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Books I've Been Reading


Feel free to post what you've been reading too.

Teacher Man -Frank McCourt. One of the best books I've read in a long, long time. If you went to high school, you'll like this book.

Die Broke- S. Pollan. Haven't finished it yet, so far some interesting thoughts
on investing and financial advice.

Reefer madness- Eric Schlosser. Highly recommended. Discussion on porn, ganja and illegal immigration

Point of Attack - Harry Carson. For hardcore football fans only. NY Giants inside linebacker discusses their 86 Championship season.

The Narrows, City of Bones- Michael Connelly. IMO, the best mystery writer out there...except maybe for Lehane.

Shutter Island- Dennis Lehane. Brutal and disturbing.

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder- M. Savage. Some interesting thoughts, but really a waste of time.

Upright Man- Michael Marshall. I enjoyed it, has serial killer and Stephen King elements to it.

Fat of the Land- Fumento. Nothing T-Nation readers don't already know, some interesting stats on obesity and why people are getting fatter. Some funny parts, especially a chapter where he rips apart about a dozen fad diets.


Cuba or the Pursuit of Freedom - Hugh Thomas

The transcripts of the debates on the Cuban Constitution of 1940.

The Federalist Papers

A ton of law review articles for an article I'm writing.

Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk - I haven't finished it, but to be honest, I'm kinda disappointed so far after reading Fight Club...so far meandering and kinda pointless - let's see if he can bring it together...

Livy - The War with Hannibal (coming along very slowly)

Stephen Pressfield - The Tides of War (very slowly as well)


Green Eggs and Ham-Dr. Seuss


Takedown is a non fiction book about the garbage industry in N.Y.C., very interesting.
Feast of all Saints, just starting. I have read most of Anne Rice?s other stuff. I have read most of Stephen King?s early stuff. I think my favorites would be Norman Mailer
(Ancient Evenings) Stephen King (The Stand) Carl Sagan (Dragons of Eden)


I'm currently reading 'Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking' by Malcolm Gladwell is pretty interesting. It's all about how we undervalue split-second judgements and how they are actually extremely valuable and effective. He backs this up with lots of interesting examples to demonstrate this.

Definately worth a read.


Playboy, the new scratch & sniff version.


A Briefer History of Time - Hawking

Read The Alchemist last night - and honestly, I don't know why that book is so popular

Survivor - Chuck P.

The Finishing School - Dick Couch


Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kyosaki

A book about how the people with "old wealth" really think differently about how they make/spend/invest their money and how they relay that to their children. Also goes into how our society doesn't teach about money issues and that we "are bringing up good employees, but noone to be good employers."

I am also searching for a book on human energy field control and/or buddhist books on energy flow and how to control it. So if anyone has any good recommendations I'd greatly appreciate it.


"Gates of Fire"

The novel by Steven Pressfield, based upon the true story of 300 Spartans who, along with about 7,000 allied Greeks, held back an army of over 2 million Persians (you read that right) for several days in 480 B.C. at the Battle of Thermopylae. Though they lost the battle, they held back the Persians long enough for the Greek states to rally together. The key to success were the "Gates of Fire", a narrow pass in the mountaintops where the Spartans positioned themselves, acting like a valve, keeping the Persians from passing, even as their own dead served as shields.


Frank Miller (Sin City) has an award-winning graphic novel called 300 about the same battle.


One of the all time great T-Men books. Pressfield's seminal work. His other stuff is not as good- including Tides of War- which I had to put down after about 200 pages because it was too convoluted.

Some studio is making a movie about the "Hot Gates"- but I don't know if they are using Frank Miller's or Pressfield's version of the story for the basis of the movie.


George Clooney has the rights to Gate of Fire and has been trying to get the money to get it made for several years.

300 is in production at the mo...and you can watch progress reports at Apple movie trailers.


Hmmm.... just watched the trailer of 300 and I say it looks like bad news! all the actors playing Spartan warriors look like baby smooth Chippendale strippers. I have plenty of friends who are Greek and they are hairy mofos for sure. I hope to God Clooney gets his version made and does the book justice.



Just picked up Glamorama by B.E. Ellis and Battle Ready by General Zinni, rah


Recently finished:

Losing my Virginity - Richard Branson
Long walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela
Talon of the Silver Hawk - Raymond Feist

Now Reading

Faerie Tale - Raymond Feist

I am a Feist junkie.


if you ever get the chance; read enders game. it is by far my favorite book of all time. there are also sequals to the book but enders game is the best. woohoo quote time-

-"Individual human beings are all tools, that the others use to help us all survive."
-"That's a lie."
-"No. It's just a half truth. You can worry about the other half after we win this war."
- Colonel Graff and Ender

"Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls his own life, Ender. The best you can do is choose to be controlled by good people, by people who love you."
- Valentine to Ender

"We may be young, but we're not powerless. We play by their rules long enough and it becomes our game."
- Valentine


Finished Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted at work today.

Yeah, I have a lot of spare time on my hands at work.

Good book.


Currently reading:
Irrational Exuberance by Robert J. Shiller

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd

And a few textbooks on chemistry, biology, psychology and American government that I picked up recently but haven't gotten around to reading yet.

Going to be nice when school is over and I'll have time to just read.


Profit over People - Chomsky
Passionate Declarations - Zinn
(Already read People's History)

Pharmacology Demystified
Physiology Demystified

Eric Cressey's Offseason Training Book


Glamorama is a totally fucked up book. Bret Easton Ellis is a sick dude. Awesome.