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Old 02-21-2009, 04:09 AM   #1
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I'm looking for book recommendations. Just started the Trial by Kafka and love it. I'll start off by recommending A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan. A brilliant take on the Vietnam War and the greater political-military intellectual currents that informed policymakers. Long, but well worth your time.

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Old 02-21-2009, 04:35 AM   #2
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I'm not sur eif you've read it already, but The Great Gatsby is a fantastic work of art.

I would also suggest you pick up an anthology of Edgar Allen Poe's poetry and short stories. He is one writer who has never let me down.
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:46 AM   #3
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:06 AM   #4
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:02 AM   #5
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Huckleberry Finn - Twain. I was 14 when I read it, and it inspired me to run away from home. I was back two days later, but it was a start.

Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky. I read this book in my early 20's when I was really messing things up but telling everyone that all was OK. I took the wisdom from the book, opened up to people, and they supported me as I got things taken care of.

Slaughterhouse Five - Vonnegut. This one just changed my perspective in general.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephne Covey
How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnagie
The Power of Positive Thinking - Vincent Peale
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These books helped to shape my life in varying degrees

A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life - Shantideva
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
The Bible
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
Post Office - Charles Bukowski
On The Road - Jack Kerouac
The Great Shark Hunt - Hunter S. Thompson
The Stranger - Camus
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung - Lester Bangs
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:10 AM   #8
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Two short ones that are quick reads. Maybe not life changing but very eye-opening.

Rocks of Ages - Steven Gould
Confessions of a Sub-Prime Lender - Bitner
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I actually though Breakfast of Champions was the more life-changing Vonnegut book. Of course after I read God Bless You Mr. Rosewater before all of those, and it made me want to read everything he had ever written.

Kitchen Confiential by Anthony Bourdain was actually a bit life-change for me, along with the No Reservations TV show.

I would thinki reading Fight Club would be in this category, but I saw the movie first, so I just moved on to Hidden Monsters, Lullaby, and Survivor, so i'm not sure I can count it...
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was a big influence in my life as a teenager
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I'm looking for book recommendations. Just started the Trial by Kafka and love it. I'll start off by recommending A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan. A brilliant take on the Vietnam War and the greater political-military intellectual currents that informed policymakers. Long, but well worth your time.

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You ought to give The Best & The Brightest a read if you liked A Bright shining lie. It's long but informative, and much better, but that's just me.
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I think on the road was mine, not due to content but before that point reading seemed like nothing more than homework.

After then I think breakfast of champions, mainly because of his writing style, same as falkner and hemmingway have their own voices vonneguts personality is displayed on everypage.
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I also enjoyed both Jonathon Safran Foer's novels; Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly close.
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Life of Pi was awesome. The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda was excellent also, really interesting and kinda changes the way you look at drugs.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:05 PM   #18
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I think you meant Solipsist, but, hey, not everyone's got spellcheck in their heads.
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I think you meant Solipsist, but, hey, not everyone's got spellcheck in their heads.
yeh you know i had the i in there first thought it looked wrong and googled and at the top it said did you mean solophist

so i went with that
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yeh you know i had the i in there first thought it looked wrong and googled and at the top it said did you mean solophist

so i went with that
It's just a weird word, but why would you Google it rather than searching Amazon? It's a book; Google doesn't do well with books. Yet.

Incidentally, I read it about 8 years ago because the guy I was dating at the time felt it was his "life-changing" book, so he loaned me his copy. I can see why it impressed him.
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