Best historical biographies according to redditors

We found 10,161 Reddit comments discussing the best historical biographies. We ranked the 3,218 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/notacrackheadofficer · 231 pointsr/Whatcouldgowrong

NY, Conn, Mass, and NJ are infested with low low overheads, engineered specifically, in accurate historical terms, with no doubt or theory, for roads to not fit buses. All the original NE ''parkways'' were to serve the nice people with their own cars ways to get in and out of bucolic non urban splendor. They literally openly made sure buses filled with undesirable city negros could not follow.
The taconic. The Saw Mill. The Merritt. The Palisades. The cough cough ROBERT MOSES parkway, the Sunken Meadow, The Grand Central, the Northern State, the Southern state, The Bethpage., the Loop parkway,
All ''parkways'' were carefully planned to ensure that no buses followed the ''nice people'' to the parks. There's a whole book about it, that is probably the book with the highest critical praise of any 20th century non-fiction book.
''The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York Paperback – July 12, 1975''
''Robert Moses wove enduring racism into New York's urban fabric''
''Argument Without End

That Moses was highhanded, racist and contemptuous of the poor draws no argument even from the most ardent revisionists. But his grand vision and iron will, they say, seeded New York with highways, parks, swimming pools and cultural halls, from the Belt Parkway to Lincoln Center, and thus allowed the modern city to flower.''

u/brokenyard · 226 pointsr/AskHistorians

It's also worth noting certain Tesla biographies largely influenced the Oatmeal comic's slant. That is, the idea that Edison was a dick definitely predates the comic.

u/Zedress · 191 pointsr/history

I would imagine Genghis Khan. The man did pretty much kill, rape, a lay siege across the world. If you're Iranian, you REALLY don't like him. But he also instituted the Pax Mongolica.

His legacy is mostly negative from western perspectives but he and his empire are much more nuanced than the typical portrayal of him as a simple warlord that wanted nothing more than death and destruction.

I'm also going to include a comment by /u/AlienJelly that might get buried:

> If you're interested in Genghis Khan, you should read Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. It paints him in a different light than we are used to seeing him in . At the end of the book you can decide for yourself what kind of guy Genghis Khan was. The author came to give a talk at my school.

> I also like listening to Dan Carlin - he has a Hardcore History podcast on Genghis Khan that gets mentioned when he is brought up.

> And if you still can't get enough on Genghis Khan, there's a good movie on available on youtube worth watching.

u/KariQuiteContrary · 153 pointsr/books

In a rather different vein from a lot of the suggestions I'm seeing here, I want to plug Michael Herr's Dispatches as an incredible piece of Vietnam literature. There's also If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O'Brien.

If you're willing to consider graphic novels, check out Maus, Persepolis, and Laika.

If you're interested at all in vampires and folklore, I recommend Food for the Dead. Really interesting read.

A history-teacher friend of mine recently gave me The Lost City of Z by David Grann. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but it came highly recommended.

By the by, last year I required my students (high school seniors) to select and read a non-fiction book and gave them the following list of suggestions. Columbine was one of the really popular ones, and I had a bunch of kids (and a few teachers) recommending it to me, but, again, I haven't gotten to it yet.

  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steve D. Levitt
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemna: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  • Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
  • A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition by Stephen Hawking
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  • The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
  • SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Emil Frankl
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  • The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got that Way by Bill Bryson
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  • Food For the Dead: On the Trail of New England’s Vampires by Michael E. Bell
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
  • Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
u/dontbedick · 108 pointsr/MilitaryPorn

Dude, he did all kinds of shit. This general being perhaps the most famous. He also saved a whole bunch of comrades from a burning vehicle, becoming severely burned in the process over 43% of his body, and still managed to eventually precision shoot again.
He engaged in a sniper duel in which he shot the enemy through the eye, through his scope, because they were looking right at each other. He killed a female sniper known as Apache, who was infamous for her penchant for torturing US servicemen. He won the Wimbledon Cup before he went to Vietnam. He was just generally a singular force to be reckoned with. There's more, but I haven't read his biography in a long time. It's Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills. Less than $5 on Amazon.

