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text 2018-07-04 19:30
Happy Independence Day -- and, my Freedom and Future Library

 

Could there possibly be a better day on which to finally follow up on my Freedom and Future Library post?

 

Truth be told, I'd been hoping to compile this much faster, but RL threw a major spanner in the works pretty much all of last week and both of the past weekends.  But, anyway, here we are at last.

 

Thank you once more to everybody who contributed ideas and suggestions!  A special thank you to Knight of Angels, whom some on BookLikes may remember as Troy, and who instantly took up the baton and came up with a magnificent Freedom and Equality Library in the space of a single day, which I'm shamelessly including in mine in its entirety (as I am also including everybody else's reading recommendations, of course). -- This list contains plenty of books that are new to me, as well as a number of books (and shorter texts) that I've already read but am planning to revisit, or have been revisiting every so often already anyway.

 

So, here is the complete list in alphabetical order -- in the coming days, I'm planning to also break it down into topical reading lists, to make it somewhat easier to parse.  English titles of the books included in my library in another language are given in parentheses.

 

 

Edward Abby

     - Desert Solitaire

 

John Adams

     - Revolutionary Writings, 1755-1783 (2 volumes)

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

     - We Should All Be Feminists

 

Maya Angelou

     - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

 

Madeleine Albright

     - Fascism: A Warning
     - Madam Secretary: A Memoir
     - The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on Faith, God and World Affairs

     - Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

     - Heretic
     - Infidel
     - Nomad

 

Isabel Allende

     - De amor y de sombra (Of Love and Shadow)

 

Akhil Reed Amar / Les Adams

     - The Bill of Rights Primer: A Citizen’s Guidebook to the American Bill of Rights

 

Amnesty International, Neil Gaiman, Matt Haig, and Others

     - Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom

 

Kofi Annan

     - Interventions: A Life in War and Peace
     - We the Peoples: The 2001 Nobel Lecture

 

Jean Anouilh

     - Antigone

 

Louise Arbour

     - War Crimes and the Culture of Peace

 

Hannah Arendt

     - Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics / Civil Disobedience / On Violence / Thoughts on Politics and Revolution
     - Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

     - The Origins of Totalitarianism
     - The Portable Hannah Arendt

     - Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding, 1953-1975


Anthony Arnove, Colin Firth, David Horspool

     - The People Speak: Voices That Changed Britain


Thomas Asbridge

     - The Greatest Knight


Ed Asner / Ed. Weinberger

     - The Grouchy Historian

 

Aristophanes

     - The Complete Plays, especially:

        - The Birds
        - Clouds

        - The Knights
        - Lysistrata

 

Aristotle

     - The Politics
     - The Nicomachean Ethics

 

Timothy Garton Ash

     - Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

 

Assemblée constituante (France)

     - Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen (1789) (Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen)


Assemblée nationale (France)

     - Articles constitutionnels (1789) / Constitution de France (1791) (Constitutional Articles of 1989 and Constitution of 1791)

 

Margaret Atwood

     - Freedom

     - Hag Seed

     - The Handmaid's Tale

 

James Baldwin

     - Collected Essays
     - Giovanni's Room

 

John Dudley Ball

     - In the Heat of the Night

 

Gary Jonathan Bass

     - Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals

 

Mary Beard

     - Women & Power: A Manifesto

 

Simone de Beauvoir

     - The Second Sex

 

Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat

     - Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin-Anwar Sadat Personal Correspondence

 

Louis de Bernières

     - Birds Without Wings

 

Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward

     - All the President's Men

 

Kai Bird / Martin J. Sherwin

     - American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

 

Black Hawk

     - The Autobiography of Black Hawk

 

Ray Bradbury

     - Fahrenheit 451

 

Willy Brandt

     - Erinnerungen (My Life in Politics)

 

Bertolt Brecht

     - Antigone: In a Version by Bertolt Brecht

     - Der Aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui )

     - Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (Mother Courage and Her Children)

 

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

     - Four Noble Truths

 

Thi Bui

     - Best We Could Do

 

Rachel Carson

     - Silent Spring

 

William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins, Paul Ortiz, Robert Parris

     - Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South

 

