Book Ideas

April 2024 Forums General discussion Book Ideas

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  • #85337
    Ozymandias
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    Can anyone help me? My old Da will be 80 in May (he joined Glasgow branch '67) and I want to buy him some books as a pressie. For his 75th I bought him The Making of Mankind by Richard E Leaky, A Peoples History of England by A. L. Morton and the pulpy "An Outline of Man's History" by Patrick Gordon Walker. Any ideas for other titles in social/political history/anthropology vein?

    #125722
    ALB
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    Has he got any of these?The Making of the English Working Class by E. P. ThompsonDarwin by Adrian Desmond & James MooreKarl Marx by Francis WheenThe Swerve. How the Renaissance Began by Stephen Greenblatt.Mind you, the first two are real tomes. The second two are an easy read.

    #125723
    Anonymous
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    Has he got an eReader such as Kindle? 

    #125724
    Bijou Drains
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    He most probably has it, but if he's from Glasgow a copy of "No Mean City" is a must, although it's a novel, it does give a very clear social history of Glagow between the wars.

    #125725
    Ozymandias
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    I didn't receive any email notification that I had replies to this thread  so Thankyou very much for these reccomendations. I'm guessing he already has the E. P. Thompson as well as "No Mean City". I had forgotten about the Francis Wheen title so I think I'll get it for him. My old man doesn't even have a mobile phone never mind a Kindleso I think that's out of it. I've already bought him  Bruce Parry's "Tribe" (book of the series) and a book by Suzanne Romaine entitled "Vanishing Voices" about the gradual extinction of the worlds languages. Adam didn't you recently publish a book? I want to get that for him too. Thanks again cheers R

    #125726
    jondwhite
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    Chavs by Owen Jones?

    #125727
    alanjjohnstone
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    My old man doesn't even have a mobile phone never mind a Kindle so I think that's out of it.

    Then buy a Kindle with him, with books already uploaded. 50 quid or thereabouts for basic model, even cheaper 2nd hand. Plenty of free books. They are easier than mobiles to use, handier than books. Text size are adjustable for ailing eyesight.

    #125728
    imposs1904
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    If your Dad likes political novels, I'd recommed Edward Gaitens' Dance of the Apprentices. (Published by Canongate)

    #125729
    Ozymandias
    Participant

    Listen Thankyou all again for these book ideas. I just know what my Da is like with technology. He hasnt even moved into CDs yet with his music system and still plays tapes and LPs so I know he would just leave the kindle in a drawer. I will look into the E Gaitens title and cheers Jondwhite but I think I'll just skip the Owen Jones one. He's that self important little leftist prick who writes for the Guardian. Or am I getting mixed up? 

    #125730
    Anonymous
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    Ozymandias wrote:
     I think I'll just skip the Owen Jones one. He's that self important little leftist prick who writes for the Guardian. Or am I getting mixed up? 

     No. And you describe him well 

    #125731
    Ozymandias
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    Magic I just ordered  Francis Wheen          Karl MarxStephen Greenblatt   The SwerveEdward Gaitens         The Apprenticesplus the new book by Adam "The Alternative to Capitalism"Thanks again for these book ideas. Cheers R    

    #125732
    Anonymous
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    I think he is decent  wee bloke. He had some good things to say about us at one point. I can't find it, but I have a vague recollection.  If he is all over the place politically it is just a general relection of the confusion on his part shared by millions of others. I am always challenging his ideas, but not playing the man.

    #125733
    Ozymandias
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    I must be getting mixed up then. I thought he was a young Labour "firebrand". The young guy I'm thinking of reminds me of another odious little prick by the name of Federico Pistono who's ego is massaged by dunderheids paying him to fly all over the world giving "talks" about a lot of shite. And the self aggrandisement! Fuckin hell he's like an apprentice to that other windbag Žižek. To think these people make a living out of this whilst the very finest speakers in the party are completely unkown. Fuckin travesty. 

    #125734
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Don't get me wrong. There are times I could strangle him, he is so far oot the box. :-)

    #125735
    ALB
    Keymaster

    We debated Pistono four years ago. Meanwhile capitalism hasn't collapsed:https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/subject/federico-pistono

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