If you gave me one book to read, which would it be?

I never learn… When you lend someone a book you’re pretty much guaranteed never to get it back. I’ve lent (or should I say ‘reluctantly given away’) more great books than I can keep track of.

And the worse thing is that those who don’t return your books are the ones who didn’t even like the books. How do I know this? Because if you liked the first book of liberty that you read you find yourself in a never-ending quest for more. The ones who liked the books I gave them are the ones who came back to me wanting further book recommendations. Continue reading “If you gave me one book to read, which would it be?”

Other classifications

To make things easier to find, I created a few groupings that allow you to narrow down certain topics that include a large number of named individuals, geographical locations, or geopolitical entities. So in addition to the detailed name of the person, group or location I created the topics: people and groups; areas and nations; economists; and politicians (who, within it, include also nation state leaders and US presidents).

You can always use the search bar to look for a particular person or country. The autocomplete function will bring up the search results immediately as you type. But if you just can’t remember the name of the person or if you want to get some ideas by searching the broader category (e.g. “let’s see which economists have something written about them…”) this would be a great way to do it.

And sometimes you might just want to read a book that seems to have a wide variety of topics, like a primer on some broad topic or a book that will help you answer every question under the sun. In that case you may just want to filter with the word smorgasbord and see what books come up.

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This concludes the series on Recommended Starting Points. I hope you found some useful content in here or, better yet, know that these posts exist so you come back here again when you start over looking for new topics to explore. And as always, thank you for reading!

Literature

While all books technically fall under the topic of “literature“, I’ve reserved this tag mostly as a way for you to easily filter through the many hundred titles to find works of fiction (whether it be science fiction or dystopian novels), humor (yes, believe it or not, there are plenty of those), poetry (even harder to believe, right?) or quotes.

The great manifestos are clearly labeled, as are Festschrifts, which are collections of writings published in honor of a scholar. Finally, I included a range of biographies and autobiographies that shed light on some key individuals.

Within these topics you will probably find the widest range of books to suit whatever you’re in the mood for tonight. Take that light fiction book with you on vacation one day and pore over the pages of that great manifesto the next. And as always, thank you for reading!

Technology

As a tool devised by our ingenuity, technology is what has propelled us to becoming the dominant species on Earth despite comparative physical disadvantages. But technology continues to empower those in whose hands it should not be used. From outright war to the underappreciated abuses of mass surveillance, the State has been using technology to strip us of life, liberty and property since the dawn of its existence.

In the age of The American Panopticon, breaches of privacy and security through domestic spying are pervasive. The ability to retaliate through the use of bitcoin, and other crypto-currencies and blockchain solutions, or with tools like Tor, the Dark Net, and further ingenious hacking techniques were brought to us by cypherpunks and other such heroes.

Learning the technical skills to disrupt and contribute is best done online. The technology world moves fast and traditional publishers can’t keep up. But I have amassed a significant collections of books, nonetheless, on these topics within the pages of Books of Liberty.

So whether it’s a “how to”, a thrilling novel or a fascinating non-fiction book, I invite you to browse through these topics and find that which intrigues you. And as always, thank you for reading!

Physical and Mental Wellbeing

The main aspects of your physical wellbeing that help prevent disease and ill-health are diet and fitness. It goes without saying that each body is unique and I have insufficient information to assess the efficacy of the ideas represented in the diet and fitness books linked within Books of Liberty’s pages.

Healthcare is another important component and the books within this topic may include not just a “how to” on healthcare but also theoretical expositions, commentary and opinion and other economic analyses or policy critiques.

One’s mental wellbeing is influenced by a large number of factors, over which I am even less qualified to talk about than I am on diet and fitness. However I have compiled books on a variety of topics that will help educate you on matters of self-esteem, stress management, the effects of trauma or punishment and reward on mental health and happiness, as well as help you gain more self-awareness through mindfulness and a focus on authenticity.

Related topics within the psychology area will bring you more insight into a variety of factors affecting our minds and our emotional intelligence. These include our inclination to obedience, authority and conformity and, with some, this includes outright psychopathy and narcissism, as represented by most who seek political office. These are very important topics to grasp for all who seek to understand the root cause of our lack of freedom in the world today.

Real world experiments on behaviorism, including controversial experiments (such as the Milgram experiment or the Stanford prison experiment) shine light on topics like the Lucifer Effect where otherwise good people end up doing evil. Fascinating insight into the human condition!

Given the broad range of subjects and books related to physical and mental wellbeing, there is no way I can cover all the different aspects. Feel free to contact us with suggestions for different books or topics. And as always, thank you for reading!