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Old 06-28-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Richard Preston's books. I've read "The hot zone" and "The cobra event".
They are both good books. The Hot Zone is my all time favorite but The Cobra Event is fiction.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:17 AM
 
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ITA on The Hot Zone and Fast Food Nation (this is on my *required* list)!

There is No Me Without You is an amazing read about the orphan crisis in Ethiopia, and how one woman inadvertantly became their advocate.

Princess, and The Road of Lost Innocence for those interested in global human rights, especially pertaining to women.

The Gulag Archipelego, all of them.

And I really enjoyed Amy Tan's The Opposite of Fate, lots of stories about her Chinese heritage.
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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I'll try to give you a mixture of book types.


1. The Hot Zone - Richard PrestonPreston writes in a breezy storytelling style that reads like a thriller. This is my favorite all-time nonfiction book and I primarily read nonfiction. Previously mentioned by another poster, it deals with Level 4 viruses and how we came thisclose to a huge life threatening incident but is written for the average person, not for scientists. Best horrifying description of what it's like to bleed out.


2. Bias - Bernard Goldberg
One of the first insiders to point out the bias in mainstream media reporting before it was fashionable to do so. The book should be required reading for journalism students.


3. King of Cons - Aaron Tonken
The author is a mess of a person but after you read these disgusting accounts of celebrities and politicians participating in charitable events and political fundraisers from the sad sack loser who courted them (their demands and their excesses) and organized the events, you're never going to want to give a dime to any celebrity backed charity again. You'll certainly be disgusted with the ones mentioned in this book and the author does name names.


4. Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
An amazing life, from childhood to adulthood, that deals with domestic violence for Muslim women and ends with ridiculous lax immigration policies in the Netherlands.


5. Firehouse - David Halberstam
The heartbreaking story of the NYC firehouse, Engine 40, Ladder 35, that lost so many men on September 11, 2001. This is not a large book but it is very powerful.


6. While Europe Slept - Bruce Bawer
Bruce Bawer is gay but this is not really a book about being gay. Bawer wrote a previous book about religious intolerance in America and then went to live in Europe with his Norweigen partner and suddenly America didn't look that bad. In Europe he found the threat of radical Islam, festering and supported by the deliberate blind eye of the America-bashing, liberal, multiculturalist European establishment, threatening and frightening.


7. The Great Deluge - Douglas Brinkley
The stories of the people of Hurricane Katrina from the rescue workers, to the flood victims, to the media, to the animal people and more, everyone has a personal story to tell. If you don't want to delve into the engineering aspects of broken levees, this is the human interest Katrina book for you.


8. Without Reservation - Jeff Benedict
The origins of the fake Indians running Foxwoods in Connecticut. This is not really about the casino operation itself but more about how the dubious tribe came to be and how they swallowed up the land with incompetent government officials and politicians, as well as crooked lawyers, bending over backwards to help them.


9. Blind Eye - James B Stewart
Question: What's worse than a doctor who kills his patients? Answer: A medical establishment that keeps mum and lets him move from one medical venue to the next without raising the red flag to warn them. I understand this book was made into a TV movie but I can't comment on that. I don't know if the movie had the same title as the book.


10. The Ultimate Evil - Maury Terry
If you think you know all the facts about the Son of Sam murders and David Berkowitz, think again. I don't know if this book is still in print. But I've carried it with me through 4 moves over multiple decades.


11. Damn Yankee: The Billy Martin Story - Maury Allen
Perhaps, I'm prejudiced on this one. The title character is my favorite person in sports history.


12. The Forest People - Colin Turnbull
Written in the 1960s, this book about the hunter/gatherer Pygmies was my first introduction to cultural anthropology. Not a dry page in the book, I found it to be entertaining as well as informative.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Just west of the Missouri River
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I'm reading Goodwin's "Team of Rivals". It's very good. Unfortunately my nonfiction reading is for mornings before work with coffee and it's competing with online newspaper and "The New Yorker" magazine--so I'll be working on it for a while.
If you liked "Omnivore's Dilemna" and "Fast Food Nation", you should check out David Kessler's "The End of Overeating". I know it sounds like a stupid diet book, but (former FDA commissioner) Kessler explains very well why Americans are getting so much "bigger". All about how the Food Industry and their food scientists exploit the fact that human brains (with some genetic variation) are wired to respond strongly to fat, sugar, and salt (as in "Oh this is really tasty--I'd better get some more"), which would have been good survival strategy in a time when less was available. The book is an intelligent and interesting read.
Also have read "The World is Flat"--great for understanding the global economy.
A favorite nonfiction book was "The Mayflower"--very interesting treatment of early (pre-USA) American history.
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:55 PM
 
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Some of the best characters are in non fiction, I personally love anything by Studs Terkel, Farley Mowat, Blood sweat and tears, by Richard Donkin, The End of Work, by Jeremy Rifkin, and last but not least, Larry McMurtry's Walter Benjamin at the dairy queen. All in All, I prefer non fiction for the amazing stories, I can imagine the frustration for fictional writers who see the beauty in such real time characters, truth is, stranger than fiction......
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:47 AM
 
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I'm reading Fast Food Nation right now. Very compelling and hard to put down.
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Old 07-05-2009, 01:09 AM
 
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while europe slept
america alone
the forgotten man
the 5000 year leap.

great books.
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, Ca
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I just finished The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez. It is a short book of short stories from the authors youth as the child of a migrant laborer. He does a great job of telling the story through a childs eyes. His perspective never strays, he doesn't reflect from an adult perspective, nor does he embellish or emphasize in order to push ideas he may have formed later in life. it isn't a difficult read, maybe an afternoon, but it was enjoyable.
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, Ca
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Some of the best characters are in non fiction, I personally love anything by Studs Terkel, Farley Mowat, Blood sweat and tears, by Richard Donkin, The End of Work, by Jeremy Rifkin, and last but not least, Larry McMurtry's Walter Benjamin at the dairy queen. All in All, I prefer non fiction for the amazing stories, I can imagine the frustration for fictional writers who see the beauty in such real time characters, truth is, stranger than fiction......
and no birds sang is one of my favorites
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" is a timeless classic, by Robert Persig.

"The Severn Pillars of Wisdom" is another, by T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia).

A couple of great travel books that stand out in my mind:
"Logbook for Grace" by Robert Cushman Murphy, and
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson

The autobiographical "Education of Henry Adams" is a wonderful read about that famous family.

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