What Book Are You Reading Now, Round 2.


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Social climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 10, 2014 - 05:58am PT
One of the best OT threads evidently has bitten the cosmic dust; I think Donald Thompson started it(?). He either pulled the plug on all his posts and topics he authored or it was done for him.

The thread was apolitical in nature and posts were absent of the drama and bitterness that can be found elsewhere. It was a wonderful source of reading material and should not be lost or MIA as a casualty of bad manners, so this is an attempt to revive it.


At any rate this is what I've been reading.

Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart
Shattered Sword by Jonathan Parshall & Anthony Tully
Fly Boys by James Bradley
Night Comes To The Cumberlands by Harry M Caudill


Trad climber
Aug 10, 2014 - 07:09am PT
Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 11, 2014 - 07:08am PT

The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam

Aug 11, 2014 - 07:35am PT
Nice one Steve.

Finishing: War in a Time of Peace - David Halberstam

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Aug 11, 2014 - 07:39am PT

yeah I picked up quite a few reads from that thread...good stuff.

Phil Harwood's Canoeing the Congo (the first source to sea descent of the Congo River) is awesome and has kept me up late the last two nights.

Hope to finish it today as I need my rest.

here's the guy's website
cf. http://www.canoeingthecongo.com/home.html


Aug 11, 2014 - 07:45am PT
Consciousness and the Social Brain (Michael Graziano) - a contemporary theory of consciousness from a scientific perspective.

Great book for those curious about this big question. The trip down the Congo sounds like a nice change of pace, though.

Sport climber
Sonora Ca
Aug 11, 2014 - 07:59am PT
Ranger Confidential, good alternative perspective to NPS life

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 11, 2014 - 08:00am PT
Another Mans Moccasins
Craig Johnson

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Aug 11, 2014 - 09:14am PT
Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson (in an attempt to further understand the on-going cluster that is the Middle East, as well as one of history's most interesting individuals)

And for ligher reading,
Thereby Hangs A Tail by Spencer Quinn

Thanks for resurrecting the thread. One of the best on ST.

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Aug 11, 2014 - 11:04am PT
Currently back in my sci-fi mode, reading - 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
john bald

Aug 11, 2014 - 11:16am PT
Fire Season

On a recommend from the Supertopo wildfire thread.
So far, I know all the guys the story depicts from my old fire crew. The names were changed to protect the innocent.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 11, 2014 - 11:30am PT
Roxy, thanks for that, I love me some good nutter books. What was he thinking?
I knew straight away he couldn't have canoed some of those drops but still
a very impressive, if questionable, feat. I enjoyed reading his "Driving
Through Zaire" article on his website. My wife's family spent years there
so the tales of corruption will bring knowing nods when they see this.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 11, 2014 - 02:20pm PT

Halberstam is an incredible writer. I've also read his
The Reckoning about Detroit & the auto industry.
What's yours about?

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 12, 2014 - 07:14am PT
I've read 2 books by Halberstam, The Best & The Brightest and The Fifties. I intend on reading The Summer of '49 next.
David Knopp

Trad climber
Aug 12, 2014 - 07:17am PT
"We the Drowned"
best Norwegian Novel, a nautical adventure, a towns history, crazy folks. It was perfect.
Captain...or Skully

in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
Aug 12, 2014 - 07:53am PT
A biography on Jefferson
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 12, 2014 - 10:54am PT
Only two going on right now.
This one's due back 8/20-something.

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:26am PT
Ben Franklins biography.

Trad climber
Belen, New Mexico
Aug 12, 2014 - 01:26pm PT
The Boys In The Boat

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Aug 12, 2014 - 01:29pm PT
Gonna have to report that my list is empty right now. Michele has been reading the The Girl with The Dragon Tatoo series.

I have read some manuals in the service of repairing a GE refrigerator and Samsung LCD tv.

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