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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    I like reading about the silent era movie industry. The Gish sisters made it into the sound era, at least one of them did, and was indeed an excellent actress. Too bad they didn't get many good roles in the 'talkies'; they were definitely in a league of their own as actors. So was Lon Chaney and Buster Keaton.
    Buster Keaton was an artist, and a comedic genius. This was his last screen appearance, in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1966.

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    Elmer Kelton's The Time It Never Rained. Very well-written story of the demise of the small rancher. The particular story is about a drought in West Texas in the 1950s that drives small rancher Charlie Flagg nearly out of ranching. It examines the relationship between white ranchers, Mexican immigrant cowboys, and illegals. It examines the many ways in which government programs work against the small rancher. Considered by some to be one of the best novels to come out of Texas. In terms of character development, I was constantly reminded of Larry McMurtry's Duane Moore series.
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    Concrete Jungle and Prairie Fire. Two books by Clay Martin.

    What I find interesting about them is they read the way I would expect them to read if I had written them myself.
    “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.” - Barry Goldwater

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    The Battle off the Frontiers: Ardennes 1914 by Terence Zuber.

    When we think of WW1, we tend to think of trench warfare but meeting engagements were the norm during the first few months of the war. It's interesting to see how fluid the battlefield was.
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    I just finished a fictional "action novel"(The Black List) by Brad Thor. It was one of the most terrifying books I have ever read. Although fiction it was obvious that many of the issues raised in the novel were possible today. Its basic premise was a shadow agency was able to access every bit of information about every human being on the planet by tracking their GPS movements, their cell phone calls, their credit card purchases, emails, twitter accounts, facial recognition programs. All of these exist but are not in one data base. There is no doubt the government is working on tying all of these into one accessible data base.

    How else were the Boston Marathon Bombers identified within hours of their attack?
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    Alexis de Tocqueville, The Ancien Régime and the Revolution. This is an easy-to-read book for its style and brevity. By style I mean his habit of announcing what he will say, saying it, and then summarizing it--the rest is more the translator Gerald Bevan. de Tocqueville chronicles, based on the various document and papers of the Ancien Régime and the Revolution, how France had become centralized and despotic and its classes separated and how the nobility retained its prestige but lost its power, and how the great abstract thinkers of the time created a new revolutionary government from their imaginations that was just as centralized and despotic. There's more, like the fate of the church, but I'll leave all that and more to you to read.
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    Ronald Hutton's Queens of the Wild: Pagan Goddesses in Christian Europe: An Investigation. A well-researched study of folklore surrounding four female "goddesses:" Mother Earth, the Fairy Queen, the Mistress of the Night, and the Cailleach, with an epilogue on the Green Man. Dispels any connection of these to earlier pagan beliefs or Christianity. Most derive from folktales of the late medieval and early modern period. Unsurprisingly mostly from literature or popularized by unsophisticated books like The Golden Bough, especially in an age of feminism and environmentalism. The Green Man is associated with the Green Knight. Interesting but not highly recommended unless you're into this sort of thing.
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    Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Ostrom examines the tragedy of the commons. She empirically rejects solutions that call for singular ownership by the government publicly or individuals privately. She empirically studies a wide range of historical case studies where collective, common-pool, voluntary organizations solve the problem with fisheries, forests, irrigation systems, and others. She then provides a model. The theoretical work can be very dry, even dull, but the case histories are very interesting to read about.
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    “A moveable feast” Ernest Hemingway.
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