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    The Breaks of the Game - by David Halberstam

    As far as leisure reading goes, I enjoy reading basketball stories. This is by far, the best basketball book I have ever read. It's more than basketball...that's probably what makes it so good.

    Halberstam is an amazing writer. He worked alongside the Trailblazers throughout the late 70s chronicling the Walton era - and really just captures the essence of those teams...situated within that point in time in history. It is masterful writing - you come away with a sense of this being an ethnographic study. Not only does Halberstam depict the stuff that was happening on the outside, but he gives you a sense for how the players, coaches, management, fans, and every other person involved was feeling. Beautiful stuff. It is the historical context, in my opinion, which made this book all the more fascinating. There are also some very interesting themes of power within the book.

    But like I said, the research that went into this (i.e. the interviews and situating himself within the culture 24/7) is unbelievable - the "character development" is so good that you almost feel as though you know each player or coach on a deep, personal level. Bill Walton's story is such a sad one indeed...Billy Ray Bates provides this innocence at a time that just seems so out-of-place...Maurice Lucas is this man that represents so much more than the physical beast that he was on the court.

    I could go on about this book - but I'll just spare everyone by saying that it is a must-read for any basketball fan (and especially those who love American history & basketball history).
    The stuff on Kermit Washington was excellent, as well. I think the first time I read it was in high school, but it's possible that I got it after Jack Ramsay was hired to coach the Pacers.

    I re-read it again recently, and it's stunning how different the league is.

    If you liked Halberstam's stuff, his book on the Korean War - The Coldest Winter - is fantastic.

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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.
    Ballard's book is excellent, but I think I probably liked Halberstam's better.

    Read both.

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    Have any of you read W.E.B. Griffin?

    I have to do a project on technology (hard cover vs audio books) and am considering listening to the audio book for "The honor of spies"

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    Just finished Toll the Hounds (book 9 Malazan series) by Steven Erikson, and god... it was fantastic. I think these books are some of the best fiction I've read. Book 10, Dust of Dreams, should arrive from Amazon on Monday

    Non fiction - The Greatest Show on Earth - the evidence for evolution by Richard Dawkins was pretty good if you are into that sort of thing.

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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.
    How do you like the Sony Reader? I wish I would have checked on this thread earlier, since I just orderred a Kindle.

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    How do you like the Sony Reader? I wish I would have checked on this thread earlier, since I just orderred a Kindle.
    I like it pretty well. I just have the Pocket reader, so it doesn't have a lot of bells & whistles, but it's nice, since I'm tough on books.

    I know several people who have Kindles, and they love them. My wife bought me the pocket reader for a couple of reasons: I work for Sony, and it was the cheapest (around 180) and she wasn't sure if I'd use it.

    I couldn't tell you whether one is markedly better than the other.

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    JD Salinger died. Age 91.
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    Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy for the umpteenth time

    Without Remorse Tom Clancy for the second time

    Clear and Present Danger Tom Clancy for third or fourth time

    Animal Farm George Orwell for the first time

    Still reading the Tom Corbett stuff, and I'm starting Catch 22 in the morning.

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    Finished Freakonomics in one sitting. It was absolutely fascinating, couldn't but it down.

    Currently reading the Great Gatsby. I'm trying to get into the classics; I enjoy the book so far.

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    Larry Bird Earvin Magic Johnson by Jackie McMullan is really a very good book, and it talks about everything from them growing up to Larry Bird on trading away our thugs after the brawl. I recommend it to people who like things that are awesome.
    "I keep wondering the same thing. Last week they had the 4th worst record in the league, had an 11.9 percent chance of winning the lottery and were in line to land a franchise type player like Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins. This week? They have a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery, have the 8th worst record and are in line to draft Cole Aldrich or Greg Monroe. Way to go Jim O'Brien. Rest Danny Granger the rest of the season (if it isn't too late) and give Josh McRoberts lots of minutes. That ought to do it." - Chad Ford on winning meaningless games

    Way to go Jim, you may have just put our franchise back another 4+ years.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Five-Dysfuncti.../dp/0787960756

    Had to read this for a team building thing they are doing at work. Not a bad book, some decent ideas as well. Easy read. Can knock it out in 3-4 hours total. It also tells the theory in the form of a fictional story, which makes it so much easier to read and helps get the ideas across.

    The five dysfunctions of a team.

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    Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, Ashbery
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    http://www.amazon.com/Five-Dysfuncti.../dp/0787960756

    Had to read this for a team building thing they are doing at work. Not a bad book, some decent ideas as well. Easy read. Can knock it out in 3-4 hours total. It also tells the theory in the form of a fictional story, which makes it so much easier to read and helps get the ideas across.

    The five dysfunctions of a team.
    Yes, I've read that and other things from Lencioni for leadership/team building exercises at work.

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    Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow

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    Lolita

    It's for a women's studies class. Kind of disturbing.

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    Lolita is effing great. One of my favorite novels.
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    Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets of Baltimore by David Simon.

    All kinds of good, particularly if you like The Wire.

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    Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

    Haven't seen the movie, but the book was pretty good. Not groundbreaking, but entertaining.

    This is the guy who also wrote Mystic River.

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    Darkly Dreaming Dexter

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    by Jeff Lindsay

    These are the books on which the TV Series Dexter is based. I'm currently in the middle of the third one -Dexter in the Dark/

    They're really enjoyable, and somewhat more humorous than the series. The first one was excellent, and the second was very good, but I thought the ending was just a little cheap.

    Certainly not a landmark of literature, but very enjoyable.

    Edit: The ending of Dexter in the Dark was a little cheap, too.

    I'm of the opinion that there are two aspects to any kind of narrative (Book, Movie, TV Show) - the story and the storytelling.

    These books are examples of great storytelling with kinda weak, formulaic stories.
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    Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets of Baltimore by David Simon.

    All kinds of good, particularly if you like The Wire.
    I loved the wire. I may have to check this book out.

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    The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Mark Tessler.

    Has been kind of slow going but always good to get another perspective. I'm trying to brush up on my history of the conflict and Lebanon history as well.

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    It's a crime this thread was so far down:

    I'm reading Unexectedly, Milo by Matthew Dicks.

    It's quite good, you should check it out, as well as his first book Something Missing.

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    Scar Tissue - the biography of Anthony Kiedis, singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers if you didnt know.

    The guy has lead an incredible life and it is amazing he is alive. He has abused drugs from such an early age (is sober now) and just did some really stupid things that should have gotten him killed, but didnt. I thought it was a great book. Im a huge RHCP fan and seeing into his life and into the band was awesome.

    And I must say that I am so happy to post in this thread that I read a book! I've fallen off on reading cause I usually just read what I have to for college. It's nice to choose a book for once. I feel like Jim Gaffigan in his sketch about reading books. "how you doing Jim? I READ A BOOK!"

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