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Posted on 09/03/2011 2:16:51 PM PDT by ixtl
I am preparing a list for my children and grandchildren of the _____ (to be filled in) non-fiction books everyone should read. To date, I have only four, all of which I have read. In alphabetical order by author:
Charles Darwin, "On the Origin of Species by Natuarla Selectin."
Noccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince."
Sun-Tzu, "The Art of War."
H. G. Wells, "The Outline of History (1939 edition).
For the record, I am a 70+ year old retired attorney, who has always been a voarcious reader.
Criticism and suggestions are welcome.
Apparently you forgot the Oxford English Dictionary.
Skip Darwin unless they like fiction. Try “The Edge of Evolution”.
No, I did not forget it, but I haven’t finished reading it.
The ‘Art of War’ I have read end to end but...it cannot compare to Musashi’s ‘The Book of FIVE RINGS’. Almost every exec from Tokyo to Singapore make it their bible of the business world.
You’ve made it to “M” at least. Persevere!
Also "Instant Physics" by Tony Rothman is great. Explains a lot of physics in an entertaining way, in not too many pages.
If they’re up to it, try historian Charles Mann’s new book “1493.” I’m reading it now and think it’s great.
“Growing Up”, by Russell Baker
Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell.
Basic Economics, then Applied Economics, by the great Thomas Sowell.
“Witness” by Whittaker Chambers
“The Road to Serfdom” by F.A. Hayek
Geez, we must think alike.
I can’t believe that we TIED with the same answer!
Dale Carnegie: How To Win Friends and Influence People
I second Weeder. I’m reading it now. I live in a bizarrely liberal state and was having a conversation with our state senate minority leader the other day and recommended it to her and the entire legislature.
Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell
Best books about WW2 I’ve read.
Band of Brothers - Ambrose
With the Old Breed - Sledge
Helmet for my Pillow - Leckie
“Myths of Rich and Poor” by Michael W. Cox and Richard Alm
“The Skeptical Environmentalist” by Bjørn Lomborg
“Why I am not a Muslim” by Ibn Warriq
“Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools—And Why It Isn’t So” Jay P. Greene
“Guns, Germs and Steel”, the impact of geography and agriculture and resources on development
“The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness” by Dave Ramsey
“Skeletons on the Zahara” by Dean King
“What is the what?” by Valentino Achak Deng
These are two most excellent non-fiction books that
quickly popped to mind. And are both available on Amazon
I think every bookshelf should have this mans exploits on it....
Sir Richard Frances Burton ...the explorer.
Good look at the world back when.
Re: your tag line~ I love that show!
Rules for Radicals
Race and Culture by Thomas Sowell (a fantastic treatment on the role that culture, rather than race, plays in success)
A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell (an excellent explanation of the underlying assumptions that divides people along fairly consistent and predictable political lines)
War Before Civilization by Lawrence Keeley (a threatment on just how nasty, brutish, and short life was before civilization)
Out Of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa by Keith Richburg (a good treatment of why Africa is so messed up by a black reporter sent to Africa who realized he was American rather than African)
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton and James Mason (explains why the Constitution was structured the way it is and illustrates the thought that went into it)
If you can find a copy at a decent price, I also recommend Stereotype Accuracy: Toward Appreciating Group Differences
Note that I picked up most of these because they were reviewed in The National Review. They all do a good job of refuting common left-wing assumptions about how the world works and could be valuable for helping young people see through the left's propaganda.
Agreed, he was one hardcore dude.
Here’s a list to work from. Not all of them will strike your fancy, but it’s a place to start.
“Blacklisted by History” by M. Stanton Evans
“Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand
“Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Ambrose
The New England Primer
The 5000 Year Leap
Cicero The Republic The Laws
Basic Economics (Thomas Sowell)
George Washington the son of his country (Paul Van Dyke)
Benjamin Franklin The first American
The Wealth Of Nations
The writings of Thomas Jefferson
A few weeks ago was my mother-in-law’s birthday. I gave her a book “Grandmother’s Story” where basically she answers questions about her life, what were her parents like, what her schooling was, friends and interests, etc.
She liked the gift very much and has been busy with it. The idea is, eventually the “book” gets gifted to our daughter.
Maybe you can find something like that.
Other books important to my own education include History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell, Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and the Federalist Papers. The first two are indispensable for a general western education; Americans will profit more than most from the last, and for them I'd also include either Catton's or Foote's treatments of the Civil War. All IMHO, of course.
Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant
Complete Book of Shooting by Jack O’Connor, et al
Yes, one could argue that they don’t make books like they used to.
Some books about Sir Richard Francis Burton are free on amazon if you have a kindle (or use the kindle app).
“Flags of our Fathers” by James Bradley and Ron Powers
“Fighter Pilot” by Robin Olds
“A History of the Jews” by Paul Johnson
or at www.gutenberg.org if you don’t
The Way of Wealth
by Benjamin Franklin (Read Yearly)
United States Bill of Rights (hang it the wall)
The Constitution of the United States (hang it the wall)
The Declaration of Independence (hang it the wall)
NASB Bible (Read Daily)
Cesare Borgia, not Caesar. My bad.
“Sailing Alone Around the World” by Slocum. The first man to circumnavigate the earth singlehandedly.
“Thomas Jefferson and His Time” Volumes 1 through 6 by Dumas Malone
“Human Action” by Ludwig von Mises
“The Institutes of the Christian Religion” by John Calvin
“Christianity and Liberalism” by J. Gresham Machen
“The American Tradition” by Clarence B. Carson
“The Conscience of a Conservative” by Barry Goldwater
“Up from Liberalism” by William F. Buckley, Jr.
These (above) I would add to your list. Also I would second the poster (above) who suggested “Witness” by Whittaker Chambers.
One of my favorite non-fiction books for hiking enthusiasts:
The Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
...lots of good wilderness survivalists tips..
The obvious suggestion is parts of the Bible. I wouldn’t recommend that a child slog thru it alone.