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Books of Interest
(Fall 2011)


An Unconventional Guide to Investing in Troubled Times (Kindle version)

Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History

The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment

The Second Tour (a novel of the Vietnam War)

Ayurvedic Nutrition

Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence

The Endangered American Dream

Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

The Rise of the Creative Class Life

Escape from Freedom

Horsemen of the Red Hand: Book Two of the Operation SERF Trilogy

God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction

Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution

The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age

The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization

Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice

Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action

Deschooling Society (Ivan Illich)

War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning (Chris Hedges)

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (Chris Hedges)

Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Paulo Freire)

Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture

Cook Food: A Manualfesto for Easy, Healthy, Local Eating

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism

Get Ready!: Preparing for the Coming Catastrophe

Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines

How To Bury Your Goods: The Complete Manual of Long Term Underground Storage

Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law

Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ

Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication

China: Fragile Superpower

China: The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now About the Emerging Superpower

China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy

The Blind Watchmaker

Conspiracy World: A Truthteller's Compendium of Eye-Opening Revelations and Forbidden Knowledge

Democracy: The God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order

The Unknown Battle of Midway: The Destruction of the American Torpedo Squadrons

Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation

Survival+ The Primer

 
Global Financial Meltdown

Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook (1968)

13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

The (Mis)behavior of Markets

The Fourth Turning

The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change

The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

The End of Work

Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation

The Collapse of Complex Societies

Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy

ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism

Greed, Fraud & Ignorance: A Subprime Insider's Look at the Mortgage Collapse

Planet of Slums

Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects

Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front

Coercion

Globalization and Its Discontents

The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War

When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era

Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader

The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures

The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies

The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future

The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age

Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance

Financial Armageddon: Protecting Your Future from Four Impending Catastrophes

The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age

Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence

China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy



China

China: Fragile Superpower: How China's Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise

The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge To China's Future
by Elizabeth C. Economy

The Future of Life
by E. O. Wilson

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

Mao's War against Nature : Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China
by Judith Shapiro

China's New Rulers: The Secret Files
by Andrew J. Nathan and Bruce Gilley

China Wakes : The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
by Nicolas D. Kristof

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler

The River at the Center of the World : A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time
by Simon Winchester

The Good Women of China : Hidden Voices by Xinren Xue

Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang

Hungry Ghosts: Mao's Secret Famine
by Jasper Becker

BIG DRAGON : The Future of China: WHAT IT MEANS FOR BUSINESS, THE ECONOMY, AND THE GLOBAL ORDER
by Daniel Burstein

Mao : The Unknown Story by Jung Chang

The Private Life of Chairman Mao
by Li Zhi-Sui

The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress: China's Search for Security
by Andrew J. Nathan

China Dawn: The Story of a Technology and Business Revolution
by David Scheff

Streetlife China
by Michael Dutton

China's New Order : Society, Politics, and Economy in Transition by Hui Wang

Red Sorrow: A Memoir
by Nanchu

The Dragon Syndicates: The Global Phenomenon of the Triads

The China Dream: The Quest for the Last Great Untapped Market on Earth by Joe Studwell

 


Essential Books

The (Mis)behavior of Markets

Escape from Freedom

Boiling Point (Global Warming)

Our Stolen Future: How We Are Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival

How We Know What Isn't So

Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future

The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

The Future of Life

Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak

The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World

The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future

The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures

Running On Empty: How The Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It

Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and Updated.

The Fourth Turning

The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History


Urban Planning

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape (James Howard Kunstler)

Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century (James Howard Kunstler)

The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition (James Howard Kunstler)

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

Streets for People: A Primer for Americans

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity

Global City Blues

The New Transit Town: Best Practices In Transit-Oriented Development

Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit

Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings (1886)

Planet of Slums

The Works: Anatomy of a City


Books by CHS

Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy

The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy: The Revolution in Higher Education

