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Why I Am Not A Librarian

I read too many damn books.

(I've listed or referred to around 75 books here on DP, which I felt specifically were helpful to the cause of liberty, and I keep meaning to make a list of them so here it is.)

-All I Really Need To Know I Learned In in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
-Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
-The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Clayborne Carson
-The Beaten Path: Field Notes on Getting Wise in a Wisdom-Crazy World by Ptolemy Tompkins
-A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael Schneider
-The Book on Dating: Strategies Every Guy Should Know by Mark Dice
-The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
-The Book of Mr. Natural by R. Crumb
-The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
-Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
-The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav
-Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
-Essentials of Abnormal Psychology by Andrew R. Getzfeld
-Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
-Free To Choose by Milton and Rose Friedman
-From Major Jordan's Diaries: The Inside Story of Soviet Lend-Lease by Major George Racey Jordan
-Gaia: A New Look At Life On Earth by James Lovelock
-Gold Swindle: The Story of Our Dwindling Gold by George Racey Jordan
-Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine by Mel Boring, Leslie Dendy and C. B. Mordan
-Handwriting Analysis: The Complete Basic Book by Karen Amend and Mary S. Ruiz
-Hell's Angels: A Strange And Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson
-The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard
-Holidays In Hell by P.J. O'Rourke
-How Brains Make Up Their Minds by Walter J. Freeman
-How Good Do We Have to Be? by Rabbi Harold Kushner
-How To Read A Book by Mortimer Adler
-I Ain't Got Time To Bleed by Jesse Ventura
-IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and -America's Most Powerful Corporation by Edwin Black
-The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
-Illustrated History of Organized Crime by Richard Hammer
-In Code: A Mathematical Journey by Sarah Flannery
-International Spy Museum Handbook of Practical Spying by Jack Barth
-In Tune With The Infinite by Ralph Waldo Trine
-The Jumbo Duct Tape Book by Jim Berg and Tim Nyberg
-The Libertarian Lessons of South Park: How Ron Paul, Gary Johnson & South Park Created a New Generation of Libertarians & South Park Conservatives by Brandon Simpson
-Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
-Lightning over the Treasury building by John R Elsom
-The Long and Short of It: Five Thousand Years of Fun and Fury over Hair by Bill Severn
-Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
-Merchants of Culture - The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century by John B. Thompson
-The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson
-The Mouse That Roared by Leonard Wibberley
-Napalm and Silly Putty by George Carlin
-None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham
-Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny by Robert Wright
-On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
-One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
-The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
-The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Tom Woods
-Powers of Mind by Adam Smith
-The Psychology Of Everyday Things by Donald A Norman
-Propaganda by Edward Bernays
-Report from Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace by Leonard C. Lewin and Victor Navasky
-The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
-The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
-Signal: Hitler's Wartime Picture Magazine by S. L. Mayer
-SPYING: The Secret History of History by Denis Collins
-The Stamp Act Crisis by Edmund Morgan
-"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character
-The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra
-The Temple And The Lodge: The Strange and Fascinating History of the -Knights Templar and the Freemasons by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh
-The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
-Three Cities by Sholem Asch
-The Three Pound Universe by Judith Hooper and Dick Teresi
-Top Secret Ultra by Peter Calvocoressi
-The True Story of the Bilderberg Group by Daniel Estulin
-Tyrants Destroyed by Vladimir Nabokov
-Uncommon Grounds : The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast
-An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew by Richard Zacks
-The Unseen Hand: An Introduction to the Conspiratorial View of History by A. Ralph Epperson
-The Valley Of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
-Victory Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wes Roberts
-Watermelon Magic: Seeds Of Wisdom, Slices Of Life by Wally Amos
-Way Of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
-When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough by Rabbi Harold Kushner
-Word Play: What Happens When People Talk by Peter Farb
-The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven
-The Writer's Quotation Book: A Literary Companion by James Charlton
-You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! The Classic Self-Help Book for -Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder by Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo M.D. Edward M. Hallowell M.D.
-Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

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Michael Nystrom's picture

The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age

I'd really like to get around to finishing this book, but I've just been a little too...

