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Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 24, 2012, 1:44 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic (5827)
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I'm looking to build my book collection this year. Any suggestions for good reads?



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[-] 2 points by trashyharry (1153) from Waterville, NY 1 year ago

The Servant Economy-by Jeff Faux-1000 Years For Revenge-Cover Up-Triple Cross-by Peter Lance-Blowback-The Sorrows of Empire-Nemisis-by Chalmers Johnson-The Shock Doctrine-by Naomi Klein

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

Chris Hedges is in a 3 hour interview on CSPAN Book show. They review his books pretty well. I did a little Indexing of the show since it is so long and posted it.


[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Actually I'm halfway through that book right now. It's my current read.

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

They pull material from 7 books for the long interview ...and talk about his new book about America, Days of Destruction.

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

The World As It Is is my 4th book by Hedges. I just read Days of Destruction Days of Revolt last week. Great read. The final chapter is amazing. I plan on reading all of them so I don't want too many spoilers. Thanks for the link! I am a huge Hedges fan.

If you haven't read any of his books yet, I recommend starting with Death of the Liberal Class, Bill Moyers agrees it is his best book.

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

Thanks, it has a provocative title that many people will want to look into for sure.

[-] 2 points by gsw (2867) 1 year ago

You are probably familiar with booktv.org which has authors discuss their work. The first link on the amistad rebellion as discussed by the author was fascinating.




[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

I'm familiar now. Thanks for the links.

[-] 2 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

i guess if you want to read stuff to make you mad and ruin your day you could read griftopia by matt taibbi.
From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Taibbi eviscerates Wall Street for what he considers frauds perpetrated on the American people over the last ten years. Deftly delving deeply into complicated financial history and lingo, Taibbi deftly lays the subject bare, rendering heretofore-dense subject matter simple without being simplistic. Blame for the recent mortgage collapse, commodities bubble, and tech bubble are laid at the feet of a relatively small number of bankers and traders who, in the author's opinion, act without fear of reciprocity from a U.S. government no longer representative of the American people. He begins by awarding the title "Biggest Asshole In The Universe" to former-Fed Chief Alan Greenspan, taking him to task for willfully or stupidly disemboweling what little regulation the financial markets may have had before his tenure. This theme resounds throughout, and Taibbi asserts that the collusion between Wall Street and the White House has effectively turned the United States into a massive casino, in which working Americans are regularly bilked out of their savings and homes while the wealthy are repeatedly rewarded for their graft. It's an important and worthy read, but not for the Randian disciple or Goldman-Sachs alum.

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

I think I posted or read something by Matt Taibbi the other day. That name is ringing a huge bell. Ah yes! It was a post on the HSBC fraud and how they got let off the hook because they're banksters that are above the law.

thanks for the suggestion.

Also I think I might have misunderstood your meaning in a comment before and responded negatively, sorry for that, if that happened.

[-] 1 points by PublicCurrency (1387) 1 year ago

Yes I second that. Read "Griftopia, Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con that is Breaking America," by Matt Taibbi.

Fun read as Taibbi takes an arcane subject in advanced Economics and makes it accessible to all of us. Taibbi is one of our best and certainly the most entertaining writer on the subject.

Fun because I was so happy to read a clear report that anyone could understand. Knowledge IS power. Most Americans have NO understnading of our monetary system.

“Over time, whoever controls the money system, controls the nation.”

The real outcomes in society – whether there will be general economic justice or corrupt financial privileges for the few – are usually determined by the structure of a society’s monetary system.

[-] 2 points by john32 (-272) from Pittsburgh, PA 1 year ago

For a great overview of Americas involvement in other countries; "Overthrow" by Stephen Kinzer will knock your socks off.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Just added it to my "save for later" section. Thanks!

[-] 1 points by toobighasfailed (117) 1 year ago

Confidence Men by Ron Suskind.

Here's my reading list about the financial crisis. All of these books, videos, and podcasts are awesome: http://www.switchyourbank.org/reading_list

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

cool thanks for the link! I'm half way through The World As It Is and need a new book to read by the time I'm done! Thanks for the suggestion! I'll check out the link!

