What books have you been reading?

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  1. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian @BrianLINY Zone Supporter

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    I just picked up Empire of Things, it's a pretty interesting read so far on the rise of consumerism dating back to the 15th century and the origin of cotton, tobacco, etc.

    Before that I just finished Connectography, absolutely a must read for anyone interested in geopolitics or economics.
     
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  2. ragman

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    Reading an old Robert Ludlum book, titled The Parsifal Mosaic. Good yarn if you like spy novels.
     
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  3. CalPolyTechnique

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    I'm about to pickup I'm Right and you're an Idiot. Catchy title, but it's supposed to be a really good book on the breakdown of public discourse. I'm really interested to see the role social media has in the demise.
     
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  4. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian @BrianLINY Zone Supporter

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    I'm in talks with a professor I am close with to work on a paper/book about the role social media has played in the consolidation of big brands. At this point there are about 15-20 company's that run probably about 80-90% of all consumer products. It is more concerning that the wealth concentration in the 1% as the Occupy movement was protesting a few years ago. I fear that the entire corporate world is going to continue consolidating to the point where we have almost no privacy.
     
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  5. ragman

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    About to finish The Parsifal Mosaic.

    Next up is Fractured, by DJ Molles. This is book #4 of his The Remaining series.

    This is basically about people trying to survive after a plague has wiped out most of humanity.

    If you like The Walking Dead, you'll like this 6 book series.
     
  6. rynochop

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    How's the Parifal mosaic?
     
  7. CATCH17

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    I started reading a song of ice and fire since I'm such a fan boy of the show.

    I've read the first book but I'm a little burned out on GOT right now so invent read book 2 yet.
     
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  8. LittleBoyBlue

    LittleBoyBlue Redvolution

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    Art Of The Deal
     
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  9. ragman

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    It's good. Written in 1982, it's kind of dated by now. If you've read one of his books, they're pretty similar. A group tries to take over America, and only 1 man can stop them.
     
  10. Reality

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    Jack Bauer? :)
     
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  11. Dallas_Cowboys50

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    Go Dog Go.......


    lol nah Im actually readin the Confederate version of a leatherbound (well, imitation anyway) twin set of books on the civil war, one is Confederate gray and the other Union blue....titles are "Diaries, Memoirs and Letters of the Civil War".....picked em up at a Books-A-Million...dang good stuff if youre a civil war/history buff....
     
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  12. ragman

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    Close. In this one, the main character works for the State Department.
     
  13. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    "Last Rampage" the story of the Gary Tison escape (with his families help) from an Arizona prison in 1978.

    I remembered that it was big news at the time because they (the prison escapees) started killing folks along way.

    It's a horrific story... Also kind of sad too in that Tison was such a selfish bastid who took advantage of the love of his sons to not just break him out of prison but tie them to the stomach-churning crimes he would commit after the breakout.
     
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  14. Denim Chicken

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    Currently reading "Lucifer's Hammer" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
     
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  15. YosemiteSam

    YosemiteSam Unfriendly and Aloof!

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  16. JIMMYBUFFETT

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    Just finished Walden by Thoreau. I was a little disappointed in it. I like classics and love outdoor literature, but it didn't do much for me. I thought it was more of a survival story about a man's time alone in the woods, but not so much. I'm about half way through Into Africa about the adventures and discoveries of David Livingston and Henry Stanley now and it's been fantastic so far. Searching for the true source of the Nile back in the mid 1800's is something I can't even fathom.
     
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  17. ragman

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    One of my favorite all-time books!
     
  18. Denim Chicken

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    Have you read "Swan Song"? If not, you would probably enjoy it.
     
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  19. ragman

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    Yes, I have read Swan Song. Another one of my all-time favorite books. Along with Stephen King's The Stand.
     
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  20. Denim Chicken

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    That's the big three in post-apocalyptic ficton.
     
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