Resistance, Revolution, Liberation: A Model for Positive Change

Why Things Are Falling Apart and What We Can Do About It

An Unconventional Guide to Investing in Troubled Times

Four Bidding For Love

Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation

Survival+ The Primer

Weblogs & New Media: Marketing in Crisis

Claire's Great Adventure

Kama Sutra Cadillac

Of Two Minds

Verona in Spring

For My Daughter

I-State Lines





  Diet/Nutrition/Food

Ayurvedic Nutrition

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Food, Inc. (film)

King Corn (film)

Super Size Me (film)

Fast Food Nation (film)

Fast Food Nation (book)

Diet for a Small Planet

Rats in the Grain: The Dirty Tricks and Trials of Archer Daniels Midland, the Supermarket to the World

The Informant: A True Story

Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture

Cook Food: A Manualfesto for Easy, Healthy, Local Eating

The obesity epidemic can be viewed visually via this slideshow map of the U.S.:

Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Obesity Trends 1985-2007


Cooking/Culinary Arts

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (Mary Enig and Sally Fallon)

Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats (Sally Fallon)

The Mcdougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less

The Mcdougall Program: 12 Days to Dynamic Health

The Mcdougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss

Curried Favors: Family Recipes from South India
by Maya Kaimal Macmillan

Ayurvedic Nutrition


Self-Sufficiency/Gardening

When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency by Matthew Stein

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times

Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance

Just in Case Kathy Harrison

The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City

Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front Sharon Astyk

It's a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life

Depression 2.0: Creative Strategies for Tough Economic Times
Disclosure: I contributed a chapter to this book.

Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management

Food Security for the Faint of Heart

How to Build Animal Housing: 60 Plans for Coops, Hutches, Barns, Sheds, Pens, Nestboxes, Feeders, Stanchions, and Much More

The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It
A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure

Rainwater Collection for the Mechanically Challenged

The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization

  Ideas

Toward a History of Needs Ivan Illich

Deschooling Society

Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis, the Expropriation of Health

Disabling Professions

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Against Method

Creativity and Taoism

The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else

Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey

Thinking about the Unthinkable

End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation

The Wisdom of Crowds

Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny

The Ethics of Identity

Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

The Ethics of Authenticity

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States

The Fourth Turning

Politics of Experience

The Divided Self

Reason & Violence

The Rhythm of War

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View

The Sense of Being Stared At: And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

Firing Back: Against the Tyranny of the Market

Acts of Resistance: Against the Tyranny of the Market

The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches

Tristes Tropiques

Sanity, Madness and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics

Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology

Unpopular Essays Bertrand Russell

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

Sociobiology: The New Synthesis E.O. Wilson

Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Toward Self-Realization Karen Horney

The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine James Le Fanu M.D.

Minds, Brains and Science John Searle

Who am I? The 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities Steven Reiss

How The World Really Works Alan Jones

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James Howard Kunstler

Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health
Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, M.D.

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations

The Great Transformation

The Nature of Mass Poverty

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Science As a Vocation, Politics As a Vocation Max Weber

Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion:

Propaganda

The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age

The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization

Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice

Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions)

The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization

  Finance/Economics

13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

The Misbehavior of Markets

The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else

End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation

Irrational Exuberance

Bait And Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

Power and Prosperity: Outgrowing Communist and Capitalist Dictatorships

The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities

Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader

The Paradox of Plenty: Hunger in a Bountiful World

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World

Greed, Fraud & Ignorance: A Subprime Insider's Look at the Mortgage Collapse

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures

Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

How The World Really Works

The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History
David Hackett Fischer

World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

Web of Debt

Fooled by Randomness

The Richest Man in Babylon

While America Aged: the Next Financial Crisis

The Road to Serfdom
F. A. Hayek

When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era

Globalization and Its Discontents Joseph Stiglitz

This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation

The Rich and the Super-Rich, A Study in the Power of Money Today (out of print, used copies only)

Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy Joseph Schumpeter

Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance

Financial Armageddon: Protecting Your Future from Four Impending Catastrophes

The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age

The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

The Great Crash 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith

  War

The Rhythm of War
by Terence Parker

War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern

The Soul of Battle: From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny

A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War

Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson

The Art Of War by Sun Tzu

For God and Glory: Lord Nelson and His Way of War


Vietnam

Big Story: How the American Press and Television Reported and Interpreted the Crisis of Tet 1968 in Vietnam and Washington

About Face/the Odyssey of an American Warrior

Dispatches

Prisoner of War: Six Years in Hanoi<


Iraq/Mideast

Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey by V.S. Naipaul

What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis

A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin

Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America

The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace

Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone

Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror

State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America

See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism

Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude


World War II

Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War
William Manchester

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill (two volumes)
William Manchester

American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur
William Manchester

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
Eugene Sledge

Prisoners of the Japanese: Pows of World War II in the Pacific
Gavan Daws

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The U.S. Navy's Finest Hour
James D. Hornfischer

Miracle at Midway
Gordon Prange

Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully

Winds of War\War and Remembrance
Herman Wouk

Unlikely Liberators: The Men of the 100th and 442nd
Masayo Duus and Peter Duus

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
Iris Chang

Stones from the River
by Ursula Hegi

I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years

Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45


  World History

The Structures of Everyday Life (Volume 1)

The Wheels of Commerce (Volume 2)

The Perspective of the World (Volume 3)

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T'ang Exotics

All the Tea in China,

For God and Glory: Lord Nelson and His Way of War

What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East.

The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940

Prisoners of the Japanese: Pows of World War II in the Pacific

Merchants of Grain

The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956

The Gulag Archipelago 2

Gulag Archipelago 3

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea

Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order

Tristes Tropiques

Kimono Mind: an informal guide to Japan and the Japanese

The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History

Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History
David Hackett Fischer

Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects
Dmitri Orlov

The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson

The Great Transformation

The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization

The Fall of the Roman Empire


U.S. History/Geography

Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72

What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer.

Denial of Disaster: The Untold Story and Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire or 1906

A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Shoal of Time: a History of the Hawaiian Islands

Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America

The Jungle

The Fourth Turning

Napa: The Story of an American Eden

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's

Since Yesterday: The 1930's in America, September 3, 1929 to September 3, 1939

While America Aged: the Next Financial Crisis

The Works: Anatomy of a City

Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South

The Consumer Society Reader

The Nine Nations of North America

The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink

The Slave Ship: A Human History

Black Like Me

When the cheering stopped: The last years of Woodrow Wilson

Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance

War at Home: Covert action against U.S. activists and what we can do about it

  Hapas

Non-fiction

Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution.
(Michael Lind)

Intersecting Circles: The Voices of Hapa Women in Poetry and Prose
(ed. Maria Hara & Nora Keller)

The Sum of Our Parts: Mixed-Heritage Asian Americans
(ed. Teresa Williams-Leon)

Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
(Claudine O'Hearn)

Check All That Apply: Finding Wholeness as a Multiracial Person
(Sundee Frazier)

What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People (Pearl Fuyo Gaskins, for 8th grade +)

The Multiracial Experience : Racial Borders as the New Frontier
(Maria Root)
(academic focus)

Rethinking 'Mixed Race'
(ed. David Parker & Miri Song) (academic focus)

New Faces in a Changing America : Multiracial Identity in the 21st Century (Sage Masters in Modern Social Thought)
(Ed. Loretta Winters & Herman DeBose) (academic focus)

Sui Sin Far: A Literary Biography
by Annette White-Parks, Roger Daniels


fiction

Crushing Soft Rubies: A Memoir
by Janet Stickmon

Face
by Aimee Liu

American Knees
by Shawn Wong

Country of Origin by Don Lee

American Son
by Brian Ascalon Roley

Caucasia
by Danzy Senna

The Frontiers of Love by Diana Chang

Shark Dialogues
by Kiana Davenport

The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood
by Kien Nguyen

Memories of My Ghost Brother
by Heinz Insu Fenkl

Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography
by Kip Fulbeck

  Adventure

A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates

Roughing It
Mark Twain

The Long Walk

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea

Scouting on Two Continents
Frederick Russell Burnham

Burning Daylight
Jack London


Fiction/Novels

The Enigma of Arrival

The Confidence-Man

Heart of the Matter

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values.

