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VANITY... Books That Have Influenced You

Posted on 02/26/2006 8:17:27 PM PST by Minus_The_Bear

What books have influenced your political, religious, or historical reasoning?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: books; history; lists; philosophy; politics; religion
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1 posted on 02/26/2006 8:17:29 PM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Heinlein's early novels.


2 posted on 02/26/2006 8:20:58 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Holy Bible


3 posted on 02/26/2006 8:22:07 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Kennedy, the man and the Myth.


4 posted on 02/26/2006 8:23:00 PM PST by Waco
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Bible,,,,,,,


5 posted on 02/26/2006 8:25:18 PM PST by 911 still fresh for this NYer ( A great leader)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis


6 posted on 02/26/2006 8:26:04 PM PST by Archangel86
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Free To Choose - Milton Friedman

The Road to Serfdom - Friederich Hayek

Homage to Catalonia

1984

Animal Farm

Atlas Shrugged

The Fountainhead

The Torah

Declaration of Independence


7 posted on 02/26/2006 8:26:57 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (The Prophet Muhammed, Piss Be Upon Him)
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To: Minus_The_Bear
The Bible.

I just finished Natan Sharansky's "The Case for Democracy." Very powerful.

"Tower of Babel," about the history of the U.N. by Dore Gold (former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N.)

Almost anything by C.S. Lewis.

"Pearls before Swine" Comic Collections.
8 posted on 02/26/2006 8:27:35 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Animal Farm, 1984, Anthem

Danielson Famile rocks, by the way


9 posted on 02/26/2006 8:27:55 PM PST by Toto_for_breakfast
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To: Minus_The_Bear

All of Madeleine L'Engle's writings, especially the Crosswicks Trilogy and "A ing of Endless Light".


10 posted on 02/26/2006 8:27:57 PM PST by Ike (Show solidarity with the Iraqis and end voter fraud: enact "blue finger" legislation!)
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Sorry - "A Ring of Endless Light"!


11 posted on 02/26/2006 8:28:43 PM PST by Ike (Show solidarity with the Iraqis and end voter fraud: enact "blue finger" legislation!)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Lots of them.
Conscience of a Conservative
Closing of the American Mind and The Western Canon by Bloom
Invisible Man by Ellison
And Still We Rise by Miles Corwin
William Manchester's book-forgot the title-of his four years in the Marines during WW2.
Richard Halliburton's travel books back when I was in Seventh Grade
Divided Soul by David Ritz(Marvin Gaye Bio)


12 posted on 02/26/2006 8:29:05 PM PST by Riverman94610
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To: Archangel86

Add that Lewis classic to my list!


13 posted on 02/26/2006 8:29:36 PM PST by Riverman94610
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Syme's "The Roman Revolution"


14 posted on 02/26/2006 8:29:43 PM PST by LiveBait
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Many of the ones already mentioned, but I'll add 'Confessions of St. Augustine.'


15 posted on 02/26/2006 8:29:56 PM PST by HitmanLV (Listen to my demos for Savage Nation contest: http://www.geocities.com/mr_vinnie_vegas/index.html)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

"From the Earth to the Moon" - Jules Verne. As a sixth grader, this helped to jump start my interest in science and the promise of human achievement.


16 posted on 02/26/2006 8:31:07 PM PST by Socratic (Tell the libs: Beating a dead horse is not the same as tenderizing a steak.)
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To: Minus_The_Bear
Ayn Rand's Anthem was the first "important" book I remember reading and rocking my mind.
17 posted on 02/26/2006 8:31:58 PM PST by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

That would have to be Witness.


18 posted on 02/26/2006 8:33:27 PM PST by jonathonandjennifer
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Bible


19 posted on 02/26/2006 8:34:04 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Riverman94610

That would be "Goodbye Darkness".

A great book, indeed.


20 posted on 02/26/2006 8:34:29 PM PST by Zman516 ("Allah" is Satan, actually.)
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To: Minus_The_Bear
As a tribute to Ronaldus Magnus I want to read Harold Bell Wright's "That Printer of Udells's" one day.
21 posted on 02/26/2006 8:34:40 PM PST by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Holy Bible and Atlas Shrugged


22 posted on 02/26/2006 8:35:48 PM PST by DocRock
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Not in that order.

23 posted on 02/26/2006 8:36:11 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: Minus_The_Bear
AYN RAND's "Atlas Shrugged".
24 posted on 02/26/2006 8:36:47 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (“Don't approach a Bull from the front, a Horse from the rear, or a Fool from any side.”)
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To: Minus_The_Bear
The Holy Bible....

