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One that's not Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.
This is Serbia Calling by Matthew Collin ?
OR SOME HUNTER THOMPSON YEAH!?
really felt like I understand the world better for having read it
I presume you've read all the Song of Ice and Fire books?
finished it recently, its great, about one guys one day in a siberian gulag. the bits where he says it dips below minus 41 so they can have the day off, and is upset its only like minus 30, and the last few lines in the book... oh man :(. also he describes the COLD well too
'innocent when you dream: a collection of tom waits interviews' and stuff is meant to be class as well
got fear and loathing on the campaign trail for 4 euro today too, great value. not read it yet, but i assume its good
Nowhere near as zany as Las Vegas, but none the worse for that.
I recommend The City & The City by China Mieville (zillionth time I've mentioned it)
It's a slightly noirish detective fantasy novel about a crime in two cities that are geographically located on top of each other. The setting(s)/the situation in the novel is a lot like East and West Berlin, so there are a lot of political, social resonances that make the novel seem quite realistic.
just realised the title from the other posts
How the hell can the US keep functioning? Surely these people are even worse off now?
And the fact there are probably people in these jobs believing that Obama's health care thing is worthless thanks to the propaganda is even more distressing.
Well written and very interesting.
by dee brown. it's a great book, but a bit depressing and you'll end up punching the next american you meet in a century late act of misguided retribution. but still, a good read.
London, Albion and Thames.
(they're three seperate books)
How interested are you in art, design and architecture? The Art Of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher is an amazing book, and is well worth the money. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Looking-Sideways-Alan-Fletcher/dp/0714834491
Even more beautiful, but perhaps a little less value for money is the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Phaidon-Atlas-Contemporary-World-Architecture/dp/0714843121/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260483463&sr=1-1
By Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
jung chan. autobiography/biography of women in communist china
F'serious. Forget the film, this is so so good. Also, London 1945 I found very interesting - basically about how London was at the end of the war and how it started to rebuild itself.
so I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to read it. She says it's good, though.
I will check some of these out. I had heard the Perfect Storm book was good. The film was, of course, gash of the highest order. Or indeed the lowest.
From about 25 years ago. It's great.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat - Oliver Sacks
I'm 3/4 of the way through and it's outstanding. Really outstanding.
David Foster Wallace has done some really great essays though. Here's one:
And I refuse to read any book that has a month dedicated to helping people read it. If a book's hard to read it's almost certainly badly written.
But don't take my word for it. I'll let the reviews do the talking.
Gods war - 900+ pages on the crusades. Its an epic read but well worth it
Auschwitz: The Nazi's and the final solution - Required reading really, nuff said
The Gate - An account of the Khymer Rouge uprising in the early 70's from the only westerner captured, tortured and released
Revolution In The Head - Ian McDonald
Grays Anatomy by John Gray is good too.
A true giant of the last century. Start with the first volume (i.e. books 1 and 2) of the unabridged work rather than the abridged version because it's just not the same.
Burning with anger but compassionate and beautiful. He's also a master of bitter sarcasm who can make you laugh in the middle of a passage about torture.
Page after page of jaw-dropping communist insanity. You'll be changed.
Try: 'Peter The Great: His Life and World' by Robert K. Massie. Also, 'Moneyball' by Michael Lewis is an entertaining read about a baseball manager who used statistical analysis to allow a lowly funded team to compete with the big hitters. Sounds dry, but is anything but.
it actually changed the way i think about things.
My Father and other working class football heroes by Gary Imlach
Unforgivable Blackness by Geoffrey C ward
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell
All centred on sport but covering much broader topics, such as racism, the pressures of fame, exploiting gaps in a market and a sons relationship with his father.
Turns out that I'm irrational.
Particular favourites of mine are 'Impossibility' and 'The Artful Universe' - I would imagine John D. Barrow as right up your street Theo
If you fancy something a bit more distant in history to take a double perspective on I'd highly recommend Alvin Toffler's 'Future Shock' and 'The Third Wave' and also Robert R. Ehrlich's 'The Population Bomb'
All good stuff
is fiction, based on solzhenitsyn's personal experiences in a gulag.
i would recommend any of malcolm gladwell's books. it's too true that every fucker on the tub is readin' 'em but they are white hot good.
but The Suspicions of Mr Whicher is very good.
It's a story about the murder of a young child which took place in Victorian times and how the detective (who was one of the UK's first detectives, as the department had only been set up a few years previously) solved it.
It's about what makes things "blow up"