Current Reading - October 2018
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Finished listening to an interesting Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour by Richard Zacks.
And still on our cross-country trip, we finished listening to Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum. Excellent!
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.
Finished listening to the final book we started on our trip, The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller.
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.
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.
I'm currently reading Light Bearers: A History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church by Richard W Schwarz.
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.
Completed an interesting Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd.
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.
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 Published in 2004, the book seems already out of date on some issues.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.
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.
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.
Here are 3 I just finished.
From Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains : Major Stephen Long's expedition, 1819-1820; not an easy read.
Locomotive Quarterly Volume I Number 3
Locomotive Quarterly Volume X Number 4
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