Read a good book lately?

HBS Guy

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Finished Dark Queen Rising and, yeah, was pretty good. Had to look up a few things like “cog” which referred to the sailing ships of the day, an advance on the Viking longboat.

Also looked up Wars of the Roses in Wiki, see how real the book was in its history, spot on.
 

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I am 139 pages into McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom" which is about the Civil War. The book is 909 pages. So far, the war hasn't even started yet. McPherson is setting the stage by discussing the politics of the U.S. going back some 20 years before the war started. He is doing a good job of giving the reader an understanding of the pressures that fractured the country and which ultimately broke it into two warring sides. To me, it's fascinating reading.
 

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I got my kids some of the old classics that I read as a kid and once they finished them I decided to reaquaint myself with them. Read 'White Fang' last week and this week I'm onto 'Swiss Family Robinson'.
 

HBS Guy

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I reread White Fang a couple years ago. Very individual sort of socialist Jack London!

On Sunday I gave Milly Louisa M Alcott’s Little Women and, one of my especially fave books, Wind in the Willows. I think maths might be a weak point (she can catch up and seems to be doing so) but her reading level is 11 years. She does love reading so that is good. She also likes Science and Technology but pursuing this in High School needs maths!
 

HBS Guy

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I am 139 pages into McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom" which is about the Civil War. The book is 909 pages. So far, the war hasn't even started yet. McPherson is setting the stage by discussing the politics of the U.S. going back some 20 years before the war started. He is doing a good job of giving the reader an understanding of the pressures that fractured the country and which ultimately broke it into two warring sides. To me, it's fascinating reading.
So interesting to learn the reasons for the Civil War—the planter class seeing their influence waning and the ability to move slavery into new territories also decreasing.

A Southern victory (if they had been organised after First Manassas they could have taken Washington and maybe dictate peace terms) would have seen them move into Mexico and Cuba for starters. The MidWest may have left the Union in return for free passage of their goods down the Mississippi. A balkanisation of the US. Not good. A terrible price was paid but all sorts of likely scenarios of constant war was avoided.
 

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Just finished Battle Cry of Freedom Not sure I agree with its closing chapter. But hey!

Russia did not fully get rid of feudalism until after 1900 AD.

While slaveowners could ensure female slaves submitted to the slaveowner and/or his sons etc miscegenation was held to be the evil result of emancipation.
 

HBS Guy

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Just finished Master and Commander. by Patrick O’Brian.

Lots of action, early 19thC science in the Med during the Napoleonic Wars. Interesting.

Will read Two Years Before the Mast next.
 

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I just bought a Little Mr. Men book called Little Miss Hug, and I read it to my daughter like I used to when she was little. I got that book coz she always hugs me ::cute
 

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Now, another book I came across in my collection I forgot about, I have started reading was written by Lee Strobel “A case for faith”
It’s actually amazing. Here he is, a former atheist and holds A masters of studies in law degree from Yale law school.
So it’s really taken my interest to read this.
 
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