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 What non-fiction book or topic would you like to discuss next?
Let's use this thread for a casual discussion of what non-fiction book or topic we should read next. In other words this discussion is a preliminary step in the process of selecting a non-fiction book. You don't have to suggest a specific book. Just tell us of the topic that you think we ought to consider discussing. We can find books on that topic in due time.

Right now (Apr., May & June 2016) we're discussing slavery in the US with Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery.

Is there another topic that intrigues you?

You're always welcome to skip the "topic" idea and throw at us some specific book suggestions too.



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Don't know if others are interested, but I'm reading a book called "America's War for the Greater Middle East"

http://www.amazon.com/Americas-War-Grea ... B0174PRIY4



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This looks like a great suggestion, Dexter. Clearly the US needs to rethink our approach to the Middle East.



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Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future.

In UNSTOPPABLE, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless. With a scientist's thirst for knowledge and an engineer's vision of what can be, Bill Nye sees today's environmental issues not as insurmountable, depressing problems but as chances for our society to rise to the challenge and create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. We need not accept that transportation consumes half our energy, and that two-thirds of the energy you put into your car is immediately thrown away out the tailpipe. We need not accept that dangerous emissions are the price we must pay for a vibrant economy and a comfortable life. Above all, we need not accept that we will leave our children a planet that is dirty, overheated, and depleted of resources. As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming. When you are done reading, you'll be enlightened and empowered. Chances are, you'll be smiling, too, ready to join Bill and change the world.

In Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, the New York Times bestselling author of Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation and former host of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" issues a new challenge to today's generation: to make a cleaner, more efficient, and happier world.

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Post Re: What non-fiction book or topic would you like to discuss next?
I would read the book Dexter recommended. I've read The Limits of Power by the same author.

Two more suggestions:
The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program by Jeremy Scahill and staff of The Intercept
Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill



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A great choice, Robert, relevant, positive and there should be plenty of material to debate.



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I would read the book Dexter recommended. I've read The Limits of Power by the same author.


It's a good book, I'm slowly making my way through it, although I'm not sure how well it works for discussion. It is definitely opinionated as to US foreign policy failures, but at the same time it's also a fairly straightforward narrative history.



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Does anyone feel we have enough in this thread to move forward with selecting a book?



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Here's a best selling new release that seems right up our alley...

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
By Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. TRIBE explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.


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TRIBE sounds pretty good. I would probably join along in a discussion.

Junger is a journalist, also the author of THE PERFECT STORM. One of the most pressing issues facing modern America is the disintegration of community. I've a number of books on the subject, but none approach it from an evolutionary perspective.

If you ever wonder why some westerners want to join ISIS, you might refer to this quote:

"Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species."


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Tribe seems like it hits on several topics that we've discussed here over the years. I'd like to see where Junger goes with the general argument that we do best as a species when we have a sense of belonging to small groups. I'm not sure if I worded that properly. To me this desire to associate with small groups or tribes is a double-edged sword. On the positive side it creates a sense of community, belonging and kinship, but on the negative side it fosters a sense of "us vs them," where anyone not a part of your tribe is the enemy. Isn't part of our cultural evolution the process of moving away from these small groups into a more inclusive global community?



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Tribe seems like it hits on several topics that we've discussed here over the years. I'd like to see where Junger goes with the general argument that we do best as a species when we have a sense of belonging to small groups. I'm not sure if I worded that properly. To me this desire to associate with small groups or tribes is a double-edged sword. On the positive side it creates a sense of community, belonging and kinship, but on the negative side it fosters a sense of "us vs them," where anyone not a part of your tribe is the enemy. Isn't part of our cultural evolution the process of moving away from these small groups into a more inclusive global community?


Humans evolved in bands. That is our natural organisation. Maintaining mental health at the national and global level involves some very heavy mythology to let men pretend to be part of a band of brothers and for women to form a sisterhood. Religion is about how humans can achieve stability at larger levels than the band. Tribes and other bigger groups cannot know everyone so they have to resort to simplified beliefs or myths.. Jared Diamond discusses these themes in The Rise And Fall Of The Third Chimpanzee:
"Today, while we may divide the world's people into 'us' and 'them', we know that there are thousands of types of 'them', all differing from each other as well from us in language, appearance and habits. It is hard to transfer ourselves back into the frame of mind prevailing throughout much of human history. Like chimps, gorillas, and social carnivores, we lived in band territories. The known world was much smaller and simpler than it is today; there were only a few known types of 'them', one's immediate neighbours."
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Hi,
I would suggest this book. The Author is from former USSR. So she had to switch from socialism to capitalism.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01FZIBPNM



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I believe TRIBE would be an excellent choice for this group to discuss.



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