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  • civil westman posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 1 day, 12 hours ago

    Review: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
    ISBN-10: 0767929713
    ISBN-13: 978-0767929714

    When I was a kid growing up in northern NJ in the mid ’50’s, I was sent to summer camp in the Berkshire Mountains in western MA. I went there for three summer stints of 8 weeks each, at ages 10, 11 and 12. Leaving home early each summer on a long train ride beginning at Grand Central Station in NYC was tearful with pangs of what would now be called ‘separation anxiety’. Back then, Camp Monterey was near wilderness, the only sign of recognizable civilization being a Friendly’s ice cream p…[Read more]

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    The Global Minotaur – America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy – Yanis Varoufakis

    To understand the links between Bretton Woods, its demise, Nixon cancelling the gold convertibility, plaza accord, role of Vietnam war in rise of East Asian miracle, suppression of US wages and rise of inequality, rise of China, 2008 crisis, EU/Greece crisis.

  • Gavin Longmuir posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 1 week ago

    “After the Prophet”, by Lesley Halzleton, Anchor Books, 2010. ISBN 978-0-385-52394-3

    A very readable account of the origin of the Sunni-Shia split which developed in Islam after the death of Mahomed, populated by a cast of all-too-human characters who prove that history can be stranger than fiction — and very engrossing!

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    Schlichter, Kurt. Indian Country. El Segundo, CA: Kurt Schlichter, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9884029-6-6.

    In his 2016 novel People’s Republic, the author describes North America in the early 2030s, a decade after the present Cold Civil War turned hot and the United States split into the People’s Republic of North America (PRNA) on the coasts and the upper Midwest, with the rest continuing to call itself the United States. This book, the second to feature Turnbull, is a “prequel” set shortly after the split, which was along the borders of the existing states. This left regions whose nat…[Read more]

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 1 week, 5 days ago

    Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. New York, Orb Books, [1968] 2011. ISBN 978-0-7653-2678-2.

    In 1968, veteran British science fiction writer John Brunner (his first novel was published in 1951) decided to show those upstart “New Wave” authors how it’s done. The result, Stand on Zanzibar, won the Hugo award for best novel in 1969 and became the quintessential 1960s science fiction novel. Set in 2010, it explores The Happening World through parallel interwoven plots and a huge cast of characters, using a chaotic narrative with sections titled “Context”, “Continuity”, “Tracking w…[Read more]

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Weinberger, Sharon. The Imagineers of War. New York: Vintage Books, 2017. ISBN 978-0-8041-6972-1.

    Since its founding in 1958, as a reaction to the perceived humiliation of the United States by the Soviet launch of Sputnik, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which over the years has dropped and restored “Defense” on several occasions, being sometimes known as ARPA, has been the central research organisation for the U.S. military, working independently of the military services, whose rivalry was considered one of the reasons for the slow progress in development of…[Read more]

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Sharfman, Peter et al. The Effects of Nuclear War [PDF]. Washington: Office of Technology Assessment, 1979. LCCN 79-600080.

    This book-length (154 page) report by the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment was commissioned by the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and delivered in May, 1979. It should not be confused with the similarly-titled The Effects of Nuclear Weapons, an entirely different technical treatment of the physical effects of nuclear detonations. The present work undertakes “to describe the effects of a nuclear war on the civilian populations, economies, and s…[Read more]

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Shlaes, Amity. Great Society. New York: Harper, 2019. ISBN 978-0-06-170642-4.

    Adam Smith wrote, “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation”—even though nations and their rulers may adopt ruinous policies for a while, a great nation has deep resources and usually has time to observe the consequences, change course, and restore sound governance. But, as this book shows, the amount of ruin in a nation is not unlimited, and well-intended policies which fundamentally change the character of the citizenry and their relationship to the state can have ruinous consequences that cast a long…[Read more]

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    Hossenfelder, Sabine. Lost in Math. New York: Basic Books, 2019. ISBN 978-0-465-09425-7.

    Many of the fundamental theories of physics: general relativity, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics, for example, exhibit great mathematical beauty and elegance once you’ve mastered the notation in which they are expressed. Some physicists believe that a correct theory must be elegant and beautiful. But what if they’re wrong? Many sciences, such as biology and geology, are complicated and messy, with few general principles that don’t have exceptions, and in which explanation must take into…[Read more]

  • KayofMT posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 3 weeks ago

    The Chosen by Chaim Potok. About two fathers and their sons …. in a way that will ring just as true in Iowa as in Brooklyn. One father raising his son in silence. Both fathers are Rabbis.
    Published April 28, 1967

    I don’t know what the ISBN is.

    • The Chosen
      ISBN: 150114247X

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    • How do you find it in the book? All I found was the Library of Congress Catalog Card Number.
      Thank you for posting it.

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    • jzdro replied 3 weeks ago

      Hi Kay! Concur on the universality of the themes of spirituality, family, and painful decisions made while growing up. I’d caution against the movie based on the book: the movie has a fraction of the action, and none whatever of the depth or complexity.

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    • I almost never watch movies, had no idea the book had been made into a movie. A bad one at that. I am reading now the second part of the story, The Promise. I have about 4 or 5 of Chaim Potok’s books but read them so long ago had forgotten them.
      How on earth could they make a decent movie with all the dialog-arguments while studying the Talmud?

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