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Recently read The Fight by Norman Mailer. Awesome, made me want to go for a run in the middle of the night and beat on a heavy bag for a while. Pair very well with When We Were Kings.

Immediately after that I read Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain. I've not read it before, but I've had it on my to read list for a while, and I finished The Fight the same day Bourdain died, so it seemed fitting to read it. Really good. A few slow bits in the middle, but his descriptions of the places he's worked and the people he's met along the way were amazing. It was a bit morbid / eerie reading the final chapters where he starts to talk about his love for travel, that he doesn't want to live with any regrets, he describes someone he knows who hanged himself and that he has no sympathy for him.
 
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john dickie - mafia brotherhood and mafia republic.(2 books but 1 continuous story) 9/10 highly recommended

a few years ago i read 'history of the sicilian mafia' by the same guy. that was prob a better book tbh as these 2 tell the story of the cammora and ndrag....calabrian mafia as well. so rather than 1 mafia in 1 book you get 3 in 2 books, which is less.

one thing that wasn't said but seems odd. luciano leggio/liggio, supposedly the name changed because of a court document, but the dates don't make sense for that to be true, he'd been in court under his real name before then. anyway; he's one of the most important figures in the history and i can't work out what his real name is, which reflects how the entire book(s) leaves you with a bunch of information, but a lot of confusion.
 

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How fast can you go through a book?
It depends on how many words per page and how heavy duty the subject is............

Ive powered through paperbacks a couple hundred pages long in a day when Im sitting around reading at home or the beach or whatever...........other,more serious stuff will take a week or so reading a couple three hours a night....maybe more.......usually Im reading a few things a t a time and so it might take a couple of weeks to get through any one book Ive got going............

So,um.............no real easy to point at figure.........

I can’t read a paragraph without giving up?
:lol:

Get something you like and hit the bowl and sit down in the sun,or in the quiet,and give it a shot..........

Have you ever tried short stories?

Im a huge fan of science fiction and horror shorts................easy to digest little things you can get through quick and then put it down.............

Stephen King and HP Lovecraft,for instance,have great horror shorts............

Might help ya get into it,get ya conditioned for longer stuff...........

:cheers
 
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THanks buddy, my
It depends on how many words per page and how heavy duty the subject is............

Ive powered through paperbacks a couple hundred pages long in a day when Im sitting around reading at home or the beach or whatever...........other,more serious stuff will take a week or so reading a couple three hours a night....maybe more.......usually Im reading a few things a t a time and so it might take a couple of weeks to get through any one book Ive got going............

So,um.............no real easy to point at figure.........

:lol:

Get something you like and hit the bowl and sit down in the sun,or in the quiet,and give it a shot..........

Have you ever tried short stories?

Im a huge fan of science fiction and horror shorts................easy to digest little things you can get through quick and then put it down.............

Stephen King and HP Lovecraft,for instance,have great horror shorts............

Might help ya get into it,get ya conditioned for longer stuff...........

:cheers
Thanks buddy, my reading retention has gone down the shitter. Appreciate it
 
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Been reading the War of the Roses books by Conn Iggulden. Finished the second one, Trinity, a few days ago. They're really good, easy to read and they actually have me itching for more historical fiction.

Currently reading 1984.
 

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Been reading the War of the Roses books by Conn Iggulden. Finished the second one, Trinity, a few days ago. They're really good, easy to read and they actually have me itching for more historical fiction.

Currently reading 1984.
1984 is great...........been getting deeper into Orwell recently............picked up a copy of Down and Out in Paris and London which I hope to start soon.....................
 

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i struggle with 1984. i think winston is such a bland character that it's hard to care about him or understand how the mental process he goes through makes sense.

the overall message of the book - i agree with, but the method of delivery isn't effective imo.
 

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i struggle with 1984. i think winston is such a bland character that it's hard to care about him or understand how the mental process he goes through makes sense.

the overall message of the book - i agree with, but the method of delivery isn't effective imo.
I think the blandness is a choice by the author...................it shows how effectively he has been emptied by the system,eh?
 
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"The Rough Riders"

by Theodore Roosevelt

published 1899


Half adventure tale,half political propaganda and half ego driven self promotion this book should be on the list of everyone who wants to really get into american history and politics as it was seen by the people at the time it was unfolding. TR was a larger than life hurricane of a man and the book is little different. It,of course,tells the tale of his involvement in the Spanish American War in Cuba and it helps paint a picture of the war as the average man of the time would have seen it...through a filter of yellow journalism,war as adventure stories and personal anecdotes that helped confirm the United States opinion of itself as the beacon of hope and freedom while violently securing new colonies.

The book itself reads a bit like a boys adventure tale. It begins with the briefest of political sketches,centering,of course,on TRs opinions and almost immediately leaves it behind to get into the romantic business of putting together the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment which was mustered in the midwest,at a time when it was the home of cowboys and cattlemen and the last echoes of the frontier. Needless to say,the men included a host of colorful characters and misfits but they were tough and they were volunteers and they knew how to ride because they were bred to it. Of course they fought mostly on foot and in the thick vegetation of Cuba but even that didn't slow them down when it came to it.

TR was,originally,second in command but,in a bit of a a fortunate accident of history,he was promoted to command when the original colonel was promoted up the chain after the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiments first action. TR was,therefore,in charge when the regiment fought its most famous battle,the Battle of San Juan Hill.

While a bit sanitized,a bit overtly propagandistic and a bit to self promotional,the book is a classic. It still manages to tell a rousing tale of what would have been an obscure battle in an obscure war had it not been for TR being there with enough background and other info to fill out a nice afternoons read. At only 200 or so pages [in the paperback I have] its a quick,fun,interesting look into turn of the last century america and the growing legend of TR,one of the last of the giants.
 
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cheers just looked into it and watched his Ted talk, its now on my list! I'm reading Outliers by Gladwell after I finish the one I'm reading, looks like it would interest you if you haven't read it?
Gladwell is a very interesting character.................how do his books read? Ive seen some of his talks and they are fascinating but Im not sure how some of that stuff will translate onto the page..........
 
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Don't know if you've read anything by Frans de Waal. He's a brilliant primatologist at Emory. In particular I'd recommend "The Ape and the Sushi Master." I'm certain that you'd enjoy it.