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Old 04-22-22, 08:22 AM
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Finished reading An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, by Neal Gabler. Very Good and interesting.

Will return to reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith on my Kindle. Put it on hold while I read the borrowed library copy of the Gabler book.
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Finished listening to Spook Street, the fourth novel in the Slough House series by Mick Herron.
Finished listening to London Rules, the fifth novel in the Slough House series by Mick Herron.
Finished listening to The Last Dead Letter, a short story in the Slough Series featuring Jackson Lamb.

Started listening to City on Fire, a crime/mob novel set in Providence Rhode Island, by Don Winslow.
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Finished listening to City on Fire, a crime/mob novel set in Providence Rhode Island, by Don Winslow. Very good. It is the first of a planned trilogy.Hope it pans out as well as his Cartel series trilogy.

Finished listening to The List, a novella in the Slough House series by Mick Herron.

Started listening to Joe Country, the sixth novel in the Slough House series by Mick Herron.
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Finished Blood Meridian finally. Not my favorite McCarthy novel by a long shot.

Started The Overstory by Richard Powers.
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Finished listening to Joe Country, the sixth novel in the Slough House series by Mick Herron.
Finished listening to The Catch, a novella in the Slough House series by Mick Herron.

Started listening to Slough House, the seventh novel in the Slough House series by Mick Herron.

Obviously I am really enjoying this series. The reader, Gerard Doyle, is excellent and adds to the enjoyment of this series of novels. He is the same reader who read many of the books in the great Sean Duffy series of crime novels written by Adrian McKinnty.
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For anyone keeping track: I am still (6+ months after writing ^^^that, which was ~4 months after I started reading the book) only halfway through Thinking, Fast And Slow

The problem is that ever since pandemic-based WFH policy started, I no longer commute...and commuting is the only time I ever get to read. Well, or when sitting on the toilet, which is why my current progress through the book is so slow. Maybe if I ate more fiber...?
And now, nearly two years after first picking up the book, I am still working my way through Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast And Slow !
I took 5 or 6 months away from it, just to clear my head. It's incredibly slow going, and I found that the deeper into the book I got the more it made my brain hurt just from trying to remember how what I was reading right now related to what I was reading yesterday. But I'm finally within a few chapters of the end, so just on principle I am determined to finish it.

I still can't believe enough people read this book for it to achieve New York Times Bestseller status.
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Finished listening to Slough House, the seventh novel in the Slough House series by Mick Herron.

Started listening to Bad Actors, the eighth novel in the Slough House series by Mick Herron.
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Finished listening to Bad Actors, the eighth and last novel in the Slough House series by Mick Herron. The ending makes obvious that there are more novels to anticipate in this superior series
Started listening to Nobody Walks, a stand alone novel by Mick Herron, though some of the [size=13px]characters[/size] are players in the later books of the Slough House series.
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Finished listening to Nobody Walks, a stand alone novel by Mick Herron, though some of the characters are players in the later books of the Slough House series. Just as good as the Slough House series novels featuring Jackson Lamb and the cast of Slow Horses.

Started listening to After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost its Soul by Tripp Mickle. It should pick up where Walter Issacson's excellent book, Steve Jobs left off.
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Finished listening to After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost its Soul by Tripp Mickle. Quite an interesting presentation on the personalities of Jony Ive, the former head designer at Apple and devoted friend of of Steve Jobs, and Tim Cook the CEO since the demise of Steve Jobs and how their decisions played out at Apple over the last decade.

Started listening toThis Is What Happened, a stand alone novel by Mick Herron.
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Currently reading "Project Hail Mary." Just started it, but it reads fast... Written by Andy Weir who also wrote "The Martian." And yes, it is also filled with science and math. Love it so far.

Oh, and it's a real paper book, with a hard cover. Requires no external power... just light.
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Been reading a lot lately

just adventure fiction -- Clive Cussler is my favorite -- my mother recently asked me if i was ever going to retrieve a couple of tote boxes of books from her house that had been in a back closet for literally 20+ years , and i was delighted to rediscover them

But -- just completed a re-read of the MEditteranean Caper




His series about a turn of the century private detective is occasionally fun but this book , The Gangster - drags on and on -- im 200 pages in and am waiting for it to get lively




And this one is on deck --- I like this guy from his podcast appearances on Carolla and others so when i saw the book at Sams , i figured id put it in rotation

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Finished listening to This Is What Happened, a stand alone novel by Mick Herron. Predictable and slow didn't pick up until the last third of the book. OK, but on a level below the author's Slough House (Slow Horses on Apple+ TV) series.

Finished listening to What's So Funny, by Donald Westlake, the 13th book in the John Dortmunder crime caper series. Good light hearted heist tale.

Started listening to the White Darkness, non fiction by David Grann,
dedicated to the adventures of British explorer Henry Worsley in Anarctica
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Finished listening to the White Darkness, non fiction by David Grann, dedicated to the adventures of British explorer Henry Worsley in Anarctica.
Started listening to We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption, non-fiction account of policing in Baltimore by Justin Fenton.
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Finished reading the novel involving identity theft, murder and police procedural, The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith. A classic deserving of its reputation. Adapted with many changes for two big production movies, Purple Noon with Alain Deloin (French 1960) and the 1999 version with Matt Damon, Gweneth Patrow and Jude Law. I recently watched both and enjoyed them also.
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I now read "Pride and prejudice", for lovers of classics and culture, quickly read with a cup of tea
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Finished listening to We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption, non-fiction account of policing in Baltimore by Justin Fenton. Too long, needed serious editing.
Finished listening to Somebody Owes Me Money, crime novel by Donald Westlake. Just OK, he has written many better books.

