink's, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. 

The book I'm most excited about is Ed Dwight's (signed) memoir, Soaring on the Wings of a Dream.  The diminutive Ed Dwight was NASA's first Black astronaut candidate during the Kennedy administration.   The intriguing thing is that I've admired his incredible artwork for years and only recently discovered his significant connections to NASA and other programs and an eclectic array of friends we have in common. 

I look forward to finally meeting this fascinating man this summer!


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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #227 on: January 04, 2013, 09:59:56 am »
A friend recommended SuperFreakonomics, so I picked that up on Audio the other day.  I also got Daniel Pink's, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. 

The book I'm most excited about is Ed Dwight's (signed) memoir, Soaring on the Wings of a Dream.  The diminutive Ed Dwight was NASA's first Black astronaut candidate during the Kennedy administration.   The intriguing thing is that I've admired his incredible artwork for years and only recently discovered his significant connections to NASA and other programs and an eclectic array of friends we have in common. 

I look forward to finally meeting this fascinating man this summer!


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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #228 on: January 05, 2013, 11:06:36 am »

  I just started "The Book Of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill.

  This was a gift from my wife. She tracked down a copy of the Illustrated Edition from a library sale in Canada.
 

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« Reply #229 on: January 06, 2013, 05:10:30 pm »

  I just started "The Book Of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill.

  This was a gift from my wife. She tracked down a copy of the Illustrated Edition from a library sale in Canada.
 
I have a copy of that book! 

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« Reply #230 on: January 07, 2013, 07:28:56 am »
 Content Rules by CC Chapman and Ann Handley and The End Of Business As Usual Brian Solis.  :D

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« Reply #231 on: January 16, 2013, 08:35:07 am »

  I just started "The Book Of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill.

  This was a gift from my wife. She tracked down a copy of the Illustrated Edition from a library sale in Canada.
 


 

  I'm about a third of the way into this amazing piece of work. There is some powerful writing here.

 Researching the Lawrence Hill book lead me to the website of the Black Loyalist Society. A core section of their site is dedicated to the actual Book Of Negroes. The entirety of the historic record is reproduced there. I've scanned through the whole record once. Now, I'm looking at various sections more closely.  Three thousand names...each of these names is an untold story.

    http://blackloyalist.com/canadiandigitalcollection/index.htm


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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #232 on: January 18, 2013, 07:49:56 am »


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Also, the following journals have been amazing this year!

Journal of African American History
Journal of American Ethnic History
Journal of Planning History
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #233 on: January 22, 2013, 09:39:00 am »
About to pick this up.


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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #234 on: February 10, 2013, 06:21:45 am »
Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King Jr.

If anyone wants to read the actual words of the man who got the call to help catapult the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s to the 1960s, check out this book.

'Stride Towards Freedom' is sort of commentary at no matter how many times things here in America try to change, the more they try to stay the same.

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« Reply #235 on: February 10, 2013, 07:19:58 pm »
Just finished this:



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« Reply #237 on: May 27, 2013, 05:45:37 pm »
Recently read "Little Green" by Walter Mosley...his newest Easy Rawlins book (after "killing" the character off a few years ago)
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« Reply #238 on: June 19, 2013, 11:29:36 am »
On book 7, some of the most enjoyable books I have read.

Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at 47

Author of political thrillers had been battling prostate cancer.

His books caught the attention of the Secret Service
Novelist Vince Flynn, who was diagnosed with stage three metastatic prostate cancer in 2010, but continued to write his best-selling thrillers, has died at the age of 47.

Flynn died Wednesday morning at United Hospital in St. Paul.

He's best known for his CIA page-turners that starred Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative who made Flynn the darling of conservatives.

He wrote 14 USA TODAY best sellers. Three reached No. 2 on the list: Kill Shot and The Last Man (both in 2012) and American Assassin in 2010.

In a 2012 interview with USA TODAY, Flynn discussed living and working with cancer: "The first 48 hours of my diagnosis were hellish," he said. "Things just seemed to get worse and worse. We (he and his wife) were sneaking around the house, whispering so the kids wouldn't hear us. It was horrible.

"But, he said then, " I feel great now. ... We have this under control."

He's survived by his wife, Lysa, and three children (a stepson, 16, and two daughters, 11 and 9).

His fans included George W. Bush, who called Flynn "a little too accurate" because Flynn's books are often so true to CIA actions around the world. Once, while catching a ride in Bush's limo from Andrews Air Force Base, Flynn was grilled by the then-president on where he gets his information.

"I started to stutter," Flynn said.

His 2004 Memorial Day describes a raid very similar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Often his books have been put on security review by the Pentagon before they are released, and they are even used by the Secret Service to identify possible lapses in their security.

"It used to astound even me," he said of his "clairvoyance." All he did, he said, was "connect the dots. I just look at what's going on in the world."

Flynn was working in sales and commercial real estate 20 years ago when he began reading voraciously in an effort to conquer his childhood dyslexia. In the process he fell in love with espionage novels and decided to try writing one himself.

His first book, Term Limits, was self-published in 1997 after Flynn received 60 rejection letters. After its immediate success, an agent signed him.

Flynn said his novels are "entertainment, educational and serve as cautionary tales."

Heading the charge is rough-and-tumble CIA agent Rapp, who was introduced in Flynn's second novel, Transfer of Power.

Flynn was close friends with radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, whom he called "one of the smartest guys I've ever met."

Flynn said not all his fans are conservatives. But if the scales tip toward the right, it probably comes from the pro-military, CIA and law enforcement theme of the books," he said. "And the idea that the United States is not the problem."


"2. IF YOU DON'T READ THE BOOK BUT ARE WILLING TO ARGUE ABOUT IT EITHER YOU ARE:
a) An idiot who doesn't know what he's talking about.
b) A liar who is a fan who can't admit it to himself or others."

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #239 on: July 09, 2013, 07:09:17 am »
Just finished A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. What a chore! Reading The Constant Tower by Carolle McDonnell.
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