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  • #3800

    Lebron
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    Trying to find a good read on the Five Families, saw this one:

    Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires

    by Selwyn Raab

    Anyone read this or have any other suggestions?

    #3823

    Danny Duberstein
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    Trying to find a good read on the Five Families, saw this one: Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires by Selwyn Raab Anyone read this or have any other suggestions?

     

    I’m reading it and it’s well done, but it’s a bit of a slog.  His research is impeccable, but his writing is a bit dense.  Not a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, just doesn’t grab you by the balls.

    #4156

    Danny Duberstein
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    Not as broad in scope as the Raab book but on our own Suz’s recommendation I am reading that Hoffa book, I Heard You Paint Houses and it’s bleeding fantastic.

    #6514

    02062
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    #13510

    02062
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    Read the Lufthansa book – not bad – some new stuff – I suspect alot of it is Henry BS.

    #14422

    Danny Duberstein
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    The Martian audiobook is fantastic

     

    cant wait to see it on video

    #22392

    Danny Duberstein
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    LeBron apparently James Ellroy has moved to your neck of the woods. Interview I read with him was held at an Elway restaurant.

    Cant wait for his next book

    #22400

    Lebron
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    He says II is meh and I and III are below that?  He puts I and III in the same category?  LA can have him.

    #22468

    chicowalker
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    Anyone ever read Legacy of Ashes?

    #26307

    02062
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    Got this at a Yankee Swap over the weekend – not bad never knew that Natalie Wood’s mother may or may not have pimped out 16 year old Natalie to Frank

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    #31699

    Danny Duberstein
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    Got a few things I am reading now:

    Trigger Mortis (Bond audiobook)

    Grey Wolf (about Hitlers escape from Berlin and South American network and sightings)

    The Road To Little Dribbling- Bill Bryson

    and a Life Magazine restropective on James Bond.

    Oh, and the Coloring Book by Colin Quinn when I have time.

    #37836

    Kevin
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    Any suggestions for a new Lehane/Chuck Hogan style crime novel?

    #37874

    CornerBlitz
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    Massacre on the Merrimack- Jay Atkinson

    #37886

    Danny Duberstein
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    Any suggestions for a new Lehane/Chuck Hogan style crime novel?

    Not really the same style, but if you haven’t read Perfidia by James Ellroy give it a read.

    Also, Viva La Madness by JJ Connolly.  The follow up to Layer Cake.

    #37887

    Danny Duberstein
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    Also, anything by George Pelecanos.  Might start with Drama City.

    And Charlie Huston, I would start with the Hank Thompson Trilogy (Caught Stealing, Six Bad Things, A Dangerous Man).  Pretty noir-ish.

    #38023

    Kevin
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    Found one in the library that I ended up reading in three days.

    Revere Beach Boulevard by Roland Merullo.

    Good stuff. It’s got it all. Real Eye-talian goombah shit, degenerate gamblers, Whitey Bulgeresque crime bosses, the obligatory long-held family secret.

    It’s from 1998, but the guy wrote a sequel in 2014 I now have to read.

    #38025

    InThisTown
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    That’s a good one.

    #38026

    Kevin
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    That’s a good one.

    At first I thought it was pretty generic, but when he starts writing in the voice of the old first gen Italian father, those parts were as well done as a Trump steak.

    #38894

    Danny Duberstein
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    Reading, at the suggestion of Sam Vincent, Harlot’s Ghost by Mailer.  I had never read any Mailer before (I’m an admitted Luddite), and I like it.  But my God is he windy.  Never use 1 word when 14 will do.  Exquisitely written, but sometimes frustrating.

    #42091

    Danny Duberstein
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    Started the new Douglass Brinkley book on FDR’s environmentalism last night.  Pretty good read so far.

    #43215

    Danny Duberstein
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    Started the new Bill Walton book, Back From The Dead.  It’s part regular biography, but then works into the story of his recovery from a back injury that basically left him on the floor of his hours for 3 years.  I guess his spine just gave out.  Good read.

    #43227

    Lebron
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    Started the new Bill Walton book, Back From The Dead. It’s part regular biography, but then works into the story of his recovery from a back injury that basically left him on the floor of his hours for 3 years. I guess his spine just gave out. Good read.

    Good to hear as I was thinking about downloading that one, and admittedly I am interested in the Jay Williams book too

    #47264

    02062
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    The Lost Airman by Seth Meyerowitz was terrific.

    #47282

    Tommyfw
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    The Lost Airman by Seth Meyerowitz was terrific.

    Was it about Cecil O’Malley or Anthony Rodriguez?

    #47323

    02062
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    The Lost Airman by Seth Meyerowitz was terrific.

    Was it about Cecil O’Malley or Anthony Rodriguez?

    Sgt. Arthur Meyerowitz – believe it was written by his grandson.

