What are you reading lately?

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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:34 pm

q was wonderful to see the kids (and parents) waiting in long lines for the bookstores to open. I greatly enjoyed the special FedEx delivery of the book in its own special Amazon box. And then waiting in long lines for the movies. I do not care that much WHAT kids read; I do greatly care that they READ. It develops a skill for a lifetime.

Maybe someday they will read Mockingbird and let it change their lives (as it did mine). Or a great translation of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, who taught me to think and to write. Cotton’s translation is a good start, as it might have been for Shakespeare. Or read Mobtaigne in the old French. We need some Americans who can do that.


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TollandRCR wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:34 pm
q was wonderful to see the kids (and parents) waiting in long lines for the bookstores to open. I greatly enjoyed the special FedEx delivery of the book in its own special Amazon box. And then waiting in long lines for the movies. I do not care that much WHAT kids read; I do greatly care that they READ. It develops a skill for a lifetime.

Maybe someday they will read Mockingbird and let it change their lives (as it did mine). Or a great translation of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, who taught me to think and to write. Cotton’s translation is a good start, as it might have been for Shakespeare. Or read Mobtaigne in the old French. We need some Americans who can do that.
:thumbs: I really enjoyed reading when I was a kid. It is good to see young people read. It's good to see them doing almost anything that doesn't involve their thumbs on a cell phone. But reading...is best!


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:42 am

After more than 20 years there is a new edition of-

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

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Post by ZekeB » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:01 pm

I never heard of the book. Is it somewhat accurate or was it written by someone like a Holocaust denier? As I recall my high school history classes there was a lot of what, but no in-depth why.


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:39 pm

ZekeB wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:01 pm
I never heard of the book. Is it somewhat accurate or was it written by someone like a Holocaust denier? As I recall my high school history classes there was a lot of what, but no in-depth why.
University of Vermont professor emeritus James W. Loewen is a well regarded historian and sociologist. He won Loewen v. Turnipseed (Mississippi State Textbook Purchasing Board), 488 F. Supp. 1138 (N.D. Miss. 1980), an important First Amendment case.

https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/di ... 8/1400137/


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Post by ZekeB » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:16 pm

I just picked up the Kindle Edition. $9.99. I'll give it a read.


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Post by Kilgore Trout » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:52 pm

I haven't read the updated one, but I really enjoyed (Not sure that's the right word in this context) reading this one. MUCH better than the similar one by Oliver Stone.


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Post by Kendra » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:32 am

Downloaded Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson to my Kindle last night.



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Post by TollandRCR » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:22 pm

I love the historical fiction of Laura Joh Rowland, set in Japan’s medieval period of rule by the Tokugawa dictators. She has a good character in Sano-san. Much of it is not historical; some is. The villains are real.


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Post by Volkonski » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:09 pm

Having read about 2/3rds of the book including the last two chapters I find it to be very interesting. The author shows how 6 areas of American history are presented in the most popular high school history texts and what they get wrong which is a lot.

He then discusses how this turns students off from wanting to learn about history.

Coming from SE Massachusetts I already knew most of what he presents about the Plymouth colony. And having spent decades reading about Lincoln and the Civil War I was in good shape there.

However much of what he presents about other parts of American history was new to me.

The book is heavily referenced to primary sources so following up on the most interesting items will be easy.

Every person with an interest in history or in how history is taught should read this book.
Volkonski wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:42 am
After more than 20 years there is a new edition of-

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

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Image“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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