Marcus Tullius Cicero

     - An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom (Philippicae)
     - Selections from the Writings of Cicero

 

Clayborne Carson (ed.), Various Authors

     - Reporting Civil Rights

 

Christopher Clark

     - The Sleepwalkers
 

Andrew Cockburn

     - Kill Chain

 

James Comey

     - A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

 

Richard Condon

     - The Manchurian Candidate

 

Members of the Constitutional Congress

     - The Constitution of the United States (1787)

 

Gordon Corera

     - Intercept

 

Charlie Craggs

     - To My Trans Sisters


Juana Inés de la Cruz

     - La Respuesta (The Answer)

 

Dalai Lama XIV

     - Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

     - Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
     - The Power of Compassion: A Collection of Lectures

 

Danny Danziger, John Gillingham

     - 1215: The Year of Magna Carta

 

Charles Darwin

     - The Origin of Species

     - The Voyage of the Beagle

 

Richard Dawkins

     - The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

 

Michel Debré, Comité Consultatif Constitutionnel

     - Constitution de la 5e République française (1958) (Constitution of the Fifth French Republic)

 

Daniel C. Dennett

     - Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

 

René Descartes

     - Discours de la méthode

 

Jared Diamond

     - Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

 

Jared Diamond, James A. Robinson

     - Natural Experiments of History

 

Fyodor Dostoevsky

     - The Grand Inquisitor

 

Frederick Douglass

     - Autobiographies / Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

 

Frederick Douglass, James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Olaudah Equiano, Nat Turner, William W. Brown, Henry Bibb, Sojouner Truth, William Craft, Harriet Jacobs, and J.D.Green; William L. Andrews and Henry Louis Gates (eds.)

     - Slave Narratives

 

W.E.B. Du Bois

     - The Souls of Black Folk

 

Angela Eagle, Imran Ahmed

     - The New Serfdom

 

Wolfram Eilenberger

     - Zeit der Zauberer (The Time of the Magicians)

 

Albert Einstein

     - Essays in Humanism

 

T.S. Eliot

     - Murder in the Cathedral

 

Joseph J. Ellis

     - American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic
     - Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

 

Ralph Ellison

     - Invisible Man

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

     - Selected Essays

 

Ronan Farrow

     - War on Peace

 

Sebastian Faulks

     - Birdsong
     - War
     - A Week in December

 

Joachim Fest

     - Hitler

 

Lion Feuchtwanger

     - Die Geschwister Oppermann (The Oppermanns)

     - Die Jüdin von Toledo (Raquel, the Jewess of Toledo / A Spanish Ballad)
     - Jud Süß
     - Narrenweisheit oder Tod und Verklärung des Jean-Jacques Rousseau ('Tis folly to be wise, or, Death and transfiguration of Jean-Jaques Rousseau)

 

John E. Finn

     - Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

 

Helen Fitzgerald

     - Viral

 

Patrick Flanery

     - I Am No One

 

Moderata Fonte

     - The Worth of Women

 

John Foxe

     - Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

 

Pope Francis, Dominique Wolton

     - A Future of Faith: The Path of Change in Politics and Society

 

Anne Frank

     - The Diary of Anne Frank

 

Viktor E. Frankl

     - Man’s Search for Meaning

 

Benjamin Franklin

     - Writings

 

Thomas L. Friedman

     - The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization
     - The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

 

Max Frisch

     - Biedermann und die Brandstifter (The Firebugs)

 

Francis Fukuyama

     - The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

 

Joachim Gauck

     - Freiheit (Freedom)
     - Winter im Sommer -- Frühling im Herbst: Erinnerungen (Winter in Summer -- Spring in Fall: Memoirs)

 

Richard J. Goldstone

     - For Humanity: Reflections Of A War Crimes Investigator

 

Mikhail Gorbachev

     - Memoirs
     - Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World

 

Al Gore

     - The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-making
     - An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

 

Philip Gourevitch

     - We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda

 

David Graeber

     - Debt: The First 5,000 Years

 

George Grant

     - The American Patriot’s Handbook: The Writings, History, and Spirit of a Free Nation

 

Lewis Grassic Gibbon

     - Spartacus

 

Allen C. Guelzo

     - The American Mind

 

Sebastian Haffner (ed.), Various Authors

     - Versailles 1919: Aus der Sicht von Zeitzeugen (Versailles 1919: Seen Through the Eyes of Contemporary Witnesses)

 

Jonathan Haidt

     - The Righteous Mind

 

Matt Haig

     - Notes on a Nervous Planet

 

Alex Haley

     - Roots: The Saga of an American Family

 

Alexander Hamilton

     - Writings

 

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

     - The Federalist Papers

 

Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and others, Bernard Bailyn (ed.)

