Book recommendations

Tore's picture
Submitted by Tore on Mon, 2016-02-15 19:02

This is a thread where I want to see everyone (that is, the four other people posting on this site) recommend books. Books that gives you information that you need, information that you don't get anywhere else. Books that you learn from, books that learns you stuff you don't learn anywhere else. The essential books you need. The best books in the world.


Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Pamela Geller's red-hot Fatwa: Hunted in America (published November, 2017) is polemical heaven. It's outstanding on many levels. It reveals how her life was transformed by 9/11. It tells the tale of her sometimes-lonely, hugely-frustrating, always-heroic battle against the monstrous philosophy of Islam. This book does have Geller's limitations and pettiness, but it shows her, and her struggle, at their very best. Educational, fascinating, and extremely entertaining.


Neil Parille's picture

1. Ed Feser, The Philosophy of Mind

2. Ed Feser, John Locke

3. Stanley Jaki, Means to Message

4. Robert Nisbett, Conservativsm,

5. Murray and Hernstein, The Bell Curve

6. Murray Rothbard, Freedom, Inequality and the Division of Labor.

7. Bruce Bander, Staring into Chaos

8. Henri de Lubac, The Drama of Atheist Humanism

9. John Cooper, Panentheism: The Other God

10. John Searle, Mind, Language and Society


Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Thanks, Ed! Zoltan is hugely ambitious and energetic. He's a true neoliberal warrior. His visionary and far-reaching novel reflects that. I can't imagine any Objectivist of decently free or high spirits not enjoying it. Transhumanism is an emergent science which is all about enhancing quality and quantity of life. It's immensely consonant with any "philosophy for living on this earth".

Zoltan and transhumanism

Ed Hudgins's picture

I know Zoltan Istvan, who is now a libertarian candidate (of the left-leaning variety) for California governor. I've discussed his book with him and even reviewed it. He's open about Rand's influence on him; indeed, The Transhumanist Wager is like The Fountainhead meets Atlas Shrugged, though with some important differences.

I've written some pieces critical of him on specifics but not on broad principles.

Transhumanism vs. a Conservative Death Ethos

Don't ban religious teaching, teach reason.

I am in agreement with the aims of the transhumanists and am writing more about the steps needed to realize the future the best of them envision.


The Transhumanist Wager

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

I highly recommend the 2013 novel The Transhumanist Wager by transhumanist leader and libertarian Zoltan Istvan. It's hugely ambitious with flavors of Atlas Shrugged to it.

Some obvious choices:

Tore's picture

read orwell, nietzsche, and hamsun, or go to hell!

My book recommendations are

Elliot Temple's picture

My book recommendations are here:

(Lots of formatting, summaries and links.)


Grant Jones's picture

I highly recommend Edward Cline's "Sparrowhawk" series of novels. It is six novels that dramatize events leading up to the American Revolution. It is Romantic fiction at its best. Cline is an Objectivist who has been black-balled by OrgOism for various thoughtcrimes. He has also published three detective series that are also great reading.

Dykes purchased

Tore's picture

ok, i have now purchased guide to happiness, book one and two, by dykes. will also buy a hard copy of the one tenor when it's available. keep recommendations coming!


Tore's picture

I have read your two books - I even installed the resource-eating Kindle software just for it!

I shall purchase and most likely enjoy the Dykes book Smiling


Lindsay Perigo's picture

Of course you should read *my* non-fiction: Total Passion for the Total Height and The One Tenor. Latter coming out in hard copy soon. Also, Old Nick's Guide to Happiness by my dear friend Nicholas Dykes. Writing of Randian stature.


Mr_Lineberry's picture

book which was written a few years ago, albeit as an hilarious satire, now seems very timely and could easily be brought to life to solve an enormous problem in Washington.

The book is 'Supreme Courtship' by Chris Buckley and in short it is about putting Judge Judy on the Supreme Court.

10% of people are so dumb they think she is there already, but as a nominee would be difficult to get too partisan about her in view of her television programme.

She would also cut through some of the b/s which surrounds that august body.

I think

Tore's picture

That people should post their personal top 20/50 of all-time. The desert island stuff.

I love the Poirot books, although it's impossible to figure out who the killer is! Michael Crichton is also very good.

But that's fiction. The more interesting stuff for me is non-fiction, because I have read too little of it.

I am a comic book geek first and foremost - Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, Pogo, Krazy Kat, Bloom County, Gary Larson, Carl Barks, Floyd Gottfredson, all that good stuff!

One very funny book is "I am better than your kids" - the author gives children drawings grades and critisism, and they all get F's!


VSD's picture

haven't read all her books but a good variety and enjoyed them, though after the third or forth 'Miss Marple' I get a certain feeling of 'déja vue' - not in plot or quality of writing, but a certain style that Christie had - very good authors like her should write only very few books ; )
as for favorite 'Poirots': 'Curtain' is the big denoument - where the devious detective, always a step ahead of his murderers, succumbs to his other side, murdering himself
so the best in solving crime succumbs (by killing himself - double entendre here) to the worst in commiting crime (without ever killing himself I might add) - evil triumphs by dying ... sounds nasty - right ; )
what I liked about the end is that it perfectly illustrates our human nature: Poirot always had to be more devious than the murderers he was chasing, even faking his own death in an earlier case, hurting his friends, thinking like the criminals he was chasing in order to catch them ... all humanity is conflicted this way - we all have bright sides and dark sides - the extent to which we are capable to live them, actively chosing instead of following helplessly where nature shoves us, is the real measure of greatness
thus a murderer can become a murderer without drawing blood once and a heroic detective becomes tragic as it is his very best in abilities that leads him to his logical conclusion: murder and suicide
who refrains from other recommendations as per Kyrel's 'order mufti' - my list would get too long and is too eclectic to be based on firm philosophical guidelines ; )

Cream-of-the-Crop Only

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Great idea for a thread, Tore! But I think people should be highly disciplined and only post the best two or three books they've read this year, and which they also plausibly think others will like and profit from.


Mr_Lineberry's picture

good blog topic; I recommend 'Taken At The Flood' by Agatha Christie.

It is my all time favourite Agatha Christie novel (I've read them all) and covers quite a bit of ground - high taxation in Britain after WW2, disputes over Wills, the acceptance of things at face value, the ease with which you can profit from chaos in wartime, and the general nastiness of a country village.

I don't want to give the game away, but the climax of the plot - when Hercule Poirot solves the mystery - is something that apparently was not uncommon during WW2.
There was always a strong rumour that a certain well known Dunedin businessman survived the battle of Crete by the skin of his teeth, thought "f__k this!", and did much the same thing.

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