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BadJuju
04-08-09, 11:24 AM
1. Life in a Medieval City

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060908807?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0060908807">Life in a Medieval City</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0060908807" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

2. The Law

Too many items returned.

3. Economics in One Lesson

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G8NW6Y?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001G8NW6Y">Economics in One Lesson</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001G8NW6Y" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

don
04-08-09, 12:16 PM
1. House Flipping For Dummies

2. Everything You Need To Know About Personal Bankruptcy

3. The Hidden Costs Of Living With Relatives

(my apologizes if this wasn't meant to be humorous, I couldn't tell from the initial picks)

rogermexico
04-08-09, 12:25 PM
1. House Flipping For Dummies

2. Everything You Need To Know About Personal Bankruptcy

3. The Donner Party Encyclopedia

(my apologizes if this wasn't meant to be humorous, I couldn't tell from the initial picks)

What is humorous about his list? Your post is quite condescending.

Are accessible books that attack statism funny to you?

grapejelly
04-08-09, 12:53 PM
22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0887306667?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0887306667">The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0887306667" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

80/20 Principal

???

Ready, Fire, Aim

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470182024?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0470182024">Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat (Agora Series)</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0470182024" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

Sapiens
04-08-09, 01:11 PM
a. Legislative Drafter's Deskbook: A Practical Guide by Tobias A. Dorsey

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1587330156?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1587330156">Legislative Drafter's Deskbook: A Practical Guide (Legislative Series)</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1587330156" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

b. A History of the Common Law of Contract: The Rise of the Action of Assumpsit by A. W. B. Simpson

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/019825573X?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=019825573X">A History of the Common Law of Contract: The Rise of the Action of Assumpsit</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=019825573X" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

c. Debt and Delusion: Central Bank Follies that Threaten Economic Disaster by Peter Warburton

debtanddelusion

don
04-08-09, 03:36 PM
What is humorous about his list? Your post is quite condescending.

Are accessible books that attack statism funny to you?


Condescending? I honestly couldn't tell without running the titles through Amazon if they were meant humorously or not, ergo:

1. Life in a Medieval City (a near-future primer on urban life)

2. The Law (wouldn't it be great to have some, especially for FIRE interests)

3. Economics in One Lesson (take the gold and run)

Personally, after being increasingly pissed off for months on end, I'm finding humor to be more important everyday. Your "statism" comment escapes me.

rogermexico
04-08-09, 04:49 PM
Condescending? I honestly couldn't tell without running the titles through Amazon if they were meant humorously or not, ergo:

1. Life in a Medieval City (a near-future primer on urban life)

2. The Law (wouldn't it be great to have some, especially for FIRE interests)

3. Economics in One Lesson (take the gold and run)

Personally, after being increasingly pissed off for months on end, I'm finding humor to be more important everyday. Your "statism" comment escapes me.

My apologies, Don. badjuju seems to be sort of a newbie and I mistakenly thought you were ridiculing his book choices. The Law is a classic 19th century essay by Frederic Bastiat. Economics in One Lesson is a classic and very accessible book my Henry Hazlitt (sp?) These are books advocating limited goverment and classical liberalism that I would also highly recommend. I have given these books to friends and relatives when they don't understand how goverment creates the problems it purports to solve.

Here are my own recommendations:

1) What has government done to our money by Murray Rothbard

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0945466447?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0945466447">What Has Government Done to Our Money? Case for the 100 Percent Gold Dollar</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0945466447" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

2) The Ethics of Money Production by Jorg Guido Huisman

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001N3H70O?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001N3H70O">The Ethics of Money Production</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001N3H70O" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

3) Valuing Wall Street by Smithers (saved/earned me more money than any other book)

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071387838?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0071387838">Valuing Wall Street : Protecting Wealth in Turbulent Markets</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0071387838" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

In the realm of Medicine:

1) Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes - This book will do more for your health than any drug or doctor

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400033462?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1400033462">Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage)</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1400033462" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

Regards,

RM

don
04-08-09, 05:28 PM
My apologies, Don. badjuju seems to be sort of a newbie and I mistakenly thought you were ridiculing his book choices. The Law is a classic 19th century essay by Frederic Bastiat. Economics in One Lesson is a classic and very accessible book my Henry Hazlitt (sp?) These are books advocating limited goverment and classical liberalism that I would also highly recommend. I have given these books to friends and relatives when they don't understand how goverment creates the problems it purports to solve.

