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Which books have inspired you the most?

There are millions of books but there only a few that could really inspire you

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  • Nov 17 2011: Where to begin? Everybook, biographry, philosophical treatise, scientific theory or work of literatrure that I've had the fortune of reading has touched me in a different way. Nevetheless, the following works quickly come to mind:

    Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson - Mitch Albom (Inspirational)
    South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami (Ethereal)
    Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology - Neil Postman (Prophetic)
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    Nov 27 2011: Dear Tarek,

    Of the innumerable books that I have read over the years I mention just a few, including the year of publication (is also when I read it) and what it meant to me at that time.

    01.Thea Beckman – Kruistocht in spijkerbroek (1976) (Eng: Crusade in Jeans)
    (Loved the time-travel in history and a close-up on religion)
    02.James Mitchener – Chesapeake Bay (1978)
    (Was mesmerized by the research done and the magic of words to vividly visualize a possible history)
    03.James Clavell – Shogun (1979)
    (Loved the insight in a totally different culture. Read it in 4 days despite being in the middle of my exams)
    04. Anaïs Nin – Erotica (1979)
    (Eye-opener on sexuality)
    05.David Yallop – In God’s Name (1984)
    (Eye-opener on religion, politics and power)
    06. The Norton Reader (1984)
    The Anthology of English Literature &The Norton Anthology of American Literature (1986)
    (A cornucopia of fabulous classics and essays)
    07.Cynthia McLeod – Hoe duur was de suiker (1987) (Eng: The cost of sugar)
    (At last, another view on Surinamese history)
    08.Tony Buzan – Make the most of your mind (1988)
    (Mind mapping brought some structure and calmness to the chaos of information in my head)
    09.James Allen – As a Man Thinketh (1989)
    (Much needed food for the soul)
    10.Gavin de Becker – The gift of fear (1997)
    (Understanding that a fear can be a gift and how to deal with it was mind-shifting)
    11.Neale Donald Walsch – Conversations with God (1997)
    (Brought peace of mind to my thoughts on religions and life)
    12.Shiv Khera – You Can Win (1999)
    (Loved the examples from everyday life in application in business and life in general)
    13.John Taylor Gatto – Dumbing us down (2005)
    (Great view on public education)
    14.Carolien Roodvoets – Niemandskinderen (2009) (Eng: Nobody’s children)
    (The insight was further helpful in dealing with the consequences of an unsafe youth –my own and other’s- and coming to terms with it)

    Regards,
    Astra
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    Nov 20 2011: Open book of mother nature.
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    Nov 14 2011: The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran.
    The Hero with 1000 Faces - Joseph Campbell.
    Numerous Poetry Anthologies.
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      Nov 15 2011: QUOTE: "The Hero with 1000 Faces - Joseph Campbell."

      Scott, I hadn't seen your post and was going to include Campbell's 1000 Faces on my list but one of our employees came in for a meeting (darn work interfering with the fun stuff!)
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        Nov 15 2011: In an age dominated by rational thought, there's something beautiful about common images and archetypes manifesting themselves seemingly because they are some kind of lance to a psychic boil.

        People will grow in spite of themselves.

        I found it a fascinating read and it gave me another way of viewing life. Not as much pin-point certainty as 'science' but just as satisfying.
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    Nov 26 2011: There are quite a few books that have inspired me but more recently its:

    1. Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir by Basharat Peer

    2. Orientalism by Edward Said

    3. Myth of Independence by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
  • Nov 25 2011: horton hears a who - Dr. Zuess
    Mein Kampff - Adolf Hitler
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    Nov 25 2011: In tune with the Infinite- Ralph Waldo Trine
    To kill a mockingbird- Harper Lee
    The pillars of the earth- Ken Follett
    As a man thinketh- James Allen

    Books I come back to over and over
  • Nov 24 2011: SHOGUN, James Clavell

    This book has definitely opened a new side in my point of view of life,
    A very enchanting and ancient one i must say.
    This book i think also made me more understanding and accepting for other cultures.
    Right, it's 1000 pages novel... But when it's about to end.. U WISH FOR A 1000 MORE!
  • Nov 22 2011: The Bible... Disregarding the veracity or lack thereof, it has taught me more than any other book. (I'm not religious, so save any harsh words.)

    Crack open Proverbs or Ecclesiastes for a wealth of wisdom, insight, (and depression).
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    Nov 19 2011: "Man searching for meaning" by Dr Frankl - very inspiring, help me to regain focus everytime when time goes bad, when i starting to lose hope in difficult situations. Realizing a lot of the bad emotions and bad feelings are self induced. Knowing your meaning for the situations and for your path, then the rest is just solving it.

