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    Default Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    Can you recommend any good non-fiction books, websites or other forms of media to read on long passages? Subject matter...

    Modern Philosophy... Like Nassim Taleb's Black Swan.
    Economics and Geopolitics... Like Prisoners of Geography or Silk Road.
    Society and Psychology... Like Kahnaman's Fast and Slow or David Willett's The Pinch.

    .... not Amazon's 'if you like'd that you might also like this' list. Something really insightful and off the beaten track.

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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    You could do worse than Orwell's non fiction - some thought provoking stuff
    Dum spiro spero. Cras ingens iterabimus aequor.

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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by 25931 View Post
    You could do worse than Orwell's non fiction - some thought provoking stuff
    Good one.... We're heading for Spain. I'll try Homage to Catalonia.

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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Todd View Post
    Good one.... We're heading for Spain. I'll try Homage to Catalonia.
    I don't know if it's still available but I have the complete works in 1 vol.
    Dum spiro spero. Cras ingens iterabimus aequor.

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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    John Gray's Straw Dogs maybe.

    Or Sapiens.

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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    Two I kindled on a long trip and provide food for thought;

    If Only They Didnt Speak English. Jon sopel on the USA.

    Progress: Ten Reasons To Look Forward To The Future. Johan Norberg. The better side of world development.

    For an illustration of the past, another.

    Harrys War. Harry Drinkwater. Real life on the front in WW1, not the mish mash of popular misconception.


    Gawd bless KIndle, the sailors friend!!

    Enjoy your trip.

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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    I think you might enjoy the London Review of Books. It is a fortnightly subscription publication with well written, in-depth, articles by knowledgeable people about an amazing range of subjects. Topics (typically 15 or so in each edition) range across history, geography, economics, psychology, current affairs, (of less interest to me) arts and literature, and more besides.

    Part of the delight of it is having issues and subjects you haven't even been aware of brought to your attention, and having received wisdom questioned and explored in more depth. Current edition has the case for universal basic income; VD in the 18th century; Vietnam 1945-1975; insurrection and a treason trial in late 18th/early 19th century England; the history of Pakistan's acquisition of nuclear bombs; divisions in current and post-war Germany; plus others including novels, poetry and art exhibitions. There was a particularly interesting article in the last edition highlighting research showing some groups in society (e.g. old and poor) are less rational in their decision making, and what this might mean for economics and politics.

    Articles are often based on a critical review of a book or group of books, so you get a summary of a book or topic (which might either lead you to get the book itself, or save you having to read it) as well as an appreciation of its strengths/weaknesses and how it relates to other views on the topic. There is also original writing such as Alan Bennett's diaries.

    Subscription (£40pa currently) gives you online access to a vast archive of past articles (as well as the current edition), plus audio and video, which are searchable by date, author, topic, etc. You can read a few (3?) articles without subscribing. If you subscribe you get a hard copy delivered, and each year can nominate someone else to receive a free copy. Someone nominated me a few years back, which led me to get my own subscription.

    https://www.lrb.co.uk

    (I've no connection other than as a satisfied subscriber.)

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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Todd View Post
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    Economics and Geopolitics...{snip} or Silk Road.
    Author?

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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    "Diplomacy". Henry Kissinger
    "Brexit: like watching a library being burned down by people who can't read"

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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power, by Niall Ferguson.
    Origins: How the Earth Made Us, by Lewis Dartnell

    Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
    From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
    both by Dan Dennett.

    How the Mind Works, by Stephen Pinker.

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