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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    I've recently enjoyed The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent. Available on Kindle

    Also How we Talk, by NJ Enfield, and Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

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    Last edited by TonyMS; 16-07-19 at 16:31.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    'The Balkans' by Mark Mazower describes how the European bit of the Ottoman empire ended up with the 'nations' (a novel concept at the time) we have now. And if you have a really long passage, 'The Holy Roman Empire' by Peter Wilson does the same for the whole of Europe.

    I don't think this sort of history book works well on the Kindle though - you need to keep referring to the maps.

    I enjoyed 'The Last Spike' about the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway: engineering, politics, finance, ego...

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    Almost anything by Laurens Van Der Post; philosophical musings and some of the best writing about Africa, it's wildlife, the San people and their fascinating history and legends. He mentored Prince Charles on some in some of the more mystic and spiritual aspects of life. A true Great.

    The Shamaneh by Fedorsky - the ancient Persian Book of Kings.

    His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Total, gripping escapism with considerable philosophical and theological undertones.
    Last edited by Old Bumbulum; 16-07-19 at 23:15.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by GHA View Post
    John Gray's Straw Dogs maybe.

    Or Sapiens.
    Definitely! Especially straw dogs. I was going to post these two plus Telling our way to the sea by Aaron Hirsh.
    Last edited by steve yates; 17-07-19 at 08:31.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by GHA View Post
    John Gray's Straw Dogs maybe.

    Or Sapiens.
    Just read Sapiens.

    A really fantastic book, which really got me thinking about humanity and where we could be going in the future. Incredibly well researched and written. highly recommended - by me at least.

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

    Peacemakers. Six Months that Changed The World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War. by Margret McMillan.

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    Philosophy

    Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
    1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
    Ethics, The Selected Letters - Spinoza
    The Gulag Archipelago - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    Modern Man in Search of a Soul - Carl Gustav Jung
    Tao Te Ching - Lao-tzu (From a translation by S. Mitchell)
    Maps of Meaning - Jordan B Peterson

    Economics

    Capital in the 21 Century- Thomas Piketty
    (never hurts to re-read Marx just to see how wrong he is)

    Society

    The GOD Delusion - Richard Dawkins
    The Master and his Emissary - Iain McGilchrist

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

    Quote Originally Posted by stingo View Post
    Author?
    Sorry. I meant The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    ****. This thread is going to cost me a fortune. Thanks everyone.

    beermonkey, have you read all of these. You must be a very clever person? They say that if they got every 15 year old to read Piketty's 'Capital...etc.' the banking industry would collapse. And Marx... he wasn't quite as wrong as the people who 'quoted' him.

    I see 3 votes for Sapiens.

  10. #20
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    Default Re: Insightful Reading Recommendation.... Anyone?

    Hi Andy, yes, I have read them all - and no, definitely not clever, hence having to read so much to help my much befuddled and limited mind!

    I would add to that list anything by Christopher Hitchens (RIP) - guaranteed to make you think, if you want a recommendation (and something sure to be controversial) try this : The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
    Last edited by beermonkey; 19-07-19 at 10:30.

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