     - The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification: September 1787-August 1788 (2 volumes)

 

Yuval Noah Harari

     - Money

 

Luke Harding

     - The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

 

Stephen Hawking

     - A Brief History of Time

 

Michael V. Hayden

     - Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

 

Seamus Heaney, Sophocles

     - The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles’ Antigone

 

Joseph Heller

     - Catch-22
     - Something Happened
     - Work

 

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

     - Das Leben der anderen (The Lives of Others)

 

Hermann Hesse

     - Narziß und Goldmund (Narcissus and Goldmund)
     - Siddhartha

 

Rolf Hochhuth

     - Juristen (Lawyers)
     - Der Stellvertreter (The Deputy)


David E. Hoffman

     - The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

 

Tom Holland

     - Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

 

Wilhelm von Humboldt

     - Ideen zu einem Versuch, die Grenzen der Wirksamkeit des Staats zu bestimmen (The Sphere and Duties of Government / The Limits of State Action)

 

David Hume

     - An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
     - Essays: Moral, Political and Literary

 

John Hume

     - A New Ireland: Politics, Peace, and Reconciliation

 

Aldous Huxley

     - Brave New World

 

Samuel Hynes, Anne Matthews, Nancy Caldwell Sorel (eds.), Various Authors

     - Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1938-1946

 

International Committee of the Red Cross

     - Basic Rules of the Geneva Conventions and Their Additional Protocols

 

Peter H. Irons

     - Brennan Vs. Rehnquist: The Battle for the Constitution

 

Michael Isikoff, David Corn

     - Russian Roulette

 

Thomas Jefferson

     - Writings

 

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, William Lloyd Garrison, Andrew Jackson, and others, John Grafton (ed.)

     - The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History 1775-1865

 

Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Otis, John Dickinson, Samuel Adams, Joseph Galloway, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Samuel Seabury, Thomas Hutchinson, and others, Gordon Wood (ed.)

     - The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate 1764-1776 (2 volumes)

 

Dan Jones

     - Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty

 

Reece Jones

     - Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move

 

Ernst Jünger

     - In Stahlgewittern (Storms of Steel)

 

Hasnain Kazim

     - Post von Karlheinz

 

Sarah Kendzior

     - The View from Flyover Country

 

John F. Kennedy

     - Let the Word Go Forth: Speeches, Statements, and Writings 1947 to 1963

     - A Nation of Immigrants
     - Profiles in Courage

 

Robert F. Kennedy

     - Thirteen Days

 

Navid Kermani

     - Ausnahmezustand: Reisen in eine beunruhigte Welt (State of Emergency: Travels in a Troubled World)
     - Einbruch der Wirklichkeit: Auf dem Flüchtlingstreck durch Europa (Upheaval: The Refugee Trek through Europe)
    - Vergesst Deutschland!: Eine patriotische Rede (Forget Germany!: A Patriotic Speech)
     - Zwischen Koran und Kafka: West-östliche Erkundungen (Between Quran and Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities)

 

Ian Kershaw

     - Hitler: A Biography

 

John Maynard Keynes

     - The Economic Consequences of the Peace

     - The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
 

Martin Luther King Jr.

