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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:45 PM

OK.. if you had 3 book choices ... for my Audible

I have "A Peoples History of The United States".
What do you recommend as must haves?

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Reply OK.. if you had 3 book choices ... for my Audible (Original post)
w8liftinglady Nov 2012 OP
rainy Nov 2012 #1
exboyfil Nov 2012 #2
Patiod Nov 2012 #12
longship Nov 2012 #3
charlyvi Nov 2012 #4
w8liftinglady Nov 2012 #5
marmar Nov 2012 #6
applegrove Nov 2012 #7
zeos3 Nov 2012 #8
Chalfont Nov 2012 #9
Patiod Nov 2012 #10
avebury Nov 2012 #11
unhappycamper Nov 2012 #13

Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:48 PM

1. Cutting For Stone

Superb writing. Unforgettable and life changing.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:15 PM

2. It is 3 credits but

Shelby Foote's 3 Volume The Civil War. I have listened to it twice. It is my favorite. Followed by first three volumes of The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). Other favorites include Hamilton by Chernow, Truman by McCullough, John Adams by McCullough, 1776 by McCullough, Lonesome Dove by McMurthry, Andrew Jackson by Brands, American Gods by Gaiman, I Claudius and Claudius the God by Graves, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein.

I love audible.com.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:57 AM

12. I read "The Stars in Their Courses" every July

I'm a woman and a Quaker with little if any interest in stories about war, but damn, that book is astounding.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:26 PM

3. "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein.

Scary shit. And all true.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:26 PM

4. Bloodlands. Timothy Snyder

A history of the people who were caught in the lands between Germany and The Soviet Union before and during WW2. Poland, the Ukraine, Bellarusse (sp), Latvia, the Baltic countries. These people were caught in the grinder between Hitler and Stalin. Tragic, tragic, tragic.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:24 PM

5. awesome! I'm going to check back..you guys have made my next 4 choices for me :)

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:44 PM

6. "Empire of Illusion" by Chris Hedges

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 10:50 PM

7. "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:41 AM

8. How about 3 authors?

I'm always amazed when I pick up their books.

Thomas Frank - "What's the Matter With Kansas?" and "The Wrecking Crew" (I haven't read his new one yet)

David Cay Johnston - "Perfectly Legal" and "Free Lunch" (Again, haven't read his latest one)

Greg Palast - "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" and "Armed madhouse" (Haven't read his latest either)



As a bonus, check out "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 01:32 AM

9. A Trilogy

I recommend these three:
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63
Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968

I liked At Canaan's edge most, but I think you need to start from the beginning.

RE: John Perkins. He's a bit of a liar and con man, I think.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:48 AM

10. English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

Sprawling, rollicking story of a Manx sea captain forced to take a ship of fools to Australia. Funny and tragic, read by Simon Callow who gives every one of the many characters a distinctive voice.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:50 AM

11. Stieg Larrson's trilogy:

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest


Also, check out your local library to see if they have free audio downloads. The local library where I live has both e-books and audio books available for download. A lot of times before I buy a book from Audible or Amazon I check to see if I can get it for free from the library. For example, I just listened to No Easy Day, the book about the mission that killed Bin Laden. It was an interesting book and expanded beyond just the raid to about Seal Team life.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:46 AM

13. Legacy of Ashes & Retreat From Kabul

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