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Post by tmcats » May 4th, 2021, 11:21 am

just to get off the negative, what have you read that i must? i've gone through maybe 25-30 books during covid sequestration. here are some of my favorites. i want to see yours, so i know what to order next.

and by the way, i'm buying books now through a website thriftbooks.com where i save tons of money reading used books, most of which are hardcovers. try it.

anyway, here are my five favorite reads over the past year or so.

the pillars of the earth, ken follett - absolutely the best novel i have ever read. i could not put it down.
the winds of war, herman wouk - a wonderful story about a navy family's travails leading up to world war two.
steve jobs, walter isaacson - enthralling biography about the california screwball who changed the world with an apple.
the eagle has landed, jack higgins - fact-based read about german's ww2 attempt to snatch winston churchill.
atlas shrugged, anne rand - what happens when america turns socialist.

give me yours even if you did before. and if you've read them, your comments on the above would be interesting too.



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Post by ChemEngCat » May 4th, 2021, 12:35 pm

If you haven't read Killers of the Flower Moon, you should. It is the true story of the Osage Indian murders (Osage County in Oklahoma) back in the 1920s because of their mineral rights. It is also the first big case the FBI takes on. It is a interesting (and horrifying) true story that isn't taught in the Oklahoma History classes that my kids had to take in high school. They are currently filming the movie in the Pawhuska and Bartlesville area. Based on your other books you listed, it might not be your cup of tea but thought I would throw it out there.
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Post by RichardZ » May 4th, 2021, 5:57 pm

Shogun and anything else written by James Clavell

I like historical novels like Pillars of the earth and such.

Also there is a multi volume set on the Life of Winston Churchill which was just as fascinating as the character.
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Post by ToledoCat#3 » May 4th, 2021, 6:52 pm

I read Killers of the Flower Moon. Sad, sad story.

Hillbilly Elegy

Indianapolis (sinking of the ship)

A book by Nikki Haley

A book about Quannah Parker and the demise of the Comanche indians.

The book by John Bolton and his short time with Trumper

Fly-Boys (WW11 story about the demise of captured U.S. airmen by the Japanese.
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Post by RichardZ » May 4th, 2021, 10:05 pm

Undaunted Courage...(Lewis and Clark Expedition)

If you like to read books about WW11 the very best is Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy. Three sensational books.

I Claudius
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Post by ChemicalKat » May 5th, 2021, 5:44 am

Hot Seat, by former GE CEO Jeff Immelt. One of the worst CEOs of all time who did not commit fraud. He fully recognizes it and goes into detail on leadership, organizational behavior, globalization, corporate bureaucracy, and the many crisis seen including 9/11, global financial crisis, and the oil collapse. He also got a GE tattoo on his butt.
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Post by tmcats » May 5th, 2021, 10:44 am

ha, ha on jeffrey. when i was teaching business management, ge was the text's reference company. it was written by a couple of michigan state dudes. the text proved why one should never believe what is written and further why ge had such a horrible time during his reign. some of the company's views about management were absolutely laughable. that was reflected in their stock performance at the time. :roll:
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