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Member: LamSon

CollectionsYour library (16,154), Spouse (116), Wishlist (76), Read but unowned (10), All collections (16,154)

Reviews103 reviews

TagsSF (3,557), Vietnam War (2,431), American History (979), Middle East (923), apocalypse (908), WW 2 (796), Fiction (591), Cold War (439), Series (430), Biography (356) — see all tags

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About meI have been gathering books since I was a little kid. I even went so far as to hide a bookcase in my closet, behind clothes, after my dad said, 'No more bookcases!' He eventually found it.

Fortunately I have a very understanding wife. This has allowed my library to grow with no end in sight with shelf space of nearly .2 miles. When we go on vacations we follow a guide to used bookstores, not a guide to tourist spots.

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About my libraryIn history I tend to focus on 20th century conflict - WW 2, Cold War, Vietnam War, wars of liberation. Within this group my collection on the Vietnam War is the largest in my library.

IMHO everyone should read these books.

Mao: The Unknown Story - Chang, Jung

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam - Sheehan, Neil

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World - MacMillan, Margaret

The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair - Meredith, Martin

The Ends of the Earth: A Journey at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century - Kaplan, Robert D.

Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - Hiro, Dilip

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty - Martin, Bradley K.

GroupsFavorite Bookstores, Libraries with bookstores, Military History, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsIsaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Niall Ferguson, Jon Hassler, Robert A. Heinlein, Bernd Heinrich, Robert D. Kaplan, John McPhee, Conrad Richter, Ferrol Sams, Clifford D. Simak, John Steinbeck, George R. Stewart, Edwin Way Teale (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBook House, BookSmart, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Midway Used & Rare Books, Sixth Chamber Used Books, Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore

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Member sinceMar 1, 2007

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Great Library! I'm about to show your pictures to my other half - she is complaining that I have too many books ;) My usual reply is that we simply have too small house :)
Really, great collection.

The weather is -14 degrees there today?

Ouch; that is heavy duty!

Are you staying warm?

You're welcome! Nice collection, especially for the Vietnam War!
Hey, Mark --

Really sorry to hear about PD. I'm doing all right at my new job (receptionist) and hope that yours at Half Price Books improves with time. How's Janice? Also, let me know where and when you work and maybe I'll come in and bug you sometime.

Also, geometroids in no way rule.

Don't know where you are in your Presidential book series but the book I just finished is something I think you would find of interest:

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

Know you have a busy reading schedule but this one seems to be something that aligns with your interests.

I am 20 pages from the end, I should finish it today. I am still disappointing in the dismissive way they have treated both race and economic status as reasons for choosing these test subjects. Sarah Palin's child / grandchild would never be included in one of these studies. They also failed, in my opinion, to explain the difference is the types of studies done. With Medicines the first human testing is done to detect bad side effects. Those are the tests done on the most vulnerable populations and I did not see much discussion about how therapeutic effectiveness was not a big concern in many of these studies.

On the other hand I have to confess that at one point I was feeling sympathy with the researchers. My parents, brothers, and sisters all received an experimental hepatitis vaccine in the mid 1960s when I came down with the disease. I was the oldest and I received "Last Rights" from our priest, I think if my brothers and sisters had gotten sick at least one of us would not be here today.
I started it yesterday. The boxing book got better. I looked at this books bibliography and was disappointed that I did not find any mention of Harriet Washington's book "Medical Apartheid". She covered the same topics, the same institutions, she even had a section devoted to using children as test subjects. Then there was the line in the introduction, "Social, racial, physical, and intellectual disabilities stamped such individualizes as "throwaway people," classes of flawed or "defective" individuals without value." I understand what they are trying to say but I disagree with them lumping social and racial status with actual physical challenges. Race and social status are only problems because the powers that be decide they are. They seem to buy into that but I am pushing ahead with it.

Right now I have to much going on to get a lot or reading done.
Thanks! I'm glad to know someone agrees with me about "Earth Abides." I tried a thought experiment: What would explain the lack of internet/cell phone in the narrative? The narrator went to the wilderness to be alone, so naturally wouldn't take them. Everything else still, pretty much, holds up.

That's some good writing.

You were already on my interesting list, but I just finished A Bright Shining Lie and found you listed it on a"should read list "somewhere else. My review expresses my opinions....but the more I think about it I think ...what a remarkable book this the author covers the man and the war. We never seem to learn...Read it straight through all day....

Love your bookcases....mine are in crates in my basement and selected one at 2 houses....I really think I should invest in a real library....
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