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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by NWMoss, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. NWMoss

    NWMoss Lost, permanently... Member

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    What are some favorite authors?

    What have you found that's good non-fiction reads?

    I've started picking up books such as "The myth of the oil-crisis"
     
  2. SimonJester308

    SimonJester308 kitsap county Member

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    The Army Of The Republic by Stuart Archer Cohen (just finished, awesome!)

    Unintended Consequences by John Ross (**** of a read, 3 times and counting)

    Dark Rivers Of The Heart by Dean Koontz (read multiple times a fave)

    So they're fiction, sometimes a break is nice once in awhile.
     
  3. PeakResources

    PeakResources Portland (past) Colorado (now) Member

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    Jared Diamond: "Collapse"
    This is from the same guy who wrote "Guns, Germs, and Steel". It provides insight on the key internal and external factors that cause civilizations to collapse.

    Madison / Hamilton / Jay: "The Federalist Papers"
    An oldy but goody, providing insight into our constitution and the founders' thinking on liberty, government, and how the Constitution protects individual rights from the tyranny of government. Pretty enlightening if you compare / contrast the environment of our founders from our own, and how government has grown.

    Thomas Homer-Dixon: "The Upside of Down"
    While you may or may not believe in peak oil, there are a number of tensions in society that may change our future. This book looks at some issues, and shows how the coming changes may be a good thing; how stronger local communities and more self reliance may result.

    Addison Wiggin: "Empire of Debt"
    Describes some of the financial pressures in America, how we're mishandling it, and how government will usually make things worse rather than better (with some history). It has helped me understand what is going on, and put me at an uneasy peace that I can only take limited steps to lessen the impact to my family. It may be a bit outdated by now. If you want current info, I can recommend going to the blog sites http://www.agorfinancial.com/5min/ and http://www.dailyreckoning.com/ .
     
  4. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    Alan Greenspan - The Age of Turbulence

    Milton & Rose Friedman - Free to Choose

    Spigarelli - Crisis Preparedness

    Stephen P. Halbrook - The Founders' Second Amendment

    Nosler Reloading Guide #5 or #6
     
  5. ghanderson10

    ghanderson10 Woodburn, OR Member

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    Anything by Ernie Pyle

    My favorites are "Brave Men" and "Here is Your War".
     
  6. PeakResources

    PeakResources Portland (past) Colorado (now) Member

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    Bend -- good recommendations. I just ordered a couple books from Amazon based upon your recommendation for Spigarelli's book, plus some related books.

    One more:
    Brian Doherty: "Radicals for Capitalism"
    I'm only part way through, but it describes some of the history and thinkers behind the Libertarian (which, BTW, is not just about legalizing marijuana -- it's about getting government the heck out of our daily lives) school of thought.
     
  7. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    For fiction, I'll defer to John Ross, author of Unintended Consequences:

    Here.
     
  8. golfnutrlv

    golfnutrlv Spokane, WA Member

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    Fiction: Michael Crichton
    Non Fiction: Jeff Shaara (Great reads about war and history.) Reading "The Rising Tide right now. (North Africa WWII)
     
  9. PosterGuy

    PosterGuy Hillsboro Member

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    Sci Fi
    Robert A. Heinlein-Starship Troopers
    Orson Scott Card-Enders Game
    Ray Bradbury-The Martian Chronicles

    Non Fiction
    The Hot Zone-Can't remember the author right now. Steven King called it "The most frightening thing I've ever read."
    Blackhawk Down, Killing Pablo-Mark Bowden
     
  10. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    The Sorrows Of Empire- Chalmers Johnson
    Armed Madhouse- Greg Palast
    The One Percent Doctrine- Ron Susskind
     
  11. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have alway had a hard time reading serious books so here are some light hearted ones.

    Who's Your Caddy by Rick Rielly
    Below The Beltway by Dave Berry
    Any book written by the greatest mind ever jimmy Buffet:thumbup:
     
  12. Mark-60

    Mark-60 Someplace near Hillsboro Active Member

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    For Fiction, I really enjoyed Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series. I listened to them on my iPod. In fact, I have become an audio book junky. I'm constantly listing to audio books. It sure beats the heck out of reading. Can you read a book and load ammo? I didn't think so. Can you read a book and shoot your suppressed .22? Nope.

    It probably doesn't hurt that my wife works at the library, where their all FREE. wOOt!!

    lol.


    -Mark.
     
  13. Leif Runenritzer

    Leif Runenritzer Kernilyis Active Member

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    I'm on The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard. I normally don't care for anthologies, but this is truly good.

    "He was quick to laugh, quick and terrible in his wrath. He was a valiant trencherman, and strong drink was a passion and a weakness with him. Naïve as a child in many ways, unfamiliar with the sophistry of civilization, he was naturally intelligent, jealous of his rights, and dangerous as a hungry tiger."