World of Time series by Robert Jordan (currently 11 books)
1984.....
Beowulf.....
The Jungle....
The Metamorphosis (in English and German)...
Uncle Tom's Cabin.....
Faust by Goethe

25 posted on 02/26/2006 8:38:53 PM PST by Maigrey (Inspired by G_d; Guided by JC, and kicked in the (backside) by TC. What a Trio!)
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The Bible.

The Prince, Machiavelli.

The Art of War, Sun Tzu.

Whatever Happened to the Human Race, Francis Schaeffer.

Human Action in the Development of Modern Economic Thought, Ludwig Von Mises

The City of God, St. Augustine.


26 posted on 02/26/2006 8:39:50 PM PST by 4U2OUI (???)
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The Bible

How Now Shall We Live

Underworld

Israel: The Blessing or the Curse

Forbidden Archeology

Osama's Revenge

Atomic Iran

Two Seconds Under the World

27 posted on 02/26/2006 8:40:41 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ( NOW my pug is REALLY on her war footing.)
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To: Zman516

Thats it.Thanks for rekindling the memory of that excellent narrative.


28 posted on 02/26/2006 8:41:30 PM PST by Riverman94610
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Fountainhead & Atlas Shrugged


29 posted on 02/26/2006 8:41:49 PM PST by wizardoz
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Modernity Without Restraint by Eric Voegelin

I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard

Liberty or Equality by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity by Charles Taylor

And now to bed....


30 posted on 02/26/2006 8:41:59 PM PST by skandalon (The Democrats and the Republicans are both liberal parties.)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Unfit For Command - John O'Neill


32 posted on 02/26/2006 8:47:12 PM PST by doesnt suffer fools gladly (Liberals lie)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Bible, especially the writings of Paul and Ecclesiastes. There isn't any other book that has come close to the Bible's influence in my life.

Some Bible-based literature that has influenced me would be "Mankind's Search for God", "Is There a Creator Who Cares About You", and "Draw Close to Jehovah" which had a profound influence on my relationship with God and thus effected my worldview completely.

Politically, William Bennett's book "The Death of Virtue" is what finally helped me understand the problems of Bill Clinton and the Democrat party.

Plato's writings on Utopia have also had some influence in how I see things.

Michael Behe's "Darwin's Black Box" did as well.

Francis Beckwith's "Politically Correct Death" had a strong influence in my perspective on the abortion debate. Also his book "Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air" woke me up to the dangers and illogic of moral relativism.


33 posted on 02/26/2006 8:48:37 PM PST by DameAutour (I'm uniquely one of us and one of them.)
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A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis
Spiritual Torrents, Jean Guyon
The Prisoner in the Third Cell, Gene Edwards
The School of Christ, T. Austin-Sparks
The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
Baffled to Fight Better, Oswald Chambers


34 posted on 02/26/2006 8:54:05 PM PST by dawn53
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Story of the Other Wise Man - Henry Van Dyke
Light From Many Lamps - L.E. Watson
The Complete Works of Robert Frost
The Urantia Book


35 posted on 02/26/2006 8:55:31 PM PST by concentric circles
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The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire - Gibbon

Witness - Chambers

Discourses On The First Ten Books Of Titus Livy - Machiavelli

Atlas Shrugged - Rand

The Fall Of The Dynasties - Taylor

The Second World War - Churchill

The Gulag Archipelago - Solzhenitsyn

History Of Western Philosophy - Russell

Reflections On The Revolution In France - Burke

Rights Of Man - Paine

May those I've forgotten forgive me.

36 posted on 02/26/2006 8:56:42 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Bible
A little devotional book called the Splendor of Sorrow
Pilgrim's Progress
Story of a Soul
Autobiography of St. Augustine
Imitation of Christ
Little Flowers of St. Francis
Isaac Asimov's Thinking Man's Guide to Science
The Ancient Engineers by L. Sprague de Camp
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein
The Wasteland and Other Poems T.S. Elliot
The Morte Arthur
(there are others, I am sure)


37 posted on 02/26/2006 8:57:15 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Minus_The_Bear
This Present Darkness. Frank Peretti

(and the following books)

I read them fresh out of high school.