Here are my own recommendations:

1) What has government done to our money by Murray Rothbard

2) The Ethics of Money Production by Jorg Guido Huisman

3) Valuing Wall Street by Smithers (saved/earned me more money than any other book)

In the realm of Medicine:

1) Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes - This book will do more for your health than any drug or doctor

Regards,

RM

I have never ridiculed a member on iTulip. This is a great forum, not least in the level of discourse, as your generous comments confirm. Thanks pal. D-

BadJuju
04-08-09, 07:38 PM
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It is my hope that this thread will provide people with an opportunity to expand their horizons. I am always in search of new sources of knowledge, but occasionally, finding a point to begin from can be difficult. There are so many topics to cover and so many books for each one that a person can easily become mired in just looking for materials to study. This thread will hopefully be a springboard from which people will be able to delve into new waters without the messy problem of having to actively search out those gems among the rough, so to speak.

grapejelly
04-09-09, 12:48 AM
Forgot to add this one:

Your Life As Art

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0972553606?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0972553606">Your Life As Art</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0972553606" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

Amazing, masterpiece...by Robert Fritz.

swgprop
04-09-09, 01:30 AM
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen

Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free by Ellen Hodgson Brown

The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin

World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17 by G. Edward Griffin

The Great Cholesterol Con by Anthony Colpo

Choices 2 and 3 are rather interchangeable, same topic, both good.

Choice 4 (same author as choice 3) is fascinating for its insight into the influence of Big Pharma, and the sad reality of the medical bureaucracy (despite the tin foil hat undertones) even if you don't buy the Laetrile solution.

Choice 5 similar to 4 in exposing Big Med and the fact that orthodox medicine has many severe flaws. Information that might save your life.



Sorry I exceeded my limit..

Sharky
04-09-09, 02:01 AM
Forgot to add this one:

Your Life As Art

Amazing, masterpiece...by Robert Fritz.

Looks great. Just ordered a copy; thanks for the pointer.

kartius919
04-09-09, 02:41 AM
Das Kapital

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Guns, Germs, and Steel

ax
04-09-09, 01:07 PM
anyone care to offer up their 3 favorite books, fiction or non?

grapejelly
04-09-09, 01:45 PM
Looks great. Just ordered a copy; thanks for the pointer.

this is a life changer, truly.

grapejelly
04-09-09, 02:05 PM
anyone care to offer up their 3 favorite books, fiction or non?

fav fiction:

Ubik, or Flow My Tears the Policeman Said, or Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE) all by Phillip K. Dick

Ubik (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679736646?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0679736646)http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0679736646

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/067974066X?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=067974066X)http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=067974066X

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679736662?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0679736662)http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0679736662

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson (is this fiction? I always wondered...I think it is non-fiction with one tiny fictional episode in there...do you know which one?)

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679785892?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0679785892">Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0679785892" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

Noble House by James Clavell

Noble House (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0440164842?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwitulipcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0440164842)http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwitulipcom-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0440164842

GRG55
04-09-09, 02:36 PM
Hard to restrict it to three; but here's what comes to mind first:

Man's Search for Meaning; Viktor Frankl

Beyond Fate; Margaret Visser

and in keeping with the economic theme of this site...

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds; Charles MacKay [a book I purchased 25 years ago and re-read every time something seems too good to be true]

ax
04-09-09, 03:28 PM
fav fiction:

Ubik, or Flow My Tears the Policeman Said, or Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE) all by Phillip K. Dick

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson (is this fiction? I always wondered...I think it is non-fiction with one tiny fictional episode in there...do you know which one?)