Forgot one, he was at one time credited with the longest range sniper kill in the world, using a Browning M2 that had its cyclic rate slowed to allow for single shots.


He also hated being called Teddy.

My favorite president by far.

If you haven't read this: check out The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

u/thelampwithin · 91 pointsr/history
u/thekarateguy · 90 pointsr/AskMen

> I think a large part of why I'm so unhappy with myself is that I'm so deprived of physical... intimacy. <-- Ive never used them, but have heard good things about them.

> It seems like every week you read a new study on how loneliness has highly negative effects on mental and physical health, and it's not something I have control over

Stop reading this shit. You are using it to reinforce your victim complex.

> I can't remember the last time I talked to a girl outside my job.

This is entirely your own fault. Go sign up for a cooking class. Or join a book club. Or go on a wine tour. Or do anything that gets you off the fucking internet.

> I don't see how I could possibly not feel undesirable given my circumstances.

Once again, this is entirely your own fault. The good news is that since YOU are the problem, YOU can also be the solution as soon as you get your head out of your ass.

> Also, I do 99% of my complaining on the internet, because I know it makes me look bad but I also need something to do with those thoughts aside from let them swim around in my head all day

You're so full of shit. That is only part of why you do your complaining on the internet. The real reason is because you feed on the doting of strangers.

I dont hate you, kid. In fact I used to be a lot like you. So I can say with confidence that you are being a total bitch. And the longer you act like a total bitch the longer you will be a total bitch and be seen as a total bitch by others. You are your own worst enemy.

Read these:

u/OccamsBroadsword · 78 pointsr/civ

Dude explored the Amazon, almost died repeatedly, charted an uncharted tributary and got it named after him, met with some famous foreign figures while down there and fought it out with hostile natives, etc. Even if that were all he'd done, that one expedition would be more than enough to justify his reputation as a badass. (There's a good book about it, check it out.)

u/Rekthor · 75 pointsr/TopMindsOfReddit

Can I just point out that North Korea is a nation with active concentration and slave labour camps, where torture, beatings, rape, starvation, disease and the killing of babies are downright common occurrences? And where not only the children of prisoners, but the grandchildren of prisoners, are continually held as punishment for the sins of their parents? There are people in those camps today, because their grandparents fought against North Korea in the Korean War (also, seriously, just go read Escape from Camp 14 for a firsthand account of this horror).

Which means that these idiots are now trying to work out a way to rationalize how this unfathomable evil doesn't actually exist. It's Holocaust denial by any other name.

u/MrTroyMcClure · 75 pointsr/todayilearned

"Escape From Camp 14" by Blaine Harden is a great read as well if you are interested in what goes on in these camps.

u/[deleted] · 62 pointsr/AskReddit

To add:

  • Childhood(1858-1869) Being a terrible asthmatic and having 'nervous cholera' didn't stop this moose calf. He decided that the aliments of his body would have to kill him to stop him. He also started "Roosevelt's Museum of Natural History" as a child after buying a dead seal's head at a market on Manhattan. His zoological studies continued into adulthood too. Also, when on trips in Africa and the Middle East he brought his own embalming, taxidermy, and mercury supplies to add to his museum.

  • Thesis (1880-1883) "The Naval War of 1812" was published after Teddy left Harvard and is considered the precursor to the modern doctoral thesis. Yes, he invented the doctoral thesis, christ, what a jerk!

  • Dueling (1886) The de facto leader of Medora was Marquis de Mores. Seeing as T.R. was in his town ranching, he invited him on over. One thing lead to another and blammo, duel time. Now the Marquis was a dead shot and had killed many men. T.R. wisely apologized and went back to his cabin. Yes, it's not the most badass, but the man knew when he was beat. And that takes balls too.

  • Treaty of Portsmouth (1904 -1905) Teddy manages to get a peace treaty signed between the Russians and the Japanese. This sort-of ushers in the Japanese as a world power akin to Great Britain, Germany and France. T.R. gets a Nobel Peace Prize for this.

