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View Diary: What are you reading? Jan 9, 2013 (74 comments)

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  •  reading mostly history at present (7+ / 0-)

    Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45
    http://www.amazon.com/...

    Barbara Tuchman's study of the American general in the China during WWII.  Fascinating to read of WWII from Asian perspective.  

    After reading the history of Stillwell in China, the inevitable follow-up has been Edgar Snow's classic, which I somehow managed not to read in my 20s.

    Red Star Over China
    http://www.amazon.com/...

    The incredible thing about Snow's reporting is that he was there with Mao and the gang.  I'm in the middle of this one right now and it is wonderful.  It's a real feel-good book, which isn't surprising I suppose.

    Also currently reading this one -

    Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography
    http://www.amazon.com/...

    It is a first-hand account of WWI trench warfare.  

    And the one I'm waiting to see pop up in my mailbox is this one -

    Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan's Workplaces to Clinton's Columbine and Beyond
    http://www.amazon.com/...

    The reviews for the Ames book are fascinating.  Only ones I've ever seen where one reviewer after another says to not only read the book, but also to pass it along so that as many other people as possible read it.

    According to the reviews, Ames is making the case that the mass shootings are slave rebellions of a sort.

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