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#12790878 - 06/13/18 03:54 PM What 5 books?
swalker9513 Offline
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So, it appears we have at least a few OTers who are literate (who knew?). What 5 books do you think everyone should read? There is no need to include the Bible in the list. For those who find the Bible valuable, it will likely be on the list. For those who do not, it is unlikely it would make their list.

I'll have to post my list later, it seems this is more difficult than I thought.
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#12790881 - 06/13/18 03:59 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
Kattelyn Offline
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A short history of nearly everything - Bill Bryson.
A walk across America. - Peter Jenkins
The Righetous Mind - Jonathan Haidt
Last child in the woods - Richard Louv
Demon haunted world - Carl Sagan

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#12790883 - 06/13/18 04:00 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
Floon Swenson Offline
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Originally Posted By: swalker9513
I'll have to post my list later, it seems this is more difficult than I thought.


Good question...this will definitely take a little thought. I could blast 5 out there now, but I'd probably change them in 20 minutes.

However...I just finished "Pimp" by Iceberg Slim. I'm not saying it's in my top 5 list, but it had some insights that everybody should have. I'm not even remotely being sarcastic.

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#12790886 - 06/13/18 04:01 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
Notaguide Offline
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How to argue and win every time Gerry Spence

This should be on everyone’s list

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#12790887 - 06/13/18 04:01 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
Huckleberry Offline
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The Cat in The Hat
Cows Can Moo Can You
Green Eggs and Ham
Thing 1 and Thing 2
One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent

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#12790888 - 06/13/18 04:01 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
Uncle Zeek Offline
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Some thoughts concerning education, John Locke

The autobiography of Ben Franklin

Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein

The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith

The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
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#12790892 - 06/13/18 04:04 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
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I'd also add "Salmon of Doubt - Douglas Adams. Yes, I know it's a collection of assorted unfinished writings, excerpts, speeches, and other bits and bobs but the way he wrote and there's some really good bits in there that need a greater view to the outside world.

Sagan was great, as is Bryson. I don't tend to suggest fiction because everybody is different in what they like. But the nonfiction that has shaped my understanding of the world is what makes this list.

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#12790895 - 06/13/18 04:08 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: Huckleberry]
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Originally Posted By: Huckleberry
The Cat in The Hat
Cows Can Moo Can You
Green Eggs and Ham
Thing 1 and Thing 2
One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent


1 fish, 2 fish, redfish, bluefish smokes em all

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#12790896 - 06/13/18 04:09 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
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1. This is Water by David Foster Wallace (short read you can find for free on the web. Do it.)
2. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansign
3. The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias
4. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris
5. Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution by Kenneth R. Miller

Note these are not necessarily my favorite books, but books I think everyone should read.

Honorable mention: A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel
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#12790897 - 06/13/18 04:10 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
CrankAddict Offline
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Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
Love Does by Bob Goff
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

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#12790899 - 06/13/18 04:12 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
PondFish Offline
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I'm not sure that there are any books that EVERYONE should read.
A book that means a lot, or influences, some people may not have any relevance to someone else.
Now there are books I like to recommend.

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#12790901 - 06/13/18 04:13 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
Derek 🐝 Offline
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James And The Giant Peach is pretty good. The book is better than the movie.
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#12790902 - 06/13/18 04:14 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
nethingthatbites Offline
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The Art of the Deal...or anything by Dr. Seuss if this confuses you. At this point what difference would it make.
Anne Frank
To Kill a Pit Bull Mockingbird
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
...and any science book/publication...or fishing hunting book/mag if science isn't your thing.
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#12790914 - 06/13/18 04:22 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513]
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The trilogy - Lord of the Rings I know it’s 3 books but once you start you can’t stop
The Fountainhead - Ann Rand
Chuck Yeager’s autobiography

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#12790916 - 06/13/18 04:26 PM Re: What 5 books? [Re: David Welcher]
swalker9513 Offline
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Originally Posted By: David Welcher
The trilogy - Lord of the Rings I know it’s 3 books but once you start you can’t stop
The Fountainhead - Ann Rand
Chuck Yeager’s autobiography


Went to opening night of the first LOR movies, and when we got to the last scene, you could hear the groaning and lack of satisfaction. I was so disappointed in humanity at that time. I blurted out, "People, it's a trilogy. There's 2 more coming. You should try reading for a change."
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