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    I got that for my sister for Christmas, because she had it on her Amazon wish list.

    The synopsis puts me in mind of a really good book by Rick Bragg - 'It's All Over But the Shoutin''. I gave my late mother-in-law a copy - she grew up in the '30s and '40s near Tuscumbia, Alabama - after reading it, myself, and she said it took her back to her poor country childhood with such vividness that she had to stop reading every few pages. Emotional overload.


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    I'm reading The Barbarians Speak by Peter Wells. It's a study of ancient Europe and how the native peoples of temperate Europe interacted with Rome to form new societies after the Roman conquests of the 1st and 2nd Centuries B.C.
    @Chris and @Ethereal this may be of interest to you both: according to Wells, , the archaeology suggests that the large tribal groups to which Classical writers (including Caesar) made reference to were in fact a recent political phenomenon that appeared only as a result of interaction with, and at times a perceived threat from, the Roman state. There simply isn't much archaeological evidence to suggest that the political and social hierarchy these larger conglomerations entailed were an isolated, internal development. On the contrary, the evidence suggests that this was a response to the challenges presented by Roman expansion.
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    A lot of it is written for the novice precision rifleman, but there is a ton of good information for the experienced shooter, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Arrow View Post
    I'm working on Mario Puzo's The Godfather, and then it'll be Jay Winik's 1944.
    What I remember best about the novel was that, contrary to the film, Vito Corleone advised his sons that everything was personal. Nothing was just business. Time and again in the film some formulation of "it's just business" is heard.
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    Im reading a series of espionage books by Barry Eiser
    "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    What I remember best about the novel was that, contrary to the film, Vito Corleone advised his sons that everything was personal. Nothing was just business. Time and again in the film some formulation of "it's just business" is heard.
    When its your business its personal, I read the book long ago so i dont exactly remember the context that personal was used. For example when tessio became a traitor that was personal but he said it was just business not personal in the movie, thats as personal as it gets being a rat.
    "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    When its your business its personal, I read the book long ago so i dont exactly remember the context that personal was used. For example when tessio became a traitor that was personal but he said it was just business not personal in the movie, thats as personal as it gets being a rat.
    I remember the quote as something like "every little bit of of $#@! a man has to eat in his life is personal".
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    King and Maxwell by David Baldacci

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    Quote Originally Posted by jigglepete View Post
    King and Maxwell by David Baldacci
    Whos the main character in that book, ive read some david baldacci books
    "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it"



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