  • Bull Moose Party(1912) He splits the GOP and form his own party. Yes, he is so badass, no amount of political bitching will stop the guy. The party machinery is broken and corrupt? Screw it, lets make a new one in 7 weeks and have a convention in the exact same spot.

  • WWI (1917) Roosevelt volunteers to lead an infantry division into the trenches at 59 years old. Wilson turns him down.

  • Scouting (1918) Scout Julian Salomon once said, "The two things that gave Scouting great impetus and made it very popular were the uniform and Teddy Roosevelt's jingoism." Thats right you Eagle redditors, you got the Bull Moose to thank.

    Want more?
    YOU SHOULD ALL READ THIS: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. It's like 3 bucks used right now. Better yet, got to your Library and check it out. I am not kidding when I say it made me love biographies. Morris makes his early life read like a fiction novel. You also learn a LOT about publishing, party politics, and post civil war America. It is one of the best book I have ever read. Heck, PM me and I can help you get a book.
u/snotfart · 59 pointsr/StallmanWasRight

There are plenty still there, but they did remove thousands of reviews that gave 1 star and said something along the lines of "Fuck off Hilary". I can see their point - reviews like that aren't massively useful.

u/Eulf · 53 pointsr/KotakuInAction

To be fair, it seems like they're just removing the reviews of most non-verified purchases.

3/3 of the (verified) 1 star reviews in that snapshot are still up, and at least one unverified titled "She really makes you feel like you want to die. . ."

Where as 5/5 of the 5 star (unverified) reviews from this snapshot were deleted

u/Sharpfeaturedman · 50 pointsr/movies

If you haven't had a chance, read Team of Rivals, the book that the film's based upon. It paints a very nuanced - and human - portrait of the man.

Edit: If I remember correctly, I think the script for Spielberg's film was also written by one of the writers from Munich. Depending on what you thought of that film, that could be a good thing or a bad thing, I suppose.

u/autumnflower · 48 pointsr/islam

I would recommend reading a biography of the prophet (sawa). I think reading about the prophet's life is one of the best ways to understand Islam.

As a note, if the Qur'an translation you have is proving difficult to get through, try a different one. Not all translations are the same. You can go to to compare some translations or search this sub for some recommendations.

What about Islam's beliefs do you find difficult?

"Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous." 2:177

Jesus (as) is a revered, respected and beloved prophet in Islam. He is mentioned a lot in the Qur'an, particularly in chapters 3 (Ali 'Imran) and 19 (Maryam).

On the off chance there is a mosque somewhere near you, try getting in touch or going to a visit just to check it out, ask some questions, etc.

Last but not least: Ask God for guidance. At night before you sleep, face the qiblah if you wish (north east), and ask God with a sincere intention to guide you to truth, to peace, to what is right and better for you, whatever it may be.

u/TheRedThirst · 47 pointsr/KotakuInAction

Top Reviews HERE show a number of low scoring reviews that do not reflect the overall score shown

u/Independent · 42 pointsr/AskAnAmerican

Basque fishermen were fishing and whaling off New England and Canada from around 1500 up through the early 18thC. In his excellent book "Cod", Mark Kurlansky mentions a Mayflower log entry noting the presence of Basque fishing ships off Plymouth Rock. Yet, their story is rarely told. (For more on that check out Kurlanky's book "The Basque History of the World"

Speaking of Plymouth Rock, none of the original Plymouth Pilgrims made any mention of the rock at all. It was first mentioned in 1715 and wasn't named until 1741; 121 years after the 1620 Mayflower landing.

u/geekpondering · 41 pointsr/Austin

I really wish the state would use the money planned for widening I-35 and other 'improvements', and buy up 130/45 and change that to I-35, making the current I-35 into a business highway -- this would force all through truck traffic out of downtown.

Expanding highways and making these improvements will not only (further) destroy walkability and split the east side and west side of town from each other, but it only encourages more sprawl and doesn't improve traffic in the long run. I mean, I-10 west of Houston is 8 lanes each way, and still has major traffic during rush hour.