     - Letter from the Birmingham Jail
     - A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

 

Naomi Klein

     - No Is Not Enough

 

Helen J. Knowles

     - The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty

 

Arthur Koestler

     - Darkness at Noon

 

Clea Koff

     - The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo

 

Eugen Kogon

     - Der SS-Staat (The Theory and Practice of Hell)

 

Aung San Suu Kyi

     - Freedom from Fear

 

John Le Carré

     - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

 

Denis Leary

     - Why We Don’t Suck and How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches

 

Harper Lee

     - To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Ursula K. Le Guin

     - No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

 

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

     - Nathan the Wise, Minna von Barnhelm, and Other Plays and Writings

 

C.S. Lewis

     - The Screwtape Letters

 

Sinclair Lewis

     - It Can't Happen Here

 

Savyon Liebrecht

     - Die Banalität der Liebe (The Banality of Love)

 

Michael Lienesch

     - In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement

 

Mark Lilla

     - The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics

 

Abraham Lincoln

     - The Gettysburg Address
     - Selected Speeches and Writings

 

John Locke

     - Second Treatise of Government
     - Political Writings

 

Chris Lowney

     - A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain

 

Martin Luther

     - Von der Freiheit eines Christenmenschen (The Freedom of a Christian)
     - Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings

 

Margaret MacMillan

     - Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

 

William MacAskill

     - Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference

 

Niccolò Machiavelli

     - The Prince

 

James Madison

     - Writings

 

Mairead Corrigan Maguire

     - The Vision of Peace: Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland

 

Malcolm X

     - The Autobiography of Malcolm X

 

David Mamet

     - Glengarry Glen Ross

 

Peter C. Mancall

     - Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

 

Nelson Mandela

     - Long Walk to Freedom

 

Abby Mann

     - Judgment at Nuremberg

 

Heinrich Mann

     - Der Untertan (Man of Straw)

 

Klaus Mann

     - Mephisto

 

Thomas Mann

     - Betrachtungen eines Unpolitischen (Reflections of an Unpolitical Man)
    - Deutsche Hörer! Radiosendungen nach Deutschland aus den Jahren 1940-1945 (Listen, Germany! -- Letters to German listeners broadcast on BBC in 1940-1945)

 

Marcus Aurelius

     - Meditations

 

Joyce Marlow (ed.), Various Authors

     - Votes for Women: The Virago Book of Suffragettes

 

Milton Sanford Mayer

     - They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45

 

Sarah McBride

     - Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

 

John McIlwain

     - Magna Carta In Salisbury

 

Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera

     - All The Devils Are Here: Unmasking the Men Who Bankrupted the World

 

Francesca Melandri

     - Alle, außer mir (original title: Sangue giusto -- "The Right [or Just] Blood")

 

Maria Rosa Menocal

     - The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

 

Maria Rosa Menocal, Raymond P. Scheindlin, Michael Sells (eds.), Various Authors

     - The Literature of Al-Andalús

 

John Stuart Mill

     - On Liberty

     - The Subjection of Women

 

Frank Millar

     - David Trimble: The Prince of Peace

 

John Milton

     - Areopagitica and Other Writings

 

Michel de Montaigne

     - Essays

 

Montesquieu

     - De l'esprit des lois

 

Thomas More

     - Utopia

 

Toni Morrison

     - Beloved
     - The Song of Solomon
     - The Bluest Eye
     - Race
     - The Origin of Others

 

John Mortimer

     - The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole
     - The Fascist Beast

 

John Muir

     - Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth / My First Summer in the Sierra / The Mountains of California / Stickeen / Essays

 

Miyamoto Musashi

     - The Book of Five Rings

 

Muna Ndulo

     - Security, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation: When the Wars End

 

Viet Thanh Nguyen (ed./contrib.), Various Authors

     - The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

 

Bill Nye

     - Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World

 

Anne-Marie-Louise d'Orléans Montpensier

     - Against Marriage: The Correspondence of La Grande Mademoiselle

 

George Orwell

     - Animal Farm

     - 1984
     - The Orwell Reader: Fiction, Essays, and Reportage

 

Nicholas O'Shaughnessy

     - Marketing the Third Reich: Persuasion, Packaging and Propaganda

 

Carl von Ossietzky

     - Rechenschaft: Publizistik aus den Jahren 1913-1933 (roughly equivalent with the English language compilation The Stolen Republic: Selected Writings)

 

Ovid

     - Gedichte aus der Verbannung (Tristia, Epistulae ex Ponto)

 

Thomas Paine

     - Collected Writings: Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets / Articles & Letters

