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Just finished The Secret Barrister by Jack Hawkins
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Then went on to Past Tense by Lee Child (part of Jack reacher series)
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Thomas Molnar - The emerging Atlantic culture
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Currently listening to Andy McNabb's bravo two zero on audible
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Just finished Mastering Mountain Bike Skills by Lee McCormack and Brian Lopes.

If you have any interest in trail riding a mountain bike I cannot recommend it highly enough, it is the single best thing I’ve done for my riding and it made me noticeably quicker almost overnight.
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The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

Absolutely brilliant take on world history. It’s going to very much change my whole approach in class with my students.
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Just restarted the “Mitch Rapp” series by Vince Flynn.

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I just read Ultimatum by Frank Gardner on holiday, an excellent thriller and recommended.
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My son in law knows that I find James O’Brien on LBC amusing and recommended that I read his book “How to be right in a world gone wrong”.
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Danny Bakers "Going on the Turn'.
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Recursion - Blake Crouch

It's nearly on a par with his previous 'Dark Matter' which terrified me.
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Bought a book to be a pressie, 3 hours wait at an airport so nothing to do expect read it and smoke :yawn:
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I just finished The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan. I actually started it last summer while on vacation and have just now finished it this summer while on vacation.

Frankopan’s thesis is simple enough - that the central Asian countries of the Silk Road form the heart of the world, that they have been the incubator of many great achievements in the history of the world, that they have been the bridge (and battle ground) between East and West. He’s pretty convincing in his argument. He lays the book out with each chapter being labeled “The Road to X,” to emphasize the evolving nature of this idea we call “Silk Road.”

For many years I taught AP World History, and while initially quite excited about the curriculum, I quickly became quite disenchanted. The course’s structure was rather formulaic and forced.

In contrast, I would love to teach a course in world history built around this book because it lays out the clear connections across time and space between the regions of the world in a way that is organic and quite natural.

While this might be a bit of hyperbole, I see Frankopan’s book as being the history equivalent of Grand Unification Theory in physics - it connects all the dots and everything makes sense.

Highly recommend!

EDITED TO ADD: haha! I just noticed that seven posts up is my post about this book from last summer. This thread clearly doesn’t get a lot of action. And I don’t know why the pic is sideways.


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I wanted to be reading "moonwatch only" but my wife won't sign the capital expenditure authorisation.
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jkbarnes wrote:I just finished The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan. I actually started it last summer while on vacation and have just now finished it this summer while on vacation.

Frankopan’s thesis is simple enough - that the central Asian countries of the Silk Road form the heart of the world, that they have been the incubator of many great achievements in the history of the world, that they have been the bridge (and battle ground) between East and West. He’s pretty convincing in his argument. He lays the book out with each chapter being labeled “The Road to X,” to emphasize the evolving nature of this idea we call “Silk Road.”

For many years I taught AP World History, and while initially quite excited about the curriculum, I quickly became quite disenchanted. The course’s structure was rather formulaic and forced.

In contrast, I would love to teach a course in world history built around this book because it lays out the clear connections across time and space between the regions of the world in a way that is organic and quite natural.

While this might be a bit of hyperbole, I see Frankopan’s book as being the history equivalent of Grand Unification Theory in physics - it connects all the dots and everything makes sense.

Highly recommend!

EDITED TO ADD: haha! I just noticed that seven posts up is my post about this book from last summer. This thread clearly doesn’t get a lot of action. And I don’t know why the pic is sideways.


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My partner read that and really rated it too. (it's now in my to read pile too) She recently read prisoners of geography which apparently follows similar themes about how geography has shaped politics and development and really highly rated that one too.
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monkeymax wrote: Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:20 pm
jkbarnes wrote:I just finished The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan. I actually started it last summer while on vacation and have just now finished it this summer while on vacation.

Frankopan’s thesis is simple enough - that the central Asian countries of the Silk Road form the heart of the world, that they have been the incubator of many great achievements in the history of the world, that they have been the bridge (and battle ground) between East and West. He’s pretty convincing in his argument. He lays the book out with each chapter being labeled “The Road to X,” to emphasize the evolving nature of this idea we call “Silk Road.”

For many years I taught AP World History, and while initially quite excited about the curriculum, I quickly became quite disenchanted. The course’s structure was rather formulaic and forced.

In contrast, I would love to teach a course in world history built around this book because it lays out the clear connections across time and space between the regions of the world in a way that is organic and quite natural.

While this might be a bit of hyperbole, I see Frankopan’s book as being the history equivalent of Grand Unification Theory in physics - it connects all the dots and everything makes sense.

Highly recommend!

EDITED TO ADD: haha! I just noticed that seven posts up is my post about this book from last summer. This thread clearly doesn’t get a lot of action. And I don’t know why the pic is sideways.



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My partner read that and really rated it too. (it's now in my to read pile too) She recently read prisoners of geography which apparently follows similar themes about how geography has shaped politics and development and really highly rated that one too.
Can you PM me the author? I’m intrigued and want to check that out.
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