    #50643

    Patrick Pass
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    For sci-fi fans read a pretty good novel recently called Sleeping Giants. About US discovering pieces of a giant robot buried very deeply under ground by presumably aliens for centuries. Pretty fun, quick read. Already purchased by Sony for adaption to a movie.

    #52069

    Marty Nopointe
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    Any of the gun guys ever try concussive hunting? Been reading a lot of books about the French & Indian and King Phillips wars, this shoot the tree near game technique is good.

    #54880

    Marty Nopointe
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    Reading The Admirals it’s a good book, but cursory as it tries to cover the careers of 4 5 star Admirals. Called my Dad to see if he read it, “yeah it’s about that asshole that didn’t protect the convoys, we lost a lot of good men”

    #58537

    Danny Duberstein
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    This is going in my queue after I finish The Comedians, by Kliph Nesteroff (a fantastic read).

    http://www.avclub.com/review/seinfeldia-deep-dive-tvs-greatest-non-sitcom-sitco-239170

    #60056

    02062
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    Can confirm on The Comedians.  Approve.

    #62794

    Kevin
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    Some good stuff in Seinfeldia.

    “The Junior Mint” doesn’t show up on camera, so they had to use a Peppermint Patty.

    #62795

    Kevin
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    This sounds too perfect, but it’s good.

    #65386

    InThisTown
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    Boys on the Boat is great.

    #72038

    Major Intangibles
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    Have very much enjoyed the first seven crime/mystery novels by C.J. Box about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.

    Also picked up Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, which I’m sure was recommended by someone during the Legacy Board days.

     

    Nothing will be saved. All will be lost. And our new onion-headed sad emoticon is unable to convey the depth of that loss. -10/22/25 (sic) Daily Thread

    #72040

    Marty Nopointe
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    Havana Nocturne, about the mob in Cuba, the real people in Godfather 2

    #75852

    02062
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    Just finished this – really enjoyed it.

     

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    #91652

    02062
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    This is very good so far.

     

    #93534

    Kevin
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    Thinking about getting into Stephen King again.

    Top five books that aren’t The Shining or 11.22.63?

    #93535

    jforb
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    Well, there’s The Stand, The Shining, and


    Merle…


    Oh yes, sorry ma’am. The list begins and ends with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

    #93536

    InThisTown
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    Thinking about getting into Stephen King again. Top five books that aren’t The Shining or 11.22.63?

    I have a bias for the novellas and short stories. Have you read all of them?

    If we’re going strictly novels my top 5 would be: Pet Sematary, It, The Green Mile, Bag of Bones, and Salems Lot. Love Needful Things too.

    #96749

    BrianInLA
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    A Man For All Market by Edward Thorp was outstanding. Fellow degenerate gamblers here might know him as one of the inventors of the blackjack card counting system still used today. I never knew after his casino days he went on and ran his own hedge fund and made a gazillion dollars there as well. Pretty interesting story on his entire life and some of the nutty things they tried like beating roulette using micro computers and stuff.

     

    #107584

    Kevin
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    The Force by Don Winslow is amazing.

    If you liked The Shield or The Wire, you’ll like this book.

    #114139

    InThisTown
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    The Last Republicans was a great read.

    #114338

    chicowalker
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    The Force by Don Winslow is amazing. If you liked The Shield or The Wire, you’ll like this book.

    thanks for the recommendation, just finished.  Almost bailed at the beginning, it felt a little Law and Order-esque but glad I stuck in.  You could really feel the noose tighten.  Have you read any of his other books?

    #114349

    Kevin
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    The Force by Don Winslow is amazing. If you liked The Shield or The Wire, you’ll like this book.

    thanks for the recommendation, just finished. Almost bailed at the beginning, it felt a little Law and Order-esque but glad I stuck in. You could really feel the noose tighten. Have you read any of his other books?

    After that one, I read Savages. Not as good, but a lot shorter, easy read. I didn’t know they made a movie out of it, Winslow wrote the screenplay. Found out Oliver Stone directed it, so it probably sucks. :lol:

    The Cartel is supposed to be good too. Probably read that next.

    #114353

    chicowalker
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    Savages was ok (movie)  The Power of the Dog is a prequel to the cartel, so supposedly you should read that first

    #114361

    Fred West Lynn
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    Have very much enjoyed the first seven crime/mystery novels by C.J. Box about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Also picked up Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, which I’m sure was recommended by someone during the Legacy Board days.

    Probably someone else recommended White City, but I enthusiastically second the motion.

    #115450

    chicowalker
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    About 2/3 through Power of the Dog.  It is fucking fantastic, better than The Force (which I liked).  Definite recommend

    #116760

    chicowalker
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    Tearing through Don Winslow/Dennis.  Kevin, you can read the Cartel without reading The Power of the Dog (he weaves the backstory in when necessary) but I don’t recommend it.  Read them both.  Just finished The Winter of Frankie Machine.  Much lighter than those two (no dead babies) but still good

    #116831

    Kevin
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    Actually just picked up The Power of the Dog last weekend, so that one is next.

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