Your favorite non-fiction?
Your favorite non-fiction?
Last edited by mamascarlatti; Jun-03-2012 at 00:03. Reason: more to add
Marx & Engels: Communist Manifesto
Will add more later.
I've read Guns, Germs & Steel and will have a look at your other suggestions thank you Mamascarlatti. I've read the manifesto CoAG albeit a long time ago I found it rather short. I prefer Das Kapital, have you read it? I look forward to your other suggestions.
How long have you got?
This could last some time.
First up, Bruno Bettelheim's The uses of enchantment. It makes a powerful case for the use of 'fairy stories' to help children develop - except that he hates the term 'fairy story' and rails against the Disneyfication of good, honest, scary folk tales which have important messages for children.
Last edited by Jeremy Marchant; Jun-03-2012 at 00:43.
I have lots of time to kill Jeremy don't worry. Sadly it's late I'm off to bed good night all and thank you for your response.
I'm and old fan of IIWW literature: intelligence, diplomatic history, espionage, the Holocaust, genocides, biographies, chriptography..everything except specific military history that bored me to death. Have about 50 books on those subjects and always looking for more. But it's not easy to find that material in english in Buenos Aires. I needed a huge dose of patience, and it took me years.
I don't really think that this genre exists!
Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.
A few that spring to mind:
The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns - Peter Golenbock
Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia - Orlando Figes
Russia & The Russians - Geoffrey Hosking
George IV: The Grand Entertainment - Steven Parissien
Seize The Time: The Story of The Black Panther Party & Huey P. Newton - Bobby Seale
I have read these books over and over and haven't tired of them yet.
I started this as I'm longing for some non-fiction to read on a rather long journey I have to make. Nothing has caught my eye yet but it is interesting to see the diverse literary interests of TC members. I thought perhaps there would be some synergy with music but it appears not.
Last edited by Lenfer; Jun-07-2012 at 03:11.
What about Wagner's "Mein Leben?"