Sunday, June 04, 2006

Good books to read this summer

I am looking for a few good books to read this summer.

Do any of you have any books that your would recommend?

Mike Sylvester


Robert Enders said...

"Dies the Fire" by SM Stirling.
All devices that use electricity or chemical explosives suddenly stop working. That means people suddenly have to do without refrigrators, the Internet, cars, and guns. Anarchy ensues. People start forming their own tribes for mutual protection.

"Days of Infamy" by Harry Turtledove
In this alternate history novel, the Japanese invade and occupy Hawaii instead of just bombing it.

LP Mike Sylvester said...

I am going to go and get "Dies the Fire" for sure.

I love books like that.

I have read "Days of Infamy" and it was pretty good.


Robert Enders said...

Ok, and anything by PJ O'Rourke. He's a pro-military libertarian Republican. And he's funny to boot.

Jeff Pruitt said...

The Assassins' Gate

This is an extraordinary book about the US involvement in Iraq. It covers the war from its beginning and the author (George Packer of the New Yorker) uses his on-the-ground reporting to bring to life the soldiers and civilians involved.

Also if you'd like to read about what many of us hope the democratic party becomes and how that change will take place try

Crashing the Gate - Netroots, Grassroots, and the rise of people-powered politics

If you're looking for fiction then I'm probably not the best person to give suggestions...

John Good said...

"The Messiah of Morris Avenue" by Tony Hendra. An excellent fictional spin-off of what has actually been happening with religion and politics in our country today.

Mike Kole said...

Mike- If you like alternative history, or fiction that plays around within historical frameworks, I strongly recommend AJ Quinnell's 'In The Name Of The Father'. Outstanding Cold War era thriller pitting the Vatican against the Soviet Union.

Not every library will have it (I bought mine on Gibraltar!), so if you're interested, I'll lend you mine.

Craig said...

Leaves of Grass - by Walt Whitman

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Anonymous said...

Some Classics...
1. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Les Mis (Unabridged) by Victor Hugo

Some Contemporaries...
1. 1776 By David McCullough
2. John Adams by David McCullough
3. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
4. Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

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