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The Official Non Fiction Book Thread.

This is a companion thread to go along with the offical novel thread.

I read a lot and I track everthing I read. I have been tracking my comics reading since Oct 2014 and my non comics reading since March 2015.

To get the thread going, I will start it off with my 2021 non fiction list:

1. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War 1914 to 1918 by G.J. Meyer (finished on 11 Feb)

2. A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial by James Reston Jr. (finished on 16 Feb)

3. The World According to Dutch by Dutch Mantell (finished on 21 Feb)

4. The WrestleCrap Book of Lists by RD Reynolds (finished on 22 Feb)

5. 95 Theses by Martin Luther (finished on 24 Feb)

6. Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The history and Rise of Women's Wrestling by Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy (finished on 28 Feb)

7. Talking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore to Gilmore by Laura Graham (finished on 1 March)

8. Coffee at Luke's: An unauthorized Gilmore Girls gabfast by Jennifer Cruise (finished on 1 Mar)

9. 1911: The First 100 Years by Patrick Sweeney (finished on 16 March)

10. Truman by David McCullough


  • CaptShazam_JrCaptShazam_Jr Posts: 78

    The World of Star Trek by David Gerrold (1984 version) finished on 5/22/21

  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 4,385

    I was looking through your nonfiction list. I read through the 95 Theses back either my senior year in highschool or first year in college.

  • CaptShazam_JrCaptShazam_Jr Posts: 78

    @mwhitt80 I read it the first time in college as well. Probably in 98 or 99. I was a history major and my advisor specialized in reformation history so it was pretty much required.

  • dubbat138dubbat138 Posts: 3,179

    Lobotomy The Dee Dee Ramone "Bio"

    Got this as a gift for Xmas and it just got stuck in a box until a month ago. Decent read. But really nothing in it I hadn't heard before in interviews/other books. Not that much info on the band or all that. But lots of stories of Dee Dee trying to score dope.

  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 4,385


    Did you read Please Kill Me Now by Legs McNeill? It was about the history of punk rock.

    I feel at least half of that was about herion use.

  • dubbat138dubbat138 Posts: 3,179

    I got to get a copy of that.

  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 4,385

    It's really good.

    Right after I finished it I met Richard Hell from the band Television on my one and only visit to the university of Michigan. We got to talking and I brought up I just finished Please Kill Me Now. He said something like "Some people's jobs are doctors and lawyers. I was rockstar; our job was to do drugs and party".

  • CaptShazam_JrCaptShazam_Jr Posts: 78

    Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis.

  • CaptShazam_JrCaptShazam_Jr Posts: 78

    This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust

  • CaptShazam_JrCaptShazam_Jr Posts: 78

    Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg by James McPherson

  • The Texas Aggie Bonfire: Tradition and Tragedy at Texas A&M by Irwin A. Tang.

  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 4,385

    I went with a high class poetry for the my non-fiction reading assignment.

    Wrestling with Ryhme by Leaping Lanny Poffo. It's about $3.00 on the Amazon Kindle and I feel that it was well worth the money.

  • dubbat138dubbat138 Posts: 3,179

    ABout 2/3rds of the way through the Roger Corman bio. Really good stuff if you are into indie cinema.

  • sharkjumper2sharkjumper2 Posts: 38

    For 2021 so far....

    Rick Steves' Europe's Top 100 Masterpieces by Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw (2019)

    The Art Detective: Fake, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures by Philip Mould (2010)

    (R)evolution: Gary Numan The Autobiography (2020)

    Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario (2014 edition)

    From 2020.....

    Tintin: Hergé and his Creation by Harry Thompson (1991)

    Chrissie Hynde: Reckless: My Life as a Pretender (2015)

    Truth & Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters (2018)

    Pre-Raphaelite Women by Jan Marsh (1987/1994)

    The Museum of Scandals: Art that Shocked the World by Éléa Baucheron and Diane Routex (2013)

    Mucha by Jiri Mucha, Marina Henderson, and Aaron Scharf (1971/1976)

    The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill LePore (2014)

    My Captain America by Megan Marguilies (2020)

    Mac Raboy: Master of the Comics by Roger Hill (2019)

    Fright Favorites by David J. Skal (2020)

    Halloween: Lore and Legend by Kirk Kimball (2017)

    Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne (1990)

    The Outer Limits at 50 by David J. Schow (2014)

    Halloween: The History of America's Darkest Holiday by David J. Skal (2016)

    Christmas in the Movies by Jeremy Arnold (2018)

    Holly Jolly by Mark Voger (2020)

  • Master of the Ring - The biography of Nature Boy Buddy Rogers.

    Good book if you are interested in pro wrestling history.

  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 4,385

    I've got the buddy Rogers book on my shelf; I guess I need to pull it down.

    I read this about a month ago Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing's Murder Capital by Don Stradley.

    An interesting book about Boston's boxing scene from the early 1910s through the 70s and how so many of the fighters got involved with crime. Here's a hint it doesn't end well for most of the former boxers

  • mwhitt80mwhitt80 Posts: 4,385
    edited August 22

    Mat Memories - by John Anthony Arezzi

    John has lived many lives. He started photographing wrestling and the freddie Blaise fan club. Managed Patty loveless before she made it big. Had one of the first radio shows talking about wrestling, got Vince Russo into the business (and asked to be forgiven making Russo), went back to the country music business, and now back to wrestling.

    It's a really good read.

    And his family was "connected".

  • CaptShazam_JrCaptShazam_Jr Posts: 78
    edited September 24

    Star Trek: The Fifty Year Mission - the first 25 years and the next 25 years (2 vols)

    An oral history of Star Trek told largely from the perspective of the writers and producers. The first book covers the TOS crew era (including movies) and the 2nd book covers TNG thru the pre release hype for Star Trek Beyond.

    In basic, everybody overall respected Gene Roddenberry but hated him on a day to day basis. TOS era writers hated that he heavily rewrote their stuff and the TNG era hated that he (and later Rick Berman) enforced a rigid view of what Star Trek was supposed to be.

    TNG is the only show where all the cast actually liked each other and are even still close friends today. The writers had a miserable experience and there was large turnover turning the first few seasons.

    Voyager seems like the worst of the shows to have worked on. Kate Mulgrew attempted to “out Shatner” Shatner and was a monster the last 4 seasons as she hated the introduction of the Seven of 9 character and took it out on the actress Jeri Ryan. Nearly everyone says they hated coming to work. The actor who played Chakotay hated everything about the show except the pay check and he has no problem burying it every chance he gets.

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