    " A brief history of time" by Stephen Hawking - just sometime i love - sometime that i always get fascinated by.
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      Nov 22 2011: Man's Search for Meaning is truly inspirational! I feel it must be made a must read in all schools and colleges. It has a genuine message of hope even in the direst and worst of human circumstances ( Holocaust).
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    Nov 19 2011: Like the book Black Coffee by Agatha Christie which have lots of actions,speculations, is not effective on me.on the other hand Improbable by Adam Fawer inspired me so much.Before reading I believe quantum theory and I researched about it then I read and I couldn't believe how did Adam Fawer write this book perfectly? How did he fictionalize these events with Quantum Theory and Laplace's demon..I read it 3 times and I am stiil inspired.
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    Nov 19 2011: The Alchemist
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    Nov 19 2011: Hot, Flat, and Crowded. Friedman brings a laundry list of observations and solutions about today's big issues. It gets you thinking in a different way, which is what we all need to start doing.
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    Nov 19 2011: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

    It taught me that I am not alone in my fears of what mankind could become. That and I very much relate to John the savage
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    Nov 18 2011: My favourite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude, from Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
    This book tells the history of several generations of a family whose patriarch founds a city in order to live a better life.

    But the best part is its end, where the author deciphers the whole history in just two or three paragraphs!

    Another great book is Black Swan, from Nicholas Nassim Taleb.

    Both books are extraordinary!!!
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    Nov 18 2011: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

    In the book, he explains that even in direst of circumstances that humans can be put in (Nazi Concentration Camp), if its possible for one man to find meaning, its possible for all. I find a genuine message of hope, action and meaning in his book. And the book completely changed the way I look at my life, and the life of others.

    Which is the book that you find most inspiring?
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    Nov 18 2011: Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene is a wonderful book for grasping the nature of biology
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      Nov 18 2011: True, Selfish Gene is one of the best books ever regarding the understanding of the basic principles of life and man.
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    Nov 18 2011: The book marcus aurelius meditation have inspired me so deeply.his attitudes on life,death and time are brilliant.
    • Nov 25 2011: me too. after I have read Sophie's world. the second book it is this one.in philosophy and everything gives me a lot
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    Nov 17 2011: I like dystopias, like "Brave new world" by Aldous Huxley, or "1984" by George Orwell or "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. These are novels that make you think a little... but actually the books that have most inspired me were "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, "Walden 2" by B. F. Skinner and "Karamazov Brothers" by Fiódor Dostoyevski.

    Have a good reading!
  • Nov 16 2011: East of Eden by John Steinbeck. The very old Chinese scholars who took up the study of the Hebrew (?) language in order to understand the biblical story of Cain and Abel.
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    Nov 16 2011: Among many others: Martin Buber's "I and Thou", Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces", Bill Plotkin's "Soulcraft", and David Whyte's poetry collection "The House of Belonging".
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      Nov 16 2011: the second makes the two of us. c..
  • Nov 16 2011: Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead

    John Taylor Gatto - Weapons of Mass Instruction

    Jostein Gaarder - Sophie's World

    J.D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye

    The Prophet

    Greg Mortenson - Three Cups of Tea
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      Nov 21 2011: I think I'll give a try to Gatto and Mortenson. Catching titles :)
      • Nov 21 2011: You won't be disappointed Alice! Gatto changed my whole outlook on the education system, and Mortenson has shown a better way of tackling terrorism from the ground up with schools instead of bombs.
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          Nov 24 2011: I noticed in your profile that you work as a teacher as well, it's right your domain! I took note of the titles and authors and put them in my list of future readings. I like new points of views and ideas in this field, I think it is the basis to start from to change everything askew in the world :)
    • Nov 25 2011: Jostein Gaarder - Sophie's World
      this book opend the interesting of philosophy for me :)
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    Nov 15 2011: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote introduced a fear of being alone at home in the country when I hadn't been afraid before. Children the Challenge by Rudolf Dreikurs made me a good mother . . . I think.
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    Dec 13 2011: Hello Tarek, here are some of them:

    Illusions - Richard Bach
    Demian - Herman Hesse
    Canek - Ermilo Abreu Gomez
    Billions and Billions - Carl Sagan
    Understanding Power - Noam Chomsky
    A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
    Adam's Fallacy - Duncan K. Foley
    Mutual Aid - Peter Kropotkin
    ...

    (the list is loooong....)
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    Dec 13 2011: Powers of Ten, About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe by Morrison and Morrison
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    Dec 13 2011: Z.

    but I became depressed till now .....
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    Nov 29 2011: The King James Bible.
  • Nov 28 2011: My family and other animals. by Gerald Durrell.

    absolute delight. If you want to feel happy read this