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No such thing

There is no such thing as reading too many books. There is no way I could count or list how many I have read. I spent the first 13 years of my life in a rural area with no TV at all. Nothing but radio, which only came in after dark, and all the books I could get my hands on. I was reading 5th grade level when I went into 1st grade And was reading college level when I went into the 5th grade. By then I had memorized a whole set of Encyclopedia Britannica, Websters Dictionary, Roget's thesaurus, King James Bible and every novel I could get a hold of. This still drives my thirst for knowledge, I was a lucky boy.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I have a few more to add to this list.

Thanks for the reminder.

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Um... How can an AUTO-biography...

be written by someone ELSE ? An AUTObiography of MLK Jr by Clay carson or whatever.

Other than that - pretty good list.

And allow me to suggest a metaphysical book that makes much of the fear stuff irrelevant:

Ask and It is Given, by Jerry & Esther Hicks

Hey genius - try reading the book and it explains...

why it is in fact an autobiography.

But other than that you sound ok so ok whatever.

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The Power of Politicians by Senator B. S. Daily.

Could not resist.

Lol, I got the wrong impression of this thread from the title.

I thought this was a satirical version of the thread "Why I Am Not a Libertarian"

I thought the same thing!

I clicked on the link ALREADY laughing expecting to see a crafty, smart-assy piece.

Oh - it was.

I saw and read the 'libertarian' thread and, remembering a recent post originally titled 'some of my favorite books', I decided to change the title, in a cynical and self-serving attempt to piggyback on the aforementioned thread's title.

Glad you like!

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Wait, the title is to long!

Just kidding.

Subtle jab - got it.

Referring to the latest spat between me and so-called 'ancapmercenar-o-something or other' about the tweetability of certain title lengths.

Quick on the up-take you are.

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jrd3820's picture

Nice List

I am working my way through the classics in the cannon but need to change it up a bit. Will be in Beijing in a few weeks going to go check out the bookstore Michael is talking about below, but then I might start making my way through this list, at least the ones I haven't read because I can cross off a handful.

I always wanted to be a librarian or a Dj or a writer...

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Michael Nystrom's picture

Excellent list

You are really a bookworm, Chris.

I count 81 (give or take a couple) of books on your list, of which I've read 18 (give or take - some I never finished) (and some I've never started - LOL!), about 30 that I've thought I'd like to read, and the remainder of which I've never heard of until now, but sound interesting enough that I'd want to read them.

There is a bookstore in Beijing called "The Bookworm" - I was there last summer, and I took some pictures. It is the kind of place you visit once, and miss for the rest of your life. I've been meaning to write about it, but I didn't know if anyone here would appreciate it. Well, now I know there is at least one person who would, because if you like books, you must surely like bookstores. And they're an endangered species.

The Bookworm is one of those cultural magnets - a place for expats in a big foreign city. Not only a bookstore, it was a library, and had a cafe, with a bar that served a Chinese microbrew (imagine that!) called Slowboat. Perfect. The beer wasn't superb, but they got an A for effort. Pictures to come this week.

Thank you Chris.

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Hey - thanks man.

Another one people should at least see the movie of is The Grapes of Wrath. I think Steinbeck stretched it out to 460 pages just to help the reader feel some of the torturous slowness of a journey broken down old truck across the country by a dustbowl ravaged and desperate family, some even slowly dying along the way...


Anyhoo, if people had any idea what the global depression of the early '30s looked like they'd be just as interested as folks like us and Ron Paul are in trying to avert a repeat...

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Read that one, too

High school? Early college? Can't remember, but it was good. Had a big impact on me. It was the first time I became aware of "style" as applied to writing. The chapters alternated between the narrative of the Joad family, and the alternate narrative of the machinery of what was rolling on.

Great book. Should definitely be read by all. Wish I had more time to read.

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Oh, and one more you may find particularly apropo:

Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution

All of Tom Peters stuff is great - this one is a fun mind-twister. Got dozens of audiobook chapters off of kazaa...

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Kazaa - is that still around?

Those were the days.

These days you even have to worry about getting sued for using the bit torrents.

Too many books! I need to get better at speed reading.

He's the man.

There are a lot of great audiobook files available on

torrent sites.

Just a quick look at one shows 27 Jim Rohn and over 100 Brian Tracy clips, including Accelerated Learning Techniques.

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Thriving on Chaos

That's what I need to do!

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The Moon is Down by Steinbeck. The story of an occupation army

Jack London anthology
Call of the Wild
To Build a Fire
Call of the Wild
To the Man On Trail
Love of Life

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