 

Dexter Palmer

     - Version Control

 

Parlamentarischer Rat

     - Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1949) (German Constitution)

 

Blaise Pascal

     - Pensées

 

J.J. Patrick

     - Alternative War

 

Iain Pears

     - The Dream Of Scipio

 

Shimon Peres

     - Battling for Peace: A Memoir

 

Christine de Pizan

     - Le Débat Sur Le Roman De La Rose (The Debate on the Romance of the Rose)
     - La Cité des Dames (The City of the Ladies)
     - Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc (The Ballad of Joan of Arc)

 

Valerie Plame Wilson

     - Fair Game

 

Plato

     - The Republic

 

Helen Prejean

     - Dead Man Walking

 

Christoph Ransmayr

     - Die letzte Welt (The Last World)

 

Dan Rather, Elliot Kirschner

     - What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

 

Christopher Reeve

     - Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life

 

Tom Reiss

     - The Black Count

 

Erich Maria Remarque

     - Im Westen nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front)

 

T.R. Richmond

     - What She Left

 

Jon Ronson

     - The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right”

 

Reginald Rose

     - Twelve Angry Men

 

Joseph Roth

     - Unter dem Bülowbogen: Prosa zur Zeit (roughly equivalent with the English language collection What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933)

 

Philip Roth

     - The Plot Against America

 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

     - Les Confessions
     - Du Contrat social

     - Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'inégalité parmi les hommes (Discourse on the Origin of Inequality)

     - Émile, ou, de l'éducation

     - Les Reveries Du Promeneur Solitaire (Reveries of the Solitary Walker)

 

Salman Rushdie

     - East, West

     - Home
     - Shame
     - Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991
     - Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002
 

Joanna Russ

     - How to Suppress Women's Writing

 

Carl Sagan

     - Cosmos
     - Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

     - Le Petit Prince

 

Andrei Sakharov

     - Memoirs

 

Carl Sandburg

     - Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years

 

Dorothy L. Sayers

     - Are Women Human?

 

Barry Scheck, Jim Dwyer, Peter Neufeld

     - Actual Innocence

 

Friedrich von Schiller

     - Don Carlos

 

Bernhard Schlink

     - Der Vorleser (The Reader)

 

Helmut Schmidt

     - Sechs Reden (Six Speeches)

 

Inge Scholl

     - Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose)

 

Erwin Schrödinger

     - 'Nature and the Greeks' and 'Science and Humanism'

 

Tom Schulman

     - Dead Poets Society

 

A. Brad Schwartz

     - Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News

 

Seneca

     - Letters from a Stoic

 

Julia Serano

     - Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

 

William Shakespeare

     - Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power

     - Uneasy Lies The Head: William Shakespeare on Power

     - The Merchant of Venice
     ... but really: The Complete Works

 

Kamila Shamsie

     - Home Fire

 

George Bernard Shaw

     - Saint Joan

 

William L. Shirer

     - The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

 

Peter Singer

     - Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
     - The Life You Can Save: How to Play Your Part in Ending World Poverty

     - Practical Ethics

 

Adam Smith

     - An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations

 

Zadie Smith

     - Feel Free: Essays

 

Timothy Snyder

     - On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons form the Twentieth Century

 

Takuan Soho

     - The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

     - The Gulag Archipelago
     - The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005

 

Sophocles

     - Antigone

 

Norman Spinrad

     - Bug Jack Barron

 

John Steinbeck

     - The Grapes of Wrath
     - The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to The Grapes of Wrath

 

Gloria Steinem

     - Moving Beyond Words: Essays on Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking the Boundaries of Gender

 

Joseph E. Stiglitz

     - Globalization and Its Discontents

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe

     - Uncle Tom’s Cabin

 

Barry Strauss

     - The Spartacus War

 

Susan Stryker

     - Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution

 

Rachel Swaby

     - Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World  

 

Natasha Tarpley

     - I Love My Hair!

