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Title: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: RJLawrence on March 24, 2017, 10:43:10 PM
Mine's Sam Harris, "Waking Up." Made me rethink a few things. Also "Stumbling on Happiness" by Dan Gilbert. What nonfiction has haunted your thoughts weeks or months or years laters?
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: lmroth12 on March 25, 2017, 11:15:43 AM
Helter-Skelter. Terrifying. This chronicle of the Manson Family murders written by the attorney who prosecuted them is hands down the most frightening book I have ever read.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: ellenoc on March 25, 2017, 02:21:59 PM
1776 by David McCullough. I had it in my head the American Revolution was a relatively small war in the sense of percentage of the population affected, casualties relative to population, etc. Not only was I wrong, I learned a lot of other things that gave me a whole new perspective. I've read it several times.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Stevie Collier on March 26, 2017, 11:32:53 AM
No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert Glover was life changing for me.


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Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: NogDog on March 26, 2017, 05:22:14 PM
A couple come to mind. American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson's autobiography, has a great balance of humor and poignancy as he overcomes substance abuse while living an "interesting" life; and it's nicely written. Leon Lederman's The God Particle is an immensely entertaining look into both the history of particle physics as well as the people who do "big science" these days.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: MarkdownFanatic on March 26, 2017, 11:19:34 PM
Erich Fromm's The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness. Not an easy read, but well worth anyone's time. Fromm provides a very persuasive description of how both good and evil are responses to the same basic existential challenge. His investigation does not make you loathe evil and destructive people any less (he provides stunning analyses of Hitler and Stalin), but it makes you understand why and how evil and destructive people become who they are. It also helps you understand a lot about what makes heroes and villains tick, both in the real world and in fiction, and what we look for in our heroes and protagonists.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Mike D. aka jmiked on March 27, 2017, 07:55:11 AM
Levels of Knowing and Existence (1959) by Harry Weinberg has stuck with me over the years. It's a relatively non-technical book on the nature and limitations of language.

I've read it four or five times since discovering it in the mid-sixties, getting something new from it each time. I keep hoping it will surface as a Kindle book. I've even considered having it scanned and converted.


Mike
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: anguabell on March 27, 2017, 08:50:41 AM
1776 by David McCullough. I had it in my head the American Revolution was a relatively small war in the sense of percentage of the population affected, casualties relative to population, etc. Not only was I wrong, I learned a lot of other things that gave me a whole new perspective. I've read it several times.
I really need to get this one!

Quite a few history books helped me to gain broader perspective on one-sided version of events I was taught in school.  One of the most notable ones is Max Hastings Armageddon. He is such a good writer.

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I also think David McCullough's Truman is a remarkable book. Not easy to read, due to the level of detail and complicated family histories, but worth the effort.

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Post by: WHDean on March 27, 2017, 10:12:44 AM
I can only give the name, Plato. He fundamentally changed how I think about everything. If I had to pick one of his books, it would be Republic (Bloom's or Grube's translation, not Jowett's). Laws is a must-read too.

 



Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: ellenoc on March 27, 2017, 11:47:51 AM
I also think David McCullough's Truman is a remarkable book. Not easy to read, due to the level of detail and complicated family histories, but worth the effort.

That's also true of his John Adams. I enjoyed it, and parts of it stuck with me, but it hasn't been a re-read like 1776.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: William Peter Grasso on April 05, 2017, 06:36:08 AM
With a little more time, I could probably break KB with the volume of my reply, but here's the short take:

Fatal Vision by Joe McGuiness

The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman

A Bright Shining Lie by John Paul Vann

The Invasion of Japan by John Ray Skates.

WPG
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: TWErvin2 on April 06, 2017, 06:29:21 AM
Citizen Soldier: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany  by Stephen E. Ambrose

The content and description, from the common soldier up to the generals, their struggles and plights, motivations and dedication, made it a memorable read.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Norman Steele Taylor on June 27, 2017, 04:52:44 PM
The one book that truly shaped my attitude: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Here's a quick breakdown animation from Youtube (not my content)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktlTxC4QG8g
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Rena Arun on July 10, 2017, 07:08:50 AM
As far as contemporary non-fiction goes, Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization has really stuck with me since I read it many years ago when it first came out. Fascinating that the work of Irish monks was so instrumental. And Cahill writes almost lyrically, which is rare among historians.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: EthelindaW on July 13, 2017, 08:58:37 PM
(My recommendations will always lean heavily in the history direction, just as a heads-up. :D)

The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt by William Nothdurft and Josh Smith - I've been crazy about dinosaurs since I was little, so I've generally read anything I could get my hands on about them. I found this one many years ago browsing my local library shelves, and it really fascinated me. Gets you thinking about finding fossils in places other than the well-known areas (western US and Canada, Mongolia, China), and also about how human conflicts affect what knowledge we are able to retain over time.

