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The Best Book You Ever Read

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  1. acapitalTee

    acapitalTee Power Member

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    I used to be an avid reader but I haven't actually "read" a book in a long time. I just listen to them on audiobook but I've recently decided to start back reading so I'm looking for suggestions. I'm open to anything it doesn't have to be IM related. Fiction or non-fiction though I prefer Non-fiction.

    I posted this question on facebook and I got a series of "50 Shades of Grey" responses BOOOOOOOOOOOO! lol

    I'll start first...
    The best book I've ever read is Master of The Game by Sydney Sheldon. Not non-fiction but it was one of the first novels I read.
     
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    The best book I have ever read? I have to say "The Silmarillion" by Tolkien. Any fans of LotR or the Hobbit should definitely read it, although it it is a complex book.

    Currently I am reading Catch-22. which is a decent book too
     
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    I loved Lone Survivor as I'm fascinated with the SEALs and true special operation missions. If you like true stories of war then I would check it out.

    Then there is always the classic, The Hobbit. You're never too old to enjoy it haha
     
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  4. acapitalTee

    acapitalTee Power Member

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    I have never read the books Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit but I've seen all the movies and I enjoyed them all. Maybe I will check out the books since books are always better than the movie imo
     
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    You definitely should check them out. As awesome as the films were, there is a lot of content that was left out of the Lord of th Rings films. And there is so much more beyond the LotR and the Hobbit. Once you get started, you will never stop ;)
     
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    Shantaram
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shantaram_(novel)
     
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    The Bible

    Have you tried reading it?
     
  8. acapitalTee

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    I have tried but it's so boring. Especially the 2nd chapter. All those names......
     
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    I have tried to read Catch-22 about 3 times and can never make it past the first 100 pages. I think it's too nonsensical for my tastes.

    Read all the libertarian-thought gods: Economics in One Lesson by Hazlitt, The Law by Bastiat, The Road to Serfdom by Hayek. Read Mises if you REALLY get into it but not a second before that or you will be turned off.

    Also, money-making psychology books like Think and Grow Rich, As a Man Thinketh, etc have always been amazing.

    If you want a good spiritual foundation, try reading The Mirror Bible by Francois du Toit. I'll admit that I wasn't a practicing Christian before reading his books, so a lot of what was said went over my head. But I found that I read them over and over and really started to grasp how amazing this dude Jesus is and what a beautiful world we live in.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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  10. Nigel Farage

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    I quit reading real books years ago. A collapsing economy does not allow for a lifestyle that has enough leisure time to include the use of books for personal development. My personal development involves 1) Making more money, and 2) Keeping myself and several other people alive.

    Books are a memory, although a good one. It bugs me when I read young people advocating that other people drop school for all the wrong reasons. Book smart has a place in things, but you will never know anything directly profitable simply by reading books. Basic concepts, some historical reference, examples of how other people think, etc... but the nuts and bolts information needed for economic survival come from reading forums like BHW.

    And that's the simple truth. No need to dress it all up, fall down on my knees and offer a blow-job of gratitude to all the forum staff that bravely defend us all against the tyranny of censorship and terrorism.

    Oh wait. That's the US Military I'm supposed to offer the blow-job too. Sorry. My programming gets corrupted sometimes due in part to the data I get from the mass-media. Garbage In, Garbage Out.

    So anyways books were a big deal to me at one time. I remember reading Tolstoy's War & Peace. I read Moby Dick. I read almost everything ever written by Charles Dickens. "Great Expectations".

    Y'know, it bothers me that we are supposed to look upon our 1800's ancestors with such disdain. It was the end of royalty, and they all survived, despite the dire predictions at the time. Unfortunately I think we need a new royalty, instead of the sick and diseased electronic royalty we all pay attention to. I need a daily update on the status of Kim Kardashian's Kunt, otherwise I feel lost and alone, with no one to obey.

    So there's the book, and then there's who I am. Did the book do it? Did I let the book do it? Did I make the book do it, against it's will, after 1st getting it stoned on bath salts and kool-aid? This Inquiring Mind wants to know.

    And then I read the truly dangerous books. The Bell Curve. "Satanic Verses". Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda. Plato's Republic. Black's Law Dictionary. The Art of War. Whatever book that was presented to me as canon, I read it. Anything and everything that was considered "core" or essential. And then after that I read all the old-school Science Fiction. Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Larry Niven.

    I used to like Steven King. "The Stand" really messed up my mind, because I had already been programmed to expect a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union (aka "Russia"), and the idea that the whole human race could be almost completely wiped-out was an idea that no one had ever contemplated AFTER the fact. Andromeda Strain showed us what the brink looked like, and King showed what living at the bottom of precipice was really going to be like. There better be a hero with a gun that can go around and save people, but then he could only do so much. He was only one person, and no one can save a people that will not save themselves.