I-State Lines

Walk On, Bright Boy

Don Quijote (trans. Raffel/Norton)

Stones from the River

The Annotated Lolita (This is "Lolita" by Nabokov but in an annotated edition I found useful)

Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man

Moby-Dick

Kokoro Natsume Soseki

The Makioka Sisters Junichiro Tanizaki

The Counterfeiters Andre Gide

L'Assommoir Emile Zola

The Fall Albert Camus

Notes From Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Rainbow D.H. Lawrence

The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad

World Made by Hand
by James Howard Kunstler




Poetry

Essential Haiku

The Spring of My Life: And Selected Haiku (Issa)


Culture/Marketing

The Kimono Mind: an informal guide to Japan and the Japanese

One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding

The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America

The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes

Weblogs & New Media: Marketing in Crisis




Music (books)

The Year the Music Died, 1964-1972: A Commentary on the Best Era of Pop Music, and an Irreverent Look at the Musicians and Social Movements of the Time
Dwight Rounds

Follow the Music: The Life and High Times of Elektra Records in the Great Years of American Pop Culture by Gavan Daws and Jac Holzman

  Readers Recommend: (World War II)

recommended by Lloyd L.

Flights of Passage: Recollections of a World War II Aviator Samuel Hynes

We Few: The Marine Corps 400 in the War Against Japan
Bill Dickenson

My Father's War: A Son's Journey Peter Richmond

Tennozan: The Battle of Okinawa and the Atomic Bomb George Feifer

Helmet For My Pillow Robert Leckie

Iwo Jima: Legacy of Valor Bill Ross

The Peenemunde Raid: The Night of 17-18 August 1943 Martin Middlebrook

Tarawa: The Story of a Battle Robert Sherrod

Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943 Joel Hayward

Saving the Breakout: The 30th Division's Heroic Stand at Mortain, August 7-12, 1944 Alwyn Featherston

Hell in Hürtgen Forest: The Ordeal and Triumph of an American Infantry Regiment Robert Rush

A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle of World War II Cornelius Ryan

The Fall of Berlin 1945 Anthony Beevor

Recommended by John U.

The Forgotten Soldier Guy Sajer

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom Slavomir Rawicz

I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years


World War I


Recommended by John U.


Mud Beneath My Boots: A Poignant Memoir of the Effects of War on a Young New Zealander
Allan Marriott


Recommended by Lloyd L.

The Guns of August

The Great War and Modern Memory

Unknown Soldiers: The Story of the Missing of the First World War

Duffy's War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I

The Doughboys: The story of the AEF, 1917-1918

Goodbye to All That

The First Day on the Somme

The Roses of No Man's Land

Storm of Steel

The Arms of Krupp

  Readers Recommend:
(all topics)

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay

Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises by Charles Kindleberger

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein

Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation by Edward Chancellor

The Great Crash 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Crowd by Gustave Le Bon

With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change by Fred Pearce

China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future -- and the Challenge for America by James Kynge

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James Howard Kunstler

The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon

Fiasco: The Inside Story of a Wall Street Trader

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Thick Face, Black Heart: The Warrior Philosophy for Conquering the Challenges of Business and Life

Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

The Fourth Turning

The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 by Tim Blanning

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution by Mark Puls

The yankee and cowboy war: Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate

A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II

Scouting on Two Continents
Frederick Russell Burnham

Burning Daylight
Jack London

The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America

  Documentaries/films

Lessons of Darkness / Fata Morgana
(documentary, Werner Herzog)

Dogtown and Z-Boys
(documentary)

Around the World in 80 Days

Hamlet

To Be Or Not to Be

Outrageous Fortune

What Dreams May Come

The Undiscovered Country (Star Trek V)

Suzhou River

Three Days of the Condor

Mutiny on the Bounty

Iron Ladies

The Thin Man

The Mirror

The Visitor

Piratical Nonsense (Pirates of the Caribbean II)

