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    Lebron
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    Been traveling for work so needed some reading material when wired at 2am in hotels.  Thanks for the Winslow books, read the Force and it had a lot of The Shield in it but I enjoyed it.  Just cracked Power of the Dog and enjoying it thus far.  I enjoyed the film adaptation of Savages fwiw.  Mostly solid cast.

    #118477

    chicowalker
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    about 1/3 of the way through the Jann Wenner biography and totally understand why he’s pissed.  I’ve never read an authorized biography, with this kind of access, that shits on it’s subject so much (though seemingly deserved) :lol:

    #118512

    Kevin
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    about 1/3 of the way through the Jann Wenner biography and totally understand why he’s pissed. I’ve never read an authorized biography, with this kind of access, that shits on it’s subject so much (though seemingly deserved) 😆

    Finishing up that book is what kept me from starting The Power of the Dog (which is already great 100 pages in).

    Love how sycophantic Wenner is for Jagger and Lennon, and how much they shit all over him.

    #118513

    Lebron
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    Speaking of Wenner I got bored with him like half an hour into that HBO documentary.

    #118526

    Kevin
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    Speaking of Wenner I got bored with him like half an hour into that HBO documentary.

    Total hagiography. The book isn’t that.

    #118557

    chicowalker
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    Doc writing me out of work for two weeks post hernia surgery (tomorrow AM)   after the Wenner book have another WInslow book (The Death and Life of Bobby Z) and Green, a novel about a Boston kid and the 92 Celtics.  Any other recommendations?

    #118566

    GreatWhiteDhale
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    LeCarre novels are good. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and The Little Drummer Girl are my favorites along with the Karla Trilogy.

    Come back, Regular Brian.

    My agenda is truth.

    #118567

    chicowalker
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    Yes, thanks!  Love me some Cold War stuff.

    #118576

    GreatWhiteDhale
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    On a general note, if anyone is interested in the Maura Murray disappearance, “True Crime Addict” is interesting. It’s written by a journalist who follows true crime stories and picks up the Murray case years later after being fired from his job in Ohio. A quick read, interspersed with some of his personal story. It is creepy in places. Don’t know quite what to think about it.

    Come back, Regular Brian.

    My agenda is truth.

    #119709

    Kevin
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    I saw Don Winslow retweet this review of his book, so I figured I’d check it out.

    This woman seems…simple. :lol: I wonder if Winslow actually read the review.

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    Kevin
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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

    Finally finished over vacation.  Amazing.    Way too much plot for a movie, but it should be a Netflix ten episode show.     Jumping right into The Cartel.

    I’d even cast it for Netflix.   Nick Searcy is Art.  Giancarlo Esposito is Parada.    Esai Morales is Adan.   Jeremy Renner is Callan.

     

    #120117

    Lebron
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    I’m almost done with Power of the Dog.  Fantastic.  Look forward to the Cartel which I’ll be ready to start for an overseas trip next week

    #120120

    Kevin
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    I’m almost done with Power of the Dog. Fantastic. Look forward to the Cartel which I’ll be ready to start for an overseas trip next week

    Check out Wikipedia after you finish. According to that, a lot of it is based on real characters, including the more vicious stuff.

    #120134

    Lebron
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    Would have to work Javier Bardem and Ben del Toro in the cast.  Cheech Marin might be good as Parada.

     

     

    #120223

    CornerBlitz
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    Nonfiction-Norman Davies, Vanished Empires-really interesting. James Hornfischer- The Last Stand of the Tin Can sailors and Neptunes Inferno. very good reads. Leyte and Guadalcanal from a naval perspective.

    #121156

    Kevin
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    Reading that new oral history of The Wire.

    It’s about as good as you’d think it would be. The guy who plays played Bubbles is funny. Seems like real life McNulty was also a pussy hound.

    #121654

    chicowalker
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    You’re going to laugh, but I just finished reading First Blood.  If you don’t like the movie you probably won’t like it, but if you do check it out.  Spends much more time in Rambo and Teasle’s heads.  The author does a great job with setting scenes- I got a bit panicked/ disgusted when Rambo was trapped in the mine with the bats, for example

    #122405

    BrianInLA
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    About halfway through reading Thinking In Bets by poker player Annie Duke. Its mainly a book about decisions vs results in life but the underlying theme throughout the book that she keeps coming back to was the Butler interception in the Super Bowl and how Pete Carroll got a bad rap for that play because if you add up all of the factors going into it was actually a GREAT decision but a BAD result. Not sure I love it enough to recommend it but I am enjoying the fact that we are in the correct minority in not saying that was the worst decision in all of sports history.

     

     

     

    #122411

    Florida Sox Fan
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    Don Winslow just announced the next book in “The Cartel” saga.  No name or ETA yet.

    #122707

    02062
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    Thanks for the tip Kevin, I’ve got that up next.

    Just finishing up Simon’s “Homicide – A year on the killing streets” book – real good as well.

    #122730

    Bowd Crowder
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    Thanks for the tip Kevin, I’ve got that up next. Just finishing up Simon’s “Homicide – A year on the killing streets” book – real good as well.

    The Wire book is as easy and as enjoyable of a read as you could have hoped for. Amazing how many people the author was able to talk to (I think the only major character that didn’t grant him access was Wee-Bey). I’ve watched the entire series four times and I still learned a ton about the show.

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    #125290

    Rickkyboy
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    https://www.amazon.com/Coffin-Corner-Boys-Harrowing-Nazi-Occupied/dp/1621576264

     

    Heard the author of this book on a podcast. Sounds like a good read. B-17 Crew shot down and all members of the crew survived.

    #135448

    Fred West Lynn
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    Yes, thanks! Love me some Cold War stuff.

    On the recommendation of two longtime friends, I’m now 4 books into the Bernie Gunther series by Brit Phillip Kerr. Gunther is a homicide detective in late ’30s Berlin who is swept up (unwillingly) by the rise of the National Socialists as they transform his life in instances large (taking over the nation’s government; police dept comes under supervision of the SS) and small (no more sausage, beer is dreadful and coffee non-existent). Other than the aspect that good looking frauleins are tigers in the bedroom and are Hot for Bernie, they are good multi-dimensional tales of a good man trying to survive in a worsening world. I admire the cleverness of the plots but am also learning a lot that I didn’t really know about Europe between WWI and WW2, including countries that came into being throughout that period.  They’re about a dozen of these and are probably best read in plot chronologic order, not the order in which they were published. Well worth the exploration.

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