Started listening to Hitler's American Friends, The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States, by Bradley W. Hart, non fiction account of Americans in the 30's and early 40's who supported and admired Fascist strongmen. A timely read.

Started reading Emergency War Plan, The American Doomsday Machine, 1945–1960, by Sean M. Maloney, examines the theory and practice of American nuclear deterrence and its evolution during the Cold War.
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Finished The English Civil War: A People’s History by Diane Purkiss. All sorts of interesting asides. I always though it was a war over Parliament vs. King's power, but actually much more of a religious war.

Also finished An Unlikely Spy: A Novel by Rebecca Starford. Fictional story of young woman who spies on Nazi sympathizers in Britain during the early years of WW II.

Started In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire by Laurence Bergreen.
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Finished listening to Hitler's American Friends, The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States, by Bradley W. Hart, non fiction account of Americans in the 30's and early 40's who supported and admired Fascist strongmen. A timely read and indicates Trump, and his cultish followers had precedents in the U.S. and early 40's. The Republican Party back then also had some quality leadership that stood up to the far right tyrants and bigots in their midst, unlike today's crop of admirers of bigoted strongmen.

Started listening to The Long-Legged Fly, crime novel by James Sallis, The first in the Lew Griffin series of novels about an African American private eye, set in New Orleans,
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Finished listening to The Long-Legged Fly, crime novel by James Sallis, The first in the Lew Griffin series of novels about an African American private eye, set in New Orleans. OK and provides Lew Griffen a back story. I will try the second novel in the series later to see how the series develops.

Started listening to The Gotti Wars: Taking Down America's Most Notorious Mobster by John Gleason. The author was the Assistant US Attorney in Brooklyn who led the prosecution of mobster John Gotti in two well publicized trials. The first trial jury found Gotti innocent of the charges, the second put him away for the rest of his life.
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Finished listening to The Gotti Wars: Taking Down America's Most Notorious Mobster by John Gleason. Highly recommended.
Started listening to The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America—and How to Undo His Legacy, by David Gelles.
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In 1981, Jack Welch took over General Electric and quickly rose to fame as the first celebrity CEO. He golfed with presidents, mingled with movie stars, and was idolized for growing GE into the most valuable company in the world. But Welch’s achievements didn’t stem from some greater intelligence or business prowess. Rather, they were the result of a sustained effort to push GE’s stock price ever higher, often at the expense of workers, consumers, and innovation. In this captivating, revelatory book, David Gelles argues that Welch single-handedly ushered in a new, cutthroat era of American capitalism that continues to this day.

Gelles chronicles Welch’s campaign to vaporize hundreds of thousands of jobs in a bid to boost profits, eviscerating the country’s manufacturing base and destabilizing the middle class. Welch’s obsession with downsizing—he eliminated 10% of employees every year—fundamentally altered GE and inspired generations of imitators who have employed his strategies at other companies around the globe. In his day, Welch was corporate America’s leading proponent of mergers and acquisitions, using deals to gobble up competitors and giving rise to an economy that is more concentrated and less dynamic. And Welch pioneered the dark arts of “financialization,” transforming GE from an admired industrial manufacturer into what was effectively an unregulated bank. The finance business was hugely profitable in the short term and helped Welch keep GE’s stock price ticking up. But ultimately, financialization undermined GE and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies.

Gelles shows how Welch’s celebrated emphasis on increasing shareholder value by any means necessary (layoffs, outsourcing, offshoring, acquisitions, and buybacks, to name but a few tactics) became the norm in American business generally. He demonstrates how that approach has led to the greatest socioeconomic inequality since the Great Depression and harmed many of the very companies that have embraced it. And he shows how a generation of Welch acolytes radically transformed companies like Boeing, Home Depot, Kraft Heinz, and more. Finally, Gelles chronicles the change that is now afoot in corporate America, highlighting companies and leaders who have abandoned Welchism and are proving that it is still possible to excel in the business world without destroying livelihoods, gutting communities, and spurning regulation.
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Finished listening to The Gotti Wars: Taking Down America's Most Notorious Mobster by John Gleason. Highly recommended.
Started listening to The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America—and How to Undo His Legacy, by David Gelles.
Extract from book synopsis on Amazon:
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Similar to Soros “breaking the pound” Welch did the logical thing to do if you’re in an environment of ever softer money, higher debt, leading to asset price inflation.
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Finished listening to The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America—and How to Undo His Legacy, by David Gelles. The author documents how Jack welch, the CEO of GE for 20 years did exactly as described in the book's title and subtitle. Another narcissist billionaire whose negative actions have hurt so many people, as well as duping people who should have known and acted better. A very sad, but true story.

Started listening to The Russia House, a spy novel by John le Carré.
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An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, by Neal Gabler
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