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Fri Dec 1, 2017, 04:57 PM

2018 Nonfiction Book Club.

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I want to make a non-deadline kind of book club. You don’t have to read any of these books by a certain date each month, just read them sometime this year and discuss the ones you’ve read. The more books you read from the list chosen, the more likely all of you can have a discussion about them all. You do not have to read every book on the list.

So my suggestion is we each individually make a list of books we think people should read and then vote with which list we should go with.

5 books are hidden gems you found.
5 books are books you haven’t read yet.
5 books are added during different parts of the year when a new book comes out that you think everyone totally should read.

Each book on the list can have their own thread maybe with “Book Club 2018:” in the title. My suggested book list will be in the comments.


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Reply 2018 Nonfiction Book Club. (Original post)
Neoma Dec 2017 OP
Neoma Dec 2017 #1
left-of-center2012 Dec 2017 #2
Neoma Dec 2017 #3
PoindexterOglethorpe Dec 2017 #4
JonLP24 Dec 2017 #5
Jim__ Jan 2018 #6

Response to Neoma (Original post)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 05:11 PM

1. My suggested book list.

Hidden Gems I’ve Read:
1. Asleep by Molly Caldwell Crosby
2. Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox
3. A Primate’s Memoir by Robert Sapolsky
4. Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary
5. The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler

Books I Haven’t Read Yet:
1. Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes, et al.
2. The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman
3. Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram Kendi
4. Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile
5. The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo

And of course I’ll post the next 5 during the year.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 06:29 PM

2. Question ...

Does it matter when the book was published,
or only that it be non-fiction?

Thanks


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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 06:40 PM

3. Only that its non-fiction.

I mean, I wouldn’t encourage you to pick out-of-
date “current event” books that aren’t applicable to today’s world, but it’s your list.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Tue Dec 12, 2017, 12:56 AM

4. Just one.

Generations by William Strauss and Neill Howe. I've been pushing this book for years and only once (here on DU) have I come across someone who has read it.

Yesterday on NPR I heard it referenced.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Dec 14, 2017, 08:22 PM

5. I have a bad memory but I read a lot of non fiction

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Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience
Book by Laurence Gonzales

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End
Book by Scott W. Berg (this would go to the top)

The Red Web
Book by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

Inside the Company: CIA Diaries by Philip Agee

http://leaksource.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/inside-the-company-cia-diary-philip-agee.pdf
Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency
Book by James Bamford

Book I haven't read yet

Collusion
Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House by ... - The Guardian
The Guardian › ... › Politics

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/14/collusion-how-russia-helped-trump-win-the-white-house-by-luke-harding-review

Also Washington's Spies which inspired the AMC show on the Culper ring.

Published in the late 1700s
Confessions of a British Spy
Book by Hempher
Memoirs of Mr. Hempher, The British Spy to the Middle East - Hempher, only one of the thousands of male and female agents employed and sent forth to all countries by this ministry, entrapped a person named Muhammad of Najd (al-wahhab) in Basra, misled him for several years, .

Wahabbism - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahhabism

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Jan 4, 2018, 12:31 PM

6. My lists.

These are not hidden gems but they are books that I’ve read that I’d like to discuss:

The Age of the Crisis of Man - Mark Greif

Mind & Cosmos - Thomas Nagel

Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Twilight of American Culture - Morris Berman

The Executioner’s Song - Norman Mailer

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Books that I haven’t read but would like to:

The Origins of Creativity - E O Wilson

Fire and Fury - Michael Wolff

Who Speaks for Nature - Laura Ephraim

The H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony - Perry Anderson

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters - Tom Nichols



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