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Q4, 2007 Nonfiction Book Suggestions 
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My nominations:
A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja, by Joost R. Hiltermann
The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, by Christine Kenneally
The Name of War: King Phillip's War and the Origins of American Identity, by Jill Lepore
The Gods of the Greeks, by Karl & Carl Kerenyi

Again, I'm naming mostly books that I suggested. But then, there weren't that many people making suggestions this round, so it was practically inevitable.




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Complications is an excellent book. However, I read it a couple of years ago and I'm not sure re-read it. The author's new book is on my bookshelf, and I'm more interested in reading that one even though my wife says it isn't as good.




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I know you're trying to narrow down the suggestions at this point, but I ran into two books in Borders today (the other was "The Trouble With Physics"), both by physicists, and both of which criticized the emphasis in contemporary physics on string theory, and I thought it might be worthwhile taking a look at one of them.

Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory And the Search for Unity in Physical Law, by Peter Woit

From Publishers Weekly
String theory is the only game in town in physics departments these days. But echoing Lee Smolin's forthcoming The Trouble with Physics (Reviews, July 24), Woit, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and a lecturer in mathematics at Columbia, points out



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Since I have a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, I could answer any questions people might have if we select a physics book.

While web-surfing, I discovered this book, which sounds fascinating.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

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Carried over from the old forum...

Hopefully I can squeeze in one last suggestion for next quarter's non-fiction reading before Chris decides on the nominations for the poll. Given the recent spate of disagreements over historical method, I thought it might be worthwhile for everyone in the forum to read the thoughts of an influential historian on the matter. To that end, I'm suggesting

The Historian's Craft, by Marc Bloch
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I'm hoping that it will allow us to discuss history, how it's studied, and how the nature of that study effects our understanding of what we take to be historical fact. I've encounted a lot of praise for Bloch's book over the years, all of which leads me to believe that it would be a worthwhile starting point for looking at how history is made for the modern world.

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Oh. This looks good! I will second this for the poll!



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Incidentally, I'm changing my list of books I'd like to see on the poll. And they're all going to be books that I suggested, because, dammit, I suggested a buttload of books, and I think most of them are likely to make for a good discussion. So I says, put these on the poll, I says!

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:arrow: A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja, by Joost R. Hiltermann
:arrow: The Name of War: King Phillip's War and the Origins of American Identity, by Jill Lepore
:arrow: The Gods of the Greeks, by Karl & Carl Kerenyi
:arrow: The Historian's Craft, by Marc Bloch
:arrow: Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory And the Search for Unity in Physical Law, by Peter Woit


And check out that variety! We've got one book on current events, one on American history, one on mythology, one on methodology, and one on physics. Something for everyone!



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Here's my selection:

Here's my selection:

    1.Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner (A synthesis of many years of masterful work in the fields of cognitive science, education theory, leadership development, ethics, and the task of building the good society)

    2.The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo (Looks like a fascinating examination of the machinations of torture: individually and socially, using the tools of social psychology, legal expertise, and moral insight- and a critical challenge for our current Administration's foray into Democracy Building)

    3.Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande (A critical but sympathetic look at one particular scientific field; Booktalk's first concerted, detailed examination of the world of medicine, hospitals, illness, and surgery)

    4.Lawless World by Philippe Sands QC (A great combination of international law, geopolitical crimes and misdemeanors, and the challenge to define national sovereignty and contain rogue nations)

    5.The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (Something I probably already agree with on most key points and details as well. Still, I'd be very interested in how we can get beyond her critique and extend it towards alternatives)



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Um, not to be a pest or anything, but it's October 2nd. Shouldn't we be voting soon?



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