 

Janne Teller

     - Krieg: Stell dir vor, er wäre hier (War)

 

Sheri S. Tepper

     - Six Moon Dance

 

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

     - Petals of Blood

 

Angie Thomas

     - The Hate U Give

 

Henry David Thoreau

     - Civil Disobedience

     - Walden

 

Alexis de Tocqueville

     - Democracy in America

 

J.R.R. Tolkien

     - The Lord of the Rings

 

Robert Tressel

     - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

 

Chogyam Trungpa

     - Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

 

Sojourner Truth

     - The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

 

Barbara W. Tuchman

     - The Guns of August

     - The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

 

Kurt Tucholsky

     - Das Tucholsky Lesebuch (The Tucholsky Reader)

     - Tucholsky in Berlin: Gesammelte Feuilletons 1912-1930 (Collected Feature Articles)

 

Desmond Tutu

     - No Future Without Forgiveness

 

Mark Twain

     - Mark Twain’s Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race

 

Lao Tzu

     - Tao Te Ching

 

Sun Tzu

     - The Art of War

 

Morihei Ueshiba

     - The Art of Peace

 

United Nations

     - Charter of the United Nations

     - Statute of the International Court of Justice
     - Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

Walter Van Tilburg Clark

     - The Ox-Bow Incident

 

Mario Vargas Llosa

     - Conversación en la Catedral

     - Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society

     - La fiesta del chivo

     - Making Waves

 

Vassillis Vassilikos

     - Z

 

Timur Vermes

     - Er ist wieder da (Look Who's Back)

 

Voltaire

     - Candide

 

Michael Walzer

     - Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

 

George Washington

     - Farewell Address

     - Writings

 

George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Benedict Arnold, and others, John H. Rhodehamel (ed.)

     - American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence

 

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglas, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gregory Suriano (ed.)

     - Great American Speeches

 

George Washington, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Lee, Daniel Webster, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Chief Joseph, Grover Cleveland, Booker T. Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, J. Robert Oppenheimer, John F. and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Betty Friedan, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, and others, Ted Widmer (ed.)

     - American Speeches: Political Oratory from Patrick Henry to Barack Obama (2 volumes)

 

George Washington, Queen Elizabeth I, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mahatma Gandhi, Clarence Darrow, Emmeline Pankhurst, Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, George S Patton, Stalin, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, and others, Simon Sebag Montefiore (ed.)

     - Speeches That Changed the World

 

Edward J. Watts

     - Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny

 

Richard von Weizsäcker

     - Vier Zeiten: Erinnerungen
     - Im Gespräch mit Ulrich Wickert: In der Freiheit bestehen

 

Theodore H. White

     - Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon

 

Oscar Wilde

     - The Decay of Lying: And other Essays

 

Paul R. Williams

     - Peace with Justice?: War Crimes and Accountability in the Former Yugoslavia

 

Michael Wolff

     - Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

 

Mary Wollstonecraft

     - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

 

Virginia Woolf

     - Liberty

     - A Room of One's Own
     - Street Haunting and Other Essays
     - The Waves

 

Jonathan Wright

     - Gustav Stresemann: Weimar's Greatest Statesman

 

Richard Wright

     - Black Boy
     - Native Son
     - Injustice

 

Robert Wright

     - The Moral Animal

 

Muhammad Yunus

     - Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

 

Fareed Zakaria

     - In Defense of a Liberal Education

 

Yevgeny Zamyatin

     - We

 

Howard Zinn

     - Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology

     - A History of the American Empire

     - A People's History of the United States
     - A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
     - The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy

 

Émile Zola

     - J'accuse

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review 2018-02-20 21:48
A stubborn modern-day heroine who learns a lesson or two along the way.
The Royal Deal (Chasing the Romantics, a Series of Original Fairy Tales Book 1) - Rosalind Driver

I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, check here if you want to get your book reviewed) and thank her and the author for the ARC copy of the book, which I freely chose to review.

I love fairy tales. I know some of the classic ones are cruel, harsh, and less than politically correct, but I do love them. And I am always intrigued by new versions of old fairy tales, or completely new fairy tales.

