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Recommend a Non-Fiction Book



  • DougyDorisDougyDoris Posts: 6
    edited October 2010
    How about a great fiction book...but it could definitely one day be non-fiction. The name of the book is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It's great. It's all about large machining, effects of government on business, and what not. Great read. Supposed to be made into a book, soon!
  • earth two supermanearth two superman ladies please dont fight. E2S is here all night! Posts: 17,149 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2010
    Washington: A life

  • Funky DrFunky Dr Posts: 2,348 ✭✭
    edited October 2010
    The Bible, written by "ImGoingToHeavenRU?"


    you see what I did there? :D
  • lexico coldlexico cold Posts: 40
    edited October 2010
    The Motion Paradox - Joseph Mazur - Interesting book kind of a mix between science and philosophy based on Xeno's popular paradox(s). I'm still having problems with 0.9999999 =1 because it almost seems like they negate the idea of infinity.
  • lexico coldlexico cold Posts: 40
    edited October 2010
    Plus it has a cool history of modern day clocks and the different inventions of tools to measure time.
  • Jonas.diniJonas.dini Posts: 2,507 ✭✭
    edited October 2010
    The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi

    Sound and Fury by Eric Alterman

    When Victims become Killers by Mahmood Mamdani (this is a good one on the rwanda genocide, I noticed some of u guys mentioned other books on this subject)
  • Maximus RexMaximus Rex Pulchritudo in Conspectu Regis The EmpreyanPosts: 6,355 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2010
    The Game - Niel Strauss

    What dude said. I also recommend The Mystery Method and The Pick Up Artist, both by Mystery.

    The Federalist.

    Hirohito and The Making of Modern Japan by Herbert Pix.

    My Life by Bill Clinton

    Assuming of you haven't read it, The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

    Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill

    Classic Slave Narratives

    The Art of Seduction by Robert Green

    Misquoting Jesus by Bart Erhman

    God Is Not Great: How Religion Posions Everything by Christopher Hitchens.

    “There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.”―Tommy Lasorda
  • ShuffingtonShuffington Posts: 3,771 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2010
    The Game - Niel Strauss

    the quickest 400 pgs I've ever read
  • redhandedbanditredhandedbandit Posts: 2,600 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2010
    the book of five rings by miyamoto musashi...Asphalt gods
    Valentinez A. Kaiser
  • AlkindusAlkindus Posts: 1,677 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2010
    - The auto-biografie of 'Casimir graaf von Schlippenbach is the shit, he waged wars, fucked everything he could, gambled and traded arms. they actually rewarded the one that murdered him lol, still he wrote a very sick book(1682-1755)

    - The Assassin Legends by Farhad Daftary (for those that are familair with the assassins creed games, u gotta have this!)

    - Jancko Douwama's writings, in dutch the title translate as 'a man of honour' (don't know if this was ever translated in english though, it are the writings of a bro that defied the emperor and got thrown in prison for 10 years where he was tortured etc, the writings were smuggled out the prison)

    - The hunt for spanish silver(I translated the dutch title 'op jacht naar spaans silver) It's the ships journal of Willem van Brederode, kapitein der mariniers in de nassause vloot(navy captain of the fleet of nassause) from 1623 untill 1626. It's epic.
  • melanated khemistmelanated khemist Posts: 608 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2010
    Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World Absolutely Small:
    by Michael D. Fayer

    Health and Nutrition Secrets
    by Russell L Blaylock MD

    Cell Talk: Transmitting Mind into DNA Cell Talk: Transmitting Mind into DNA
    by John E. Upledger

    The Global Economic Crisis The Great Depression of the XXI Century
    by Michel Chossudovsky

    Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Cosmos
    by Iain Nicolson

    Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite (Princeton Science Library)
    by Rudy Rucker

