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 Post subject: Re: Advice on good Books.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:26 pm 
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I'm a huge fan of (and thus highly recommend) the detective Kurt Wallender series by Henning Mankell. Most of the stories are set in the Skane region of southern Sweden but one of the most gripping, The White Lioness, takes place largely in South Africa and involves a plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela.

Other titles in the series: Faceless Killers, The Return of the Dancing Master, The Man Who Smiled, The Fifth Woman, Before the Frost, and The Dogs of Riga.

Don't be put off by the setting; reading them doesn't require a familiarity with Sweden. In fact, they've been translated into dozens of other languages and have sold tens of millions of copies around the world.

Reviews of Mankell's books are easy to find on the Internet if anyone is interested in learning more.

Last year, the BBC turned three of them into made-for-TV movies (seen on "Masterpiece Theater" on PBS) and is doing so again this year with more of them. The great Irish actor Kenneth Brannagh plays Wallender.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice on good Books.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:33 pm 
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Pretty much anything by Cormac McCarthey (No Country for Old Men).

New style of writing as pointed out by my english teacher and musician son.

No use of parentheses and assumption that the reader can follow who is talking to whom. Wow.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice on good Books.
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From Howard Zinn:

A People's History of American Empire

From Noam Chomsky:

What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

From Michael Parenti:

Democracy for the Few
Trends and Tragedies in American Foreign Policy
Blackshirts & Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism
Land of Idols: Political Mythology in America
Superpatriotism


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If you haven't already, you must read Freakonomics.

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