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Nonfiction books everyone should read - a reqiest for help.
n/a | ixtl

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.


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KEYWORDS: bestbooks; nonfiction; nonfictionbooks; reading
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1 posted on 09/03/2011 2:16:53 PM PDT by ixtl
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To: ixtl

Apparently you forgot the Oxford English Dictionary.


2 posted on 09/03/2011 2:18:12 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ixtl

Skip Darwin unless they like fiction. Try “The Edge of Evolution”.


3 posted on 09/03/2011 2:18:32 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: ixtl
I would add a dictionary to the list.
4 posted on 09/03/2011 2:20:38 PM PDT by txroadkill (Ghandi would have smacked 0bama in the head)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

No, I did not forget it, but I haven’t finished reading it.


5 posted on 09/03/2011 2:21:18 PM PDT by ixtl (You live and learn. Or you don't live long.)
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To: ixtl

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6 posted on 09/03/2011 2:22:35 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: ixtl

The Bible.


7 posted on 09/03/2011 2:23:19 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (Write In Sarah Palin)
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To: ixtl

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.


8 posted on 09/03/2011 2:23:20 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: ixtl

You’ve made it to “M” at least. Persevere!


9 posted on 09/03/2011 2:23:49 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ixtl
I'm sure it was so obvious you overlooked it, but the Bible.

Also "Instant Physics" by Tony Rothman is great. Explains a lot of physics in an entertaining way, in not too many pages.

10 posted on 09/03/2011 2:24:06 PM PDT by cc2k ( If having an "R" makes you conservative, does walking into a barn make you a horse's (_*_)?)
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If they’re up to it, try historian Charles Mann’s new book “1493.” I’m reading it now and think it’s great.


11 posted on 09/03/2011 2:24:28 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: ixtl

“Growing Up”, by Russell Baker


12 posted on 09/03/2011 2:25:09 PM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: ixtl
"The True Believer" (1951) Eric Hoffer
13 posted on 09/03/2011 2:25:26 PM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: ixtl

Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell.


14 posted on 09/03/2011 2:25:59 PM PDT by weeder
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To: ixtl

Basic Economics, then Applied Economics, by the great Thomas Sowell.


15 posted on 09/03/2011 2:25:59 PM PDT by Marathoner (Government schools = Marxist indoctrination centers)
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To: ixtl

“Witness” by Whittaker Chambers
“The Road to Serfdom” by F.A. Hayek


16 posted on 09/03/2011 2:26:08 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: weeder

Geez, we must think alike.


17 posted on 09/03/2011 2:26:55 PM PDT by Marathoner (Government schools = Marxist indoctrination centers)
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To: Marathoner

I can’t believe that we TIED with the same answer!


18 posted on 09/03/2011 2:27:29 PM PDT by weeder
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To: ixtl

Dale Carnegie: How To Win Friends and Influence People


19 posted on 09/03/2011 2:27:31 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: ixtl
"Resistance to Tyranny", Dr. Jospeh P. Martino.


20 posted on 09/03/2011 2:28:05 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: weeder

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.


21 posted on 09/03/2011 2:28:27 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: ixtl
Too much heavy reading kills brain cells, some popcorn for the mind and a great story teller is anything by Louis Lamour. Specially if you like westerns and the west as it really was....he writes about places he has been..The Sackett series is great, takes a family from their european roots in the 1700’s to America in the late 1800’s....many of his books have been make into movies. Alas he up and died and its hard to find an author who's books you consistently really like.....
22 posted on 09/03/2011 2:29:11 PM PDT by goat granny
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Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell


23 posted on 09/03/2011 2:29:24 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: ixtl

Best books about WW2 I’ve read.

Band of Brothers - Ambrose
With the Old Breed - Sledge
Helmet for my Pillow - Leckie


24 posted on 09/03/2011 2:29:26 PM PDT by Azeem (The world will look up and shout "Save us!"... And I'll whisper "No.")
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“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


25 posted on 09/03/2011 2:29:54 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Jeff Chandler

Doh!


