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boilermaker75

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Re: What are your favorite biographies?
« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2018, 10:36:13 AM »
Too many...

But if you haven't, you should probably read 'With the Old Breed' by E.B. Sledge. It's a memoirs.

Thanks for the tip. Impressive read. 'Defying Hitler' was another good WWII memoir, written by a 'nobody' in Germany who describes the rise of Hitler during the interbellum. 'Night' by Eli Wiesel was also a crazy read.

FWIW like many others I really enjoyed 'Titan' and 'Snowball'. I found the Isaacson books to be a bit boring, I didn't even finish 'Einstein' and I'm in doubt as to whether I should buy the da Vinci book. 'Faraday, Maxwell and the electromagnetic field' was great. 'The Wright Brothers' was enjoyable. The Shannon book and Thorp book were also ok.

At some point I'll probably try a few other Chernow books.

I also loved "Faraday, Maxwell....'" but I am an EE professor, so I like anything on Faraday, Maxwell, Hertz, and Heaviside!


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Re: What are your favorite biographies?
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2018, 08:27:23 AM »

The Snowball: Warren Buffett by Alice Schroeder
A Curious Discovery by John Hendricks
The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green by Janet Wallach
The Match King: Ivar Kreuger by Frank Partnoy (author of FIASCO, a Munger recommendation)
Ponzi by Donald Dunn

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Re: What are your favorite biographies?
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2018, 11:37:36 AM »
'The Billionaire Who Wasn't' was a good bio of Chuck Feeney. Inspiring guy.
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Re: What are your favorite biographies?
« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2018, 08:11:02 PM »
'The Billionaire Who Wasn't' was a good bio of Chuck Feeney. Inspiring guy.

I agree; it's a good book. I had never even heard of Feeney (or Duty Free Shoppers for that matter) before I came across this book.

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Re: What are your favorite biographies?
« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2018, 07:01:57 AM »
That sounds great. I ordered Storm of Steel. I already had it on a list somewhere, but there's a better chance I'll get to it within the next decade if I own it..


Another worthy read i found is Poilu. This one actually is about a French barrel maker who actually kept 19 notebooks throughout the war. By Louis Barahas.

As I read these stories its hard to imagine we live on the same planet. He lives through Verdun. Hard to imagine some of this stuff is less than 100 years ago.

Here's a The Great War video on him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40uKWoS0TDo
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Re: What are your favorite biographies?
« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2018, 11:50:27 AM »
Too many...

But if you haven't, you should probably read 'With the Old Breed' by E.B. Sledge. It's a memoirs.

Thanks for the tip. Impressive read. 'Defying Hitler' was another good WWII memoir, written by a 'nobody' in Germany who describes the rise of Hitler during the interbellum. 'Night' by Eli Wiesel was also a crazy read.

FWIW like many others I really enjoyed 'Titan' and 'Snowball'. I found the Isaacson books to be a bit boring, I didn't even finish 'Einstein' and I'm in doubt as to whether I should buy the da Vinci book. 'Faraday, Maxwell and the electromagnetic field' was great. 'The Wright Brothers' was enjoyable. The Shannon book and Thorp book were also ok.

At some point I'll probably try a few other Chernow books.

The kindle version of 'Faraday, Maxwell and the electromagnetic field' is on sale today for $2.99,

https://www.amazon.com/Faraday-Maxwell-Electromagnetic-Field-Revolutionized-ebook/dp/B00F8EYYJ6?_bbid=10105821&tag=bookbubblog-20

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Re: What are your favorite biographies?
« Reply #26 on: June 15, 2018, 03:34:02 PM »
Too many...

But if you haven't, you should probably read 'With the Old Breed' by E.B. Sledge. It's a memoirs.

Storm of Steel is a good one if your a war enthusiast.

i read “Storm of steel “ in German a while ago “Unter Sturmgewittern”. I think it is a better book than Remarque’s “All quit on the Western front”. The Author certainly lived what he wrote about.

I really enjoyed “Joseph Fouche” from Stefan Zweig. It details the path of Fouche,a secret service bureaucrat for the King, then under the French revolutionaries, then under Napoleon. Quite a survivor in these times. Stefan Zweig is a great author, but little known in thr US.

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