check that book out. It's one of the few books with new insights into Civil War in recent years. The book profiles many of the important figures in the war and provides new narrative for the end of the conflict
There are a few books that belong on the shelf of every Civil War buff: James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom, one of the better Abraham Lincoln biographies, something on Robert E. Lee, perhaps Shelby Foote's massive trilogy The Civil War. Add Jay Winik's wonderful April 1865 to the list. This is one of those rare, shining books that takes a new look at an old subject and changes the way we think about it. Winik shows that there was nothing inevitable about the end of the Civil War, from the fall of Richmond to the surrender at Appomattox to the murder of Lincoln. It all happened so quickly, in what "proved to be perhaps the most moving and decisive month not simply of the Civil War, but indeed, quite likely, in the life of the United States."
Im currently reading Michael Connellys' latest novel called 'The Fifth Witness'. Its the fourth novel in the Mickey Haller series (The Lincoln Lawyer). Im about 60% done with it and its turning out to be a decent legal procedural.. Its not a great novel but its a good read for a genre novel.
Im also in the middle of reading a couple of other novels. I had read half of 'The World House' by Guy Adams. Its a book about a house in an alternate dimension with an infinite amount of rooms that open up to anything from a mountainous region to a jungle.. For no specific reason I grew bored with it and haven't returned to it. The other novel is the second book in the Ice and Fire fantasy series called 'A Clash of Kings'. I have only read about 70 pages of that and plan to likely return to it, once I finish reading 'The Fifth Witness'. I kind of burned out on the Ice and Fire reading.. since the first novel was over 700 pages.. So I thought I would give the medieval-like time setting, a break.
UFO's by Leslie Kean - The most comprehensive collection of Government UFO documentation and first hand reports amongst very credible individuals (High ranking government officials, military personnel, etc.) The information that is presented is irrefutable and makes for probably the most important book ever written on the subject. I suggest any and all skeptics/debunkers read this book. 10/10
Bill Simmons Basketball Book - Obviously really enjoyable for anyone who is into hoops. 9/10.
The Wire: Truth Be Told - Excellent read for any fans of what's maybe the greatest contribution in cinematic history. 10/10
a friend handed me this while were talking about something sciency and i'm so glad he did.
the book is predominantly satire, with much of being it a social commentary told in a very clever way- from the perspective of 'A Square' (the narrators name and shape), a mathematician living in a 2d world. it's incredibly imaginative and made only more amazing by the fact that it was published in 1884.
the latter part of the book is where the science is, as a visitor arrives to explain that there is actually a third dimension that he and the people of flatland are missing out on, which is no easy task. it's very basic science explaining a complicated topic, but don't be put of by simplicity because it's never really about the details, but the ideas. i thought the book was genius, cover to cover, you can pick holes in the 2d world he creates, but you'd wasting your time and missing the point. it's only 100 or so pages, go get it.
It was a wonderful book that felt so pure because of the innocence of Francie and her outlook on the world. The story was very touching and emotional because the writing was plain and simple (not a bad thing) and made the emotions of the moments seem very real. The book made me think of my childhood because all the feelings that Francie went through are something that's common in every childhood and for a few moments after everytime I put the book down I could see and feel things the way I used to when I was just an innocent little kid. Betty Smith did an incredible job and I absolutely loved it.
Another twinge of sadness that the book brought was that Smith said she wrote it how it should have been and not how it was. I can only imagine the alternatives where her's and Francie's stories probably diverged considering every rough spot in the book ended up with a happy/fortunate ending.