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Old 17 January 2017, 11:57
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I just finished reading The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor. It is a very well researched and written work.

In short, this is the story of Gustav Klimt's masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (the one you can see on all tourist postcards and keychains), from its creation to the world-famous lawsuit, Republic of Austria v. Altmann (2004). But the book is so much more than that. It is a mesmerizing account of the life of Gustav Klimt, the rise and the fall of Viennese society, the arrival of Nazi troops to Austria and the tragic destiny met by too many Jewish families, with just a few of them finding escape in the United States, including Adele's niece, the woman immortalized by Klimt in that portrait.

The book will be likely appreciated by anyone who loves art or history. I am looking forward to watching the movie Woman in Gold based on this story, starring Helen Mirren.
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Old 29 January 2017, 17:14
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The Earth is Weeping by Peter Cozzens. It's a history of the Indian wars in the western US after the Civil War.

I'm about 1/3 of the way through. It's very well written and the thesis seems to be there was plenty of blame to go around; the wars were not a white on Indian genocide--in fact, many of the tribes had been warring between themselves for years and some (many) signed on with the US to fight their enemies. Seems like an even-handed treatment so far.

Very interesting to me, although I'm not a student of the topic. I did grow up in western Nebraska and Kansas where much of the action is set, at least in the first segments of the book. I guess I'm a sucker for any book that mentions Ft. Hays where I kinda grew up, 7 years of my ill spent youth were there, and the Smoky Hill river where I used to shoot carp with a long bow.
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Old 31 January 2017, 10:12
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Isaac Hooke Mil / SciFi. (Kindle Unlimited = free)

I started off with the Atlas series. The Navy Atlas Mechs are nuke powered mechanized battle suits and to become a 'MOTH', MObile Tactical Human, recruits go through SEAL style training and are known as 'caterpillars' until they earn a call-sign. Pretty good series with the typical mechanized armored suit, and alien infestations every mil scifi has. Nothing really new but the SEAL aspect of it was interesting to me. Good camaraderie and brotherhood scenes.

Finished the Atlas series and reading Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. Never read it before and enjoying it. What's awesome about Troopers is that it was written in 1959 and Heinlein's imagination was incredible. Should have read this a long time ago!

ATLAS TRILOGY (Mech warfare):

ATLAS 1 (Book 1)
ATLAS 2 (Book 2)
ATLAS 3 (Book 3)

THE ALIEN WAR TRILOGY (Mech warfare):

Hoplite (Book 1)
Zeus (Book 2)
Titan (Book 3)

A CAPTAIN'S CRUCIBLE SERIES (Fleet warfare):

Flagship (Book 1)
Test of Mettle (Book 2)
Cradle of War (Book 3)
Planet Killer (Book 4) - Dec. 2016
Worlds at War (Book 5) - Jan. 2017
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Enhanced Interrogation by James Mitchell. Very interesting book as he takes you through how the whole program came to be. He also talks about the behind the scene goings on before/during/after EIT and non-EIT interrogations.

He had one statement w/words to effect of "The Agency released me from the NDA so I could write this book and refute the SSCI 6,000 page and $40million report". I think he succeeded.
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The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons "Advanced Emergency Care and Teansport of the Sick and Injured" Second Edition.

Gotta get my AEMT cert to get hired as a PSS/Medic to do my Doc thing for all you guys out there. I miss it every day for the last 8 years or so.
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The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War. I've been on a Korean War kick recently. It is interesting to read how badly we misjudged the Chinese intentions, underestimated their ability, and assumed they would fight just like we would. The Chinese gave clear indications they intended to intervene on a large scale in Korea, but MacArthur and his staff ignored the warnings, and intentionally altered intelligence.
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"The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party"

Book written in 2009. Before I started it, I know they were some folks traveling to CA but got stuck in the mountains and had to resort to cannibalism to stay alive.

What I learned was they ate a lot of their own people to stay alive. Even a couple of Mexican cowboys got shot and eaten. It's the most depressing book you'll even read. Or maybe not but it was for me. Most of them (except the very small children) had to walk out of the mountains with little to no food. By the time they reached a cabin or two for help, they were frost bitten, extremely emaciated, and were wearing little clothing as most of it (shoes, pants, shirts) had been worn off their bodies.
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The Earth is Weeping by Peter Cozzens. It's a history of the Indian wars in the western US after the Civil War.

I'm about 1/3 of the way through. It's very well written and the thesis seems to be there was plenty of blame to go around; the wars were not a white on Indian genocide--in fact, many of the tribes had been warring between themselves for years and some (many) signed on with the US to fight their enemies. Seems like an even-handed treatment so far.

Very interesting to me, although I'm not a student of the topic. I did grow up in western Nebraska and Kansas where much of the action is set, at least in the first segments of the book. I guess I'm a sucker for any book that mentions Ft. Hays where I kinda grew up, 7 years of my ill spent youth were there, and the Smoky Hill river where I used to shoot carp with a long bow.
Still. I've tried to quit but I can't. I can barely remember what it's about....
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