What are You Reading in what's left of 2008?
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Just got "Sparta" from Interlibrary loan. Its more academic than I thought it would be. Which is okay, just a surprise.
It's a collection of previously published bits by experts in their repective areas. Edited by Michael Whitby.
I was interested in the problems with interpreting the literature and archeological evidence as it pertains to early Sparta. And about the personal-social relationships, such as the dining groups.
Anyway, I did finish up Fries's Rebellion last week.
The woman warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston,
Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair by Anthony Arthur,
William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism by Robert D. Richardson and
Mornings on horseback about the very young Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough
The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen
At this moment I am half-way Hong Kingston beautiful book about a Chinese American girlhood which reads itself now in busses and trams, and want to make a start with Arthur’s biography: Upton Sinclair’s Lanny Budd was, translated in Dutch, one of the heroes of my youth, like Old Shatterhand and Kara Ben Nemsi, participating in fascinating times and places.
At the moment I am watching a talkshow about yesterday's German soccer games and contemplating which book to pick up now: Either The Peninsular War, Gladstone or The Struggle For Mastery.
And please drop a line here when you post your reviews (if you do review 'em). I'd be interested in getting your take.
Just finished reviewing (and reading) "The Practical Surveyor" by Samuel Wyld. It was interesting, but not for many people. Orig. published in 1725. The current edition is more or less an exact replica.
Also, re-read and finally reviewed "Mountain Scouting: a handbook for officers and soldiers on the frontier". This one was published in 1881. It was alot of fun.
Just made a start with FDR by Jean Edward Smith. A few things from the preface:
- "The riddle for a biographer is to explain how this Hudson River aristocrat, a son of privilege who never depended on a paycheck, became the champion of the common man".
- About Eleanor Roosevelt: "she had a gift for saying the right thing at the right time, and she could say it in several languages."
Even after graduate classes in American History, there as always new perspectives to learn from. Reading Maier has increased my understanding of the political atmosphere of the colonies in the Stamp Act crisis and other protests prior to the outbreak of hostilities.