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Old 02-25-2009, 12:02 AM   #1
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Default If there is one book you would persuade others to read, which would it be?

Pretty difficult I'd say.

I would have to say it's a tie between Noam Chomsky's "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance" and Michael Shermer's "The Science of Good and Evil".

Which book would you force (if such thing could be done) others to read?
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:07 AM   #2
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I wouldn't force anybody to read or do sth.
The "Which book are you reading"-thread offers a lot great proposals.
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I wouldn't force anybody to read or do sth.
The "Which book are you reading"-thread offers a lot great proposals.
Play along
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THE GOD DELUSION by Richard Dawkins
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:04 AM   #5
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

i dont read books but i read this one and its amazing.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:10 AM   #6
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Default Re: If there is one book you would force others to read, which would it be?

well this is a good thread actually, there are many books I have read that I wish everyone I know and I don't know would read, certainly not force them but one wishes he could

1- ALL the works of the great Arabic polymath Abbas El-Akkad (1889–1964) I have no idea which you must start with it depends on your field of interest, he wrote in philosophy, religion, literature, poetry, criticism, history, biographies, politics, sociology and many diaries!

2- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (1802–1885).

3- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1818-1848).

4- many of Agatha Christie's (1890–1976) works, two in particular are a must: (Murder on the Orient Express - And Then There Were None) they are simply brilliant.

5- As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer (born 1940) just because it's the last book I read it's really great though.

those are the main ones, I should make a list of all the books I recommend one day but those top my list.
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:18 AM   #7
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2- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (1802–1885).
I saw the thread title and I was just coming in here to post that very title. It's my favorite book of all time (of the ones that I've read, and I have to admit it's not nearly as many as I would like).
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The Harry Potter books, to convince my mom they're not evil.
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Some favorite 20th century fiction:

Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector
In Youth is Pleasure and Maiden Voyage, Denton Welch
Everything by Flannery O'Connor
Lolita
Another Country

Right now I'm reading Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World by Trevor Paglen. Starting to read some translations of Roberto Bolano and Ghosts by Cesar Aira.

I've gone through some years recently of not reading much, but the last year or so I've been reading a ton.

Pfloyd is that book you mention the best Chomsky? I haven't read him. habibko, I love Wuthering Heights. Have never read Les Miserables. I want to get around to reading Hugo, too many Russian authors, and Proust...one day. Right now the boyfriend is reading Dante.
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^^^ you MUST try Hugo, he also wrote the ever famous "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" which is a wonderful novel in its own right (most people of my generation just watched the Disney movie ).

once you feel like reading start with Les Miserables, I FORCE you
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Unwind by Neal Shusterman?

I thought it was good, especially since abortion is a sensitive topic.
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I wouldn't force anyone to read anything but an awful lot of people in this forum should read 1985 by George Orwell. If that's too many pages Animal Farm would do.

Chomsky's body of work besides linguistics is a load of demagogery and apology of terrorism. After some trials, I concluded I shouldn't invest an hour of my life reading any of his books.
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