This short fairy tale has elements of the classics: a King and father, insisting that his daughter must marry the man of his choice (for political reasons); a Princess and daughter, Faith, who wants to follow her heart (she hardly knows Jaeger, the young prince she is due to marry. She always assumed she would marry the older, more mature, Mikhail, who is known for his caring attitude towards his people, although she does not know him well either); a challenge/mission… This time, the princess is not just passively waiting for a prince to come and rescue her (although she hopes Mikhail, who has been missing for a long time, will come back before her 19th birthday when she is supposed to get married). She decides to go to her father and make a deal with him. She wants to prove that she is not a useless thing that needs looking after. Her father agrees that if she can survive for three months in the forest, without any outside help, she will be free to marry whomever, whenever.

Faith is headstrong, rushed, and impulsive. She knows that she lives a life where she is totally dependent on others, (princesses don’t even get dressed by themselves), and has been trying to learn how to do things for herself, but she soon realises she has not thought things through. She should have negotiated the conditions of her deal to her advantage (she does not even have appropriate shoes to wear, does not know how to light a fire, and has no weapons to defend herself from wild animals or any other dangers she might encounter).

Faith learns a lot in the three months she spends in the forest. She meets a hermit who helps her (despite her insistence that she does not want to cheat); she realises that she must think before she acts and that we need to learn to walk before we can run. Her beliefs are put to the test, as are her prejudices, and although she knows she has a specific role to play due to her position in life and she is not free to do as she likes, she cannot help but end up feeling quite close to the hermit.

The story, written in the third person, is made up of vivid vignettes illustrating both, Faith’s life in the castle at first, and then her attempts at survival in the forest (mostly unsuccessful and lucky escapes, including a lovely interlude with a bear cub). This is not a story about a girl who suddenly discovers she is good at everything and has a natural talent to survive in the wild. She makes mistakes, is sorely unprepared, and keeps getting into trouble. She is about to give up but the hermit helps her and convinces her to keep going. The story dedicates much more time to the first couple of days when we meet Faith and she goes into the forest, than it does to the rest of the three months. Although there are some stirrings of a possible romance, and Faith has to admit to having developed feelings for the hermit, she is more passionate about tasting some chocolate after not having tried it for a few months than she is about any of the men in her life.

As some other reviewers have noted, this is no magical fairy tale, this is the tale of a determined (obstinate?) girl who learns the value of being prepared, of working hard for what you want, and of being truly independent.

The big reveal will not be a surprise to most readers, although it does tie things up nicely, and the actual ending, which some readers feel is a bit rushed, I thought made perfect sense and proved that Faith had learned from her experience and grown up.

The actual fairy tale is shorter than the e-book length suggests, as it contains a sample of the next fairy tale in the series (that looks quite good too).

An original fairy tale, which could facilitate interesting discussions about female role models (beware of the mention of her purity, which might be difficult to explain to very young kids), and the first of what looks like a very interesting series.

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review 2018-01-17 21:26
Ambition and Destiny
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution - Nathaniel Philbrick

The war for Independence has long been glorified in our history books. However, Nathaniel Philbrick looks through the layers and brings us a untarnished view on the history of the war.

George Washington and Benedict Arnold were two men that became legend during the war. While the war raged on, the two men could not have been more different. Washington worried about the army as the whole and suffered from indecision. Arnold thought of himself and what he could gain from the war. Two men who had greatness before them, but who could not have been more different in their mindsets and goals.
Benedict Arnold became one of the greatest traitors in the history of the United States, and his defection could have demoralized the entire army. However, Washington had been turning the war around, and those who had once been detractors of the Commander in Chief were realizing that he was the only one who could effectively lead the army. Arnold wanted to enrich himself, and come out of the war as a hero, but his actions can speak to anything but. Instead of working toward the betterment of his country, he became a turncoat, and began to work with the enemy, with the urging of his second wife, Peggy.

This is one of the best books on the American Revolution that I have read. While Benedict Arnold and George Washington are the two main characters, there is so much more present. The highs and lows, the good and the bad are all played out on the pages, and no one is spared. From the Continental Congress, to the French allies - every leaf is overturned to give a comprehensive view and greater understanding of what lead to the defection of Benedict Arnold.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the war, and the men who's names have become entwined in history.

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text 2017-11-26 23:20
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 4 - Thanksgiving

Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: List of 5 things you’re grateful for.

