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Old 02-24-2010, 09:57 PM   #46
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A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
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I nominate a biography of "Dr. Goat Gland," John Brinkley.

Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:28 PM   #48
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I think it's this one: The First 100,000 Prime Numbers
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:29 PM   #49
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I'll nominate The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of autobiography ever written.… more »


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Actually, it's free here too.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:43 PM   #50
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It wasn't nominated, FYI.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:53 PM   #51
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I second this.
I hope Jon is joking, because I wasn't actually nominating that book, only providing a link for reference purposes.
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:14 PM   #52
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The First 100,000 Prime Numbers is a great book. I could not put it down. It started kind of slow but it really got going in the middle part of the book. The ending made me wanting more.


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1318489 1318517 1318549 1318553 1318579 1318609 1318633 1318661 1318663 1318697 1318699
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:24 PM   #53
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

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I'll second this one; I thought it was very good, and gave a lot of background on the fair itself as well as the murders.

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I'd like to second Harry's (that is, Dickens') "American Notes", because it isn't about dead things.
I'll third this one. I liked it!
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Old 02-25-2010, 12:00 AM   #54
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A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

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Old 02-25-2010, 12:38 AM   #55
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I nominate 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot. It is a really fascinating book about a woman whose cells became the first 'immortal line' in medical research and 50 years after her death, are still being used and have led to many medical discoveries. Her family did not find out this was even going on until years after her death. It's a very interesting story.
I'll second this, I just finished it and it is a really fascinating story.
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Actually, it's free here too.
That's right, here is the link to all three versions on MR:
http://inkmesh.com/ebooks/autobiogra...ranklin-ebook/

I apologize on behalf of our algorithms that didn't aggregate this book with the other version, their excuse is that the title/author combination is 'too different'.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:33 AM   #57
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I'll third this one. I liked it!
I don't think you should nominate/vote if you already read it...... just my thoughts...
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:34 AM   #58
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That's right, here is the link to all three versions on MR:
http://inkmesh.com/ebooks/autobiogra...ranklin-ebook/

I apologize on behalf of our algorithms that didn't aggregate this book with the other version, their excuse is that the title/author combination is 'too different'.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:35 AM   #59
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I'll second this, I just finished it and it is a really fascinating story.
So you already want to read it again, or just "impose" it on us?
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The First 100,000 Prime Numbers [spoiler]

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The First 100,000 Prime Numbers is a great book. I could not put it down. It started kind of slow but it really got going in the middle part of the book. The ending made me wanting more.
The ending is indeed impressive. The book concludes, magnificently, triumphantly, with a pair of primes: 1318697 and 1318699.

It took some cunning to produce this result. The book begins apologetically with “[1 is not a prime by many definitions of prime]” and then provides the list, beginning with 1. If the list began with 2, the ending would be ruined.

An alternative solution would have been to start with 2 and call the book The First 99,999 Prime Numbers but this lacks the panache of the book’s actual title.

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