26 posted on 09/03/2011 2:30:08 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: ixtl

“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


27 posted on 09/03/2011 2:31:44 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I think every bookshelf should have this mans exploits on it....

http://burtoniana.org/biography/index.htm

Sir Richard Frances Burton ...the explorer.

Good look at the world back when.

Stay safe...


28 posted on 09/03/2011 2:31:48 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Doc Savage

Re: your tag line~ I love that show!


29 posted on 09/03/2011 2:32:45 PM PDT by IYellAtMyTV (Je t'aime, faire du bruit comme le cochon.)
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To: ixtl

Rules for Radicals


30 posted on 09/03/2011 2:32:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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Other than the Bible, which I think qualifies as non-fiction and is important even if you aren't religious, I would add (books I find myself referencing again and again):

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.

31 posted on 09/03/2011 2:33:43 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Squantos

Agreed, he was one hardcore dude.


32 posted on 09/03/2011 2:34:37 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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Here’s a list to work from. Not all of them will strike your fancy, but it’s a place to start.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/61928099/U-S-Marine-Corps-Professional-Reading-Program-Reading-List


33 posted on 09/03/2011 2:35:18 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: goat granny
I like William W. Johnstone’s westerns. He wrote many other series but his Preacher and Smoke Jensen books bring the old west alive. Oh, can not forget his Eagles, Blood Bond. The Loner, and the others. I also like Zane Gray. Love to read and have a good selection on my iPad.
34 posted on 09/03/2011 2:35:18 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: ixtl

“Blacklisted by History” by M. Stanton Evans
“Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand
“Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Ambrose


35 posted on 09/03/2011 2:36:50 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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The Bible
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


36 posted on 09/03/2011 2:37:31 PM PDT by barmag25
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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.


37 posted on 09/03/2011 2:37:52 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I'd replace The Prince with another Machiavelli piece, Discourses on Livy. It isn't the heavy going it sounds, and it presents a historical foundation for Machiavelli's insistence that a republic, not a princedom, is the best form of government. The Prince was candy cotton the day it was published, and the model for it, Caesar Borgia, was notably incompetent at both conquering and rule.

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.

38 posted on 09/03/2011 2:38:14 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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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.


39 posted on 09/03/2011 2:39:18 PM PDT by ForMyChildren
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To: Squantos

Some books about Sir Richard Francis Burton are free on amazon if you have a kindle (or use the kindle app).


40 posted on 09/03/2011 2:39:18 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: ixtl
Wartime by Milovan Djilas. Excellent and moving account of WWII in Yugoslavia.
41 posted on 09/03/2011 2:42:32 PM PDT by Shqipo (I'm in a reckless and smarmy mood these days. Help!!)
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“Flags of our Fathers” by James Bradley and Ron Powers
“Fighter Pilot” by Robin Olds
“A History of the Jews” by Paul Johnson


42 posted on 09/03/2011 2:42:58 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: smokingfrog

or at www.gutenberg.org if you don’t


43 posted on 09/03/2011 2:46:13 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: ixtl

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)


44 posted on 09/03/2011 2:46:41 PM PDT by MAAG (Look up, for your redemption draws...)
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To: Billthedrill

Cesare Borgia, not Caesar. My bad.


45 posted on 09/03/2011 2:47:00 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ixtl

“Sailing Alone Around the World” by Slocum. The first man to circumnavigate the earth singlehandedly.


46 posted on 09/03/2011 2:47:20 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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“Thomas Jefferson and His Time” Volumes 1 through 6 by Dumas Malone


47 posted on 09/03/2011 2:47:20 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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“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.


48 posted on 09/03/2011 2:47:33 PM PDT by TIElniff (Autonomy is the guise of every graceless heart.)
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One of my favorite non-fiction books for hiking enthusiasts:

The Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher

...lots of good wilderness survivalists tips..


49 posted on 09/03/2011 2:48:30 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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The obvious suggestion is parts of the Bible. I wouldn’t recommend that a child slog thru it alone.


50 posted on 09/03/2011 2:49:02 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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