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    I've been reading "A Peoples History of the United States" on and off for years. It's incredibly good and I highly recommend it.

    You can see these news excerpts from the late 1800s where the working class is complaining about excessive hours and working conditions for horrible pay while owners get richer. They cause to strike and unionize and journalists call them out as communists/socialists and a threat to America and capitalism.

    They call out the 1% getting richer while the majority of workers can't afford to feed their families.

    Funny how 100+ years later its the same old problems. Makes me feel like all this debating and fighting over politics and social structures is even more pointless than I thought.

    Things won't change, so just see the world and enjoy life.

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    Had to read it for American History^

    liked it

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    Halfway through Manufacturing Consent, by Noam Chomsky. Great book on the media

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGGGG-Men View Post
    I've been reading "A Peoples History of the United States" on and off for years. It's incredibly good and I highly recommend it.

    You can see these news excerpts from the late 1800s where the working class is complaining about excessive hours and working conditions for horrible pay while owners get richer. They cause to strike and unionize and journalists call them out as communists/socialists and a threat to America and capitalism.

    They call out the 1% getting richer while the majority of workers can't afford to feed their families.

    Funny how 100+ years later its the same old problems. Makes me feel like all this debating and fighting over politics and social structures is even more pointless than I thought.

    Things won't change, so just see the world and enjoy life.

    Love the book, it should be in school study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGGGG-Men View Post
    I've been reading "A Peoples History of the United States" on and off for years. It's incredibly good and I highly recommend it. . .
    It's a great read and should be required reading for every high school history course.

    You can see these news excerpts from the late 1800s where the working class is complaining about excessive hours and working conditions for horrible pay while owners get richer. They cause to strike and unionize and journalists call them out as communists/socialists and a threat to America and capitalism.

    They call out the 1% getting richer while the majority of workers can't afford to feed their families.

    Funny how 100+ years later its the same old problems. Makes me feel like all this debating and fighting over politics and social structures is even more pointless than I thought.

    Things won't change, so just see the world and enjoy life.
    For example, Social Security (which didn't exist a hundred years ago) lifted 20 million Americans out of poverty, including 1 million children. That's a big change for the better. Granted victories may be few and far between, but that doesn't necessarily mean nothing changes. And besides, things change for the worse all time time. . .
    Labgrownmangoat has been feeling stabby as **** lately and is taking a few days off to rest, relax, and recharge. That means drinking, sexual triathlons, and a drug buffet. Oh, and maybe a hike or two on some godforsaken mountain. And forgetting for a while about border ****ery, Russia's ****ery, and the GOP's ****ery, as well as avoiding the cackling whores who will be joyously celebrating the possible gutting of the Affordable Care Act. -- paraphrase of Rude Pundit

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    Just finished "The Undiscovered Self", by Carl Jung. Just started "On the Origin of Species" by Darwin. Not extremely political books but recommended reading, nonetheless.

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    I just finished Michael Specter's Denialism, pretty fascinating stuff.

    The book is basically divided into 6 parts with the general theme being people's denial towards whatever that part is on.

    Part 1 deals with fears of Big Pharma
    Part 2 deals with fears about Vaccines
    Part 3 deals with why Organic Food isn't that great
    Part 4 deals with why taking supplements is basically worthless
    Part 5 deals with Race and health
    Part 6 deals with Genetics and the fear associated with it.

    It's a pretty short and simple read and it's also very eye opening.
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    Going through the Hunger Games trilogy now (2/3s done with book 2)......not political at all, but discussing books in any other forum on here is pretty useless.

    Anyone here end up reading Confidence Men?

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    I would strongly recomend "A People's History of the United States" and "Atlas Shrugged" in order to understand the perspective of both sides of the political perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGGGG-Men View Post
    Going through the Hunger Games trilogy now (2/3s done with book 2)......not political at all, but discussing books in any other forum on here is pretty useless.

    Anyone here end up reading Confidence Men?
    I finished the first book. I thought it was very good. All of my friends think I'm crazy when I tell them it was a great book.
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    How unsurprising. Dude, give up trying to argue with valade. He cut you into little pieces, had you for breakfast, and shat you out.
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    Valade you have totally owned this thread. Well done
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    Quote Originally Posted by Your Daddy View Post
    I would strongly recomend "A People's History of the United States" and "Atlas Shrugged" in order to understand the perspective of both sides of the political perspective.
    Not exactly on the educational level as those but I recommend reading "Starship Troopers" and "The Forever War" back to back.

    Really awesome to read the contrary views on the Vietnam war expressed through fiction.
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    How unsurprising. Dude, give up trying to argue with valade. He cut you into little pieces, had you for breakfast, and shat you out.
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    Valade you have totally owned this thread. Well done
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    Quote Originally Posted by valade16 View Post
    Not exactly on the educational level as those but I recommend reading "Starship Troopers" and "The Forever War" back to back.

    Really awesome to read the contrary views on the Vietnam war expressed through fiction.
    starship trooper's is a great book. as is "the moon is a harsh mistress" also by robert heinlein.

    The forever war blows as a book. The philosophical point he makes is pretty good, but the story itself isn't very good. Heinlein is a much better writer than Haldeman.

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    Strangers from a Different Shore. Ronald Takaki. its semi-political.

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    I just finished reading Merchants of Doubt, it is a very interesting book and it talks about the forces behind climate change politics along with tobacco and other scientific issues that have been made political.
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    anyone ever read a H.S. History book from the U.K.?

    I wonder how different their version of the American Revolution is than what's in our books.

    i was always told NEVER believe a history book causes it's "HIS story" not fact.
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