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Old 02-16-2014, 01:58 PM
 
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Hansi: The Girl Who Loved the Swastika by Maria Anne Hirschmann

Hansi: The Girl Who Loved the Swastika

I once heard her speak in person.

The Unlikliest Hero - Desmond Doss

A conscientous objector in WWII who received the Medal of Honor.

Desmond Doss - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I once met him, too.

As a kid I had the World Book encyclopedia and the accompanying books for kids, which I read pretty much cover to cover repeatedly.

The Silence of the North

The Silence of the North: Olive A. Fredrickson, Ben East: 9781585741779: Amazon.com: Books

About an amazingly determined woman against the perils of the wilderness.



What changed your outlook on life, that you read?
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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The one with the star-bellied sneetches and all of the whiners who complained they couldn't afford star tattoos.
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:11 PM
 
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Cosmos by Carl Sagan.

[i should read it again]
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:13 PM
 
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The Bible.
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:20 PM
 
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I agree with the Bible.

For the way I live, probably The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

For the way I perceive the world, The Odyssey by Homer. Seeing Ulysses facing insurmountable odds, but still always keeping his goal of returning home even after 20 years, and his wife keeping the faith he would return show dedication and commitment far beyond what most people could ever conceive.
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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propaganda by edwin bernays
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:24 PM
 
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As an aside... the wife and I watched 12 years a slave last night.

At the end of the movie, it says nobody knows how, where, or when his (the author's) life ended.

The movie was about the part of his life that's in the book he wrote, and nobody knows anything more about him. Yet, it is a profoundly impacting story today - at least as a movie, it is.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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Moved from P&OC. Closed pending acceptance by moderator.
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Old 02-17-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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"Catcher in the Rye" turned me into a teen rebel the same as a great many others, but more influential on me was the first Bill James Baseball Abstract published in 1982. I was absolutely, utterly captivated by the power of his logical presentations, by his ability to cut straight to what was relevant and ignore the noise, and by his willingness to stand by his ideas because he knew that he was right, even in the face of traditionalists heaping scorn upon him.

Baseball aside, this book, along with the others which followed, was the best lesson I have ever received in the proper way to think about things.
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