A Real Pirate Movie: Captain Blood

The Road Home

American Splendor

The World of Apu

Sea of Love

Lost Horizon

All About My Mother

Oldboy

Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media
(documentary)

Little Miss Sunshine

All the President's Men

Network

In the Heat of the Night

Modern Japanese films:

Sex and Fury

Ghost in the Shell
(animation)

Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence
(animation)

Spirited Away
(animation)

Howl's Moving Castle
(animation)

My Neighbor Totoro
(animation)




Featured Films
(International)


The Road Home
China

American Splendor
U.S.A.

The Visitor
U.S.A.

All About My Mother
Spain

The World of Apu
India

Iron Ladies
Thailand

The Mirror
Iran

Lessons of Darkness
Germany (documentary)

My Neighbor Totoro
Japan (animation)

I'm Not Scared
Italy

My Father's Glory
France

Siberiade
Russia




  Readers Recommend:
(film)

recommended by John U.

Soldier of Orange
(World War II era)

recommended by Don E.

Come and See

Apocalypse Now

Railway Station for Two

A Walk in the Sun
(World War II era)

Coup de Torchon

Valdez is Coming

The Hairdresser's Husband

The Wind and the Lion

Robin and Marian

The Wild Bunch

Charley Varrick

Hammett

Ossessione


Italian films
recommended by Emilia M.

The Bicycle Thief
(1949) Vittorio De Sica

I'm Not Scared
(2003) Gabriele Salvatores

Christ Stopped at Eboli
(1979) Francesco Rosi

Nights of Cabiria
(1957) Federico Fellini

8 1/2
(1963) Federico Fellini

1900
(1977) Bernardo Bertolucci

The Best of Youth
(2003) Marco Tullio Giordana

Don't Move
(2004) Sergio Castellitto

Il Postino (The Postman)
(1995) Michael Radford

The Legend of 1900
(1998) Giuseppe Tornatore

Amarcord
(1974) Federico Fellini

La Strada
(1954) Federico Fellini

The Last Kiss
(2001) Gabriele Muccino

Malena
(2000) Giuseppe Tornatore

Cinema Paradiso
(1990) Giuseppe Tornatore

Other Italian films worth seeing:

Umberto D.
(1952) Vittorio De Sica

Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
(1964) Vittorio De Sica

Le Notti Bianche (White Nights)
(1961) Luchino Visconti


French films


Three Colors Trilogy (Blue / White / Red) ("Trois Colours")

Amelie

A Man and a Woman

My Father's Glory

My Mother's Castle

The Fanny Trilogy (Marius/Fanny/Cesar)

  Film: special categories

French Tough-Guy films

A Man Escaped (1956) Robert Bresson

Pickpocket (1963) Robert Bresson

Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)(1953) Jacques Becker

Le Trou (1960) Jacques Becker

The Wages of Fear - Criterion Collection (1952) Henri-Georges Clouzot

Rififi (1954) Jules Dassin

The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1935) Jean Renoir

Le Samourai (1967) Jean-Pierre Melville

Shoot the Piano Player (1960) Francois Truffaut

Confidentially Yours (1983) Francois Truffaut

Guy Movies
(no Merchant-Ivory here!)

Le Mans (1971) Steve McQueen

Bullitt (1968) Steve McQueen

Walkabout (1971) Nicolas Roeg

Bad Timing (1980) Nicolas Roeg

Stalag 17 (1953) Billy Wilder

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) David Lean

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) Robert Aldrich

Das Boot (1981) Wolfgang Petersen

The Dawn Patrol (1938) Errol Flynn, David Niven, Basil Rathbone

Blow Up (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni

Hombre (1967) Martin Ritt, Paul Neuman

Zulu (1964) Cy Enfield, Michael Caine

Captain Blood (1935) Michael Curtiz, Errol Flynn

Three Days of the Condor (1975) Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway

Witness For the Prosecution (1957) Billy Wilder

Enter the Dragon (1973) Bruce Lee

Return of the Dragon (1973) Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris

Z (Original French) (1969) Costa-Gavras

Beat the Devil (1953) John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, written by Truman Capote

A Fistful of Dollars (1967) Sergio Leone (based on Yojimbo)

Master and Commander (2003) Peter Weir, Russell Crowe

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Frank Lloyd, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable

  Film: Japanese Classics

by director: (links coming soon)

Masumura

Giants & Toys

Blind Beast

A False Student (not available)

Nagano Spy School (not available)

Red Angel

Kinugasa

Gate of Hell (not available) (Best Foreign Film Oscar for 1953)

Kobayashi

The Human Condition (3 parts)

Harakiri

Samurai Rebellion - Criterion Collection (1967)

Kurosawa

Red Beard

The Lower Depths (1957)

The Hidden Fortress

High and Low

Rashomon

Seven Samurai - 3 Disc Remastered Edition

Yojimbo

Sanjuro

Ikiru

Dodes'ka-Den This film's box-office failure drove Kurosawa to the brink of bankruptcy and suicide

Madadayo

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

Kagemusha

Ran

Itami

A Taxing Woman

A Taxing Woman's Return [VHS only]

Tampopo

The Funeral

Imamura

Vengence is Mine

The Eel

The Pornographers

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge

Ozu

Early Spring

Late Spring

Early Summer

Equinox Flower

Floating Weeds

The End of Summer

Autumn Afternoon

I was Born, But...

Tokyo Story

Ichikawa

Harp of Burma

Fires on the Plain

The Makioka Sisters

Mizoguchi

Ugetsu

47 Ronin

The Life of Oharu

Streets of Shame

Okamoto

The Sword of Doom

Oshima

In the Realm of the Senses

Naruse

When the Woman Ascends the Stairs

Teshigahara

Woman of the Dunes

Okamoto

Kill! (1968)

Suzuki

Story of a Prostitute (1965)

Gate of Flesh (1964)

Youth of the Beast (1964)

Fighting Elegy

Nakahira

Crazed Fruit (1956)

Kinoshita

Twenty-Four Eyes

  Featured Books

January 2009

Weblogs & New Media: Marketing in Crisis

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations

World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

The Works: Anatomy of a City

Fooled by Randomness

The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink

Quasi-Political

Black Like Me

Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

The Ethics of Identity

The Ethics of Authenticity

When the cheering stopped: The last years of Woodrow Wilson

The Jungle

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72

The Slave Ship: A Human History

China: Fragile Superpower: How China's Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise

Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South

While America Aged: the Next Financial Crisis

The Consumer Society Reader

The Nine Nations of North America

Web of Debt

May 2008

World Made by Hand
by James Howard Kunstler

Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health
Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, M.D.

Greed, Fraud & Ignorance: A Subprime Insider's Look at the Mortgage Collapse
Richard Bitner

Planet of Slums
Mike Davis

The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History
David Hackett Fischer

Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects
Dmitri Orlov

  Featured Books
Fall 2009



Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

Dark Age Ahead Jane Jacob

The Limits to Capital, New Edition (an explication of Marx's Capital)

It's a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life

Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years

The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too

The Predators' Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders

The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (Volumes 1 and 2 in One) Elizabeth Eisenstein

Just in Case Kathy Harrison

The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City

Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front

Coercion

Globalization and Its Discontents

The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War

When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era

Unrational Leadership: Using Rational And Irrational Methods To Change Your Life

The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization

The Collapse of Complex Societies

The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher's Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling

Learning All The Time

The Great Transformation
Karl Polanyi

The Road to Serfdom
F. A. Hayek

7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century

First In: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan

Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes

Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion

Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life

Hanging On, Or, How to Get Through a Depression and Enjoy Life

The Richest Man in Babylon

Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's

Since Yesterday: The 1930's in America, September 3, 1929 to September 3, 1939

Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

The yankee and cowboy war: Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate

A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II

The End of Work

The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America

Civil War II: The Coming Breakup Of America

Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View




 
         
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