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Old 08-17-2017, 05:53 AM
 
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1. The Bible - Even non-believers will find chocks-ful of wisdom within, and advice on how to live one's life.

2. 'Hiroshima'(1946, John Hersey) - A textbook primer on the immediate local and regional impact of the events of August 6, 1945, as well as why Hiroshima - and Nagasaki - must remain the last uses ever of nuclear weapons in combat... EVER.

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Old 08-17-2017, 06:29 AM
 
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1. The Bible - Even non-believers will find chocks-ful of wisdom within, and advice on how to live one's life.

2. 'Hiroshima'(1946, John Hersey) - A textbook primer on the immediate local and regional impact of the events of August 6, 1945, as well as why Hiroshima - and Nagasaki - must remain the last uses ever of nuclear weapons in combat... EVER.

I think many religions have good things to learn. Some books on my list:

The Code for Global Ethics: Ten Humanist Principles
by Rodrigue Tremblay, Paul Kurtz (Foreword)

Tao Te Ching

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche, Andrew Harvey


I added Hiroshima to my reading list. Thanks for that. And for a different perspective there is Thank God for the Atom Bomb & Other Essays by Paul Fussell.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:35 AM
 
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I believe the choice of books on my book shelf is mine alone and should matter to me, myself and I, alone.
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:35 AM
 
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I don't like to use the word "should" for various reasons, including a presupposition of greater knowledge and authority where none is indicated.

If one has a Bible, a companion book of value is "Who Wrote The Bible" by Friedman. It pays to have scholarly knowledge.

Another pairing of books that increases the fullness of knowledge of the reader would be "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and "Empire Express" by David Bain. The first is a romance novel about a transcontinental railroad that has been taken as fact by many, the second is an historical relating of the real facts of how the transcontinental railroad was built.

All too many readers find a single book that resonates, and then don't bother to examine the subject matter further. That can lead to being led down the garden path by those who would manipulate for their own purposes.
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:26 AM
 
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I don't like to use the word "should" for various reasons, including a presupposition of greater knowledge and authority where none is indicated.

If one has a Bible, a companion book of value is "Who Wrote The Bible" by Friedman. It pays to have scholarly knowledge.

Another pairing of books that increases the fullness of knowledge of the reader would be "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and "Empire Express" by David Bain. The first is a romance novel about a transcontinental railroad that has been taken as fact by many, the second is an historical relating of the real facts of how the transcontinental railroad was built.

All too many readers find a single book that resonates, and then don't bother to examine the subject matter further. That can lead to being led down the garden path by those who would manipulate for their own purposes.
Thank you for this. Atlas Shrugged is next up on my to-read pile. I'll look for Empire Express as I always like to know the whole story.
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Old 08-19-2017, 06:54 AM
 
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If one has a Bible, a companion book of value is "Who Wrote The Bible" by Friedman. It pays to have scholarly knowledge.
Or The Skeptic's Annotated Bible.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:26 PM
 
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Lies My Teacher Told Me - for all the history you thought you knew.

1984 - for a good idea of what happens when government gets to big.

If I had to limit it to two, those would be it.
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:35 AM
 
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Here's a nice pair:

The Bible
God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens
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