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Robert Gate - The Great Bev. The biography of the Rugby player Brian Bevan, who still holds the record of scoring nearly 800 tries in his career (the next best total was Billy Boston, with 'only' 571!)). But because Bev played almost all of his career in Britain, he was never selected to play for Australia, due to myopic team selectors Down Under.
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Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life 

 

 

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G.O.D. Inc. #3, The Maze in the Mirror by Jack L. Chalker

I like the G.O.D. Inc. stories - they are more like reading Arthur Conan Doyle or Dashiell Hammett - with the exception that there are parallel universes! I dig all the little references (like their son being named "Dash") and the "Ginsu" not only being the namesake for the cheap knives, but also a clan of deadly ninjas. biggrin.gif

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Bee Wilson - Consider the Fork (A History of how we cook and eat) - http://www.considerthefork.com/
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Currently reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite authors.

 

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Currently reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite authors.

 

 

I really love those RANDOMHOUSE covers...

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Currently reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite authors.

 

 

It's been ages since I read that one. I've read several by Vonnegut (Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater) and thoroughly enjoyed them all. It's often said that reading Douglas Adams has the effect of rewiring one's mind, but I think that Vonnegut does the same thing and doesn't get nearly as much credit as he deserves.

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Currently reading Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin - Basically, it is a book about how Stalin was a bad guy too. But I love history so it's a great book to me

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Currently reading Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin - Basically, it is a book about how Stalin was a bad guy too. But I love history so it's a great book to me


If you haven't read it already, I'd recommend 'Imperium' by Ryszard Kapuscinski.. It compiles the brilliant Polish journalist's impressions of the Soviet Union, both history and legacy. The book recalls his childhood in Poland, when Stalin's troops (and the soon-following secret police) took over his home town, looks at the history of the Soviet era and visits the sites of extermination camps like Kolyma and Magadan.

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Nice, thanks. That will be my next book. I have a Russian Soldier's journal on deck too. I have piles of books I want to read. It's crazy.

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Nice, thanks. That will be my next book. I have a Russian Soldier's journal on deck too. I have piles of books I want to read. It's crazy.


I think I've got all the English-translated Kapuscinski book, apart from 'The Other', a philosophical work that I managed to lose on a holiday. 'Travels with Herodotus', 'The Soccer War', 'The Shadow of the Sun' are all good compilations.

 

Single-subject books worth checking are 'The Emperor' (about the end of Haile Selassie's peculiar rule in Ethiopia) and 'Another Day of Life' (the end of white rule in Angola and the start of the civil war).

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If you haven't read it already, I'd recommend 'Imperium' by Ryszard Kapuscinski.. It compiles the brilliant Polish journalist's impressions of the Soviet Union, both history and legacy. The book recalls his childhood in Poland, when Stalin's troops (and the soon-following secret police) took over his home town, looks at the history of the Soviet era and visits the sites of extermination camps like Kolyma and Magadan.

 

Have you read Viktor Suvorov's books

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I haven't heard of Suvarov, but will look at his work, thanks to your recommendation.
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