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    Non-fiction Reading

    I am looking for some suggestions on general non-fiction topics that would be good to know more about for life in general. I say general topics because I plan on getting the books from the library. I've read a few personal finance books and am looking for something new that people have found helps them.



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    If you're a science guy, ANYTHING by Michio Kaku is phenominal. I'm also a big fan of Henry David Thearoux (sp?). They're not exactly great for everyday betterment, but if you want to maybe get a small piece of a better understanding of what we know about our own world, they are excellent.



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose is still one of the best non-fiction books I've read. Also, just finished Solomon Northup's, 12 Years a Slave. It was stunning and should be required reading for everyone.


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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    The bible..... Wait wrong thread!



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    Quote Originally Posted by StratCY View Post
    If you're a science guy, ANYTHING by Michio Kaku is phenominal. I'm also a big fan of Henry David Thoreau (sp?). They're not exactly great for everyday betterment, but if you want to maybe get a small piece of a better understanding of what we know about our own world, they are excellent.
    You're welcome. :)



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    You're welcome. :)
    Oh man, I was WAY off! I knew it started with a TH though



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    There are some good books by Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Kahneman and Jonah Lehrer that deal with how to think about thinking. None of them are instructional and they don't teach you to do anything, but they bring to light some of the biases people submit to and they contain a lot of interesting antecdotes to tell the story. Everything they talk about is backed by psychology/neurology/sociology and they discuss the science too, but it's not at such a technical level that it's heavy reading. Just being aware of how you (and other people) think can make you a better thinker.


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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    I'm big into psychology and thought Split Second Persusion was a good read. Didn't get too technical and used mostly real life examples in explaining its ideas.



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    Gonna assume you've read freakonomics.



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    My two cents...

    "The Year of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs
    Follows the author as he spends a year following all of the rules of the bible. He describes himself as Jewish in the way that Olive Garden is Italian. Interesting look at faith.

    "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell
    Talks about learning to trust your instincts and making better decisions.



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    There are some good books by Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Kahneman and Jonah Lehrer that deal with how to think about thinking. None of them are instructional and they don't teach you to do anything, but they bring to light some of the biases people submit to and they contain a lot of interesting antecdotes to tell the story. Everything they talk about is backed by psychology/neurology/sociology and they discuss the science too, but it's not at such a technical level that it's heavy reading. Just being aware of how you (and other people) think can make you a better thinker.
    I was going to recommend the Kahneman book. You will look at the world of message boards in a different way after you read that one. It's a terrific book.



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (sp?) is a great read.



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    NateizKing, have a look at a couple of websites...

    First, Brain Pickings. Kind of like a Reader's Digest for intellectual topics.

    Then, Goodreads. It gives all kinds of good advice about reading - in any genre.

    Now, for books that expand your mental horizon, I would suggest some classical philosophy, especially because American schools don't require it, and we can go around calling ourselves educated without ever having read any, even in college. Two that come to mind immediately are "The Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius and "Letters from a Stoic" written by Seneca. I would also suggest any and all of the essays by Montaigne. And the best part about these is that they are free online. Won't cost you a nickel to put your brain into high gear.



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    Re: Non-fiction Reading

    Quote Originally Posted by wolverine68 View Post
    My two cents...

    "The Year of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs
    Follows the author as he spends a year following all of the rules of the bible. He describes himself as Jewish in the way that Olive Garden is Italian. Interesting look at faith.

    "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell
    Talks about learning to trust your instincts and making better decisions.
    I second this one. I love that book. It's really funny and also really interesting. He also has two other books. In one of them he writes about his mission to read the entire encyclopedia Britannica, and in the other he writes about trying to "become the healthiest person alive". I haven't read the one about him reading the encyclopedia, but the other one is really good.



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    The Sacred Acre. A story about legendary football coach Ed Thomas and his impact. Many life lessons in it.



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