Shyster wrote:Digitalgypsy66 wrote:Next up is Neptune's Inferno, by James Hornfischer, recommended by someone in this very thread. Hornfischer is a great writer, making the naval battles of Guadalcanal leap off the page. Not an easy task. Using the bibliography, I found one of the primary sources - a book by a UPI reporter, published shortly after the war, about the U.S.S. Astoria - titled the Through the Perilous Night: The Astoria's Last Battle." I borrowed it from a nearby library, and it hadn't circulated since 1957.
That's a rare book your local library has. I checked on abebooks.com, and the cheapest copy for sale of Through the Perilous Night has a price of $95, with the most expensive copy going for $225.
If you track down a copy of Japanese Destroyer Captain by Tameichi Hara, you can read about the same battles described by Hornfischer from the Japanese perspective. Hara was in command of IJN Amatsukaze during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Hara and the Amatsukaze were also participants in the Battle of the Java Sea, which means they were also on the opposing side of the events described early on in Hornfischer's other book Ship of Ghosts.
Troy Loney wrote:dodint wrote:Authentically, or how white people choose to remember those good old days?
It's just super dense and basically gives an equal amount of attention to every development of the decade from:
The H Bomb Debates, Brown vs Board, The election of Eisenhower, the ascent of Nixon, the development of suburbs, mcdonalds, and franchising. Motels and the spread of the highway system. The growth and power of GM. Television - Milton Berle and Ed Sullivan. The beats. Eli Kazan and Brando's relationship. Just read the elvis passage, and stopped at james dean today.
Shyster wrote:You could go really old-school and read The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain. Twain wheedled his way into a chartered excursion to Europe and the Holy Land by agreeing to send back accounts to be published in U.S. newspapers. The book is the compilation of his reports. Twain's legendary aptitude for snark is apparent from his descriptions of the people he meets and the sights he sees.
dodint wrote:Looking for a travel/road trip book to escape with this weekend. Might as well start with the obvious, Travels with Charley in Search of America by Steinbeck.
canaan wrote:"First look at Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'" http://i.imgur.com/ZJ9sIJi.jpg
Troy Loney wrote:canaan wrote:"First look at Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'" http://i.imgur.com/ZJ9sIJi.jpg
That matches my visual image of bigfoot, but I was picturing a more beach bum looking guy for Doc.
dodint wrote:dodint wrote:Looking for a travel/road trip book to escape with this weekend. Might as well start with the obvious, Travels with Charley in Search of America by Steinbeck.
Happy to report my weekend was so full of life living that I only read about 40% of this, and that was while riding ferries. Now I'm back and still have some book. Win-Win.