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  • #16
    Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

    Originally posted by ax View Post
    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

    Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

    The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

    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?)

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

    Noble House by James Clavell

    Noble House
    Last edited by FRED; 04-10-09, 02:35 PM.

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    • #17
      Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

      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]

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      • #18
        Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

        Originally posted by grapejelly View Post
        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.

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        • #19
          Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

          Originally posted by kartius919 View Post
          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?

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          • #20
            Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

            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.

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            • #21
              Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

              Originally posted by don View Post
              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.

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              • #22
                Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

                I vaccilate between thinkng it's

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


                Originally posted by ax View Post
                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?

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                • #23
                  Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

                  Originally posted by Spartacus View Post
                  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.

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                  • #24
                    Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

                    Originally posted by Spartacus View Post
                    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!'

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                    • #25
                      Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

                      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.

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                      • #26
                        Re: List Three of Your Favorite Non-Fiction Books

                        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.

                        Originally posted by ax View Post
                        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?
                        Last edited by Spartacus; 04-23-09, 08:08 PM.

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