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Old 10-18-2017, 03:02 PM
 
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Sarah's Key was a really good book- read that a few years ago (still after everyone else i know read it).Brava I hope you enjoy it.



Yes, I am years behind but so be it. Found it at my library in the sale room. I have enjoyed it a lot. Books like this are always sad and disturbing. I also saw that there was a movie made of it which I will see after I finish the book.
Enjoyed the movie and the book--
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I Like to branch out and read books normally not on my list for different prespectives. This and MEIN KAMPF
would be interesting...



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Old 10-18-2017, 04:34 PM
 
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If you want to branch out--check out a biography of Adolph Hitler--
I read it this summer---actually I listened to it on my iPhone in the Audible version
I caught myself so many times stopping to make a note about characteristics of Hitler or behavior/actions taken by him or his political cabal that were decidedly similar to those of Trump's in the campaign...
They are so alike it is scary (to me anyway)...
Name of the book is Hitler:Ascent 1889--goes from Hitler's birth (and family history) to Hitler's election and start of his control of German--
By Volker Ulrich--written in German but translation seems very smooth
And the Audible version has good narrator Don Hagen
To be honest the last part is very tedious because of the intercine rivalry between the politicians jockeying for position and the German names are difficult to remember and put a face to--
It wouldn't be any easier reading than listening IMO and while the author is imminently accurate that works against the flow...
The earlier portions about Hitler's early life, his struggles after WWI, and the germination of his political ambition are more interesting...and again examples of his transformation into an anti-Semite and manipulator are worth noting...
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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This would have been helpful BEFORE I completed RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH....
but still interesting now.






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If you want to branch out--check out a biography of Adolph Hitler--
I read it this summer---actually I listened to it on my iPhone in the Audible version
I caught myself so many times stopping to make a note about characteristics of Hitler or behavior/actions taken by him or his political cabal that were decidedly similar to those of Trump's in the campaign...
They are so alike it is scary (to me anyway)...
Name of the book is Hitler:Ascent 1889--goes from Hitler's birth (and family history) to Hitler's election and start of his control of German--
By Volker Ulrich--written in German but translation seems very smooth
And the Audible version has good narrator Don Hagen
To be honest the last part is very tedious because of the intercine rivalry between the politicians jockeying for position and the German names are difficult to remember and put a face to--
It wouldn't be any easier reading than listening IMO and while the author is imminently accurate that works against the flow...
The earlier portions about Hitler's early life, his struggles after WWI, and the germination of his political ambition are more interesting...and again examples of his transformation into an anti-Semite and manipulator are worth noting...
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Old 10-18-2017, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Berwick, Penna.
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Code Talker by Chester Nez (1921-2014) the last survivor or the original group (29-32, depending upon how they're classified)of Navajo Marines who served as radiomen in the Pacific Theater in World War II. The idea here was that once an original message had been encoded, it was then radioed in the Navajo dialect, with which very few, if any Japanese, were likely to be familiar; the combination was never broken.

Mr. Nez gave a forthright description of the societal conditions and prejudices he and his peers faced, without sinking into rancor. Particular attention is given to the policies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its educational efforts of the day; these had the deliberate effect of weakening the traditional values of the Navajo tribe/Nation, which has no written language (thus making the code harder to understand), and is suprisingly matriarchal.

Also worth remembering is the "Livestock Massacre" in the period between the launch of the New Deal and the actual beginnings of recovery in early 1935. The functionaries of the day were concerned with "overproduction", including the sheep and goat herds on which the Navajo depended for what little cash they got. So a large portion of the tribal herd, rather than being conventionally slaughtered at a time when the meat would have been welcome in the cities, was herded into trenches, doused with gasoline, and set afire. (The incident has been handed down within the Navajo Nation via oral histories ever since).

Having previously read a couple of works on use of codes by the military, it would have ben very interesting to have been there for the discussions between Mr. Nez and consulting author Judith Avila for a closer look at how a complicated subject was made more understandable to the public. Well done, Mr. Nez!; may you be long remembered by both of your nations.

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Old 10-19-2017, 07:05 AM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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Originally Posted by loves2read View Post
If you want to branch out--check out a biography of Adolph Hitler--
I read it this summer---actually I listened to it on my iPhone in the Audible version
I caught myself so many times stopping to make a note about characteristics of Hitler or behavior/actions taken by him or his political cabal that were decidedly similar to those of Trump's in the campaign...
They are so alike it is scary (to me anyway)...
Name of the book is Hitler:Ascent 1889--goes from Hitler's birth (and family history) to Hitler's election and start of his control of German--
By Volker Ulrich--written in German but translation seems very smooth
And the Audible version has good narrator Don Hagen
To be honest the last part is very tedious because of the intercine rivalry between the politicians jockeying for position and the German names are difficult to remember and put a face to--
It wouldn't be any easier reading than listening IMO and while the author is imminently accurate that works against the flow...
The earlier portions about Hitler's early life, his struggles after WWI, and the germination of his political ambition are more interesting...and again examples of his transformation into an anti-Semite and manipulator are worth noting...
I've read a few books about this topic. I must admit I haven't tried non-fiction. I guess it is too sad, too cruel, too upsetting for me.

Since I am German, we have this topic on and off over the years in history classes. Nowadays often with trips to various concentration camps. I'm very glad we didn't have to visit any when I was still in school. I know it broadens the horizon and nowadays it was sooooo darn long ago that the kids don't know what really happened and maybe read the real thing to show them it was real.
A few years ago, we've watched many many documentaries about national socialism, about the role of women in these days, etc. Very interesting. It is unbelievable what one single mind can bring forth, how only one person can move thousands, millions of people and how cruel this can end.
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:15 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Stooping to conquer

Querencia / Stephen Bodio, c1990, Clark City Press, 818.54 BODI 1990.

Subjects
• Bodio, Stephen.
• Authors, American -- Biography.

Length
• 154 pages ;

Seven years of bliss in Magdalena, NM – house, dogs, falcons, hunting - & writing. The love of Bodio & Betsy Huntington for each other, & for their adopted land in NM. The two are a matched pair, literate & witty - finding their way in a fierce landscape. Very engaging.

Descriptions of the land, the peoples, setting up household.
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham.

I am SPENT. Positively drained. What a beautiful, gorgeous book. How the author was able to inject humor into her story's telling -- and I mean some LOL moments -- is beyond me. She has a gift. Well, if you choose to read the book, you'll see that she has more than one gift.

Lovely.
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:38 PM
 
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I just finished "The Storm of Swords" and added the fourth in the series to my TRL, but I'm feeling a bit resentful that it ran 48 hours long. L-O-N-G hours. I'm not sure if I will go the full series, given the investment needed.
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Old 10-20-2017, 07:04 PM
 
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Reading: "The Third Victim."

On audio: "A Pale View of Hills" by Kazuo Ishiguro
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