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Please use this thread for suggesting good books for our February and March 2009 Non-Fiction book discussion. Include a link to where the book can be researched and purchased on Amazon.com, and it would really be appreciated if you left comments on the book suggestions other members make. :smile:



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How about Collapse by Jared Diamond? I see that a couple of his books have been read by the book club in the last few years. I have never read any of his books but have heard very good things about him. It would be great to read his work with a book group and discuss it. :smile:



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I think that book has already been previously selected/read.



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Collapse is an excellent suggestion, but as Mr. President says, we have already read and discussed this book. Check out our BOOKS page at http://www.booktalk.org/books.php to see a detailed listing of what we've read over the years.



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Oh well. I looked at the list and had missed that Collapse was on it. :?



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I'd like to read another history book, even biographical if the character is interesting enough.

I'd like to read about the East India company, or successful Captains like Cook, or maybe something concerning a major War.

I wouldn't mind discussing something written by Malthus, Mill, Locke, or Adam Smith either.

In fact, I'm going to tackle Malthus and Smith here in the short future after I finish Tamerlane. I'll probably start Malthus in a couple days.



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Rivals by Bill Emmott.
An excellent book ...I just finished reading it.



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In the category of memoir, Barrack Obama's Dreams from My Father is worth reading and discussing. I'm getting into this now. Our president-elect is an excellent writer, and his memoir of race and identity does not hold back but truly confronts these still-important issues. And he doesn't try to soft-peddle his past. He makes it clear that unlike Bill Clinton, he did inhale, and then some.

I'm still kind of giddy at the prospect of having someone this literate and reflective as our president. I just hope he is tough enough to survive.



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he will be ...after he has a nice big bowl of weedies



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Suckers,

I really want to tackle Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Does anyone else feel like tackling that with me? If not, then I would like to formally suggest The Federalist papers. I think that both of these compilations are mandatory reading for everyone - not just Americans or those concerned with economics. They will also produce awesome conversation and increase the arguments between Dwill and myself.

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I like books

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I would like to suggest The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger since I got some encouraging response from the thread I posted earlier. I just ordered a copy from Borders.com but it's also available for free online at Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1689
The book is about Sanger's belief that birth control is a human right and a contributing factor to peace, prosperity, and civilization. Sanger was a nurse in the early 20th century who saw many working class women and children suffering both in America and abroad. Distributing birth control information was considered pornographic and criminal. She was forward-thinking and passionate. The issues she spoke about are still relevant today but she is also controversial for her advocacy of eugenics and attitudes toward immigrants and African Americans.
Here's a quote from the introduction:
"Those critics who condemn Birth Control as a negative, destructive
idea, concerned only with self-gratification, might profitably open
the nearest dictionary for a definition of "control." There they would
discover that the verb "control" means to exercise a directing, guiding,
or restraining influence;--to direct, to regulate, to counteract.
Control is guidance, direction, foresight. It implies intelligence,
forethought and responsibility. They will find in the Standard
Dictionary a quotation from Lecky to the effect that, "The greatest of
all evils in politics is power without control." In what phase of life
is not "power without control" an evil? Birth Control, therefore, means
not merely the limitation of births, but the application of intelligent
guidance over the reproductive power. It means the substitution of
reason and intelligence for the blind play of instinct."

Here's an article on her when she was named one of the Time 100.
http://www.time.com/time/time100/leaders/profile/sanger.html



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AGAINST THE NEW AUTHORITARIANISM

http://www.amazon.com/Against-New-Autho ... 1894037235

or THE UNIVERSITY IN CHAINS both by the same highly respected author

http://www.amazon.com/University-Chains ... 573&sr=1-1

I think I would prefer to read The University in Chains

Listen to: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/features/suspec ... index.html
The books are mentioned in Suspect Society Part #2

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The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden (Paperback)
by William Alexander (Author)

this is a good book, and by the time we are done reading it, it will be time to start our own gardens.


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Any additional suggestions for the next non-fiction poll?

Please review the suggestions your fellow members have made. If I don't see any follow-up posts about other peoples suggestions I am left to assume nobody but that person are interested in the book. Help us narrow down the poll choices please! Thank you. :smile:



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