    Theme & Variation on Clint Eastwood.


    Additional thoughts at no additional charge:

    Ladies and Gentleman, there is no single more dangerous book that Plato's Republic, as it contains the seed of all internal strife in the human race. The long & short of it is that Plato and others believe that there are some people that are more suited to governance than others. And it's in for a penny, in for a pound because that axiomatically means that there are some people should be prohibited from participating in the governance of the whole.

    DANGEROUS DANGEROUS DANGEROUS.

    You Greeks. You founders of civilization. It was true then, and its' true now. It will always be true. It can never be anything other than true. The survival of the species depends upon the acceptance of that fact. They knew it then, but we don't know it now. We think that we're all equal in some way, and I agree. Just not in THAT way.

    [video=youtube_share;skU-jBFzXl0]http://youtu.be/skU-jBFzXl0[/video]
     
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    Nigel, You sound like Boris...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/pol...at-the-Margaret-Thatcher-lecture-in-full.html
     
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    It's useless without a guide. And an intelligent one too, not some shabby flim-flam con-artist on TV. There's nuts and bolts survival philosophy in there. People use religious text to give some authority to their opinions, and even if their right, people naturally rebel at someone that says "You should believe me because this book says so."

    People would rather discover the self-evident truths themselves, rather than having them baked into a pie that gets pushed into their faces, in public, in front of God, and everyone. Literally everyone. People that use their moral authority to support their immoral actions create more atheists, who then lose the resource of thousands of years of human evolution.

    In my mind, I picture these Semites, living in caves and tents, moving around constantly, nomads with no place, except that which they currently occupy. And at night they'd sit around the fire and talk, discuss and argue. Is there a God? etc... And all the "good bits" that they can almost always agree on gets documented for future generations to learn from, created in the hope that it might prevent future suffering, prevent future catastrophes, to remind the future that it was sent into a particular direction by intelligent ancestors and those ancestors made sacrifices to put humanity where it is today.

    So it's not about "God", its about pre-civilized near-savages having long conversations for hundreds or thousands of years (around a fire in a cave) and then documenting the "best of the best". The Bible is a composite of all the best YouTube videos from 3000 years ago. Too many people read the people with the presumption that they know who this "God" character is, when it's certain that they do not.

    If that were true, Job would just have had a bad day at the office. Nothing that some fermented ground-grain water wouldn't cure.

    The Bible was written by people that knew that they had no clue, but were doing their level best to figure it all out. I don't respect the Bible so much as it was written by "God", I respect the Bible because of the men that held the pens that wrote it. We assume so much, and we are so wrong, that somehow some invisible entity guided the hand that wrote down these words and documented these concepts, when in fact the scribe was merely recording that which other people had decided, and was merely going through the motions of doing his job.

    What happens when the King, or the Council, wants to see a copy of the recordings of their activities, and they discover that the scribe has seen fit to write the story his way, without regard to the people that pay him to write it? The Bible was written by PEOPLE. You gotta get that one, otherwise it's meaningless. It took hundreds, maybe thousands of years, and the best documented concepts survived, while the stupid and deadly ones like the acceptance of homosexuality killed-off their civilizations, and so their "bibles" did not survive. It's probable that they did not even advance far enough to even right one. They certainly had HIV back then. If they had had the technology to know about it, they would have written "The Book of HIV".
     
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    Redwall by Brian Jacques.
     
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    I have read master of the game and almost all books by Sidney sheldon and they are all quite good to be honest. The best book I have read so far is this book called Shantaram by Gregory david roberts. It has to be one of the best books every written and it is non fiction. If you haven't read it pick it up, you won't regret it.

    Cheers
     
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  15. Methusalem

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    Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
     
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    Have you tried reading it?
     
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    I used to read a lot too, however, just don't find the time to do so any more.

    Others have posted some good suggestions that I would also endorse.
    -The Hobbit & LOTR trilogy.
    -Nigel mentioned Plato, I also would throw Aristotle's 'Politics' in to the mix, something I read many years ago - yet that still resonates with IM and at a broader level, the Western capitalist development we have all been a part of (like it or not).

    Changing the tone slightly, if you enjoy crime thrillers I'd suggest books by Jo Nesbo, as he's excellent in this genre.

    A couple of classics that really stand out, and might be my favourite book(s) of all time are:

    Wilfred Thesiger - 'Arabian Sands'

    Patrick Leigh Fermor - 'A Time Of Gifts' & 'Between The Woods & The Water'.
     
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    The Power of One is a great book!
     
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  20. acapitalTee

    acapitalTee Power Member

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    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. I'm adding them all to my book list. I'll probably start with non fiction and then read the trilogy of LotR I started reading a book called the secret. Kinda hard to take it seriously though but my friend recommended it.