Stuff wot we should all read

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by DP, 12 Dec 2014.

  1. Let us Now Praise Famous Men- Stands up well as a photographic study, and as a book itself. Greatness, and a near perfect combination of two mens' vision.
     
  2. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

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    Sorry for the thread revival, I just happened upon what is now my favourite review of this book, one star, with the comment
     
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  3. mybike

    mybike Grumblin at Garmin on the Granny Gear

    Read him, all he has is assertion & he's created nothing. Since the list is from the gruaniad I'll add the books to my "not worth the time" list.
     
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

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    "Sources: Pulitzer Prize, Time, National Review, Times Literary Supplement, Good Reads, Library Thing, Guardian and others."
     
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  5. mybike

    mybike Grumblin at Garmin on the Granny Gear

    None of them impress.
     
  6. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

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    Not to worry then, eh?
     
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  7. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    Joking aside, what impressed me about his whisky book is it conjured up an expectation of what a given whiskey might taste like , rather than being just flowery waffle. Every drachm I sampled I agreed with his description even if that particular tipple turned out not to be my cup of tea (at the risk of mixing my drinks)
     
  8. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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    The problem with some of those books is that they get out of date rather quickly. Some of the books that I have read that have impressed me were:

    Blair's Wars
    Flat Earth News
    Eating Animals
    Six Degrees
    The Revenge of Gaia
    Whole Earth Discipline
    Alone in the Universe
    The Emperor's New Mind
    Treasure Islands
    Homocide (A year on the killing streets)
    Homage to Catalonia
    People of the Abyss
    The Quest
    The Squeeze
     
  9. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty Corn Fed Hick...

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    A fine writer, knowledgeable and entertaining, the guy knew his stuff.
     
  10. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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    I only got half way through. I think the point was you should be patient, take however long it takes, read the instructions, work out how to do it, rather than lose your temper with it, hit it with a hammer until it breaks, then fling it away in disgust.

    Only got half way though Eminent Victorians too.
     
  11. anothersam

    anothersam SMIDSMe

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    Not a problem!

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    Who did you get stuck at? Personally I was shocked by Strachey's claim that Florence Nightingale practiced cannibalism on live orphans, and refused to read further.

    nightingale.jpg
     
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  12. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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    I read the bit about Cardinal Manning and I think the one about Thomas Arnold. Then I thought this is just a hatchet job by a smart alec. I didn't think Florence Nightingale deserved that treatment so I stopped reading.
     
  13. marknotgeorge

    marknotgeorge Hol den Vorschlaghammer!

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    I've recently finished Hamburg by Keith Lowe, about the Operation Gomorrah bombings in the summer of 1943. Fascinating, and manages to discuss the effectiveness of the aerial bombing campaign without retrospectively applying 21st century morality in hindsight. I'm reading Savage Continent by the same author now, about the immediate aftermath of WW2. Being a bit of a Tube geek, I also liked Tunnel Vision, but that's fiction.
     
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  14. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

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    You might like Richard Overy's "The Bombing War" which looks at how the campaigns originated and evolved over the course of the war.
     
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  15. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

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    I read 11 of those books on the Guardian infographic, or maybe ten because I only read half of Emminent Victorians and half of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
     
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