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Old 09-27-2005, 12:34 PM   #16
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Lately I've read for my intro to politics class:

Antigone
The Apology
Crito
The Politics

Too much Greek philosophy...it goes way over my head.

Antigone is an interesting play though...I read it in 10th grade too.
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Old 09-27-2005, 02:53 PM   #17
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the communist manifesto - marx/engels
pedagogy of the oppressed - paulo freire
the age of reason - thomas paine
war is a force that gives us meaning - chris hedges
the sorrows of empire - chalmers johnson
animal farm - george orwell
the quiet american - graham greene
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Old 09-27-2005, 03:20 PM   #18
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pedagogy of the oppressed - paulo freire
the age of reason - thomas paine
war is a force that gives us meaning - chris hedges
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Old 09-27-2005, 04:11 PM   #19
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Not to name drop, but I just met Chris Hedges over the summer. Great guy. Haven't read the book yet, though.

And to name drop further, I heard British journalist Robert Fisk read last week from his forthcoming book The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East and it was incredible. I think it releases in November. I was moved to tears at times. He is brilliant.
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the sorrows of empire - chalmers johnson
Now I'm going to be really annoying but I heard him read from this a couple of years ago (attending readings is part of my job). Amazing. Your whole list is impressive.
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C.S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters

The Daily Show with John Stewart - America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
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Your whole list is impressive.
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Bono's Shades, "A Citizen's Guide" is possibly the most screamingly funny book I have ever read. Not always PC, but VERY funny.

Hm. Let's see....


1)'Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond (the sequel is good too)

2)"Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health" by Laurie Garrett

3)The Collected Works of CS Lewis (can't make up my mind, sorry

4) "Democracy In America" by De Tocquville

5) History of the Pelponnesian War

6) The Decline and fall of The Roman Empire

7)The Decline and Fall of the Third Reich

8) America in the Age Of Genocide (forgot author)

9) From Beirut to Jerusalem/The Lexus and the Olive Tree-- by Thomas Friedman (yes, he's more than a screaming editorialist)

10) The Fatal Shore --The Epic of Australia's Founding (forgot author, sorry). This has become a classic since it was first published in 1987.Possibly the best nonfiction "novel" you will ever read. Will haunt you for life.

That's for starters. I'm listing my fave nonfiction books at the moment.

oh...honorable mention: 11)"God's Politics: Why The Right Gets It Wrong And The Left Doesn't Get it"

Fiction:

1) The Lord of the Rings (yes, I was a Tolkien fan long before the films came out).
it's like a secular Bible--, one of the greatest stories ever told. Those of you who still haven't read the books, don't know what you're mssing.

2)Black Elk speaks

3)Hawaii/The Source by James Michener. His 2 best novels. I always say to people that the best introduction to Israel, short of going there, is reading The Source. 45 yrs after publication, he still takes us places intellectually most journalists don't explore in articles.

4)Shogun. Yes, still one of my top 5 faves, like LOTR, I read it again and again every yr. Parts of it still move me to tears. If I said anymore I'd give it away. What can you say about a book that was made into a classic TV miniseries and even a Broadway play?

5) Speaking of Broadway plays..Les Miz, the book, may be 1500 pgs long but it's worth it. Every single page. This goes for Hugo's other classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, much shorter of course but another tearjerker.

that's all for now...I can't bear to type too much, I am crying too hard. I need your hugs right now, folks. You guys know me, I post on here for months, and I don't like to talk aobut my personal life online, but today I had to finally open up and talk about a situation I am going through. It's reaching a crisis point. HelloAngel moved it to the ZooConfessionals Forum "("I Need Yoru Prayers Now, Please") and I'd appreciate it if you all looked at it.

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One of my all-time favourite books.

'Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret' by Judy Blume. As Margaret adjusts to adolesence, she converses with God. It's brilliantly touching, humourous, and heartwarming. I'm tempted to send this around to people. We should set up an interf book swap where books can be sent around to folk and passed on once they're read.
Funny you should say that... I read it when I was 10, and lent it to loads of my friends, who liked it too. We even went so far as to form a group, called 'The Pre-teen Sensations. You'll never guess where we got THAT idea.
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i would have just added this to my original post but the edit feature locks.

a people's history of the united states - howard zinn

i haven't finished it yet but so far it has been an excellent read.

oh...and to kill a mockingbird - harper lee.
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Wheel of Time series.

Dune series.

Ender series.
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau - if no one has mentioned that one
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Discipline and Punish by Michael Foucault

Education and Peace Dr. Maria Montessori

A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

A few on my "to read" list

Eichman in Jersalem by Hannah Arendt
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

Mrs S-- to Thoreau
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I read so many good books in college (I was a Soc major) but I can't remember most of them

Another one I do remember is Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem
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The Conscience of a Liberal by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone
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