A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 by William Trotter - Really well researched, fascinating history of the Winter War. I knew a little bit about this conflict before reading this book, but Trotter really dives into it, and the sheer scale of it (of how few Finns with so little equipment went up against the behemoth of the Soviet Union) was mind-boggling. It was quite hard to read in some places, and I did not get through it without a few tears, but it was well worth it.

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin - A family member gave me this for Christmas a couple of years ago, and I just loved it! The author explains his work as being "half paleontology and half genetics," and he presents a really clear, interesting (and entertaining) explanation of how evolution works. He gives some really interesting examples (such as explaining why we get hiccups), and it just really clarified my thinking in an area where I already knew the basics, but had plenty of room to learn more. Highly recommended if you like science non-fiction, it was well-written and very accessible.

Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather by Mike Smith - This was another book that blew my mind a little with all of the interesting information and stories in it. The author is a long-time meteorologist, and tells the story of how the severe storm warning system in the United States developed in the 1950s-60s trying to deal with tornadoes in the Midwest, and then details some of the major later achievements in severe weather prediction and tracking (hurricanes, microbursts, etc.). Another tear-jerker at times, but very good. As friends who read it later pointed out, the writing itself is not always technically the best, but to be honest I didn't even notice that the first time I read it because I was so caught up in the story!

That's probably enough for now, but I might think of a few more later.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Rena Arun on July 14, 2017, 09:37:48 AM
(My recommendations will always lean heavily in the history direction, just as a heads-up. :D)

The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt by William Nothdurft and Josh Smith - I've been crazy about dinosaurs since I was little, so I've generally read anything I could get my hands on about them. I found this one many years ago browsing my local library shelves, and it really fascinated me. Gets you thinking about finding fossils in places other than the well-known areas (western US and Canada, Mongolia, China), and also about how human conflicts affect what knowledge we are able to retain over time.

A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 by William Trotter - Really well researched, fascinating history of the Winter War. I knew a little bit about this conflict before reading this book, but Trotter really dives into it, and the sheer scale of it (of how few Finns with so little equipment went up against the behemoth of the Soviet Union) was mind-boggling. It was quite hard to read in some places, and I did not get through it without a few tears, but it was well worth it.


These first two sound fascinating! Since I hail from tropical climes, reading anything about survival in the Nordic environment is a draw, and the historical angle is a plus. Dinosaurs, well, who can resist, right?  :)
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: NogDog on July 14, 2017, 10:45:47 AM
These first two sound fascinating! Since I hail from tropical climes, reading anything about survival in the Nordic environment is a draw, and the historical angle is a plus. Dinosaurs, well, who can resist, right?  :)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cwreace/albums/72157646142162201 :)
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Rena Arun on July 14, 2017, 02:19:38 PM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cwreace/albums/72157646142162201 :)

Looks like a great place for a walk; just don't forget your hat, lol  :) My husband's been to the Badlands in S. Dakota fossil-hunting and this landscape looked very familiar to him.  Btw, were those before & after shots of a dinosaur horn? Or rib?
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: NogDog on July 14, 2017, 02:36:19 PM
Looks like a great place for a walk; just don't forget your hat, lol  :) My husband's been to the Badlands in S. Dakota fossil-hunting and this landscape looked very familiar to him.  Btw, were those before & after shots of a dinosaur horn? Or rib?

Those were the before and after shots of over an hour of me grinding away rock accretions on half of a thigh bone (Diplodocus, I think), with what was essentially a tiny jack hammer. It was part of a week-long RoadScholar "Jurassic Experience" in Thermopolis, WY. I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks they might be interested in that sort of thing. :)

https://www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/15388/digging-for-dinosaurs-the-jurassic-experience
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: CrissyM on July 15, 2017, 01:14:39 AM
Salt: A World History by  Mark Kurlansky
It's the best history book I've ever read. Actually interesting, with great info on how salt effected trade, war, and more in ancient times.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: EthelindaW on July 15, 2017, 01:02:24 PM
These first two sound fascinating! Since I hail from tropical climes, reading anything about survival in the Nordic environment is a draw, and the historical angle is a plus. Dinosaurs, well, who can resist, right?  :)

Right? You can't go wrong with dinosaurs. To stray slightly off-topic (since it's fiction), every dinosaur-lover should read Raptor Red by Robert Bakker. That's my favorite.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Rena Arun on July 15, 2017, 05:34:37 PM
Right? You can't go wrong with dinosaurs. To stray slightly off-topic (since it's fiction), every dinosaur-lover should read Raptor Red by Robert Bakker. That's my favorite.

