Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Books that made a difference.

  • 1844 Manuscripts by Karl Marx-The religious text for the industrial masses. The full scope and power of Marx's appeal lies here in the deep Humanism this book displays. No finer book exists in putting forward the need for a materialist and humanistic program.
  • The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by Eric Fromm-converted me to Marxism, should be banned for it's effect on the weakly liberal.
  • Ego and Instinct by Daniel Yankelovich and William Barrett-a masterful reinterpretation of Freudian thought. But it's hidden surprise is it's take on Newtonian physics.
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology-editor Scott G. McNall-still an authoritative source.
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau-"The mass of men live lives" is the the quote I live by. Anytime I feel overcome by the consumerism of this world I reach back for this little book.
  • Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Satre-my stepmother hated this book and worried that I read it. No one feels the modern man's isolation and despair like Satre.
  • The Lonely Crowd by David Reisman-If I were only inner-directed! Very friendly writing that would get anyone excited about soicial theory. Very American.
  • Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain by Antonio R. Damasio-Smashes the idea that thinking can be seperated from emotion.
  • SOCIETY OF MIND by Marvin Minsky. You will never feel the same about homonucli again.

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