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Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer by Tracy Kidder


I have to read this book for my first semester of college. It's okay defiantly gave me a new outlook on health and medicine. Yet I love to nitpick and, as the title suggests, this book worships Dr. Paul Farmer. While he is a great man and the author does bring up some flaws they are dismissed and never truly analyzed. Also I disagree with Dr. Farmer a lot on health vs. political rights debate which is briefly brought up in book. It changed my opinion of the man but also helped me to shape my own ideals.

Pick it up if you want a thought provoking read that leaves you questioning the very thesis of the book. It does happen to very redundant however so be prepared for that.

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Just finished Pekka Hamalainen's "Comanche Empire". A wealth of information, but wordy and at times stoops to academic jargon. Still, his views that Native Americans were co-authors of their own decline, and that the Comanche in particular did much to open the Southwest to subsequent American expansion, are well argued.  Before that, I re-read Arturo Perez-Reverte's "El Maestro de esgrima" (The fencing master), which I need to mail out to my son. The title of his chapters piqued my curiosity about fencing, but I haven't followed it up with any study. I am now into John Mack Faragher's "A Great and Noble Scheme", which is an account of the "Grand Derangement" of the Acadien populace that took place during the French and Indian/Seven years War. First history of that event that I've seen in English, but he disappointingly argues that it was a "genocide". This may earn a few points with liberal academics, but it cheapens the term and calls into question his historical judgment. (I have lived among Acadiens in far northern Maine, in francophone neighborhoods in Massachusetts, and in Louisiana.)  So far, I've discovered how an old school-mate, named Melanson, ended up Acadien, so Faragher has done no small amount of research. Maybe after that, I'll get back to Adam Smith.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jul 2009 at 09:39
I read the episode on Claudius from the 'Twelve Caesars'.
 
Also, am on the J. Livermore's 'How to trade in stocks'.
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I am back to "The Greeks adn Greek Civilization" by a 19th scholar named Jacob Burkhardt

It was translated into English from German but I wonder if he spoke as fast as he thought. I would have enjoyed sitting under him but he died in 1892. Archaeology and new finds have updated his theories but in many ways he is still right on.

I got a copy of: "Byzantium:Church, Society, and Civilization through contemporary Eyes" by Deno John Geanakoplos

It is great source for Byzantine primary sources in English and I will get to it soon.
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Halfway through 'A River runs through it' by Norman MacLean. A nice little read.
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Having a nice read of Bertrand Russell's "The history of Western Philosophy" - the read of a lifetime!
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Originally posted by Parnell Parnell wrote:

Halfway through 'A River runs through it' by Norman MacLean. A nice little read.


didn't they make a movie out of that?
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Almost done reading through a dissertation: Jacquilyne E. Martin, Cardinal Bessarion, mystical theology and spiritual union between East and West, (University of Manitoba, 2000).

Also, reading three others; hoping I can finish them before next semester starts:
 
St. Augustine's Confessions, tr. R.S. Pine-Coffin (London: Penguin Group, 1961)
 
Maximus Confessor: Selected Writings, tr. George C. Berthold (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1985)
 
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinion of the Great Philosophers, (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1926)  


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Originally posted by eaglecap eaglecap wrote:

Originally posted by Parnell Parnell wrote:

Halfway through 'A River runs through it' by Norman MacLean. A nice little read.


didn't they make a movie out of that?


Yes, and a very good one at that with a young(er) Brad Pitt.
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..Ronnie Wood's biography and 'Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee' both at the same time, and both strangely compelling  in the same way...


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Virginia Woolf - To The Lighthouse.
 
Very different, and takes a bit of getting used to, but I'm really enjoying it, and it gives me more confidence about writing, which is nice.
 
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Tacitus's Agricola and Germany in translation.  A very quick read but worth it.  Just finished Xenophon's Persian Expedition as well.  Quite enjoyable. 

Just started/only a few chapters into:

Eichmann: His life and Crimes by David Cesarani. 

Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger

Eagles of the Reich: Men of the Luftwaffe in WWII by Samuel W. Mitcham Jr

Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain 660-1649 by N.A.M. Rodgers

The Scramble For Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent 1876-1912 by Thomas Pakenham 

The Annals by Tacitus

I've got about 15 others I'm making my way through.  More often than not I fantasize about freezing time for a couple years (like 5) allowing me to at least dent my reading list.Stern Smile  I suppose this is what I get for not picking up a historical or literary book of my own volition until the summer before my freshman year of college.  *Sigh*  The folly of youth...
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Pakenham is an interesting figure. How do you find his writing style?
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I recently read a good book on the Civil war, and I read something interesting. I read that that "Stonewall" Jackson used to like sucking on lemons like almost all the time even riding his horse in battle.
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Originally posted by Parnell Parnell wrote:

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The Scramble For Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent 1876-1912 by Thomas Pakenham


Pakenham is an interesting figure. How do you find his writing style?

Very readable and informative so far, does a good job of weaving a narrative outlining broad themes alongside individual examples.  (course this opinion is based on the first couple chaptersEmbarrassed
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The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.
 
It's veeeerrry strange so far (first few pages), but hopefully I'll merge into it.
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 The Tacitian Germania, well done Justinius. How are you finding it?
 
I'm at Akutagawa's 'Rashomon and Other Stories' currently.
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I really enjoyed it.  Fascinating to learn his views on germans and romans amongst other things.  I'll have to relearn latin to enjoy it in the original, apparently his writing style is very succinct and pithy.  
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I'm reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson for a school assignment. It can be a reaaally long book if you try to read and absorb everything.
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I'm halfway through Elizabeth the Queen by Alison Weir.
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Anyone ever read 'The Body Artist' by Don DeLillo? It's on my course next term and it only came out in 2001, so I assume it's good.
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I can't stand DeLillo - although "Players" was quite good, but then again I abhore postmodernist literature. I'm still on Bertrand Russell, and also have Voltaires' "candide" and St Augustines' "confessions" on the roll.
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Yeah I know, postmodern is a bit bleaaaagh, but it's on my course, so I'll give it a pop.
 
I keep reading a few lines of books and then gravitating back to my Swiftian obsession when the going gets tough..
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I'm currently reading a selection readings for my English course ranging from James Madison's Federalist #10 to one about Latino's and the use of the Spanish language in the modern United States.

I'm also reading a Chinese comic translated nto english for my Asian history course called Confucius speaks.         
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I just started The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair. by Martin Meredith. And Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian Esslemont... part of the Malazan series.  This book series has become one of my favorites by far.. i think i got the idea of reading them from Reginmund a while back.  Really good stuff.
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Money... Cool
 
Or at least for ten seconds. :P
 
Otherwise, I'm on Maugham's Far Eastern Stories.
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I am reading "Lumen" of Camille Flammarion, a sort of French Carl Sagan of the 19th century.
"Lumen" is a novel writen in the style of platonic dialog, where the spirit of a dead astronomer speaks with an alive coleague. The insteresting thing is that most of the ideas are about the same mental experiments of Einstein's relativity.
Hower, the book was written in 1867!, almost 40 years before Eintein's paper!!!
I wonder if Einstein read the book, although I am certain he heared about it, or was influenced by its ideas.
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Almost finished the third in Runcimans history of the crusades trilogy when I took a break courtesy of uni and a rediscovery of a love of fiction in Colleen Mccouloughs's book "the first man in Rome" (ok, so its historical fiction, sue me) which I finished reading a while ago, I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read the second volume of this series. However I've had to restrain myself and force myeself to do uni relevant reading in which capacity I've been reading Machiavelli's "The Prince" which is fascinating and I must say I've become a bit of a fan of the cynical Tuscan.

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I was on holidays most of the last week and read quite a few books:

I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S.Thompson, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and am finishing up F. Scott Fitzgeralds' Tender is the Night..
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I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S.Thompson,
 
They made a rather hilarous film of that one with Johnny Depp in maybe his best role.
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