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Your Reading Recommendations

Following on from a previous thread - wanting a Good Read.
What books do you love and try to ‘push’ onto others - or at least you bring them (or interesting concepts within them) into conversations? I’m talking any genres, but generally the ones you get a new message from each time you re-read them.
Heres Mine:

Art of War, Sun Tzu
The Book of Five Rings, Myamoto Musashi
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
The Way of the Owl, Frank Rivers
Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
The Tao of Jeet Kun Do, Bruce Lee
And anything from Terry Pratchet, particularly the DiscWorld series.

I’m looking forward to your lists so I’ve got something to find in the library this x-mas holidays.

Just finished On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Interesting. Currently reading The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe (the same huy who wrote The Right Stuff – but hard to believe it’s the same guy).

Will be reading some stuff on genetics soon.
The God Gene
The Seven Daughters of Eve
Adam’s Curse

Have been playing the game for years and just got around to reading the book it was written after.

Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy.
GREAT book for any veterans of an Infantry division such as myself.

There is a first in this series but I’m not sure the name.

greatest oldies hits:
Dune (full series esp. Dune, God Emperor, Heretics, and Chapterhouse) -Frank Herbert
Illuminatus! Trilogy -Robert Anton Wilson
Bardo Thodol (The Tibetan Book of the Dead)
Fingerprints of Gods -Graham Hancock
God and the State -Mikhail Bakunin
Men against the State -James M. Martin
Pentagon Papers -our government

newest top 40 chart sensations:
The Book of Lies -Disinformation Press (watch out for this one…)
Men Amongst the Ruins -Julius Evola
Synchronicity -Carl Jung

[quote]choyt wrote:
Have been playing the game for years and just got around to reading the book it was written after.

Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy.
GREAT book for any veterans of an Infantry division such as myself.

There is a first in this series but I’m not sure the name.[/quote]

I concur rainbow 6 is an awesome book. My favorite Clancy book!

I read very few fiction books (I can count the number of fiction books I’ve read on one hand); I prefer to learn something from each and every book I read. So I’m in to non-fiction books mostly about war strategy, military history, war philosophy, and any books on Ninjitsu. I also read ten hours a week on exercise science no matter what other books I’m reading.

C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity”

C.S. Lewis “The Screwtape Letters”

C.S. Lewis “A Grief Observed”

Thomas Merton “The Seven Story Mountain”

Thomas Merton “No Man is an Island”

Thomas Merton “Mystics and the Zen Masters”

If I had to push one book on anyone it would be “Mere Christianity”, however I do not “push” anything on anyone. I prefer to simply inform them of what is out there. “Mere Christianity” is a great book for those educated people who or undecided about there faith. Lewis (who was once and atheist) does not preach in his writing, but merely presents himself as someone who is seeking the truth. It is hard to argue with his reason and logic.

Cont:

Mind Manipulation (forgot author’s name)
The German Art of War (in German)
Art of War, Sun Tzu
The Book of Five Rings, Myamoto Musashi
Scotland the story of a nation
The Oxford history of the Byzantium (east Roman Empire) Empire
The warrior elite
The counter insurgency manual
The Ninja and there secret fighting art
The Gracie Brazilian jujitsu books
There are plenty more that I don?t presently remember.

Of Plymouth Plantation - record of the early settlers, You read their everyday life and struggles and it really makes you realize how much of a pussy you are when you feel “drained” from your sorry excuse for a “struggle”.

Wheel of Time- Fantasy series, up there with Tolkiens.

Robinson Crusoe

The Count of Monte Cristo

Ayn Rand- Atlas Shrugged

Just got done with, The New Glucose Revolution. Shit we all know here, but vastly expanded on. Great non-fiction read.

While most of it is on the mark, some of the material in “Think and Grow Rich” is a little bizarre.

I like Roger Zelazny sci-fi/fantasy novels.