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My latest book is The Art of Thinking Clearly - Rolf Dobelli. A definite must-read. This should be required reading for senior high school students.

This sounds like an interesting read. I just got it on my Kindle from my library.

It sounds a little like something Malcolm Gladwell might write. I read his book Outliers last year (“In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success.”) and am currently reading another of his books Blink (Blink “presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious: mental processes that work rapidly and automatically from relatively little information.”)


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No Surrender by Hiroo Onoda. The author was a Japanese officer in the Philippines in WWII. He Got there in 1944 and fought until 1974.

This sounds like a fascinating book.

I’ve heard of this fellow. They were only able to get him to surrender by flying his old commander, who had survived the war, down to the Philippines and instructing him to come out and lay down his weapon.


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I'm reading the second in the Camel Club series by David Baldacci.




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I'm reading the second in the Camel Club series by David Baldacci.

A very unique group of characters.



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Paused The Neighborhood to read When A Killer Calls by FBI Profiler John Douglas, about a killer in the Midlands of SC.

When I need a break, I have started The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes. Fascinating read.
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Finished 1066 and Before All That, which was excellent.

Started The Neighborhood by Matthew Bentley.




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The End of the World is Just the Beginning by Peter Zeihan.

Holy cow what an eye-opener. I couldn’t put it down. We are on very thin ice globally and while the US will come through in decent shape most of the rest of the world is screwed. Really, epically screwed. Lots of data but he has an enganging writing style that makes for an easy read.




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“Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn & World War 2”, a biography of Audrey Hepburn. It’s been concentrating on her family and her life in German-occupied Netherlands. I’ve just now gotten to the point where she becomes active with Resistance movement.

Did you know that she had been offered the movie role to portray Anne Franck? She refused as many things and feelings recorded in the Diary were also personally experienced by Audrey (they were only 6 weeks apart in age). The most intense portion of that Diary to her was when Anne recorded the incident of the execution of 5 senior Dutchmen in retaliation for Resistance bombing a building in Rotterdam; one of those executed was Audrey’s uncle (second father figure). Those experiences of the War never left her during the rest of her life.

Her mother was “suspected” as being “not trustworthy” due to her previous infatuation with the Nazis in 1935, and her association with an high-ranking officer in the German-occupying Ordnungpolitzei (aka, “Green Police”).

Audrey was a very private and intense person, totally different from what we’ve come to see her as a movie star.


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I'm reading the second in the Camel Club series by David Baldacci.

A very unique group of characters.


When I got to the end of the 2nd book and saw that the issue between the casino bad guy and Annabelle wasn't resolved, I had to buy the 3rd book! Big Grin




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Just started Walter Tevis' THE HUSTLER. I've of course seen the Paul Newman film, but have never read the book. If I dig it, I have a pb of its followup, THE COLOR OF MONEY, ready to go afterward. A few weeks ago I read Tevis' THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, and it was pretty good, so am hoping THE HUSTLER compares well...I suspect I'm going to enjoy it even more, since it has those noirish overtones to it that always sucks me in.
 
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RUSSIA - Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921
by Anthony Beevor

Over the years, I have read several accounts of the events of the period. This is the one to read - detailed, but very understandable. Good background of the Baltic States, Finland and Ukraine.
 
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Book 7, Inferno, in Kurt Schlichter’s Kelly Turnbull series is out.
 
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Well, I’m reading Romeo and Juliet. First time I’ve ever read Shakespeare. The edition I’m reading, from B&N, has quick reference notes, right on the opposite page to help with some of the more obscure passages. I’m surprisingly entertained.

I’m also reading The Bible. Confession. I have never read it. I went to Catholic grade school (had enough and didn’t continue into Catholic HS), and I don’t remember being encouraged to read it as a kid, or young adult. I used to joke, “I’m a Catholic; what do I know about The Bible?” That’s not universal with Catholics, my uncle read The Bible every day of his life and read it several times over his lifetime. I figured if I was serious about continuing to furthur my education, that it was well past time to read it. I intend to read it along with other books, rather than concentrate on it.


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Listening to Clancy’s without remorse. Unbeknownst to me, I started by listening to one of his ghostwritten books (Zero Hour).

Although I enjoyed Zero Hour, Without Remorse is outstanding. I’m about 75% of the way through it. Work has been driving my anxiety to unbearable levels, so listening to WR has been my motivation to get in my car and go see customers.

I could use some advice on what I should listen to next (from Clancy).



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Without Remorse is great.
Rainbow Six was good as well, IIRC.
Patriot Games is another




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I rarely reread a novel, Without Remorse is a notable exception; certainly my favorite from Tom Clancy. I read all the Jack Ryan novels, but I think that only covers 8 or 9 novels. The rest are, like Vince Flynn, written by someone else, as I recall. I know I lost interest. Read any of those first books in the Ryan series.


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Just finished Inferno by Kurt Schlitcher…it’s the latest in the Kelly Turnbull series.

WRT the Clancy books, I have read Without Remorse several times. Love the John Clark character.

I looked them up and just read the Clancy books in order the chronological order of characters ..halfway down the page
https://www.orderofbooks.com/authors/tom-clancy/



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I looked them up and just read the Clancy books in order the chronological order of characters ..halfway down the page

Fantastic Fiction is my go-to site for reference. You can search by author, title, or series. Searching by author presents you with a list of the author's books in chronological order, with a short synopsis when you click on one.



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The End of the World is Just the Beginning by Peter Zeihan.


Thanks for the tip. This is an incredible resource about our future and the green agenda. I’m only half way through the Kindle version, but enjoying it immensely.



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Finished When A Killer Calls and am back to The Neighborhood. I'm about half-way, and it's pretty good.
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Paused The Neighborhood to read When A Killer Calls by FBI Profiler John Douglas, about a killer in the Midlands of SC.

When I need a break, I have started The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes. Fascinating read.
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Finished 1066 and Before All That, which was excellent.

Started The Neighborhood by Matthew Bentley.




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Currently reading "The Patch and the stream where the American fell" by Ed Sykes - Retired AF.

Ed Sykes

Good read.




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