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Kafka
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re: Excellent Non-Fiction Book Suggestions
This is my all time favorite music book:
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Country was the first book published by Rolling Stone magazine critic Nick Tosches. Released in 1977 under the title Country: The Biggest Music in America, it was retitled in later editions as Country: Living Legends and Dying Metaphors in America's Biggest Music and Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock and Roll.

Rather than a detailed, chronological study of country music, the book is arranged like a fan's scrapbook, leaping across time and subject. Throughout Country, Tosches makes a point of paying tribute to pivotal but undersung figures in country, hillbilly, and blues music, including Emmett Miller, Cliff Carlisle, and Val and Pete. He also pays tribute to early music writers, such as Emma Bell Miles, whose 1904 essay Some Real American Music Tosches called "the most beautiful prose written of country music."
Image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/82/CountryTheBiggestMusicInAmerica.jpg


This is my favorite music bio:
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Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams is a biography of Dean Martin written by Nick Tosches. It draws heavily from interviews Tosches did with Jerry Lewis, and with Martin's second wife and lifelong friend Jeanne Biegger. The story begins with the births of Martin's grandparents in Italy and follows his entire life up to the point of publication. It also includes sections in which Tosches writes in the first person from the point of view of Martin, a gonzo journalism style which would be used more frequently in his later non-fiction works.
Image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/26/Dino_%28biography%29.jpg




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LSUfan20005
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re: Excellent Non-Fiction Book Suggestions
I loved The Worst Hard Time, a journalistic and often first hand account of the American Dust Bowl.

Fantastic and too little told story that dives into the irresponsibility that helped create the dust bowl and the tragic results.

Along with Empire of the Summer Moon, some of the best American history I’ve read.


MarinaTigerEsq
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re: Excellent Non-Fiction Book Suggestions
Basque History of the World- history of the Basque people of Spain/France

The Language of Food- a Stanford linguist explains the origins of our contemporary scene

Capitalism and Friedman- Nobel-prize winning economist Milton Friedman explains the inextricable link between these two concepts

The Year of Living Danishly- funny nonfiction account of a Brit spending a year living in Denmark.

Ghosts of Spain- Spanish history and culture in well-written, bite-sized Chunks


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ClampClampington
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Worst Hard Time is one of my all time favorites. Just finished Dead Wake by Erik Larson, about the sinking of the Lusitania and thought it was excellent. Minute by minute account that reads like a spy novel.

Next up, Rocket Men by Robert Kurson. Never thought about it this way, but the courage those astronauts had to try something as crazy as landing on the moon when it had never been attempted.. looking forward to this one


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alphamicro
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re: Excellent Non-Fiction Book Suggestions
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose


zeebo
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re: Excellent Non-Fiction Book Suggestions
Young Men and Fire
Norman McClean


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AllbyMyRelf
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re: Excellent Non-Fiction Book Suggestions
Read the Letters of St. Anselm of Canterbury. They were fascinating seeing the relationship of Anselm and King Henry I’s wife during the investiture controversy.

Currently reading the Law of England before Edward I. It’s pretty good.

On my shelf next is the Life and Times of William Howard Taft.
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Sneaky__Sally
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Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose


Read this one back in the day, great book.


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DeltaHog
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’ll just comment on what I read most recently as I don’t have a favorite. I really enjoyed Empire of the Summer Moon which is about the Comanche Indians of the southern plains. Great story that really lays out the history and conquest of the southern plains by the Americans and the end of the impressive Comanche horse-warriors. If you’re at all familiar with the mongols, the Comanches, as described in the book, come across as North American proto-mongols.


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hat sounds really interesting, thanks



Incredibly story and book. Loved it.


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Fedorkuzmich
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The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World’s Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books


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weisertiger
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re: Excellent Non-Fiction Book Suggestions
The last kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell is great for anyone who loves medieval times


GITiger66
Member since Dec 2019
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re: Excellent Non-Fiction Book Suggestions
Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish
By Bruce Knecht
About pirated commercial fishing, accidentally creating a market for a fish and one of the the longest pursuits in Maritime history. If you fish and cook this book is fascinating.

The Gulf - An American Sea the history and formation of the Gulf of Mexico. Really interesting, especially if you are a gulf coast resident


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