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    Just finished Turn Coat, the 11th novel of The Dresden Files, a few days ago. Anyone who is not reading this series is really missing out.

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    Just finished Big Russ and Me by Tim Russert. If every father had the admiration Tim had for his dad there would be a lot of good days.

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    Just finished Turn Coat, the 11th novel of The Dresden Files, a few days ago. Anyone who is not reading this series is really missing out.
    Can you describe the book/series?

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    I also just read a book about the air war in the Pacific during WW2. VERY interesting.
    Just finished Flyboys by James Bradley. Was it this one?

    Very good book. Discusses American Pilot POWs of WWII and the Pacific campaign.

    Very enlightening and informative.

    Did you know more people died from the samarai sword in WWII than the atomic bomb?

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    The Reality Dysfunction by Peter Hamilton....very good space opera sci-fi. First of a trilogy, all of which are about 1100 pages. Doesn't drag at all, or get wordy just to be wordy.

    Kind of a cross between Heinlein and Poul Anderson...nicely put together.
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    Just finished The Brothers Karamazov, moving on to Expelled From Eden.
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    Just finished The Brothers Karamazov
    Reading that one myself at the moment for somewhile now... Good book, but the way of telling the story is pretty LONG...
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    Anyone ever read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom?

    If so, please don't tell me the ending. Thanks.

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    Currently reading The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John Mearsheimer...interesting and thought-out arguments, though I disagree with a lot of the basic premises in it.

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    Rexnom I have thought about reading that book as well, as it pretty much contradicts most of the things I believe about IR.

    Currently reading The Future of Freedom by Zakaria, which is alright but I've come to the conclusion after going through two Zakaria books that he does not really write for people who follow international politics closely.

    I want to read The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday, Sachs' new one Common Wealth, and Jared Diamond's Collapse. Work has made me really tired lately and I am studying for the GRE (my math is hilariously horrible), so I haven't been able to read as much as I want.

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    Rexnom I have thought about reading that book as well, as it pretty much contradicts most of the things I believe about IR.

    Currently reading The Future of Freedom by Zakaria, which is alright but I've come to the conclusion after going through two Zakaria books that he does not really write for people who follow international politics closely.

    I want to read The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday, Sachs' new one Common Wealth, and Jared Diamond's Collapse. Work has made me really tired lately and I am studying for the GRE (my math is hilariously horrible), so I haven't been able to read as much as I want.
    Mearsheimer and Zakaria are fairly closely aligned in their IR-thinking. They're both realist school though Mearsheimer has developed his own branch that's at the same time unique and well-argued. And I think you're dead on about Zakaria - unless you read him in Foreign Affairs or something, he's definitely "pop international affairs," which is just fine of course.

    Good luck on the GRE. Make vocab cards and just keep doing math problems over and over again - the same basic problems come up on the test. Make sure you know the basic math behind these problems too (for example, I relearned long division, which I had basically forgotten - who knew?! haha).

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    It is probably time to dutifully bump this thread.

    Currently reading (and almost done with) Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden. Holy crap it is good. It is a 650 page book, I bought it on Friday, and I am on page 500. Enough said.

    I have a long list of things I want to read in the next few months: some Hemingway which I think will be nice to read while I'm visiting family in Florida, Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis which has intrigued me for a long time, and probably in the future I want to read some hard IR theory. I am looking at After Hegemony by Keohane. Rexnom, what is a good counterpoint to Tragedy of Great Power Politics? Interestingly I was reading one of the Foreignpolicy.com blogs and one of the bloggers listed that book as the best IR book of the 2000's.

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    Vollmann's The Royal Family.


    Pretty sweet. Can't wait for Imperial - still trying to decide if I should fork over the $ and pre-order it or not.....
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    It is probably time to dutifully bump this thread.

    Currently reading (and almost done with) Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden. Holy crap it is good. It is a 650 page book, I bought it on Friday, and I am on page 500. Enough said.

