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hats

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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #2960 on: May 09, 2017, 11:39:22 PM »
Yes, it's me. Thanks for the welcome. Just stopping by. I will head to the Archives and look up "...Mr. Tiffany."

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« Reply #2961 on: May 11, 2017, 02:08:07 PM »
How nice to see posts from Friends. I won't say 'old', because I'm in a state of denial about that and I don't get the impression of that in your posts.

Thanks, MaryZ, for the confirmation on the president in the frame in the Oval Office. And the info that Andrew Jackson is the President's hero. The author (with the Pittsburgh Gazette) of another column in my paper suggests that the president is not well read. He has Andrew Jackson active  in the Civil War period.

Thanks, Kidsal, for the information aboutCity of Light, City of Poison, I'm going to look for that one. I'm wondering if  it deals with the events which are the subject of a book I've had on my shelf some time and have been meaning to read: The Affair of the Poisons, Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV Is the police chief in your book one Nicolas-Gabriel de La Reynie?

How nice to hear from you, Hats. It's so long ago since I first began enjoying your posts. Best Wishes.

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« Reply #2962 on: May 11, 2017, 03:07:17 PM »
reading a great book for us science nerds: "Furry Logic." by Matin Durrani, Liz Kalaugher

t explains how animals use physics to solve everyday problems.

Based on this book, I am creating a number of physics antidotes with morals to tell my grandchildren: moral lessons through physics. The first was how mosquitoes use Newton's second law to avoid being killed by raindrops. (short answer: they go with the flow).

Last night I told them how geckos use subatomic forces to stick to the ceiling. (they stick one hair at a time, and we got into a discussion of how Newton discovered (now called calculus) that if you divided a problem into tiny bits, solved them one at a time, and put the results back together, you could do amazing things! (a good motto for this wedding we're trying to put together!)

The kids loved it, especially once I told them there were no tests, and they couldn't fail. I'm told  one of them bragged he was the only kid who could get into physics discussions with his grandmother.   

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« Reply #2963 on: May 11, 2017, 04:04:35 PM »
Yes the police chief is de La Reynie.

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« Reply #2964 on: May 14, 2017, 09:12:16 AM »
Never heard of your book and physics was not my forte in school.  I only took it to escape taking chemistry. I love your talks with your grandchildren. They are learning strange things! Sounds like you are a perfect grandmother!
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« Reply #2965 on: May 14, 2017, 11:03:51 AM »
...physics was not my forte in school.  I only took it to escape taking chemistry.
That's funny.  Most people think physics is even worse than chemistry.  :-\

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« Reply #2966 on: July 05, 2017, 07:04:40 AM »
One of Charlie Rose's interview programs sent me to a new book - The Gatekeepers: How the Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.  It starts with Nixon's CofS.  I'm up to the Reagan area now.  It's fascinating, if you're into politics/government at all, nonpartisan, and very readable.

https://www.amazon.com/Gatekeepers-White-Chiefs-Define-Presidency-ebook/dp/B01I85QC28/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1499252517&sr=1-1&keywords=the+gatekeepers
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mabel1015j

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« Reply #2967 on: July 20, 2017, 02:23:27 PM »
Because I'm facilitating presentations on women's history at the library, all my non-fiction reading is focused on American women in history. At the moment I'm anxiously waiting for a book from Amazon, American Women's History. It's a one volume encyclopedia that I found in the reference section at the library and it's so interesting.

I stopped doing the "series" presentations. I thought "these people must be weary of coming for 4 or 5 or 6 weeks at a time. So I suggested to the librarian that I do one a month - The History Cafe: the A, B, Cs of history - and I am doing one letter each month. The librarian said "oh, you're going to be the Sue Grafton of women's history!" 😀😀. So in June I did "Abigail Adams" - some of you, and David McCullough, are fans of hers, and "abolitionists". In July it was "The Blackwell Family" - they may have been the most active and progressive family thru generations and included not only the first and third women to become degreed medical doctors in the US, but had Lucy Stone and Antionette Brown Blackwell - the first woman ordained minister - as wives/in-laws. Where did they come from!?!

