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Old 04-18-2011, 01:50 PM   #901
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The Children of Pride edited by Robert Manson Myers is actually a series of letters that this family sent back and forth to each other describing their life in coastal Georgia in the 19th century. The book is a collection of 1900 letters spanning time from the 1850s to 1870.
It gives insight into the lives of these southern planters during this period. Actually, DW is reading it and sharing the more interesting sections with me. This unabridged version is 1800 pages and is beyond my reading capabilities. DW (speed reader) will have it done in a few weeks. Perhaps this should be in the Civil War thread?
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:04 PM   #902
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Fall of Giants. Bu Ken Follett. This is part one of a three book epic taking place before and through the two world wars. The second book id due out in 2012.
In hardback it is nearly 1000 pages but it is such an enjoyable read it will keep you riveted to the story. All good things have to come to an end. Now I have to wait for the second book to continue the story. Drat.
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I have just finished "The Investor's Manifesto, Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything In Between" by William Bernstein.

I got a lot out of his other books, "The Intelligent Asset Allocator" and "The Four Pillars of Investing". I was not disappointed in his newest book. It updates and extends his other writings and is every bit as good to read.
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Bernstein's book came out in early 2009 I think. After reading it I felt better about going with Short Term Investment Grade (VFSUX) for the FI part of the portfolio. That's about 50% of our FI right now. Last I heard he's recommending even shorter durations. Sometimes he posts on Bogleheads under wbern, so you can search for posts by that auther.

Here is a Q&A from Jan 8 2011:
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A: Yes and no.

VFSTX is certainly no more or less risky than it was when I wrote the book.

But the money market/T-bill tradeoff has definitely changed since I wrote the book. At the moment, keeping large sums in a money market makes no sense at all, since you can get a higher yield and near-perfect safety with rolling bills. That wasn't true two years ago when I wrote the book.

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Thanks, Lsbcal. That is good to see. I am moving my money from an aggressive to a mid risk allocation. Tax rules are slowing me down. I cannot get on Bogle. I am not sure why.
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My airplane book during our recent trip to Italy was The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley. He is the author who wrote Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys.

The book covers the era around the turn of the 20th century, when the U.S. first became a colonial power. His primary thesis is that Roosevelt and Taft gave Japan a green light to expand in Asia and to impose a Japanese "Monroe Doctrine", which ultimately led to WWII in the Pacific, although the book has a broader narrative scope. For example, reading about the US war in the Philippines, how it was prosecuted and how it was reported, gives some context to more recent events in Asia. In fact, in was interesting to see how little we actually learned in 100 years. It is a certainty that you will never see Theodore Roosevelt in the same light after reading this book.
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C. J. Box's Cold Wind is a pretty good read about a Wyoming Game Warden investigating the spouse murder charge against his obnoxious mother-in-law. It has a side line about his former Ranger anti-government buddy revenging another murder.
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I just finished reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larrson. I would have enjoyed reading more of his books, but unfortunately he died after writing this trilogy. I will miss some of the characters.
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Patterson's Cross Fire, just finished I, Alex Cross.
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Fiction fans: you must check out the first novel of Karen Russell, called Swamplandia. I heard a review of it on (of all things) the Economist podcast. I borrowed it from the library, read about a chapter, then it was swiped by DH. But what I got of it is simply fantastic. I read a lot, but her prose is simply lyrical. I am blown away by the talents of this young writer.

The book is a fictional account of a young girl growing up in South Florida in a family of alligator wrestlers. Russell has an amazing ability to imbue Ava with truly adolescent thoughts, rather than "grown up" ideas in her reporting of her life.

Highly recommended, and I haven't even gotten to read most of it!
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Candide. By Jean Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire.
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I just finished Summer at Willow Lake. By Susan Wiggs. Its nice summer romance.
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Candide. By Jean Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire.
One of my favorites, and my two favorite lines from it are:

". . . but in this country it is found requisite, now and then, to put an admiral to death, in order to encourage the others to fight" and

" . . . let us cultivate our garden."

The latter perfectly encompasses my present mood concerning the world.
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You mean you don't agree with Pangloss that this "is the best of all possible worlds."
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I just finished Taubes'

Amazon.com: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (9780307272706): Gary Taubes: Books

the much more readable version of Good Calories, Bad Calories. I got it from the eLibrary.

I was impressed with his ability to lay out the arguments against carbohydrates so clearly.
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Hi Al, so what are you going to cut out? Sometimes I just have a half sandwich for lunch. Hopefully by asking this I won't turn the thread into a diet thread .
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The Lincoln Lawyer~ Good summertime read. I believe a movie is also out, but I seldom check.
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Hi Al, so what are you going to cut out? Sometimes I just have a half sandwich for lunch. Hopefully by asking this I won't turn the thread into a diet thread .
Lena and I have cut out almost all carbs since June of last year. We eat a lot of steaks, eggs, bacon, and also salad vegetables.
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One of my favorites, and my two favorite lines from it are:

". . . but in this country it is found requisite, now and then, to put an admiral to death, in order to encourage the others to fight" and

" . . . let us cultivate our garden."

The latter perfectly encompasses my present mood concerning the world.
Yes they both resonate well each time I read the book. I do think the same courtesy as for the admirals, should be extended to politicians and kings as well.

Heh, one can dream.
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