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Current Reading - October 2018

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Oct 2, 2018, 3:37am Top

I don't seem to be in a finishing mode lately. More or less actively reading Julie Anne Taylor's Muslims in Medieval Italy and Michael Brett's The Fatimid Empire.

(Apparently I'm in a Medieval Islamic mode).

Edited: Oct 5, 2018, 12:31am Top

And still on our cross-country trip, we finished listening to Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum. Excellent!

Oct 6, 2018, 12:38pm Top

Finished Touch the Earth compiled by T.C. McLuhan.
An oral history expressing, in their own words, what Native Americans lost when dispossessed of their lands and way of life, and how it affected them.

Oct 7, 2018, 9:22pm Top

I finished Astoria and Empire on Saturday.

Oct 11, 2018, 10:56am Top

Finished listening to the final book we started on our trip, The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller.

Oct 11, 2018, 10:03pm Top

>7 jztemple: I enjoyed reading that recently

Oct 12, 2018, 12:57am Top

Just finished the Fatimid book. Heavy going but rewarding.

Oct 15, 2018, 9:03pm Top

Currently reading The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration written by Darrin Lunde. This focuses on the "outdoor" life of Theodore Roosevelt. Very interesting man, and very ambitious.

Oct 16, 2018, 1:40am Top

I'm now reading Rezakhani's ReOrienting the Sasanians, about the eastern Iranian world in Late Antiquity. Interesting but plagued by an unseemly amount of typos and grammatical infelicities for a university press.

Edited: Oct 20, 2018, 7:45pm Top

I finished Shepherdess of Elk River Valley last night.

I also finished The Near-Side Car and the Legacy of Thomas E. Mitten earlier in the week.

Oct 22, 2018, 5:47pm Top

The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser

Oct 23, 2018, 9:41pm Top

OK, here we go.

I went through 3 books on the various aspects of the electrification of the Milwaukee Road.

Milwaukee Road Bi-Polar Electrics
The Milwaukee Road Under Wire
The Milwaukee Road In Color Volume 5: Pacific Extension

Now I am shifting from western trains to western exploration books. The Best of the West: 250 Classic Works of Western Americana I even have a few of the ones mentioned in this annotated bibliography.

Edited: Oct 25, 2018, 2:58pm Top

I finished the excellent Day of Infamy, Walter Lord's minute-by-minute account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, published in 1957.

I'm now reading the very interesting How Soccer Explains the World: An (Unlikely) Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer. Published in 2004, the book seems already out of date on some issues. But I am enjoying it and learning from it nevertheless.

Oct 29, 2018, 8:34am Top

I'm reading With Alexander in India and Central Asia, a collection of papers connected - in some cases very loosely - to Alexander's eastern campaigns.

Oct 30, 2018, 10:04am Top

Oct 30, 2018, 4:58pm Top

I'm reading Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and New History of America's Origin, by Joseph Kelly, the title touchstone for which I can't get to work for the life of me even though it's showing on the author's page.

Edited: Nov 27, 2018, 12:42pm Top

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Edited: Nov 27, 2018, 3:07pm Top

I read The Butchering Art on vacation last week and am now working on Devices & Desires, a history of contraception in 19th and 20th century USA.

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