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Old December 27th, 2010, 02:52 AM   #1

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What are you reading?


(Continuing on from the old 'What are you reading?' thread:
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The OP remains the same: What are you reading?
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I've ordered The Treasure of the Sierra Madre which I'm really excited about, having been a huge fan of the movie and Bogart in general, and stumbling across the fact that it was a book first, and has a very mysterious author.

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Amazon.com: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: A Novel (9780809092970): B. Traven: Books
Amazon.com: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: A Novel (9780809092970): B. Traven: Books


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Old December 27th, 2010, 03:50 AM   #3

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Santa brought me Philip Morgan, The Fall of Mussolini: Italy, the Italians, and the Second World War. So now I'm reading it.

Amazon.com: The Fall of Mussolini: Italy, the Italians, and the Second World War (9780199219346): Philip Morgan: Books
Amazon.com: The Fall of Mussolini: Italy, the Italians, and the Second World War (9780199219346): Philip Morgan: Books


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Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He Used to Be by Peter Mcallister.

The blurb on Amazon:

"Manthropology is the first of its kind. Spanning continents and centuries, it is an in-depth look into the history and science of manliness. From speed and strength, to beauty and sex appeal, to bravado and wit, it examines how man today compares to his masculine ancestors.Peter McAllister set out to rebut the claim that man today is suffering from feminization and emasculation. He planned to use his skills as a paleoanthropologist and journalist to write a book demonstrating unequivocally that man today is a triumph---the result of a hard-fought evolutionary struggle toward greatness.

As you will see, he failed. In nearly every category of manliness, modern man turned out to be not just matched, but bested, by his ancestors. Stung, McAllister embarked on a new mission. If his book couldnít be a testament to modern male achievement, he decided, it would be a record of his failures.

Manthropology, then,is a globe-spanning tour of the science of masculinity. It kicks off in Ice Age France, where a biomechanical analysis demonstrates that La Ferrassie 2, a Neanderthal woman discovered in the early 1900s, would cream 2004 World Arm Wrestling Federation champion Alexey Voyevoda in an arm wrestle. Then it moves on to medieval Serbia, showing how Slavic guslar poets (who were famously able to repeat a two thousand-line verse after just one hearing) would have destroyed Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, in a battle rap. Finally, it takes the reader to the steaming jungles of modern equatorial Africa, where Aka Pygmy men are such super-dads, they even grow breasts to suckle their children. Now, thatís commitment.

For modern man, the results of these investigations arenít always pretty. But in its look at the history of men, Manthropology is unfailingly smart, informative, surprising, and entertaining."

I'm about 100 something pages in and it's incredibly interesting so far.
That does sound extremely interesting. I would love to read it!

"Finally, it takes the reader to the steaming jungles of modern equatorial Africa, where Aka Pygmy men are such super-dads, they even grow breasts to suckle their children. Now, thatís commitment."

Yes, indeed!
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A new thread, good heavens!
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One of my Christmas presents was Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warlord Reconsidered by Jeroen Lamers. This is one of the best books on Japanese history and I have wanted it in my collection for awhile. Unfortunately, the price was always a bit too steep for me. Thank goodness for in-laws!

Amazon.com: Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warlord Oda Nobunaga Reconsidered (Japonica Neerlandica) (9789074822220): Jeroen Lamers: Books
Amazon.com: Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warlord Oda Nobunaga Reconsidered (Japonica Neerlandica) (9789074822220): Jeroen Lamers: Books


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A biography of Saigo Takamori, leader of the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877.

Amazon.com: The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori (9780471705376): Mark Ravina: Books
Amazon.com: The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori (9780471705376): Mark Ravina: Books


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The Magic Circle of Rudolph II.
I'm mainly interested in Kepler and Brahe, but Rudolph was a fascinating figure as well.

Amazon.com: The Magic Circle of Rudolf II: Alchemy and Astrology in Renaissance Prague (9780802715517): Peter Marshall: Books
Amazon.com: The Magic Circle of Rudolf II: Alchemy and Astrology in Renaissance Prague (9780802715517): Peter Marshall: Books


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Francis Oakley - The Western Church in the Later Middle Ages


Amazon.com: The Western Church in the Later Middle Ages (9780801493478): Francis Oakley: Books
Amazon.com: The Western Church in the Later Middle Ages (9780801493478): Francis Oakley: Books


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A biography of Saigo Takamori, leader of the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877.
It it Ravina's The Last Samurai?
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