 

Three days late, but anyway, here we go:

 

1.) My mom.  Life wasn't always a bed of roses for her, but she brought me up never once letting me feel it.  Praise was always more lavish than criticism -- in fact, the mere absence of praise and a subdued showing of disappointment usually took the place of overt criticism, and that was all that was needed.  It was my mom who fostered my love of reading and travel -- even from my earliest years on, she took me abroad at least once a year -- and of every activity that expanded my scope of vision.  From my earliest days on, she was the closest friend I ever had.  Yet she never once challenged my decision to move to Berlin (a day's travel away by car or train then) after I had graduated from university, and later even to the U.S.  And after 20+ years of wanderings, I was happy to move back to Bonn, and close to her at last, so as to be able to be around when she needs me. She'll be 80 next year but doesn't look nearly that.  Our / her family tend to live very long lives -- I sure hope that's true and we'll be able to enjoy each other's company for a long time yet!

 

Traveling with mom to Spain, the Netherlands and the French Riviera (my mom took the picture, so she isn't in it), and at home, during an autumn walk and on my grandparents' balcony (they lived at walking distance from us).

 

2.) My cats.  All of them, beginning with Gypsy, who stole my heart almost 20 years ago at the end of my final term at Cornell and stayed with me until his body finally gave out on him after he'd reached a Methusalean age (I never knew what age exactly he'd reached; his last vet thought he was at least 19 or 20); continuing with Holly and Tiger, born in the wilds of Grand Canyon and a Los Angeles back alley garbage dump respectively, who found their homes with me after having been saved from certain death by guardian angels in 2000 and 2002; and now, finally, Teddy, who's been making his home with me since this past June, and is learning, for the first time in a life spent out on the street so far, that humans aren't all evil and can even (gasp -- what a notion!) be trusted, at least to a certain extent.

My two black boys, Gypsy (R.I.P. 2008) and Teddy -- and the two girls at play (left Holly, R.I.P. 2016, right Tiger, R.I.P. 2012).

 

3.) The fact that my office has survived the first year of its existence.  I left my former firm and set up an office of my own at the end of last year, and though I knew I wouldn't be starving, there's always a huge amount of uncertainty connected with such a step; not least because both clients and peers will perceive you differently once you're no longer connected with a powerful, well-established firm.  But this year has, overall, been better than I expected, and it looks very much like next year's intake is ensured as well.  Of course it can still all go down really fast, but so far, things are exceeding expectations, and that surely is something to be thankful for.

 

4.)  My books!  All of them, every book that I ever read -- even the bad ones.  I taught myself to read while most of the rest of my class was still stuck in the early stages of their ABC so as to finally be able to read the books that others (chiefly my mom) had, so far, been reading to me ... and I've never looked back.

 

5.)  My friends.  This community (as the recent site maintenance hickups very unnecessarily brought home yet again) and in real life, chiefly my BFF Gaby, who is one of the most courageous persons I've ever known -- and we've known each other ever since high school.  She's been born with a slew of handicaps, not all of them as visible as the fact that she requires crutches and a wheelchair to move any distances longer than a few 100 feet, but this doesn't stop her from living a fully realized life -- which on her job side, includes business trips to such places as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali or, more recently, the part of Turkey just on the other side of the border from the Iraqi civil war zone.  She is always ready to stand up for her own rights as well as those of others, always has an ear for other people's troubles, and is, all around, the most generous and loyal friend anybody could possibly wish for.

 

Mexico (December 1994 / January 1995) -- together at Teotihuacán, and Gaby climbing up the stairs of El Capitán, the big pyramid at Chichén-Itzá -- and Edinburgh (2006)

 

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review 2017-08-20 12:44
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones: A Fremont Jones Mystery (Fremont Jones Mysteries) - Dianne Day

This story was creepy but not really scary. It did keep my interest though and when I wasn´t reading I was wondering about what would happen. I´m glad I finally read it since I´ve had this book on my to-be-read list for a really long time. Fremont Jones reminds me a lot of myself, strong-willed and different. I love that she left her home to support herself and decided not to be married. She wanted to be her own person without the limits of societies ideals. I can´t wait to see what happens as I read more of this series.

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