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20-06-2017, 03:15 PM
If you could read only one book about subject x, what book would it be?
As in thread title - if you could read only one book about subject x what book it would be and why.

If I could read only one book about Shoah then I would choose The Destruction of the European Jews written by late Raul Hilberg. I had the pleasure* of reading revised and probably most up to date edition of Hilberg masterpiece and I must say that it's somewhat dry prose perfectly captures untold amount of suffering to which Jews were subjected. Author aptly catch connection between T4 Aktion and Final Solution, his explanation why Jewish resistance was so rare** is comprehensible and convincing. Lastly his write-up of "bureaucracy of Shoah" is masterful.

*Pleasure seems to be word chosen poorly given context yet it fits.
** Yehuda Bauer in Rethinking the Holocaust disagree.

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20-06-2017, 03:18 PM
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One book per subject or just one subject and just one book? In the latter case, obviously:

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20-06-2017, 03:24 PM
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My fav would be Bill Bryson's science book, A Short History of Nearly Everything

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20-06-2017, 03:25 PM
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(20-06-2017 03:18 PM)Vera Wrote:  One book per subject or just one subject and just one book? In the latter case, obviously:

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Rolleyes

One book per subject.

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20-06-2017, 03:38 PM
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Subject: murderous monster gods.

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Okay, for reals:

Game Change is my favorite account of the 2008 US election.
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20-06-2017, 03:38 PM
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Chaos - James Gleick

One of my favourite books of all time. Science explained for the layman without compromising the beauty of the subject.

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20-06-2017, 03:39 PM
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For the longest time I was always wondering why people from different parts of the world developed so differently, when it seems obvious that we all had to same capacity for intelligence & knowledge, and the same curiosity, etc...

How could there still be "stone age cultures" at the same time as "modern age cultures"...

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If I can also slip in a fiction title, this would be my favourite (the whole series really, I think I will read them all again...) :

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I have read and reread these two books many times.

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20-06-2017, 03:44 PM
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(20-06-2017 03:39 PM)unsapien Wrote:  For the longest time I was always wondering why people from different parts of the world developed so differently, when it seems obvious that we all had to same capacity for intelligence & knowledge, and the same curiosity, etc...

How could there still be "stone age cultures" at the same time as "modern age cultures"...

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If I can also slip in a fiction title, this would be my favourite (the whole series really, I think I will read them all again...) :

[Image: IsaacAsimov-Foundation.jpg]

I have read and reread these two books many times.

William H. McNeill's Rise of the West has some interesting things to say about this, too. It's a lot earlier than Diamond's book, but I remember reading the McNeill and just feeling like the top of my head had come off. (In a good way.)
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20-06-2017, 05:05 PM
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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 'cause yoga Wink and I find a lot of wisdom within its pages in terms of philosophy of life.

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20-06-2017, 05:13 PM
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Art History and theory and full of gorgeous art:

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