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1adribabe
Apr 13, 2011, 11:08am Top

Book 1: Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman by Charles East

I cannot fathom my days without Sarah in them after reading of her life for so long. Her trials, tribulations, and losses will stay with me always. She is an incredibly sharp witted young southern woman who writes magnificently. Her level of education and privilege is at once clearly understood from her writing.
This is not just some cheesy adolescent journal some girl wrote.

At times the book just goes on and on monotonously. Do not forget that the monotony you feel is the same she is expressing to you since that is what her life goes through during the war. It is like being transported in time to a place so long gone and forgotten....the Civil War and the late 1800's. It describes what life was like back then through her eyes and the divisions and sentiments of people on both sides of the divide. I was amazed at how so many families had sons fighting for both sides at once against each other.

It gives you a sense of how privileged we all are to not have experienced war on our soil in our lifetimes. I hope we never do.

2adribabe
Apr 13, 2011, 11:09am Top

Book 2: The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

All in all i enjoyed reading about the quirkiness of Warren Buffet and understanding how genuinely fascinated he has always been with business. It cut a very painful reality of how unaware and unsophisticated the general public is about business and Wall Street. Amazing how much greed gets the better part of Wall Street on a daily basis and clouds the judgment of those who could make or break our country economically. The carelessness with which some deal with money. It also touched upon Buffet's social perspective that we all owe somethign to society and even the wealthiest of people should give back. Very interesting how he also views trust funds as a private welfare system which decreases productivity while consuming resources.

3adribabe
Jun 12, 2011, 6:22pm Top

Book 3: 1776 by David McCullough

Ok so I have to admit, it was a hard book to start reading. I did not get into it until towards the middle of it. It seemed the author would just jump from one idea or fact to another and repeated himself a lot. All in all a great historical book and it really allowed me to understand the mindset of the American people during the revolution. It was definitely kind of sad how our first army was a rag tag army but says volumes of the spirit with which our nation was born upon.

4Bill_Masom
Jun 14, 2011, 10:55pm Top

#3

I read 1776 a while ago, and loved it. I have read other books by McCullough and loved them as well. The other books I have read are:

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914
John Adams
Johnstown Flood
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

I have liked all of the books of his that I read. I highly recommend them all. If anyone has any questions about any of those, please ask.

Bill Masom

5adribabe
Aug 11, 2011, 3:39pm Top

Book 4: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

A pretty deep and philosophical book about our society and government that is masked in a research type book. Amazing how uninformed we really are about our food and where it comes from. The supermarket is a completely different place for me after reading this book. Kinda draggy at times and the author's viewpoint and sentimentality at times was annoying but the lesson learned was life altering for me.

6adribabe
Aug 23, 2011, 12:55pm Top

Book 5: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

What an interesting man. At times he is a very frustrating character but at others times you understand why. His stand was always somewhere in the middle even though he kept very strong ideas himself. He was always very careful not to be an extremist on any view or policy. He was the ultimate politician with heart who hated confrontation. It was pretty cool to realize how much of a federalist he was at heart but never fully showed it. I wish Martha had not burned his personal correspondence to be able to get to know the personal man but I have a feeling he was an extremely sensitive and emotional man who was born with a natural poker face. Not being able to fully know the man behind the myth is what makes him a legend.

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