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Re: What 5 books? [Re: tsspencer2887] #12791759
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Originally Posted By: tsspencer2887
Didn't read it in school but I wasn't a fan of catcher in the rye. It just didn't hold my attention.


I'm not a fan of forcing kids to slog through boring books. Teach them a passion for reading and the rest will come. Literary classics are spectacular and dramatically help understand the human condition. But if you give kids boring books, and force them to read them, then they're not going to want to read much as adults. frown

Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513] #12791767
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Old Man's War
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
Animal Farm
Fuzzy Nation


Socialism? No thanks, I'm not into fairy tales. Toxic liberalism is not the answer.
Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513] #12791803
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I still don't have my five, but I have one of them. It's hard to think of books that *everyone* should read. I can think of many great and enjoyable, even important, reads...but I can't really justify everybody needing to read them.

Anyway, I do have my first of the five, but I'm going to cheat a little, because it is actually 8 books, but since they are all published as a single volume, in one book, I'm going to call it one book.

"John Muir: The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books"

I think as Americans one of the greatest assets we have, collectively, is our wilderness. It truly is a defining asset of America, and it's an absolutely finite resource. We're all charged with its protection, and if any generation screws up that responsibility, future generations will forever live with the consequences.

Since literally every single one of us shares this responsibility, I think we ought to all have a little knowledge of where this whole idea of protecting our wild spaces came from. To do that, you don't really need to look any further than Muir. I believe anybody who reads Muir comes away a better conservationist, and that serves us all.

Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513] #12791859
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1. Wild at Heart - John Eldredge
2. Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
3. The Shack - William Paul Young
4. Good to Great - Jim Collins
5. Washington's Crossing - David Fischer


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Re: What 5 books? [Re: collincountytx] #12791861
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Plato: The Republic
Aristotle: The complete works


Plato and Aristotle were the same person smile Some have said.





That would be Socrates
There are some that theorize Socrates was an alias Plato manufactured to avoid political persecution.

Plato and Aristotle have been verified to have existed as two different individuals.

Plato 428 BC to 348 BC
Aristotle 384 BC to 322 BC

Socrates 470 BC ??? to 399 BC ???


Yes My apologies.

I misspoke.


Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.
Re: What 5 books? [Re: Mo] #12791980
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Empire of the Summer Moon



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if you like that you really need to read "The Son"

Re: What 5 books? [Re: Dan90210 ☮] #12791984
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Plato: The Republic
Aristotle: The complete works


Plato and Aristotle were the same person smile Some have said.


But as too books.

Into the Wild- Jon Krakauer

Boy Kings of Texas- Domingo Martinez

Walden (On Waldens Pond)- Henry David Thoreau

Common Sense/The Rights of Men- Thomas Paine (more manuscripts, but still)

A Confederacy of Dunces- John Kennedy Toole


you were able to get through "The Boy Kings" ?

Re: What 5 books? [Re: butch sanders] #12792001
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Plato: The Republic
Aristotle: The complete works


Plato and Aristotle were the same person smile Some have said.


But as too books.

Into the Wild- Jon Krakauer

Boy Kings of Texas- Domingo Martinez

Walden (On Waldens Pond)- Henry David Thoreau

Common Sense/The Rights of Men- Thomas Paine (more manuscripts, but still)

A Confederacy of Dunces- John Kennedy Toole


you were able to get through "The Boy Kings" ?


I thought it was greatness. But I am familiar with that culture so I could relate to it in ways maybe you did not.

His follow up book was total garbage though. "MY Heart Is A Drunken Compass". Total waste. Too bad bcs Boy Kings was excellent IMO.


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Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.
Re: What 5 books? [Re: Jpurdue] #12792646
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Originally Posted By: Jpurdue
I guess when I hear "books everyone should read," I think about books that are going to really change perspectives or improve peoples lives. Certainly the classics are good reads, and some of them obviously can be though provoking... That said, I can't think of too many folks who would attribute their success to the Great Gatsby or the Lord of Flies.


Actually, some of the most successful people in the world say Great Gatsby was an important read, somewhat influencing their success. I read a Business Insider article a few months ago that was about the books successful people(very subjective) recommend and Great Gatsby was in the top 25(I think) books recommended by the world's most successful people. I'll see if I can find it.

Edit: Found It! http://www.businessinsider.com/the-world...se-books-2015-2
Gatsby ranked #15 out of 20. Warren Buffet was one of the names dropped in the article, who knows.

During my search for it I also found Bill Gate's top 10 favorite books, in which Great Gatsby is listed as the book he "re-reads the most". He mentions a quote out of the book that could really influence a person's life: “His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.” https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/20/t-magazine/my-10-favorite-books-bill-gates.html

Personally I think there quite a few potentially life-changing lessons in Great Gatsby.

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Re: What 5 books? [Re: swalker9513] #12793085
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The Brotherhood of War - W.E.B Griffin

It's a series of 10 books about 4 men, their careers and friendship through the officer ranks from the end of WWII to retirement. Good fun read.

These are not life changing books just fun.

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