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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby gotribe31 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:04 pm

I don't think anyone could have authored a fiction book more interesting and crazy than that. The time on the raft alone is a good book and a story of incredible preservance. Add the work camp to that, and you have one of the greatest stories ever written.

When he got transferred to the new camp, and The Bird was there to greet him, I almost collapsed. I couldn't believe it. I kept waiting to read "and then, tragically, Zamperini passed away." And that despite knowing he was still alive.

After I finished the book the 1st time, I asked myself if I could forgive my tormentors the way he did. I don't know that I could. What an incredible person.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby swerb » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:09 pm

And the life the guy ending up living after. Amazing he is still alive at 96 years old given what his body and mind were put through. I would have caved like a little beeyotch before even getting to the Bird. Mad respect. Chalk one up for Billy Graham.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby YahooFanChicago » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:18 am

I'm reading a long novel called "Shantaram" it's about some Ausie ex-con who busts out of prison and imigrates to India via New Zealand...900+ pages I'm on page 300...so far it's damn good.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby swerb » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:09 pm

Looks like Unbroken will be coming to the big screen. With Angelina Jolie directing and the Coen Bros writing?

http://www.slashfilm.com/joel-and-ethan ... ina-jolie/
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby skatingtripods » Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:26 pm

Just grabbed this from the library:

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FWIW, this guy projects the Indians to go 85-77. Not in the book, but in this article: http://tradingbases.squarespace.com/blo ... dians.html
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby gotribe31 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:11 pm

swerb wrote:Looks like Unbroken will be coming to the big screen. With Angelina Jolie directing and the Coen Bros writing?

http://www.slashfilm.com/joel-and-ethan ... ina-jolie/


Interesting. There's been a movie at some stage of production since like 1960; Zamperini used to get checks every year from one of the big studios (Universal I think) that the movie was not made. They sold the rights to someone else, and then someone else bought it...been a loooong time coming with no real work done on it for years. After the book came out, there was some more interest in a movie but as Louie himself said, if they want him to contribute to it they'd better hurry!
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby swerb » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:18 pm

Finally reading Lone Survivor.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby GodHatesClevelandSport » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:36 pm

skatingtripods wrote:Just grabbed this from the library:

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FWIW, this guy projects the Indians to go 85-77. Not in the book, but in this article: http://tradingbases.squarespace.com/blo ... dians.html


Read that last week. Found the most interesting part his analysis of what brought down Lehman Brothers, who he worked for.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby skatingtripods » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:18 pm

GodHatesClevelandSport wrote:Read that last week. Found the most interesting part his analysis of what brought down Lehman Brothers, who he worked for.


Got a couple chapters in today. Looking forward to the rest of the book.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby swerb » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:52 pm

Finished Lone Survivor. Good read, amazing story of survival. It was also fascinating to hear his inside look at Hell Week and the other training involved on the road to becoming a SEAL. But the book read kinda choppy and I found myself laboring through parts of it. Ironically, the parts of the book I found the most interesting were the beginning parts about the SEAL training and the very end where he talked about what happened in the year or two after he returned back home to America. And while I agree with Luttrel's characterization of the liberal media in America, he harped on it a little too much in this book. I just struggle with non-fiction in general. I did love Unbroken and Devil in the White City though.

Am 30% into Defending Jacob, which several people recommended to me. I cannot remember being so engrossed into a book a third of the way in. Highly recommend.

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby swerb » Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:43 pm

Just finished this book, which was EXCELLENT.

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby danwismar » Tue May 28, 2013 1:14 pm

Been meaning to read some Bernard Lewis on Islam, just to help "get it", and he's the preeminent scholar on the subject by consensus...so I picked up "What Went Wrong...The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East"....the timing between that and the thread on NHB is entirely coincidental...and read it over the weekend.

http://www.amazon.com/What-Went-Wrong-B ... 411&sr=8-1

This is a quick 165 pages in paperback...and it's scholarly, but very readable. Came out in late 2002, so doesn't cover the post-9/11 world or events, but provides a concise history of how Islam went from the most advanced civilization on the planet to falling behind the West over a few short centuries...much of it by simply refusing to pay attention to what the west was doing...considering it beneath them to do so, and dismissing the idea that they'd have anything to learn from the non-believers.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Tue May 28, 2013 1:18 pm

Have you ever read Dore Gold's Hatred's Kingdom?
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby danwismar » Tue May 28, 2013 3:24 pm

No, but I have heard about it, and just read the Amazon page on it. It may be my next Kindle purchase. Thanks.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:23 pm

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Hilariously repulsive look into the endless circle jerk that is DC.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby swerb » Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:20 pm

Great read

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby StewieG » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:43 pm

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Finally starting in on this series. I expect this to take awhile.
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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:04 pm

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Re: Now Reading?

Unread postby skatingtripods » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:08 pm

I just finished The 500 by Matthew Quirk. Highly recommended. Apparently already in production to be a movie.
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