OOPS. I'm straying from the topic too for just long enough to say I just looked it up ... Written from the point of view of a female dinosaur! Now that's a novel, um, novel, lol. I'll have to check it out.  :)
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Bodie Dykstra on July 21, 2017, 01:57:13 PM
I edited a book last year called How to Protect (or Destroy) Your Online Reputation by John David. It changed how I think about my online persona. Indie authors might actually find it useful, too; there's lots of information about responding to feedback and owning your online presence.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: AriadneBeckett on July 25, 2017, 07:41:06 PM
John Grisham's The Innocent Man. (Yes, Grisham, yes, nonfiction.)

Seriously one of the most depressing books I've read - as in "make your clinical depression worse and leave you feeling horrible about humanity" depressing. That's not a criticism of the book; I think it's an important book, and the impact it had on me was a *positive* reflection on the skill of the writer.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Rena Arun on July 25, 2017, 08:02:04 PM
Here is a memorable book, came out last year, that is worth reading on many different levels: a memoir of growing up poor in the Appalachians, a revelation of an overlooked, underprivileged segment of society, a flailing culture which yet flourishes in pockets of big cities and small forgotten towns:
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
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Post by: A.Q. on July 28, 2017, 09:59:50 PM
I haven't read ALL of it, cos there's just so much to go through, but Christopher Hitchens 'Arguably' is a very good read. Just makes sure, like with everything Hitchens wrote, you have a dictionary handy :)

Also, being a huge Leonard Bernstein fan, his biography by Humphrey Burton is an interesting read - I say interesting, because it's well known Burton admired Lenny, so the 'bad times/stuff' is played down or glossed over.
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Post by: Carlton Isaac on July 28, 2017, 10:53:57 PM
Books by Carl Sagan, John Gribbin, Stephen Hawking and George Carlin.  ;D
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Post by: A.Q. on July 28, 2017, 11:09:21 PM
Books by Carl Sagan, John Gribbin, Stephen Hawking and George Carlin.  ;D

I didn't know Carlin had written any books :O How did I not know this?
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Post by: Carlton Isaac on July 30, 2017, 10:49:02 AM
I didn't know Carlin had written any books :O How did I not know this?

Yep, and his books are on amazon, mostly hardcover or paperback. A few might be on kindle.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: A.Q. on July 30, 2017, 06:12:53 PM
Yep, and his books are on amazon, mostly hardcover or paperback. A few might be on kindle.

I need to check these out. ASAP
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Post by: EDDIEO on August 03, 2017, 03:21:48 AM
Bravo Two Zero, although ironically everyone that is still alive seems to have a different version of what happened. Thus proving that non-fiction is only as subjective as the writer.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: EthelindaW on August 10, 2017, 09:37:29 PM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cwreace/albums/72157646142162201 :)

Cool!!! :)
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: C. Gockel on August 20, 2017, 07:33:36 PM
They Mystery of Capital, Outliers, How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog, Naked Economics, Drive by Daniel Pink, Wrong by David Freedman, Overtreated, Wild Swans, The Soong Dynasty and Dragon Lady by Sterling Seagrave, Hillbilly Elegy, Born Fighting ...

There was a terrific book I read on dying a while back. I gave it away, and now can't remember the name of it. It was so important though ... although it unfortunately doesn't give you much faith in the medical establishment in the United States treating us humanely.
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Post by: deckard on August 21, 2017, 04:08:31 AM

There was a terrific book I read on dying a while back. I gave it away, and now can't remember the name of it. It was so important though ... although it unfortunately doesn't give you much faith in the medical establishment in the United States treating us humanely.

Would the book be _Being Mortal_ by Atul Gawande by chance?

