05-18-2009 02:17 AM
05-18-2009 11:56 AM
Welcome. However, this book club seems basically to be defunct. The moderator hasn't posted here in over a month (last post was April 1st),.
Paxton and de Tocqueville, which are in the Featured Titles box, were actually the February scheduled books. The thread for the March book, McPherson's Tried by War, garnered a total of six posts, but none of the replies to the initial post were actually about the book's contents, but mostly about the moderator trying to get a copy.
The April book, Cohen's Nothing to Fear, did even worse.
As far as I know, no book has been selected for May or June.
So we do seem to be basically defunct.
I've been severly limited in my reading time by several eye surgeries, but hope to be back in reading mode in two or three weeks. At that point, if there are others interested, I would be up for a nice slow comfortable read of deTocqueville. It's a fairly lengthy and dense book, so would probably go better for a multi-month read. But it's certainly a book worth reading for those who haven't read it yet, or like myself haven't visited it in many years (I last read it over 40 years ago, and frankly don't recall much of it).
I think, therefore I drive people nuts.
05-19-2009 01:24 AM
so its the middle of may; does this book section reading by monthly. Are the books for MAY by Paxton and Tocqueville? Please inform, instruct, or help
Hi, Shennel. Welcome! Try to put the above negativity aside. To answer your questions, no, the book this month is Nothing to Fear, by Adam Cohen. It was intended to be the book for last month, but due to a shipping issue with their publishers, we only received a copy (I think) two days before the end of April. Luckily, amongst Jon (an admin here), the PM grapevine and talking directly with regular posters via PM, I was able to let people know of the delay. I'm not sure why the titles and featured reads at right haven't been changed, but unfortunately I don't have access to the portion of the board code that controls that. (Not high up enough on the chain.)
Unfortunately history right now is a smallish community, for a number of reasons. I understand that before I came on here a few months ago, there was some drama that saw a core group of posters leave. Another problem is history just isn't as demographically fascinating as mainstream classics or, say, sci-fi; so we don't get to draw from a huge pool. And also many of the people who post here are interested in multiple forums on this board, and so they have to budget time and money accordingly. If you're interested in reading and discussing two books, sometimes the time-consuming new non-fiction book that costs $35 is less of a priority than a fiction book you already own a copy of and have read before and can skim through and save the time and money. I also know some posters who have expressed interest in some of the books have subsequently been impacted on the time/money front in terms of not being able to get a book from the library until the very end of the month.
I also know that of the three people who got copies of this month's book and began reading it (however late), all three have been hit by pesky real-life interference. For my part, I've been hit with a new breed of zombie headache I have to see a specialist for and which makes print (can't hit CTRL+ on it and enlarge it, dang it all) sometimes painfully nauseating. As for the other two, one is in rural Nebraska seeing family and without an internet connection, I believe, and another was hit hard by grad school and may or may not be "PhDeceased."
Regardless, you are always welcome to start a discussion on anything, without waiting around for anybody's say so. If you and a friend want to read a particular book, give people here some warning — based on bad luck and experience I'd say 10 days — and, even if you get no one else, feel free to think out loud with a buddy in a thread. Similarly, if you're interested in a book that was already read here, there's no obstacle to starting a thread about it. I'll have to go back to all my highlighted pages, but I'm happy to talk about it with you.
05-19-2009 11:14 PM
Monty -- sorry to hear about your health concerns. I wasn't aware of those.
I'm having some problems myself with a sequence of eye surgeries which has made reading very difficult (for computing, I bless Control + ). So I do understand your problem.
I saw one of my docs today and it looks as though things are settling down for the time being and I might have new glasses in a few weeks that should give me, for the time being, as good a reading platform as I've had for several years.
Hope your situation resolves for you soon. Sorry for any posts I've made that might have been inconsiderate from not understanding your situation.
I think, therefore I drive people nuts.