Their family papers are at Schlesinger Library at Radcliff. This website is easy and fun reading. There are many links to the whole family

Jean

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mabel1015j

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« Reply #2968 on: July 28, 2017, 12:01:48 PM »
Thomas Fleming died this week, he was 90 years old. He had written some great books about the Revolutionary War period, both non-fiction and fiction. I first found him through the fiction book "Officer's Wives" which I read while working for Dept of Army at Ft Dix and he had me laughing outloud. The cammander in the book was an egotistical blowhard and much like the commander at Ft Dix at the time. He also wrote several fiction books about the NY/NJ area during the colonial and revolutionary period which I enjoyed and he wrote history books for children.

Mr. Fleming wrote biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. He chronicled the battles of Bunker Hill and Lexington and Concord and a lesser-known one in Springfield, N.J., in 1780. He wrote about the seminal year 1776. And he looked back at the duel in 1804 between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.

This is from the NYTs obit
Mr. Fleming, the loquacious son of a tough New Jersey pol, viewed America’s struggle for independence as essential to understanding the history that followed. “So much of what happened later is virtually anchored in the Revolution,” he told the Journal of the American Revolution in 2013. “The whole Civil War pivots on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.”

Read the whole obit here.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/books/thomas-fleming-dead-historian-and-historical-novelist.html

Here is his wikipedia site which list all of his books

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Fleming_(historian)

Jean

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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #2969 on: August 06, 2017, 05:11:48 PM »
Walter Isaacson has taken on da Vinci. His book will be released in October.

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« Reply #2970 on: August 06, 2017, 10:05:42 PM »
Having read your link to Walter Isaacson, I zeroed in on his book about Albert Einstein. I am convinced that the series called "Genius" was written by Isaacson.  Must go check on that!  But for
now 😉😉😉!
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« Reply #2971 on: August 06, 2017, 10:14:36 PM »
And I am right!  Tada!!!!😜😜😜
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« Reply #2972 on: August 07, 2017, 01:45:49 PM »
Thanks for that information, Frybabe. I'll be watching for it. What a genius. I've just started Ross King's Leonardo and The Last Supper. The biography will be a good follow-up.

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Re: Non-Fiction
« Reply #2973 on: August 15, 2017, 04:18:12 PM »
I am just starting a book called The Day Democracy Died by Anselm Audley. I can't tell you anything about it yet except that it is about Athens. The author is a British fantasy writer who graduated college after studying Ancient and Modern History. His mother was Elizabeth Aston who wrote, among other books, the Darcy series. This is Audley's first work of non-fiction.

mabel1015j

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« Reply #2974 on: August 22, 2017, 12:56:38 PM »
I'm reading Hidden Figures. It's quite interesting. Lots of background information. And i'm just about ten pages into Chernow's Hamilton. No opinion yet.

Jean

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« Reply #2975 on: August 22, 2017, 02:19:24 PM »
I read Hidden Figures a couple of months ago.  I lived just a few miles from Langley Air Force Base and two of my children were born there.  My brother-in-law worked there at NACA (later NASA) but I never heard a word about the black engineers or mathematicians.  So there was much in the book that surprised me about that and much about the racial stigma that did not.  I haven't seen the movie but have read some good reviews.

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« Reply #2976 on: August 22, 2017, 09:27:24 PM »
We discussed Hidden Figures here.  It's a frustrating book in a way, because its organization makes it hard to follow, but it's packed with interesting stuff.  JoanK was a computer programmer back then, with many of the problems these women faced, though not segregated rest rooms.  It's disgusting the hoops marginalized people have to jump through just to do the work they're perfectly capable of doing.

mabel1015j

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« Reply #2977 on: August 23, 2017, 03:44:17 PM »
I'm enjoying her prose, but I'm also skimmimg a lot of the aeronautical descriptions. They are far beyond me. This is one of those times when I say "i'm very glad someone is interested in doing that job (or understanding that info - like Jane Goodall being in the wilds with the chimps) but I sure don't want to do it." 😀
I'll check the archives for the discussion.

Jean

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« Reply #2978 on: August 23, 2017, 04:16:11 PM »
Oh, yes, I remember the discussion, but I had forgotten the link to what Shetterly was working on. I must remember to keep an eye out for those two books.

Jean