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Re: The True Believer
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:38:16 PM
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@mhrackin: ...written by a former longshoreman who became a self-taught philospher and author...

That's funny -- we have a lot in common -- I'm a self-taught philosopher, the unfortunate thing is that I'm such a poor student LOL

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Re: The True Believer
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:35:55 PM
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@mhrackin: This book should be required reading before being allowed to vote!

Actually, I'm not allowed to vote (I'm a Permanent Resident, not a US Citizen) -- but this looks very interesting -- added to my wish list.

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Re: Churchill's Wizards
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:30:14 PM
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@antedeluvian: "Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945" by Nicholas Rankin. My rating-10

I just added this to my wishlist -- but since you gave it a 10 I'm going to order it thsi weekend, possibly along with some others after more comments have come in.

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Re: The Idea Factory
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:26:41 PM
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@Antedeluvian: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation" by Jon Gertner

I just added it to my wish list on Amazon

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Re: Turning's Cathedral
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:24:55 PM
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@antedeluvian: My rating- 6

Thinking about it -- if we give "Soul of a New Machine" a 7, then I'd drop "Turing's Cathedral" down to a 5...

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Re: The Soul of A New Machine
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:23:05 PM
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@Antedeluvian: If we are talking books about engineering, you have to inlude "The Soul of A New Machine" by Tracy Kidder. My rating- 7.

We think alike -- it was a good read -- I think a 7 is appropriate.

 

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Re: Player Piano
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:20:52 PM
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BinaryJudy: I think every engineer should read Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut.

I'd never heard of this one -- I just added it to my wish-list on Amazon -- did you ever read a trilogt called "Interface, "Voltaface," and one more whose name I can no longer recall ... by Mark someone or other .... dang, my memory is getting bad...

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Re: Turning's Cathedral
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:13:21 PM
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I read Turing's Cathedral -- I agree with your rating of 6 -- there was a lot of interesting information, but it was SO DRY (and it barely mentioned Turing)

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Re: Where are the software books?
Max The Magnificent   12/19/2014 1:11:25 PM
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@TonyTib: ...where are the software books?

I would very much recommend Understanding and Using C Pointers by Richard M. Reese (see this blog for more info)

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The True Believer
mhrackin   12/19/2014 1:03:07 PM
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This book should be required reading before being allowed to vote! This slim volume was written by a former longshoreman who became a self-taught philospher and author; his name is Eric Hoffer. I have an early issue paperback that is threatening to disintegrate into a pile of loose pages. The author debunks a huge amount of what is commonly believed even today regarding mass movements and how they impact human history. Simple example: people do NOT revolt because of despair, but because they have gained HOPE that they can change the conditions under which they live. Those who despair do so because they can't see any way to create change. Now go read the book....

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