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Re: CS.com Book Club: Spring 2019

Postby Ivytalk » Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:47 am

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You aren’t wrong about any of that^^^

I take issue with you saying that Hamilton isn’t a darling of the left right now. He is - precisely because of the distortions you talk about.

Turns out the left is just as capable of twisting history to suit as the right is

Actually I can’t wait to see Randall Park dancing and singing “Little Red Book” on stage





Human culture has a way of really beating the drum to hero worship the reconstructions of the dead

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Re: CS.com Book Club: Spring 2019

Postby Ibanez » Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:34 am

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Reading Snow Crash right now

Also just finished Masters of Doom, which incidentally mentioned SC 4-5 times


:thumb:

SC is probably my favorite of his after Cryptonomicon, though if he's written anything since REAMDE I haven't read it

I’ve tried Cyprtonomicon and Seveneves(?) but I just can’t get through them


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Re: CS.com Book Club: Spring 2019

Postby houndawg » Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:38 am

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It’s ironic really - the whitewashing of flawed heroes of the new left is very similar to a LOT of previous “lost cause” scholarship on Confederate military types. It is no coincidence that books like Grant attracted so much attention roughly around the same time Confederate statues were being pulled down. Hamilton and Grant, Seward, and a few others are getting the Washington and the Cherry Tree treatment.

I like reading about people with warts... everybody has them. That’s why Chernow has disappointed me more than once. He is too protective of the people he writes about. I like Grant better for the reality of who he was. Great general, sh1tty President. There’s nothing wrong with that. And Chernow’s Grant was not near the exaggeration as Chernow’s Hamilton.

What are your thoughts on david mccullough? I’m reading his book on Truman and it’s alright. I get the sense that Truman was a geeky dandy who had no business running anything.


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That sounds more like Barkley, his VP. As I mentioned the fly-on-the-wall White House photographer for the Truman admin is a neighbor of mine. He says 'Uncle Harry" was blunt to the point of rudeness - Ed heard him tell a Congressman "you need to brush your teeth, your breath stinks". Barkley on the other hand he presents as exactly the kind of dandy described above. The significant others of two of Barkley's great-granddaughters were regulars on the local bluegrass scene for years and one of them was a bandmate when we played on A Prairie Home Companion a couple of decades ago.

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Re: CS.com Book Club: Spring 2019

Postby houndawg » Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:46 am

Ibanez wrote:
houndawg wrote:
:thumb:

SC is probably my favorite of his after Cryptonomicon, though if he's written anything since REAMDE I haven't read it

I’ve tried Cyprtonomicon and Seveneves(?) but I just can’t get through them


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Seveneves is probably my least favorite and Cryptonomicon does take a while to get moving, at least it does if you aren't a math/techie enthusiast, but is well worth it just for the stolen nazi submarine and the pile of gold stacked neatly in the jungle. I won't read Seveneves again but Cryptonomicon I put up there with A Canticle for Leibowitz in the sf pantheon. If you aren't so much into techie stuff you might give Anathem a try.
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