    The Roots of Transcendence
    by Edward Bruce Bynum

    Afrikan People And European Holidays: A Mental Genocide Book One
    by Ishakamusa Barashango
    Lightin spliffs up to stay high like 24 hours
    Sleep with my heat, wash with my gun in the shower
    My tongue is power, it thrills women, kills demons
    Long as I'm still breathin I'm still winnin, I'll teach 'em
    Valentinez A. KaiserMrCrookedLetter
  • Hyde ParkeHyde Parke Posts: 2,573 ✭✭✭
    edited December 2010
    tabatha_ wrote: »
    The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould. Brilliant book on scientific racisim, sexism, classism and every other 'ism'.
    The Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen.
    Ways of Seeing by John Berger
    Autobiography of Malcolm x
    The Man Who Mistook His Wife or a Hat by Oliver Sacks. His book Awakenings way turned into a fim with DeNiro and Robin Williams

    ^^^those sound interesting, will have to check those out. With the exception of Malcolm X, ive read that one a few times, very powerful book.
  • Rare_Rare_ Posts: 14
    edited December 2010
    Think and Grow Rich-napolen hill...its as good as the bible..will change your entire way of thinking
  • Hyde ParkeHyde Parke Posts: 2,573 ✭✭✭
    edited December 2010
    tabatha_ wrote: »
    Oh they most definitely are. If you like Howard Zimm then you will like James Loewen.
    The Mismeasure of Man is great because it shows that prejudices have been even harder to refute just because faulty science has "co-signed" so many negative stereotypes and that people believe it, just because it is 'science'. He also refutes the Bell Curve theory, and argues that IQ testing is counterproductive.

    As for Malcolm X, well that should be mandatory reading and should definitely be read more than once. You are right; very powerful book.

    i listen to Howard Zinn audios often here on public radio.

    on the bolded, there are many posters on this forum who hold that view, and also put much stock in IQ testing, which has been proven instances of racial/cultural biases, but there are many who cling to those things and hold them as ultimate truths.

    thanks for posting these, ive already copied them into my notepad and added them to the long list of other books i have to check out. lol.
  • Millions KnivesMillions Knives Posts: 249 ✭✭
    edited December 2010
    The Physics of Basketball

    John J. Fontanella

    great for anybody who wants to improve in basketball in a scientific way....even explains how you can shatter the glass when you dunk....if u want.

    Does anybody know any good Lucid Dreaming books......I'm trying to learn how to know when I'm dreaming and control that shit.
  • showkase2showkase2 Posts: 66
    edited December 2010
    "The Unseen Hand"


    If you search in the right places, you'll find a PDF. I'm currently reading this. It's very interesting...
  • HurumaHuruma Posts: 2,284 ✭✭✭
    edited January 2011
    A Long Way Gone-Ishmael Beah

    Soul On Ice-Elderidge Cleaver

    Finding Fish - Antwone Fisher

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X

    Maya Angelou's autobiographic series

    Animal Equality-Joan Dunayer

    Speciesism-Joan Dunayer

    Animal Liberation-Peter Singer

    Black Gold of the Sun-Ekow Eshun

    Assata - Assata Shakur

    Left To Tell-Immaculee Libagiza

    Thoughts Are Free-Munyonzwe Hamelengwa
    Arya Tsaddiq
  • edogz818edogz818 Posts: 164
    edited January 2011
    Assata - An Autobiography by Assata Shakur


    Shakur was one of those wanted for questioning for wounding a police officer attempting to serve a traffic summons in Brooklyn on January 26, 1972 . After a March 1, 1972 $89,000 Brooklyn bank robbery, a Daily News headline asked: "Was that JoAnne?"; Shakur was also wanted for questioning after a further September 1, 1972 Bronx bank robbery. Msgr. John Powis alleged that Shakur was involved in an armed robbery at his Our Lady of the Presentation church in Brownsville, Brooklyn on September 14, 1972 based on FBI photographs.

