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 What NON-FICTION book shall we read and discuss next?
What NON-FICTION book shall we read and discuss next?

Post your thoughts here. What non-fiction book should we tackle next?

I'm currently reading and enjoying...

Up From Slavery
by Booker T. Washington

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Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his personal experiences in working to rise from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools—most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps. He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and native Americans. He describes his efforts to instill manners, breeding, health and a feeling of dignity to students. His educational philosophy stresses combining academic subjects with learning a trade (something which is reminiscent of the educational theories of John Ruskin). Washington explained that the integration of practical subjects is partly designed to reassure the white community as to the usefulness of educating black people. This book was first released as a serialized work in 1900 through The Outlook, a Christian newspaper of New York. This work was serialized because this meant that during the writing process, Washington was able to hear critiques and requests from his audience and could more easily adapt his paper to his diverse audience.


Does anyone else like this topic for discussion? I guess what I'm after is reading about the history of slavery in the United States. If there's a different book that gives proper insight into this subject then I'm open to that book instead.


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Post Re: What NON-FICTION book shall we read and discuss next?
Another suggestion along the same lines as the Booker T. Washington book would be...

When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection (Dover Thrift Editions)

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More than 2,000 interviews with former slaves, who, in blunt, simple language, provide often-startling first-person accounts of their lives in bondage. Includes some of the most detailed, compelling, and engrossing life histories in the Slave Narrative Collection, a project funded by the U.S. Government. An illuminating source of information.


Heck, I just bought this one for 99 cents on Kindle. :chatsmilies_com_92:



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Either of those sounds good to me. :)


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Post Re: What NON-FICTION book shall we read and discuss next?
I'll put up a completely different suggestion that's on my list to read:

The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self

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Anil Ananthaswamy’s extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are. These individuals all lost some part of what we think of as our self, but they then offer remarkable, sometimes heart-wrenching insights into what remains. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe.

We are learning about the self at a level of detail that Descartes (“I think therefore I am”) could never have imagined. Recent research into Alzheimer’s illuminates how memory creates your narrative self by using the same part of your brain for your past as for your future. But wait, those afflicted with Cotard’s syndrome think they are already dead; in a way, they believe that “I think therefore I am not.” Who—or what—can say that? Neuroscience has identified specific regions of the brain that, when they misfire, can cause the self to move back and forth between the body and a doppelgänger, or to leave the body entirely. So where in the brain, or mind, or body, is the self actually located? As Ananthaswamy elegantly reports, neuroscientists themselves now see that the elusive sense of self is both everywhere and nowhere in the human brain.



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Damn it, you guys read the most interesting books, I want to read 'Em all :lol:



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Up from Slavery looks good. But it's brief at 130 pages. Might want to pair that with a similar autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass at 96 pages. Well dang it, the slave narratives look good too! All three books total about 386 pages. These books might combat some horrible misconceptions about slavery that exist to this day and are more prevalent than you think. See this infamous quote for example.
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"I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/us/po ... ef=us&_r=0



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Post Re: What NON-FICTION book shall we read and discuss next?
The World's Religions by Huston Smith. This book is quite famous and influential. I read most of it recently - it is an easy read, an introduction to major religious schools including primal religions. In the introduction, Smith states he isn't going into certain details such as the Sunni/Shia split in Islam; he wants to provide a sympathetic summary for better understanding. Some might consider that a bit of a whitewash, but I think this approach could benefit (non-sympathetic) BookTalk'ers...

FYI/FWIW: Huston Smith is a practicing Zen Buddhist. He also wrote more detailed single book discussions of the main religions.
http://www.amazon.com/Huston-Smith/e/B0 ... sr=1-2-ent



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Here's another interesting possibility, although I doubt BookTalk is ready for this. :omfg: Perhaps after reading the above book?

Quran in English: Modern English Translation. Clear and Easy to Understand Free on Kindle.

I know this belongs in fiction, but a billion+ humans disagree.... :happy2:



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I could go for the Booker Washington book - and I picked up a copy of 'twelve Years a Slave' from a library book sale last week - Would go for that (easy as I have it - and then we could watch the DVD, sounds like an idea).

I would love some Wilfred Thesiger, I just opened a box of stored books and found 3 of his, all signed, absolutely amazing! The last of the truly Great Edwardian Travelers and Arabists (he died not long ago where he was living among the Masai, he was not happy in Civilization). Arabian Sands, or better - 'The Marsh Arabs' to read about the Southern Shia Saddam genocided and took revenge on with one of the most heinous ecological acts - draining and destroying the Great Iraqi Marshes.

Topical in some ways - Iraq. I am reading of Alexander The Great now and he is in Babylon, having just taken it bloodlessly. The world has always been effected by the place.



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LanDroid wrote:
Here's another interesting possibility, although I doubt BookTalk is ready for this. :omfg: Perhaps after reading the above book?

Quran in English: Modern English Translation. Clear and Easy to Understand Free on Kindle.

I know this belongs in fiction, but a billion+ humans disagree.... :happy2:


I'm always interested in learning about the Middle East (not that there aren't Muslims elsewhere). I'd be more inclined to read a book about it, before tackling the Quran itself.



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Dexter - I am half way through "Arabian Sands" A very important book for anyone who would understand the current ME, and Whhabi Islam. And it is almost impossible to put down, just fantastic.

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Dexter - I am half way through "Arabian Sands" A very important book for anyone who would understand the current ME, and Whhabi Islam. And it is almost impossible to put down, just fantastic.


Thanks, will check it out



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As President Camacho said, not another book on religion! I expect there is enough life in the Carrier discussion to keep the religious fanatics happy for a while.

I would like to discuss a book that has major background to the fissures of American politics, The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek. I think it has some arguments that help to explain the Trump phenomenon. It is available free online at https://mises.org/sites/default/files/R ... erfdom.pdf in condensed form with The Intellectuals and Socialism. Hayek is among the most influential economic philosophers in history, and this book was pivotal in exploring the conflict between collectivism and liberty in Cold War politics.

After Carrier weighing in at 650 pages, short books are more likely to get people reading the whole thing and debating their ideas.


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Robert Tulip wrote:
I would like to discuss a book that has major background to the fissures of American politics, The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek. I think it has some arguments that help to explain the Trump phenomenon.


I'm a big fan of Hayek, it's been a while since I read The Road To Serfdom

Here's a good introduction to the wide range of Hayek's thought, I read the beginning of it

http://www.amazon.com/The-Essential-Hay ... B00ZGSIJ7M

It's free, and all in Boudreaux's words, rather than quoting from Hayek. Of course there are many useful insights that still hold up from The Road to Serfdom, but I'd probably give this to someone as an intro to Hayek.



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Another suggestion with the slavery books listed above, here is the first slave narrative written and published by a former slave.

Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave. Written by Himself
http://www.amazon.com/Life-William-Grim ... g=UTF8&me=



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