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 WANTED: Non-fiction book suggestions for Nov. - Dec. discussion!
What non-fiction book do you suggest we read and discuss in November, December and January?

Here are my suggestions....

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Bill Bryson
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The Ape that Understood the Universe: How the Mind and Culture Evolve
Steve Stewart-Williams
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American
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Message to the Blackman in America
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Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide
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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
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Post Re: WANTED: Non-fiction book suggestions for Nov. - Dec. discussion!
The first two and the last sound great. I might also suggest "New Power" by Timms and Heimans, something good by Brene Brown, "Caste" by Isabel Wilkerson, or "Bowling Alone" (if the group has not already read that one).



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Harry, I was looking at Caste as an idea too. Great suggestion!



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Post Re: WANTED: Non-fiction book suggestions for Nov. - Dec. discussion!
All are great suggestions but I would like to begin with ###Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Below are my reasons-
*** This may be a good starter book for anyone who wishes to discuss and understand evolutional psychology and the book on "The Ape who ......
*** Remember Matrix part 3 where machines eat people? well, do we need o worry about animals on similar lines?
*** Having done a 3 week road trip of Southern US, I cant imagine the breath taking view detailed in the book, "A walk in the woods...but let me read about animals I may need to fear or admire first ...:)

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Thanks for your suggestion, Pri2020. :-)



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I just finished Caste and recommend it although it is painful reading. It's amazing how little discussion there is of the American caste system even though upon consideration it immediately becomes obvious that system exists.

What's the deal with the Nation of Islam (NOI) book by Elijah Muhammad? I sometimes listen to a local NOI radio program. At times they have unusual and very interesting insights. At times they make incredibly stupid statements. (Example: Light cannot travel through a vacuum.) Anti-Semitic comments frequently slip into the commentary. :no:

Well having said that, The Autobiography of Malcolm X could be interesting. He was killed by NOI. Not sure why I have ambivalence between the two books. :hmm:


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Post Re: WANTED: Non-fiction book suggestions for Nov. - Dec. discussion!
Probably too many suggestions already, but I'd like to get into John Dean's new Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers. Trump will be gone soon (yes, he will!), but Dean's book looks at the milieu from which Trump arose.

A Walk in the Woods is a breezy read and quite funny, if that kind of book works for discussion. As an AT hiker myself, I liked Bryson's irreverent take on hiker culture.



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I'd like to get into John Dean's new Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers. Trump will be gone soon (yes, he will!), but Dean's book looks at the milieu from which Trump arose.


I support this suggestion. The psychological and political comparison between President Trump and other imperial autocrats through history offers a compelling story.

https://www.amazon.com.au/Authoritarian ... 1990549054


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I've read 5 or 6 Trump books and I'm F'n done with that! I've wasted too much time in the last 5 years fretting about that mentally ill adolescent bully. But if you select the Dean book I'll read it. :lol: :P



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I assume it's too late to add another, but this new book looks fascinating. I believe the author is an expert on military history. I read Fiasco about the Iraq war.

First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country by Thomas Ricks



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Let's pick a book this weekend to start December 1st and run December, January and February. I'll go through this thread now. Any comments, opinions and such should be added soon.



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Just started listening to "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk. Not very new, but excellent. Being about trauma and PTSD it meshes well with Junger's "Tribe" and it lays out the connections to a lot of basic physiological psychology.



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If you are short on time and you still love reading books then the best option (a great one actually!) is to get downloads of audio books and the best part is that you can get them free.

And the good news is that there are so many different kinds of audio books that are available, no matter what your interest is. You can choose a book that is a good story or you can pick one to educate yourself, the choice is just endless.



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I am reading Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright.

Published in 2017, this NYT Bestseller is written in an engaging scientific tone. It explores the psychology of meditation and builds upon the analysis of religion in terms of cultural evolution in Wright's earlier books such as The Evolution of God and The Moral Animal.

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment


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I was given this book a few months ago and put off getting into it as I worked through my little "to read " stack. On your recommendation Robert, I will be starting it today and hope it will be chosen for the next discussion. :wink:



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