They were VERY powerful to me religiously AND politically!
38 posted on 02/26/2006 8:57:22 PM PST by M0sby (((PROUD WIFE of MSgt Edwards USMC)))
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Nietzche-Thus Spake Zarathustra
Hienlien-Starship Troopers,The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
H.G. Wells-The Outline of History
Walter Kaufman-A Critique of Religion and Philosophy
Lao Tsu-Tao Teh Ching
39 posted on 02/26/2006 8:58:13 PM PST by FreeLuna
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To: Minus_The_Bear

bump for later


40 posted on 02/26/2006 8:59:27 PM PST by goodnesswins ( "the left can only take power through deception." (and it seems Hillary & Company are the masters)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

Bible
Applied Economics -Thomas Sowell
Fair Tax -Neal Boortz & Senator John Linder
Screwtape Letters -C.S. Lewis
Atlas Shrugged -Ayn Rand
Vision of the Annointed: Social Policy as
a basis for Self-Congratulation -Thomas Sowell
On Combat -Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
The Good Earth -Pearl S. Buck
1984 -George Orwell
Animal Farm -Orwell
James Brown: Godfather of Soul (autobiography)


41 posted on 02/26/2006 9:01:47 PM PST by MonicaG (Grateful to our troops & veterans - thank you!!!)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Holy Bible, Radical Son, The Communist Manifesto, The Federalist Papers, Unintended Consequences.


42 posted on 02/26/2006 9:02:19 PM PST by therut
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To: Maigrey

...oh yeah, and Uncle Tom's Cabin, too.


43 posted on 02/26/2006 9:03:15 PM PST by MonicaG (Grateful to our troops & veterans - thank you!!!)
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44 posted on 02/26/2006 9:08:41 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Muslims pray to Allah, Allah prays to Chuck Norris.)
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This Present Darkness. Frank Peretti

I realize TPD is fiction, but it opened my eyes to the spiritual battlefield around us. Or I should say its made me more aware of the spiritual realm. Though I don't actually know what is actually happening spiritually around me.

45 posted on 02/26/2006 9:11:05 PM PST by mountn man (Tact is for people not witty enough to be sarcastic.)
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To: Minus_The_Bear
"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." That was the 'gateway' book.

All else that has followed can be traced back to that one.

46 posted on 02/26/2006 9:11:09 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

As a child, The Martian, Pelucidar, and Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Out of the Silent Planet - CS Lewis

Just about anything by Heinlein...

Das Kapital by Karl Marx, what little I read of it in a Marxist economics class. I kept fallign asleep, so I read what other people wrote about it, and then parrotted back what the professor said in class... I got a B+

On the Beach - Nevile Schute (sp?)
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
This Perfect Day - Ira Levin
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Miller
Hitchhikers Guide - Douglas Adams
Animal Farm, 1984 - George Orwell
I never cared all that much for Vonnegut, but Harrison Bergeron was an eye-opener, especially the televised version with Sean Astin, which went farther that Vonnegut did in the story. Excellent teleplay, and a good story.

Harlan Ellison - Mostly for his "Dangerous Visions" collections, which introduced me to many other wonderful writers, like Fritz Leiber, Theodore Sturgeon and Piers Anthony. While I disagree with him on most political issues, I enjoyed his "Glass Teat" collections as well, and many of his short stories and novellas.

And the ever popular, "Too many to list!"

Mark


47 posted on 02/26/2006 9:11:57 PM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

I have been working on that list (and, could it ever be finished? I hope not!) and what I ahve so far is on my Blog, here...

http://www.publiusforum.com/zpubliusconserbooks.html

If you are a conservative, you should check it out.


48 posted on 02/26/2006 9:11:59 PM PST by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Bible
Jim Elliot -- (diaries) Shadow of The Almighty
Francis Schaeffer -- Trilogy: The God Who Is There/Escape From Reason/He is There and He is Not Silent
VW Von Hagen -- The Roads that Led to Rome
V.S. Naipaul -- Among the Believers
Robert Creamer -- Babe
Frederick Forsyth -- Day of The Jackal
Christy Matthewson -- Pitching in a Pinch
Jack London -- White Fang


49 posted on 02/26/2006 9:13:05 PM PST by Migraine
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To: Minus_The_Bear

The Holy Bible
Brave New World...Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm...George Orwell
1984...George Orwell
The Art of War...Sun Tza
The Federalist Papers...Alexander Hamiliton, John Jay, James Madison
Origin of Species...Charles Darwin


50 posted on 02/26/2006 9:15:27 PM PST by I got the rope
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