[-] 1 points by PublicCurrency (1387) 1 year ago

I read "JFK and the Unspeakable," this year. I would recommend it to anyone. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, under Ronald Reagan and early GW Bush, stated in a book review: with government documents, it proves that elements of our own government were involved in the assassination.

After reading the book, I would have to agree.

I would also recommend any of the books by Anthony Sutton. Many can be downloaded free of charge. I read "Wall Stree and the Bolshevik Revolution." It is well documented.

Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustis Mullins is a very good one.

Web of Debt by Ellen Brown - excellent.

"The Creature from Jekyll Island," by J.Edward Griffin - the history of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 - secrecy and politics.

I am planning to read "The Lost Science of Money," by Stephen Zarlenga this year.

I am planning to read "War is a Racket," by Smedley Butler

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13506) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Psychology of Everyday Things - if you can get a copy of the first edition, by Donald Norman. There is a lot he doesn't say - but you can get the picture. Understanding how accidents take place makes it possible to replicate the process. Understanding how human beings interact with dangerous machinery creates almost unlimited possibilities.

Including things like butterfly ballots.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

the Carl Rogers quote at the start of the People Shapers is bone chilling.

Thanks for the recommendation. I just got the book in mail today.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13506) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I had forgotten the quote -

  • “We can choose to use our growing knowledge to enslave people in ways never dreamed of before, depersonalizing them, controlling them by means so carefully selected that they will perhaps never be aware of their loss of personhood.”

I do attest, it is true.

It is not likely that there will be any course correction short of complete social collapse.

[-] 1 points by norman13 (1) 1 year ago

"Sacred Economics" Charles Eisenstein

[-] 1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Grand Illusion by Theresa Amato. Nader's campaign manager. Gets into great depth what the problems are with our democracy. Great read.

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

you need a book to figure these things out?

[-] 3 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

A book to find out the specifics of what happened in that campaign? Only if one is interested.

We all know its messed up. This book goes into very specific details like the legal financial consequences of being sued by the Democrats for voter registration validity and legal fees in Pennsylvania.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Books are awesome.

There's tons of information in books.

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

usually when i read for entertainment i read fiction or true crime.(mafia/drug dealers). i tend to stay away from books on social commentary and politics/economics. i keep up with that stuff everyday, i just don't find the need to read those kind of books primarily because of this though i will read a book on that subject matter if it is particularly pertinent. i already know what the bottom line is i don't need a description of the window dressing.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

As OTP pointed out, I will do the same

"the bottom line" is good to know. The details and specifics are important too.

  • they don't gotta burn the books, they just remove 'em - Rage Against the Machine
[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34902) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

In all fairness - Books - Can be awesome ( good or pure shit ).

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

true story a mob story by michele r. mcphee - going to be a movie bet on that. fiction
inherent vice by thomas pynchon - a movie starring robert downey jr. is in production ubik by pk dick - a freaking masterpiece i believe michel gondry is directing a film version


[-] 0 points by town (-374) 1 year ago

The Constitution of The United States of America.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

And more specifically how to amend it.

[-] -2 points by town (-374) 1 year ago

You havent read the constitution, your comment betrays you.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

It was requested reading you twit.

[-] -1 points by town (-374) 1 year ago

sorry, you're the twit,. the constituiton is explicit about amendments. something you would have known if you read it before making your comment.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

I said make it the focus you twit.

[-] -1 points by town (-374) 1 year ago

if you had ever read the constitution you would know about Article V.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Really?!!! No Way!!!

[-] -2 points by town (-374) 1 year ago


[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Go drink some eggnog with rum, and lets talk about the steps to setting up a convention, vs creating the public pressure that leads to it.

[-] -1 points by town (-374) 1 year ago

i dont like eggnog and i dont like rum.a convention for what?.

[-] -1 points by town (-374) 1 year ago

No, you did not say " make it the focus".

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

I have the pocket book form of it.

[-] -3 points by town (-374) 1 year ago

Good. OTP has no idea of whats in it , hence his/her uninformed comment about amendments.