Sunday, March 27, 2016

A book thread for JHK

I think I've posted a couple of these before, but that's OK.  They belong together again today.

Bernard DeVoto, Westward The Course of Empire: The Story of the
Exploration of North America from Its Discovery to 1805
Eyre & Spottiswoode (London), 1954
Bernard DeVoto, The Year of Decision: 1846
Little, Brown, and Company (Boston), 1943
Bernard DeVoto, Across the Wide Missouri
Bonanza Books (New York), 1970s printing
Francis Parkman, The Oregon Trail, Grosset & Dunlap, 1927
Ian Frazier, Great Plains, FSG, 1989 2nd printing
Lewis Mumford, The Myth of the Machine: Technics and
Human Development
, Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich (New York), 1967
Bernal Diaz del Castillo, The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico,
Farrar, Straus, and Cudahy, 1956
Mike Hanley with Ellis Lucia, Owyhee Trails,
Caxton Press (Caldwell, ID), 1973
Robert Maynard Hutchins, Some Observations on American Education,
Cambridge UP (London), 1956


Christian Gustafson said...

Scott, I really don't want to go back to moderating comments again. It's a real PITA. Behave, please, and spare me the bother.

Look at the 2008 tape, if you're looking for red doom candles in the markets again, then the May-July window is promising.

Until then, there is nothing at all bearish here, and the vols and vol ETFs are making new lows.

The good news is, I found a nice copy of DeVoto's edited journals of Lewis and Clark at Magus Books in Seattle yesterday. That and the Ron Coase econ book.

Christian Gustafson said...

Oh well, gave it a shot.

Hugh Jazole said...

Hey CG, have you ever read Osbourne Russell's Journal of a Trapper?

Christian Gustafson said...

No, but it looks terrific, and is almost free in paperback.

I loved DeVoto's historical narrative of the French loose in the American wilds.

I'll look that up, thanks!

Hugh Jazole said...

I usually skip over these book posts, but I noticed you had Across the Wide Missouri in this one. My wife and I stayed in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains several years ago, for a few weeks. I read this book while we were there. It was great to imagine this guy riding around the area in the 1800's hunting and trapping. It does get a little hit and miss at times, being the nature of a journal. There are a lot of great gems though, about running into all different types of Native Americans, most good, some not so good. Some of my favorite entries involve hunting/killing bears, then roasting the meat over a fire. We will never know the intense pleasure these guys had, eating this meat after going so long without real food. What was likely a pretty awful meal, tasted better to them at that time than anything we will ever taste.