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    Shum tingsh in here don't react well to bulletsh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    Do you have any other settings than smarmy? I'm getting my masters in American History which primarily a study in historiography covering the history of written history. The written history up until the new left pretty much reinforced systemic racism. The collection of books, journal articles, and other primary and secondary sources are compared and contrasted to show the shift in narratives. An overtly racist narrative still has historical value if you consider the time that it was written.

    Do you have any other settings except I'm an expert because I'm in a MA program in history? You seem to mention it often.


    Since you care, I have formal education much beyond a masters degree, and I've given presentations about 1900-1920s history at conferences, and have written works on the matter. I don't like to bring this sort of thing up because this doesn't make me a expert, and in fact doing so should make everyone think more critically about what I'm saying. But you seem to think that degrees or formal education mean something, so there you have it.


    Perhaps you should list the works you have read, so we can judge for ourselves what you are reading? Perhaps some others here might want to read some of them, what did you think of them? Which of the 25 books that you rented from cheggs do you think are the best? Stating a number of books is less than helpful, unless you just want us to think you read a lot.

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    Gentlemen,

    Keep the conversation civil, please.

    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davids View Post
    Gods of the Upper Air was really well written. It's a great social history/history of science, and it reminded me why I majored in Anthropology!

    Plus who knew Margaret Mead lead such a wild life?!?
    I lived with a sociology professor and his wife my last two years at Amherst. Charles had a photo taken at Delphi. Margaret Mead was front and center with her staff. Charles to the side looking debonair, and Bucky Fuller standing by a column absentmindedly testing it with a finger.

    When I commented on the company he kept, Charles said of Margaret, "she was a very generous woman."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    Im sure the movie was awful for a submariner. But entertaining for the masses. The further away we get from it the cornier it looks.
    I used to play wargames, some of the players were serving Army, some civilian (me)
    We all thought "Red Storm Rising" was a very funny book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vvv321 View Post
    So you have read 25+ books, which is great, but the question is, who wrote them? Whose perspectives are brought to bear? Which version of history are you learning? What you read and the understanding of what you have read is far, far, more important than the number of books you have read.

    Finally, an education is not the same as a degree, in fact they are often at odds with each other, the academy is as culpable as any other institution for the perpetuation of systemic racism.
    Where the Fock did this come from? I see nothing in Bill’s posts that merits this or your subsequent reactions. I suggest an apology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott G. View Post
    I used to play wargames, some of the players were serving Army, some civilian (me)
    We all thought "Red Storm Rising" was a very funny book.
    A General Dynamics press release, without the pictures.
    I hadn't thought of that. There's a strong business in writing extended canon for video games and movies, Clancy did the same for the military industrial complex.
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    Just got this from the local Library.

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    That I enjoyed?

    Arundhati Roy's Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

    Denis Johnson's The Laughing Monsters.

    David Mitchell's Utopia Avenue.
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    I'm halfway through Barkskins. At a point I thought it'd be all downhill from there because I mean what else could happen and then I read the next chapter and it's like oh wow it just keeps coming. I'm enjoying it hugely.

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    Notes on Blindness: A Journey Through the Dark
    its just great ! i would totally recommend reading it many times :D its one of my all times favorites
    can you pass the hard color blind test ? some people cannot and its just fine ...

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    Just finished The Peripheral by William Gibson. A good escape. A fast read. And the heroine rides a bike! An e-bike, but a bike.

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    Just read Say Nothing (Irish troubles) and The Snakehead (China people smuggling) both by the same author. Both were fantastic with the former being a near classic.

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    The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

    One of my favorite books in the last year.
    Take care of yourself in this time of crisis and realize sadness, anger and grief are part of the process Brian Clare

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