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Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 16, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
October 1964 by David Halberstam.

The 1964 World Series is one of my earliest baseball memories. Halberstam examines the season's and player's of each team and the times that were.

Nice chapters on Mantle and Maris. Also a good chapter on Bob Gibson, and his brother Josh's influence. Race was becoming an issue in America, big time, and one of the Cardinal's strength was the cohesiveness of the team. The Yankees were the last team to integrate, and it cost them.

Lots of respect for Bill White.
hossjulia

climber
Aug 17, 2013 - 11:58am PT
So I was looking for something to read at the local library and did a search for climbing fiction. I enjoyed Jeff Longs book and was looking for something similar.

Not much came up; a teen book about a 16 year old runaway who gets involved with another runaway who happens to be a climber. They do the road trip thing, one step ahead of the cops. Did not check that one out, but it sounded interesting.

I did check out The Last Mountain by Rick Craig, 2011. Fun read. Started out a little confused between first person and third person narrative, but that straightened itself out. So did the plot which is a twisty murder mystery set in the Tetons. Highly recommend for those who like murder mysteries with some pointed political commentary thrown in for good measure. 911 Conspiracy theorist (I guess I fall into that camp) and anyone who knows Jackson at all, will get a kick out this book.

The other book that came up was our own Largoís Rock Junction, essays of fiction and non-fiction. Most I had read before in Gorilla Monsoon. Which begs a question, why a second book with the same, or much the same, stories? My favorite essay so far is First Time. Although Iím not done with Last Place on No Map yet. All are super fun stories. But I thought Candles for Ulak ended differently than in GM. I might look that up when I take it back to the library.

In my searches I also came across Rick Ridgeways The Big Open, about Galen Rowellís last expedition across Tibetís Chang Tang in search of the calving grounds of the endangered chiru, or Tibetan antelope.
Many of you are familiar with this journey on foot pulling rickshaws, which includes Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker and Ridgeway himself.
Ridgeway flushed this tale out beautifully with oh so human recollections of past expeditions, friends no longer with us and the quest to help keep one more species endangered by human greed alive. Combined with the sheer will power, stamina and conviction it took to be the only humans out in The Chang Tang (think a grass covered Great Basin at 18k) for 30 days with no support makes this a worthy read.

Iím looking forward to Doug Robinsonís forthcoming book, Alchemy of Motion. (I think thatís the title)



rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Aug 17, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
Morton Adlerīs (20th century philosopher) Truth in Religion.
I donīt agree with him exactly, but he does a wondeful job of breaking down the arguments for rationality vs ®revealed truth®type of logic. I am still working on it, but loving it. And for a professional philosopher he is amazingly readable.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 18, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
daring greatly
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Aug 19, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
Here're a few words about Shattered Sword, the best battle narrative I've ever read.
Dickbob

climber
Westminster Colorado
Aug 25, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman is a novel about a little boy and the mysterious girl Lettie that he meets at a near by farm house, at the end of the lane of his childhood home. It is a great read. One of the best books I have read all summer.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 25, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
http://gregcrouch.com/2013/shattered-sword-review

I'll have to put that one on the reading list!

One error though, Best was armed only with one 500 lb bomb and two 100 lb incendiaries. He hit the middle of the meatball with the 500lb'er and the two incendiaries hit about midships. They evidently burned through four decks to the torpedo magazines.

All of the first wave of Dauntlesses from Enterprise had the reduced bomb loading due to the extreme range of the attack.

Best probably was armed with a 1000lb'er for his strike and hit on the Hyriu later.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 25, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
The Wise Man's Fear- Patrick Rothfuss
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 25, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
Climbing the Mountain: The Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger
Jagdish Mehra, Kimball A. Milton
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Aug 25, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
You should definitely get it on the list, TGT, it's a great book. What's your source for Best's bomb load, because quoting Shattered Sword, p242, "His [Best's] 1,000-lb payload sliced through the flight deck and exploded in the upper hangar..."

Has the Midway Roundtable published an errata on that subject?

Rereading the chapter, it seems like there was a mix of bombloads on the various Dauntlesses... 500 and 100 pounders on some aircraft, 1,000 pounders on others...
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Aug 25, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
And right now, I'm reading Richard Rhodes The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which is fascinating. Recommended to me by astronomer and climber and fellow former CIC of the Cadet Mountaineering Club Scott Ransom...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 9, 2013 - 11:10am PT
Just finished 'The Yiddish policeman's union' -Michael Chabon
An alternate premise book where Israel failed and 'Zion' was formed around Sitka Alaska.but not for long. In a month it goes to Alaskan/native american Sovereignty. In this setting a hard boiled alcoholic police detective whose boss is his ex wife has to solve an execution murder of a junkie chessmaster who might be the next messiah.
Raymond chandler goes jewish DaVinci code via post cyberpunk Gibson....
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
Sep 9, 2013 - 11:30am PT
I like Chabon's books.

I just finished All Quiet On The Western Front and am starting The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis.

I'd never heard of Shacochis but the book gets some solid reviews so I'll give him a go.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
Pierre Hadot: The Inner Citadel. The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius.
The Inner Citadel. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
The Inner Citadel. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
Credit: Marlow
Pierre Hadot - The Inner Citadel - The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius
Pierre Hadot - The Inner Citadel - The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius
Credit: Marlow
Pierre Hadot
Pierre Hadot
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
What's your source for Best's bomb load,

Best himself.

Just out of coincidence a couple of days before your post I'd seen a fairly old documentary on Midway with some interviews of Best interspersed throughout.

The gist of his statement was that when they left the briefing room and got to the flight deck they were a bit irritated when they saw their planes only loaded with only one 500lb bomb and two 100lb incendiaries.

In a later snipet he tells of hitting the carrier "right in the meatball insignia on the forward flight deck" and the two incendiaries hitting amidships.

I believe there was a footnote on the trailer that he died shortly after production.

Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:23pm PT

Currently enjoying the Watchmen. Cold War and comics....

Nice break from 'my normal reading list'.

cf. http://www.amazon.com/Watchmen-Alan-Moore/dp/1401222668

Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
TGT, I think you're going to have to read Shattered Sword, because they make a huge case for Akagi being hit by only one bomb, despite what has appeared in American sources (most of which claim many hits).

Although I can't account for the documentary, that sounds pretty convincing.

But I bet they have. You should check out "the Midway Roundtable" if you haven't already.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
Also, just finished Sebastian Junger's War, which I found pretty riveting.

Kept me awake into the wee hours Sunday morning.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
Best's claim in the interview was that he was the only one that hit the Akagi and he thought that what sunk it was not the 500lb bomb, but the incendiaries burned thru the decks into the torpedo magazine.

That only makes sense if they were a thermite (magnesium)type incendiary. The only one I can find are the M50A1 that were dropped as a 100lb cluster They were introduced in the spring of 42. Doolittle did use them for his raid but they were specially packaged. So it's an open question if they were even available in the theater.

The earlier 100 lb incendiary was a thin cased repurposed chemical warfare early version in napalm or WP and wouldn't have been effective at all on a carrier except against exposed planes and personnel on the deck.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 9, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
Brave Men. Ernie Pyle
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