non-fiction recommendations?

Discussion in 'Non-Fiction Books' started by unconcerned, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. unconcerned

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    anyone? to include philosophy, historical papers, though not history, some politics, science, etc...
     
  2. Al the pal

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    Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" is a good novel. I dunno if it fits all your other criteria, but it is non-fiction. It's basically follows the story of two serial killers and the cop trying to catch them.

    love,
    al the pal
     
  3. Kabbalist

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    "Exodus" by Leon Uris. I strongly recommend it, it's about people who are ripped apart by WW2 and who are trying to pick up their lives. It's one of the books you have to read!
     
  4. Ole_Goat

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    John Adams by DAvid McCullough.

    The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams.
    "Education" is a different sort of Autobiography. The events in his life is secondary to his education, what he has learned over his lifetime. What will, in his opinion, be the driving force over the next 150 years.

    Hint -- he referes to himself in the 3rd person.
     
  5. FreakyJoeMan

    FreakyJoeMan 100% Batshit Insane

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    Ever Since Darwin by Stephen J. Gould (My hero)
     
  6. talula

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    A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn :)
     
  7. KozmicBlue

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    Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography is pretty amazing.
    The Boys by Martin Gilbert, it's about the survivors of the Holocaust; about their experiences before, during and after the WWII.
    Naom Chomsky's books are very good too.
     
  8. KozmicBlue

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    Also, Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience and Walden are amazing.
     
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    steal this book, soon to be a major motion picture, and woodstock nation by abbie hoffman

    stupid white men and dude, where's my country? by michael moore

    books by jim hightower

    books by paul krassner

    and many, many more i can't think of.
     
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    "A Heretic's Heart" By Margot Adler - from NPR. She talks about how she was raised by liberal commie sympathisers in the 50s, and goes on to being an activist for peace and civil rights in college. It's quite a good read. *nods*
     
  11. talula

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    Aldous Huxley's Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow s also a very good read. It is a book of essays on various subjects. It will definetly get ya thinking anyways.
     
  12. Chodpa

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    Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
    Noone Here Gets Out Alive
    Silent Spring
    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Black Elk Speaks
     
  13. BlackBillBlake

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    I recently read The Life & Times of Muhammed - by John Bagot Glubb. Highly recommend this (not because I'm an Islamist!!). It gives a very readable but scholarly account of the pre-islamic arabs, Muhammed's life and the aftermath. A great book if you want to know about the origins and early history of Islam.
     
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    Bill bryson
    a short history of nearly everything

    I'm not sure if this is the right title wordsin th but it is an interesting read
     
  15. makno

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    the great french revolution +memoirs of a revolutionist by peter kropotkin ...the spanish anarchists by bookshin ....unknown revolution by voline ....crimes of patriots +endless enenimes by jonathan kwitny
     
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    The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe is the best book I've ever read on the 60's Psychedelic Movement. A MUST read.

    Also, if you're into heady stuff, The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson, but I don't know if this would qualify as non-fiction. Good stuff, though.
     
  17. charbono

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    My favourite book of all time:

    The Natural Mind: An Investigation of Drugs and the Higher Consciousness

    by Andrew Weil

    read it!!!!!!

    and then there's The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Tom Hartmann,

    The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer (entire text online, but the book has pictures and actual news clippings), Hemp: Lifeline to the Future by Chris Conrad and anything by Timothy Leary.

    :)
     
  18. peace*love*congas

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    THANKS that Dude, wheres my country sounds very interesting. I'm putting it on hold at my library right after I write this message!
     
  19. Lotusfaery8

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    Be Here Now- Ram Dass
    Politics of Expirence-R.D Lainge( anything by him)
    Taking the Quantem Leap-Dr. Fred Alan Wolf

    All good things I guess it depends on what you're interested in though. Be Here Now, I think, is essential to everyone. Politics of Expirence basically just disects the nature of human exprience on this planet, other books by him pretty much do the same thing such as the politics of family, but he also writes some of the most profound essays I've read. Taking the Quantem Leap is a really fun book about Quantem physics, it teaches you, in a lot of way, how to consciously create your reality, I guess more than you already are. All of them are good, tell me what you think if you decide to read any of them.
     
  20. MeAgain

    MeAgain Dazed & Confused Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

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    I agree, Be here Now.
    Politics of Experience I've read.

    How 'bout,

    The Book, Alan Watts
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
    Tao Te Ching, any version
    The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra
    The Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley

    Histories, Herodotus (This one was written 480 or so BC. Herodotus is called the 'Father of History'. It's about the ancient world. "Why was the Battle of Salamis fought between sauage sellers?")
     

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