Noble House by James Clavell

GJ, I knew there was a reason why I enjoyed your posts so much, we have the same favorite author! Of course I would add Dr. Bloodmoney, The Man in the High Castle, and his collected short stories, probably of which The Variable Man is my favorite (although Paycheck is right up there, despite what Hollywood did to it).

I would also add Declare and Last Call by Tim Powers and The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy.

ax
04-09-09, 03:30 PM
Das Kapital

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel is a great book. Does no one here consider Fooled By Randomness or The Black Swan in their top 3, top10?

don
04-09-09, 03:59 PM
For those not familiar with the Library of America, it's a great series to pick out some of the above. They have two Philip K. Dick collections and just released a second volume of A.J. Liebling, one of my favorites. They're well bound, around a thousand pages in length, on acid free paper. I'm reading the collected works of Flannery O'Connor, a one-volume treatment. I'm not a religious person and O'Connor does a great and convincing job of showing the moment-to-moment role religious fundamentalism can play in those under educated or a little light in their loafers. She's the author of Wise Blood, as well as short stories with titles like "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and 'The Life You Save May Be Your Own". O'Connor, a scary gal in her day.

ax
04-09-09, 04:06 PM
For those not familiar with the Library of America, it's a great series to pick out some of the above. They have two Philip K. Dick collections and just released a second volume of A.J. Liebling, one of my favorites. They're well bound, around a thousand pages in length, on acid free paper. I'm reading the collected works of Flannery O'Connor, a one-volume treatment. I'm not a religious person and O'Connor does a great and convincing job of showing the moment-to-moment role religious fundamentalism can play in those under educated or a little light in their loafers. She's the author of Wise Blood, as well as short stories with titles like "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and 'The Life You Save May Be Your Own". O'Connor, a scary gal in her day.

I was thrilled to see the new volumes of PKD released, both collections excellent introductions to his work and even one I hadn't read before. I see that someone has also rifled through the papers from his estate and printed books from his notes, such as the book I'm currently reading "The Man Whose Teeth Were Exactly Alike," or something like that.

Spartacus
04-09-09, 06:35 PM
I vaccilate between thinkng it's

deep and important
or
a self-important screed with not much new thought, by a pompous windbag



Guns, Germs, and Steel is a great book. Does no one here consider Fooled By Randomness or The Black Swan in their top 3, top10?

ax
04-09-09, 07:08 PM
I vaccilate between thinkng it's

deep and important
or
a self-important screed with not much new thought, by a pompous windbag

Haha! You have to separate out the self-importance from the quality of the work. Plenty of new thought with Kudos to Mandelbrot of course.

BadJuju
04-09-09, 08:55 PM
I vaccilate between thinkng it's

deep and important
or
a self-important screed with not much new thought, by a pompous windbag

I am of the opinion that it is the latter. Back in the day, people summed 'Black swans' up with one simple phrase, 'shit happens!' :D

ax
04-10-09, 01:03 PM
For non-fiction, I would also add Endurance by Alfred Lansing and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch.

Spartacus
04-23-09, 08:20 PM
The Potent Self
Body and Mature Behavior - a study of anxiety, gravitation and sex

both by Moshe Feldenkrais
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshé_Feldenkrais

Flim Flam! by James Randi (one person on this board needs a LOT of Randi and Penn and Teller, and Mythbusters, but has his head way too far up a certain orifice to know it, IMHO - no, not Symbols, Bart or Lukester)

And others in the running
The Selfish Gene
The Language Instinct
Atheism: The Case Against God by George Smith
the Missionary Position by Christopher Hitchens (read it at a library a long time ago, I'd like to buy 1,000 copies & donate them to various church libraries)

Feynman's popular books were good at the time ... maybe another read will bring them to the top again.


Guns, Germs, and Steel is a great book. Does no one here consider Fooled By Randomness or The Black Swan in their top 3, top10?