Wednesday, January 7, 2009

American Politics

The Living and the Dead By Paul Hendrickson (1996)
Hendrickson's meticulously researched book on Robert Strange McNamara (and five other people whose lives he touched : a nurse, an artist, a Quaker, a Marine and a young man from Saigon.) One of the reasons I wanted to know more about McNamara was ... well, I realized I didn't know anything about McNamara or the Viet Nam War.

My favorite quote from this book? Lyndon Johnson in hysterics, wailing "Bob, can't you help me? Bob, you've wrecked my presidency!"

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”
~ Hemingway

Thankfully I am not exposed to politics or people discussing politics on an hourly basis. That would drive me insane. However I do enjoy a good book about Eisenhower every so often. Good thing hundreds of them have been published.

I didn't read many political books last year, maybe six. Not my favorite subject, but especially not in an election year. Maybe this year I'll do better, become smarter, have thoughts.


Cergie said...

Hi ! Avid Reader ! Difficult for me to comment an English speaking reader, however I saw your partial list. I like Jane Austen, I read all her books, but I was not able to finish the last one that she did not finished her self because she died.
I like the French Maupassant particularly and often go and see his grave in Paris Montmparnasse (I took pictures). I find that Somerset Maugham is almost the same kind of writter : I love him so much !
Just now I'm reading Armistead Maupin : "Maybe the Moon", I cannot enjoy it very much. I prefered "The Night Listener" that I read before

Avid Reader said...

The French are my favorite writers!

My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)