    I have a long list of things I want to read in the next few months: some Hemingway which I think will be nice to read while I'm visiting family in Florida, Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis which has intrigued me for a long time, and probably in the future I want to read some hard IR theory. I am looking at After Hegemony by Keohane. Rexnom, what is a good counterpoint to Tragedy of Great Power Politics? Interestingly I was reading one of the Foreignpolicy.com blogs and one of the bloggers listed that book as the best IR book of the 2000's.
    There's three basic schools of realism - Mearsheimer's offensive realism, Kenneth Waltz's "defensive" or systemic/neorealism (see Theory of International Politics), and Hans Morgenthau's "human nature"/classical realism (see Politics Among Nations). Those aren't really counterpoints but just other sides of the same coin.

    Some good counterpoints are Alexander Wendt's Social Theory of International Politics, which is a foundational work on constructivist IR theory - a real counterpoint to realism.

    There's lots of good liberal theory out there. Liberal theory also has three strands - democratic peace theory (see Charles Lipson's Reliable Partners), institutionalism and economic interdependence (Keohane here is excellent).

    None of them are as readable as Mearsheimer, unfortunately, but that should get you through the rest of the summer at least.

    Let me know how you like Zorba the Greek. Needless to say, my family's been bugging me to read it for as long as I've been alive.
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    There's three basic schools of realism - Mearsheimer's offensive realism, Kenneth Waltz's "defensive" or systemic/neorealism (see Theory of International Politics), and Hans Morgenthau's "human nature"/classical realism (see Politics Among Nations). Those aren't really counterpoints but just other sides of the same coin.

    Some good counterpoints are Alexander Wendt's Social Theory of International Politics, which is a foundational work on constructivist IR theory - a real counterpoint to realism.

    There's lots of good liberal theory out there. Liberal theory also has three strands - democratic peace theory (see Charles Lipson's Reliable Partners), institutionalism and economic interdependence (Keohane here is excellent).

    None of them are as readable as Mearsheimer, unfortunately, but that should get you through the rest of the summer at least.

    Let me know how you like Zorba the Greek. Needless to say, my family's been bugging me to read it for as long as I've been alive.
    Thanks for the primer. I think I dozed off during a good portion of Maurice East's International Affairs intro course at GW, don't know if you had him, he only taught the course for one year. I hated theory during school and am just now developing a real interest in it. I think I am actually going to print out your reply.

    I'll let you know how Zorba the Greek is. I'm trying to read more fiction before Grad School.

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    Recently read We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates, Notes from Underground by FMD, Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith, and Ariel by Plath. The Oates book was pretty good, though by no means great. The Smith book was a mixed bag. FMD was stellar/demented, as always—though, I read it while enduring the flu, and might not have absorbed it very well. Still fun. About half the Plath poems were awesome (and by that I mean really, really awesome—the kind of poems I'll have still stuck in my mind years from now), while the others I could kind of take or leave.

    Trying to decide what to move on to... kind of in the mood for some nonfiction.
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    The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.

    By far the best book I've read in a long time. Dickinson was a bona fide 100% badass. If you haven't read most of her poems, you need to go out and buy this book and read them all right now—and I mean right now. They're that good. Insanely good. Holy cow.
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    Oil! by Upton Sinclair - The book upon which "There Will Be Blood" was (very loosely) based.

    The Quiet American by Graham Greene - Very good book, and they did a very good adaptation of it with Michael Caine and Brendan Frazier (sp?).

    Currently reading:

    The Art of a Beautiful Game by Chris Ballard - Really great NBA book that just came out. Basically spends a chapter on each of several different players/specialists. Great stuff.

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    Lolita - Nabokov

    Absolutely wicked. Nabokov is such an effing trickster—this was just a delightful experience. I was grinning practically the entire time I read this. I sense a Nabokov Phase coming on. I've already got Pale Fire and Ada here next to me. I can't wait for Shade vs. Kinbote.
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    Got a Sony Reader for my Birthday...pretty cool.

    Just getting used to it...got some old Tom Corbett Space Cadet books.

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    Just finished a book I've been meaning to read for a while - The Shock Doctrine - whose basic premise is unfortunately on display once again.

    I want to switch to a lighter subject matter for my next read, and I'm long overdue for reading a basketball book: should it be Halberstam (rcarey) or Ballard (count55)? I see they've both been reviewed positively, and I'm just the worst at making decisions.
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    Shock Doctrine eh? How did you like it? I have read select chapters from No Logo and am thinking of tackling the book sometime in the near future...after I get through about 4 others sitting on the shelf.

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