Reading List for 2015

Maurice Walsh – Nobody writes English like the Irish
  The Quiet Man – more than just the movie
  Trouble In The Glen
  The Small Dark Man
  The Key Above The Door

John Masters – Superb trilogy of the Great War
  Now God Be Thanked
  Heart Of War
  In The Green Of The Spring

William Catton Jr – Overuse of resources

John Ehle – Getting by in early America
  The Land Breakers

Graham Robb – Dilettante, but interesting speculation on the Celts
  The Discovery of Middle Earth

Joe Bageant – Alway on point
  Waltzing At The Doomsday Ball
  Reread of Deer Hunting with Jesus
  Reread of Rainbow Pie

Charles Bowden – Drugs along the Rio
  Down By The River

Don Henry Ford Jr – Agonist’s own outlaw.

Charles C Mann – The Columbian Exchange, in depth

John Michael Greer – Yep, we’re crashing
  Decline & Fall

Frank Landis – Global Warming by 8°C
  Hot Earth Dreams

Garrett Glass – Agonist’s own banker/novelist
  Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders
  Jehoshua: Conflagration

Lewis Hyde – Native American mythology
  Trickster Makes This World

Chris Hedges – Sharp-eyed doom and gloom
  Death of the Liberal Class

Joe Wilkins – Heritiage of the West
  The Mountain and the Fathers

Jim Webb – Scots-Irish among us
  Born Fighting

Gar Alperovitz – Prescription for what ails us.
  What Then Must We Do?

Richie Havens – An icon’s story
  They Can’t Hide Us Anymore

M. Sukru Hanioglu – Just fascinating
  Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire

Norman Davies – Rise and Fall is the norm
  Vanished Kingdoms

S.C.Gwynne – Comanche
  Empire of the Summer Moon

Dan Hancox – Spanish rebels
  The Village Against the World

Edward Kritzler – Getting back a bit of their own
  Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean

Philipp Meyer – More Western heritage
  The Son

Jeanette Walls – Growing up western
  Half Broke Horses

James Earl Jones – Autobiography of a neighbor
  Voices and Silences

Elizabeth Wayland Barber – For archaeologists among us
  Mummies of Urumchi

N. Scott Momaday – A different point of view
House Made of Dawn

Patrick Leigh Fermor – Splendid travel tales
  Between the Woods and the Water
  A Time to Keep Silence
  A Time of Gifts
  The Broken Road

Woody Guthrie – A biography and a novel
  Bound For Glory
  House Of Earth

David Graeber – The changing face of debt & money
  Debt: The First 5,000 Years

Larry McMurtry – Tenderfeet on the Missouri, 1830
  THe Berrybender Narratives

Mabel Wright – Edit and republish memoir
  Rio Grande Ripples – 70+ years of western life
Betty Wallace – Edit and republish Colorado history
  Gunnison Country
  History With The Hide Off

2 Replies to “Reading List for 2015”

  1. Ambitious list. I have to throw in a plug for my favorite World War I series:

    Ford Madox Ford’s tetralogy:
    Some Do Not
    No More Parades
    A Man Could Stand Up
    Last Post

    They’ve been published together as Parade’s End.

    Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy:
    The Eye in the Door
    The Ghost Road

    You started with the Irish. Lowering the brow from books to videos, there should be a fair number of TV programs/miniseries this year for the 100th anniversary of the Easter Post Office uprising. Of the movies already out there, I’ll mention Michael Collins just to remember Alan Rickman, although a fair amount of the criticism of the film was aimed at the portrayal of de Valera. The one I like is The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

    1. I cannot think of the Rising of 1916 without Sinead O’Connor’s Foggy Dew with the Chieftains.

      The Masters Trilogy explores how WWI changed the social landscape in the British Empire, at home and abroad.

      The Quiet Man is one of the short stories in the book, dealing with the Troubles and its consequences on a personal level. Walsh is a lovely writer.

      Guthrie’s House of Earth gives the feel of the Great Depression in rural America as did Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn for urbanites.

      I have a huge library in storage which will shortly be excavated, so my 2016 list is likely to be longer – if I don’t get bogged down writing instead of reading. 😀

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