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Old 12-29-2018, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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OK my wife gave me the following books for Christmas -- I will report back later and tell you which ones are worthwhile....
* Epic Survival -- Matt Graham (currently 1/2 way through it)
* Into the Wild - Jon Krakaur (discussed on this forum already)
* Buried In The Sky - P Zuckerman & A Paddan
* Death In The Grand Canyon (also mentioned earlier in this thread)
* No One Would Listen - Harry Markopolis
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Old 01-07-2019, 12:50 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Mayflower : a story of courage, community, and war / Nathaniel Philbrick, c2006, Viking, 973.22 Phil.



Subjects
  • Bradford, William, -- 1590-1657.
  • Church, Benjamin, -- 1639-1718.
  • Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony)
  • Indians of North America -- Wars -- 1600-1750.
  • Massachusetts -- History -- New Plymouth, 1620-1691.
Notes
  • Discovery: -- 1. They knew they were pilgrims -- 2. Dangerous shoals and roaring breakers -- 3. Into the void -- 4. Beaten with their own rod -- 5. The heart of the winter -- 6. In the dark and dismal swamp -- 7. Thanksgiving -- Accommodation: -- 8. The wall -- 9. A ruffling course -- Community: -- 10. One small candle -- 11. The ancient mother -- 12. The trial -- War: -- 13. Kindling the flame -- 14. The god of armies -- 15. In a strange way -- 16. The better side of the hedge -- Epilogue : Conscience.
Summary
  • From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as author Philbrick reveals, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic. The Mayflower's religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor during a period of crisis for Native Americans, as disease spread by European fishermen devastated their populations. Initially the two groups maintained a fragile working relationship. But within decades, New England erupted into King Philip's War, a savage conflict that nearly wiped out colonists and natives alike, and forever altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the country that would grow from them. Philbrick has fashioned a fresh portrait of the dawn of American history--dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion.--From publisher description.
Length
  • xvii, 461 pages : chapter notes, bibliography, index, maps, photos, illustrations
A look beyond the usual pieties. What might have been, under other circumstances? A worthwhile read.
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Old 01-08-2019, 02:01 PM
 
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Moral Man, Immoral Society by Niebuhr.


An interwar analysis of why decent people build indecent societies. This theologian with an affinity for the goals of Marxism shares insights about western industrial societies fail to rectify the injustices of inequality.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:15 AM
 
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[quote=southwest88;54082751]Mayflower : a story of courage, community, and war / Nathaniel Philbrick, c2006, Viking, 973.22 Phil.



This looks good- adding it to my ever expanding list~
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:31 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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OK my wife gave me the following books for Christmas -- I will report back later and tell you which ones are worthwhile....
* Epic Survival -- Matt Graham (currently 1/2 way through it)
* Into the Wild - Jon Krakaur (discussed on this forum already)
* Buried In The Sky - P Zuckerman & A Paddan
* Death In The Grand Canyon (also mentioned earlier in this thread)
* No One Would Listen - Harry Markopolis
Finished Epic Survival. This is a good one. Autobiography (mostly) of Matt Graham, one of the people on Dual Survival (discovery channel). A total non-conformist who has lived off the land for decades -- Graham gives you some gripping stories along the way, and you learn about some of the tools used by survivalists.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Mayflower : a story of courage, community, and war / Nathaniel Philbrick, c2006, Viking, 973.22 Phil.



Subjects
  • Bradford, William, -- 1590-1657.
  • Church, Benjamin, -- 1639-1718.
  • Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony)
  • Indians of North America -- Wars -- 1600-1750.
  • Massachusetts -- History -- New Plymouth, 1620-1691.
Notes
  • Discovery: -- 1. They knew they were pilgrims -- 2. Dangerous shoals and roaring breakers -- 3. Into the void -- 4. Beaten with their own rod -- 5. The heart of the winter -- 6. In the dark and dismal swamp -- 7. Thanksgiving -- Accommodation: -- 8. The wall -- 9. A ruffling course -- Community: -- 10. One small candle -- 11. The ancient mother -- 12. The trial -- War: -- 13. Kindling the flame -- 14. The god of armies -- 15. In a strange way -- 16. The better side of the hedge -- Epilogue : Conscience.
Summary
  • From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as author Philbrick reveals, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic. The Mayflower's religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor during a period of crisis for Native Americans, as disease spread by European fishermen devastated their populations. Initially the two groups maintained a fragile working relationship. But within decades, New England erupted into King Philip's War, a savage conflict that nearly wiped out colonists and natives alike, and forever altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the country that would grow from them. Philbrick has fashioned a fresh portrait of the dawn of American history--dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion.--From publisher description.
Length
  • xvii, 461 pages : chapter notes, bibliography, index, maps, photos, illustrations
A look beyond the usual pieties. What might have been, under other circumstances? A worthwhile read.


Loved this book...learned so much.
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:14 PM
 
Location: The North Star State
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I just finished Stephen Webb's Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox. It's a nice and concise, moderately in-depth survey of the issue of whether or not there is other intelligent (ie, at the level of humanity or beyond) life in our galaxy. It contains the usual caveats of noting that the subject is a remarkably data-poor one.

The author essentially concludes that intelligent (as defined) life must be very rare in the galaxy for one reason or another - or, perhaps, a multitude of reasons. But along the way he treats each solution judiciously, even the more outlandish ones.

Recommended.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:01 AM
 
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Non fiction means something that is not fiction, something that is based on true stories, experience and other significant events happening around us. Non fiction gives us the chance of look at the world around us and experience the changes and histories behind it. When you read non fiction books you will learn about something that really happened. I've listed some of the best non fiction books you will ever find to read. You can get them from here.
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:54 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69, Stephen E. Ambrose (2001)
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69, Stephen E. Ambrose (2001)

Loved this book! Totally enthralling....all his books are wonderful.
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