Deckard
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: V.P. on August 26, 2017, 10:48:03 AM
Gods, Graves, and Scholars by C.W. Ceram. It was the first book on archaeology that I ever read. I've read many more since, but this is the one that sticks in my mind.
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Post by: AlanKemp on August 27, 2017, 03:32:18 AM
It might be a cliche but, "The Art Of War", Sun Tzu. So much applicable information.
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Post by: KyleArmstrong on August 30, 2017, 06:49:43 PM
'Age of Anger' by Pankaj Mishra. Mishra makes quite questionable (sometimes downright radical) arguments, but it was an incredibly thought provoking read nonetheless.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: JLWillow on September 01, 2017, 05:34:23 PM
Last year, I read Mafia Son. It followed a true story of a son who chose to take on his father's prison sentence after being involved with the Mafia for decades. It was a really shocking book, and I recommended it to my friends who are also non-fiction fans. It really makes you think about how far we'll go for family.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on September 02, 2017, 09:34:43 PM
Albion's Seed, by David Hackett Fischer

Yeager, by Chuck Yeager

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, by Julian Rubenstein
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Post by: KateEllison on October 22, 2017, 06:41:15 PM
Salt: A World History by  Mark Kurlansky
It's the best history book I've ever read. Actually interesting, with great info on how salt effected trade, war, and more in ancient times.

This one's been on my wishlist for a while.
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Post by: MsSteph on October 23, 2017, 01:08:52 PM
iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life

by Jane Velez-Mitchell
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: V.P. on October 23, 2017, 01:51:51 PM
The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill. The movie is good, but a lot of it, including the famous motorcycle chase scene, is fictionalized. The book is nonfiction and is even better.
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Post by: MsSteph on October 25, 2017, 02:35:09 PM
Drinking: A Love Story

by Caroline Knapp

Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: KiraCarter on October 27, 2017, 09:26:42 AM
A few that immediately jumped to mind:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

And on the lighter side, pretty much anything by Bill Bryson.
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Post by: JcjAuthor on December 12, 2017, 02:18:38 PM
I felt Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung was a life changer for me. It's now the gift I buy every graduate.
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Post by: Chad Winters on December 12, 2017, 06:24:18 PM
As an alternative to the history books; I found this fascinating and funny and gives great context to some of the science that will be changing our world
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51XDn%2BNUYRL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XBQ443G/?tag=kbpst-20)
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Post by: ThomasDiehl on December 13, 2017, 12:42:04 AM
As an alternative to the history books; I found this fascinating and funny and gives great context to some of the science that will be changing our world
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51XDn%2BNUYRL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XBQ443G/?tag=kbpst-20)
Be sure to keep it for later reference, I have several books like this from the 70's and they are fascinating to read now. The stuff they imagined to come ranges from interesting to hilarious with a few spot-on predictions sprinkled in between. And some stuff like underwater cities just keeps being a perpetual vision of an equidistant future from any point in time.

Now that I'm here, Dougal Dixon's "After Man" might be my most formative semi-fiction title for firmly demonstrating humanities place in the universe to me.
https://www.amazon.com/After-Man-zoology-Dougal-DIXON/dp/0586057501/
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Phoebe34 on December 14, 2017, 11:49:57 PM
Here is a memorable book, came out last year, that is worth reading on many different levels: a memoir of growing up poor in the Appalachians, a revelation of an overlooked, underprivileged segment of society, a flailing culture which yet flourishes in pockets of big cities and small forgotten towns:
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

This book is truly memorable :)
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Jim Johnson on December 15, 2017, 02:18:27 PM
Six Frigates by Ian W Toll tells the story of the founding of the US Navy around the Rev War and later. Really fascinating read.

The Lost Tomb and KV5: A Preliminary Report, two books by Dr Kent Weeks about the rediscovery of tomb KV5 in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt. Fascinating stuff about a culture mind-bogglingly vast.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: PaulLev on December 21, 2017, 04:35:59 PM
Erich Fromm's The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness. Not an easy read, but well worth anyone's time. ...

Also by Fromm, check out his Escape from Freedom (1945), still one of the best books about how rational societies can elect dictators.
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: Ceramic on March 21, 2018, 11:11:04 PM
The good girl stripped bare", a memoir by Tracey Spicer has "stuck with me. She shares about working on television - specifically the news departments. It stuck with me just how often men sexualise women, no matter your age or position in society.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31847625-the-good-girl-stripped-bare (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31847625-the-good-girl-stripped-bare)
Title: Re: Non fiction books that have stuck with you
Post by: MissingAlaska on March 28, 2018, 11:52:44 AM
"The Log of the Sea of Cortez" by Steinbeck has stuck with me for many years. An excellent read.