    In 1972, Shakur was the subject of a nationwide manhunt after the FBI alleged that she was the "revolutionary mother hen" of a Black Liberation Army cell that had conducted a "series of cold-blooded murders of New York City police officers", including the "execution style murders" of New York Police Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones on May 21, 1971 and Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie on January 28, 1972. Shakur was alleged to have been directly involved with the Foster and Laurie murders, and involved with the Piagentini and Jones murders. Some sources go further, identifying Shakur as the de facto leader and the "soul of the Black Liberation Army" after the arrest of cofounder Dhoruba Moore. Robert Daley, Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Police, for example, described Shakur as "the final wanted fugitive, the soul of the gang, the mother hen who kept them together, kept them moving, kept them shooting"

  • edogz818edogz818 Posts: 164
    edited January 2011
    @ Huruma:
    I didn't see you drop Assata Shakur!
    I posted just to school him!
  • kingblaze84kingblaze84 Bronx, NY birthplace of hip-hopPosts: 14,278 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2011
    He goes into his journey very very detailed. He writes his story 65% of the book, but it has all the specifics into the story. Then another like 20% of pages are emails and stuff he saved from then, 10% are more tips just sketched on the pages, and the other 5% are random things, like what women find interesting that you're wearing, what type of things they don't and stuff like that.

    Like he goes into each PUA's method, what worked, why it worked, how it worked, the lines he was taught, etc... Even if you're someone who can pick up women now, just reading the book will make you pick em up 100 times better. Basically reading his book is the equivalent of paying 1500 to go one of the Guru's shows. The shit is amazing.

    Thanks for the recommendation, I'm gonna buy this book soon, as soon as I finish reading Samurai! by Saburo Sakai, one of the biggest killers the Japanese airforce ever had in WW2. My game has been slacking lately, and I could use some new advice.

    Another book I highly recommend is Decoded by Jay-Z. One of the most fascinating books I've ever read.
  • HurumaHuruma Posts: 2,284 ✭✭✭
    edited January 2011
    edogz818 wrote: »
    @ Huruma:
    I didn't see you drop Assata Shakur!
    I posted just to school him!

    It was a good book, I read it a few years ago. The only non-fiction I'm really into anymore are autobiographies.
  • TheCATthatdidntDIETheCATthatdidntDIE Posts: 918
    edited January 2011
  • John PrewettJohn Prewett Posts: 755
    edited February 2011
    Skeratch wrote: »
    I like reading history, politics and biographies.

    King Leopold's Ghost - Adam Hochschild
    The Great War for Civilization - Robert Fisk

    What are some good non-fiction books you've read?

    I'm half way into MAKES ME WANNA HOLLER by Nathan McCall. [search engine him and book]

    Valuable information for anyone who cares to understand current race relations state of affairs.
  • melanated khemistmelanated khemist Posts: 608 ✭✭✭
    edited February 2011
    Structure of Atom: The Space Inside of an Atom is Not Empty
    by Joseph George

    Quantum Physics for Poets
    by Leon M. Lederman

    Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time
    by Carroll Quigley

    African Origin of Biological Psychiatry
    Richard King

    Blacked Out Through Whitewash: Exposing the Quantum Deception/Rediscovering and Recovering Suppressed Melanated
    by Suzar

    A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya
    Swami Satyananda Saraswati

    The Subtle Energy Body: The Complete Guide
    by Maureen Lockhart Ph.D.

    Lost Light: An Interpretation of Ancient Scriptures
    by Alvin Boyd Kuhn

    The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order
    by Michel Chossudovsky
    Lightin spliffs up to stay high like 24 hours
    Sleep with my heat, wash with my gun in the shower
    My tongue is power, it thrills women, kills demons
    Long as I'm still breathin I'm still winnin, I'll teach 'em
  • Plop StarPlop Star Posts: 8,833 ✭✭✭
    edited February 2011
    Autobiography of Malcom X
    The Souls of Black Folks - W. E. B. Du Bois, great book if you wanna kno wat happened immediately after the slaves were freed, and it speaks about his life too
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