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Topic Subject:So I have a stack of books I want to read.
Jeffrey
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(id: Bosefus zx)
posted 12-16-08 10:02 PM CT (US)         
Well tomorrow I officially wrap up my undergraduate studies and well, I have a stack of books I want to read.

See, I am a history major. That means reading, lots of it. Well I never kept up with the reading as I went so I have a stack of books that I want to read, but never did. I haven't made a thread in a while so I figured I can kill two birds with one stone.

I have narrowed down the choices to five books:

Graham Greene's "Quiet American" - a book about Vietnam sometime between 1950-1954 (fiction)

Philip Caputo's "a Rumor of War" - a memoir about the Vietnam War, specifically 1965-68

Heda Margolius Kovaly's "Under a Cruel Star" - a memoir about life in Prague 1941-1968

Primo Levi "Survival in Auschwitz" - the memoirs of Primo Levi, an Itallian Jew.

Christopher Browning's "Ordinary Men" - the history of Reserve Police Battalion 101 and how their role in the Final Solution in Poland (historical).

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
-Benjamin Franklin
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zyxomma100
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posted 12-17-08 01:30 AM CT (US)     1 / 9       
Historical fiction always annoyed me for whatever reason, and I've read enough books about European life during WWII. I'd go with A Rumor of War or Under a Cruel Star, and I'm leaning toward the Vietnam War book.

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morgoth bauglir
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posted 12-17-08 04:04 AM CT (US)     2 / 9       
I'd reccommend "A Rumor Of War". Never read it, but soldier memoires are always extremely fascinating reading, unless they become too preachy.

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Murloc
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posted 12-18-08 08:11 AM CT (US)     3 / 9       
Primo Levi's books can be sometime boring but are very informative about the nazist lagers and how really was the life in them.
But I read "se questo un uomo..." (if this is a man...) in italian, I don't know how that book is, if it's the same book I don't know how it was translated.
morgoth bauglir
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posted 12-18-08 08:29 AM CT (US)     4 / 9       
What the hell is a nazist lager? Something they drank in Munich?I know lager is camp, but hey!

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Jeffrey
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posted 12-18-08 10:37 AM CT (US)     5 / 9       
Lager has something to do with Auschwitz,
The law of Lager said: ‘eat your own bread, and if you can, that of your neighbour’, and left no room for gratitude. It really means that the Lager was dead.
Maybe it was camp itself. I don't know. I really should since I took a senior seminar on the Nazi Holocaust. In fact I am pretty sure it means the camp.



Seems we have two for Caputo and one for Levi. Any other takers before I start reading?

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Murloc
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posted 12-18-08 01:19 PM CT (US)     6 / 9       
the lager is the camp, isn't that obvious?

that quote is from primo levi's book I read, "se questo un uomo". Strange title translation XD

If you want to know more about nazism I sugget you read it.
Ornlu
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posted 12-18-08 01:59 PM CT (US)     7 / 9       
Lger = German (and Swedish) for camp.

I've never read any of those books, but feel free to give us a short review when you're finished.

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Ilmarinen
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posted 12-19-08 06:08 AM CT (US)     8 / 9       
If you want historical (non) fiction, read Solzhenitsyn (do I spell it right?). But theyre sometimes kinda "preachy", so you might not like them.

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Jeffrey
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(id: Bosefus zx)
posted 12-19-08 03:59 PM CT (US)     9 / 9       
So I am probably going with Caputo's Rumor of War. Will start soonish. Thanks.

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