A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Let’s talk about books

Written January 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Please join me for a couple of minutes talking about books. Here are three items that have been on my shelves for a while. One is a history of Europe that refreshed what I had read about the origins of World War I, which started in August 100 years ago.
You may have received an interesting book or two for Christmas. I’m always on the lookout for interesting reads, so if you have any recommendations, I invite you to tell me about them via the “Leave a reply” function below. And maybe I can talk about those books in a future segment.

5 responses to “Let’s talk about books”

  1. Gordon L. Shadle says:

    I recommend “Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy” by Thomas Sowell. It’s written in plain English and contains no graphs or equations. Nor does it contain the complex jargon of economists. And best of all, it doesn’t have to be read front to back. Each chapter stands on its own. A good read and very, very, informative.

  2. Pat Hainline says:

    Rumsfeld’s Rules is an interesting book by Donald Rumsfeld, who held many posts in government, including secretary of defense. He talks about his “rules” for living, including as an executive in the private sector and as an executive in government. Readable and interesting.

  3. Ray Kopczynski says:

    Here are 3 good books I have recently finished:

    “The Colony” by John Tayman
    A definitive history of the Molokai “leper” colony and Father Damien…

    “The Race Beat” by Gene Roberts & Hank Klibanoff
    A very in-depth look at reporting in the south during the turbulent times in 50s & 60s — from all sides. The people involved, the reporters, editors, and how they were all intertwined in reacting to, and in some cases actually causing the “news.”

    “The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster & America’s Deadliest Avalanche” by Gary Crist
    A bit of incredible history in the central Washington Cascades. Lots of good people, bad people, some heroes and real hubris in action. You can still take an easy walk to the site of the disaster — that could have easily been prevented!

  4. Greg Storms says:


    Try any of the books by J. Frank Dobie. James Frank Dobie was an American folklorist, writer, and newspaper columnist best known for many books depicting the richness and traditions of life in rural Texas and the Southwest during the days of the open range. I have read several of his books and have enjoyed every one. His style makes you feel as if you are sitting by a fireside listening to him. Somehow I picked the first one up at Robert’s Bookstore out in Lincoln City. I try another one every time we go out there.

    Greg Storms


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