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    Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington. I wish I had half the self-motivation and industry that he did.

    The Sins of the Father, by Lawrence Block. I've read this a couple of times, and each time I'm surprised by the ending. I enjoy Block's hard-boiled mysteries--I enjoy most of Block's writings--but for some reason the plot evaporates in my mind after a couple of days. Still, When the Sacred Ginmill Closes is my favorite of the Scudder novels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Brown View Post
    I enjoy Block's hard-boiled mysteries--I enjoy most of Block's writings--but for some reason the plot evaporates in my mind after a couple of days.
    He writes fast. He doesn't revise. And he doesn't worry about who dun it, saying, "I'll find out when the reader does."

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    A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester.

    It's basically a book about how awful the Middle Ages were and how we got out of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torin View Post
    A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester.

    It's basically a book about how awful the Middle Ages were and how we got out of them.
    I finished this a few days ago (fantastic book), and now I'm reading Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel (also a good book).

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    First footsteps in East Africa - Richard Francis Burton.

    Fascinating times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBT View Post
    First footsteps in East Africa - Richard Francis Burton.

    Fascinating times.
    Let me know how you like this one, I downloaded a bunch of these and was reading an Expedition to the Zambezi a few months ago.

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    The Structure of Freedom: Correlations, Causes, and Cautions - a series of essays on how life/liberty/freedom comes into existence in communities. Nice essay by Peter Berger in here that I wanted to read again.

    Indigenous Peoples of North America: A Concise Anthropological Overview - as it sounds, believe I pulled this one from the Goodreads account of Politesse.

    The Politics of Cultural Pluralism - Went ahead and bought this one because I couldn't pull it out of the library. By Crawford Young.

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    1947: Where Now Begins by Elizabeth Asbrink (translated from the Swedish).

    My brother sent me this book a few months ago and it’s finally made it to the top of the stack by my bedside. Wow! I’m blown away. History, but not “first this happened, then this happened,” but beautifully written, emphasizing the “story.” 1947 set the ball rolling for the post WWII world we still live in.

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    *deleted silly post*
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