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    Reading David M. Potter's The Impending Crisis: 1848-1861, copyright 1976. I like reading these histories that pre-date much of the later selectively edited nonsense put out by pseudo-intellectuals peddling agendas. The coverage of the 1860 elections is pretty good, as is the chapter immediately prior that explodes the myth that the South wanted to restart the African slave trade and invade Cuba to expand slavery too, a favorite falsehood peddled by eastern liberal south bashers.

    Also reading Captain Kidd and the War Against the Pirates, by Robert C. Ritchie; fairly boring stuff but has some interesting history about the early American colonies and the international politics of the times, and Madagascar.

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    I recently read a book about Ernie Pyle. Fascinating man and was in almost every newspaper during the war in Europe. Some author tried to trace his steps during his war time writing. I just ordered american prometheus: the triumph and tragedy of j. robert oppenheimer.
    It was gonna take 5 months or more from the library as 32 were ahead of me . Ebay had it for $5
    Just saw the movie. Didnt feel like 3 hours.

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    Wow this looks good.

    Bioarchaeology of Injuries and Violence in Early Medieval Europe

    https://www.medievalists.net/2023/08...dieval-europe/
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    James Robert Daniels' The Comanche Kid. A cross between Charles Portis' True Grit and Andy Adams's The Log of a Cowboy. Daniels has written over 350 Westerns.
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    Hadley Arkes, Mere Natural Law: Originalism and the Anchoring Truths of the Constitution. Of all the books he written on the topic, applying natural law to law, this is by far his most readable. Highly recommended.
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    'On His Majesty's Secret Service', a James Bond novel - a small book, actually, more like a novella - set a month or two before the recent coronation of King Charles III. The author is British author-actor Charlie Higson, who previously wrote a series of books set in the '30s featuring Bond as a teenager. (Young Adult books, I'm guessing.) Interesting in that Higson is one of only two writers of 007 novels to "update" or reboot the character, the other being Jeffrey Deaver. All the others have either set their books back in the '60s and '70s, making it clear that this is the same Bond that Ian Fleming wrote about, or they set the stories more recently and let Bond age somewhat, but never enough to be very believable. (Fleming's Bond would now be somewhere between 100 and 105 years old.) Higson's book, set in the present day, describes 007 as a man in his mid-thirties. Deaver made Bond a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, rather than WWII.
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    I'm reading America's Last President: What the World Lost When it Lost John F. Kennedy.

    It was written by Monika Wiesak, and it's better than I thought it would be. Very readable. And her research is well-cited.

    She talks about underlying conflicts that were going on that we don't read about today. She talks about how conspiracy theories developed alongside a culture of paranoia vs. those who live in a comfortable delusion.

    It's a bit different from other books I've read--she has her ideas and she points to them without making accusations. Here's a blurb I liked:

    The spirit of asking questions and seeking truth in our society died when
    John F. Kennedy died. The Declaration of Independence was essentially a
    conspiracy theory document, accusing King George of many things, some
    of which he was guilty, others not. Our country was born in the spirit of
    questioning power, John F. Kennedy embodied that spirit, and it died with
    his assassination.

    Today, we celebrate fitting in, not standing out. We honor those that follow
    the established and approved narrative, not those that offer opposing
    perspectives. It is almost as if one is a witch that needs to be burned at the
    stake if one raises questions or issues that do not fit the narrative we have
    been told.
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    Justo L. González, The Story of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation. This is an easy-to-read but very informative book on early church history. The theological arguments are presented in a basic but understandable way. The interplay between church and state is well-developed. Volume Two will cover the Reformation to the Present Day, and I look forward to reading it as well.
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    Matthew, Mark, Luke, John et al. The New Testament. Not sure why but I decided to read the New Testament start to finish and did so a chapter a day, something like 260 chapters, so that many days. I started with the ESV but the stickies I use for bookmarks ripped the too-thin pages so I researched and found the most recent (2020) translation the LSV (Literal Standard) with thick sturdy pages. I suppose I'll tackle the Old Testament next, though I think I want to read selections first, like Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes--recently read Job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Matthew, Mark, Luke, John et al. The New Testament. Not sure why but I decided to read the New Testament start to finish and did so a chapter a day, something like 260 chapters, so that many days. I started with the ESV but the stickies I use for bookmarks ripped the too-thin pages so I researched and found the most recent (2020) translation the LSV (Literal Standard) with thick sturdy pages. I suppose I'll tackle the Old Testament next, though I think I want to read selections first, like Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes--recently read Job.
    I've destroyed every bible I've ever owned. I'd like to get an antique bible that I can just put on display.
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