If you want to learn more about how more highways mess up cities and don't do anything for traffic, please read The Power Broker.

u/Snake973 · 41 pointsr/worldnews

It's actually somewhat of a common misconception that the Columbine shooters were bullied or part of some amorphous outcast group of students. If anything, it's probably more accurate to describe them as the actual bullies. There was a really good book that came out about it several years ago. I'll try to find a link real quick.

Edit: here's a link to the book Columbine

And here's a really good writeup about it from a little while after it was released

u/thetacticalpanda · 38 pointsr/todayilearned

In Marine Sniper he describes his escape as being significantly faster than his entry but only because he was crawling prone at a somewhat normal speed, not the snail's pace he used getting into position. Wikipedia says: "He had to crawl back instead of run when soldiers started searching..."

u/GamerGrunt · 38 pointsr/MilitaryPorn
u/A_Slow_Blitzkrieg · 36 pointsr/Borderporn
u/UOUPv2 · 36 pointsr/AskHistorians

Genghis practiced a meritocracy form of government which means that Genghis chose those to be in positions of power based on merit not blood or obligation. The main body of this government was the Kurultai a council of Mongol chiefs headed by Genghis himself. All people within the Empire had to adhere the Yasa which were the laws of the Mongols that Genghis had modified and enforced in the Empire. The citizens of the Mongol Empire were free to practice any religion that they pleased, which helped people accept his rule more rapidly. The infrastructure of the Empire was amazing, it was an infrastructure that may have inadvertently triggered the Italian Renaissance because of the spread of knowledge and technology throughout Asia and Europe. Word traveled quickly thanks to the Yam, genghis' horse driven messenger. Traders of the Silk Road were protected and allowed to travel easily from country to country (though the golden age of the Silk Road would not come to pass until the rule of Kublai Khan). Genghis had an almost laissez faire approach to ruling he knew that if he tried to change too much in the lands that he conquered he would have constantly had to keep ruled lands in check. There's was no need for this of course, genghis launched many of his territories forward economically and even those whose economy was crippled because of them, i.e. Baghdad, were still pacified completely thanks to the military genius of Genghis Khan.

Edit for clarification: The Yasa was not created by Genghis only modified. I was referring to Genghis' war with the Caliph not Hulagu Khan's sacking of Baghdad, should have made that more clear. And I know it's only a theory but in my opinion the spread of technology because of the expansion of the Mongol Empire was one of the causes of the Italians Renaissance due to the combination of Asian and European influence that helped start the Renaissance.

For more information please refer to this book.

u/830_L · 35 pointsr/tifu

> "Don't come to school tomorrow," could mean a thousand things.

I recently read a book about the [Columbine] ( shootings and I remember something that was said by one of the shooters to one of the eventual victims ([Brooks Brown] (, just minutes before the attack. He ran into the guy in the parking lot of the school and he said, "Brooks I like you now, get outta here. Go home." I get that 99% of all threats in high schools are probably not really threats, but I mean--one of the perpetrators in the most notorious school shooting of all time warned one of his victims to stay away from the school just minutes before he started his rampage. In my mind, that is something to always take seriously.

If you were the officer who would have to tell a parent that their kid had been killed in a school shooting that you could've prevented, what would you do?

u/the-name · 31 pointsr/pics

You're mistaking catch size for fish size; average cod catch in Iceland has hovered a bit over 1kg (average size for a 5 year old fish). A fish that size is just as likely to be caught off the Grand Banks it's just nobody really fishes that hard for 'em there anymore; adults are way migratory.

Despite all their management their spawning biomass has plummeted since 1950 (from more than a million tons to about 150,000) and their mostly just living off the protected spawning areas there and a shift in those fishes' maturation and growth rates observed over the past 50 years or so. This is a fishery that happily and regularly pushed a fishing mortality > .8 in the years following the exclusion zone imposition. IMHO their "management" skill is likely the luck of having a yet-to-be decimated set of spawning grounds more than anything. A sort of musical chairs of collapsing stocks; they had and fought to keep theirs. It was too late for the rest of the Atlantic. Am sure Icelandic fisheries folks would disagree, though!

But Mark Kurlansky does do a wonderful job writing up all that insanity.

u/conn2005 · 29 pointsr/Libertarian

Some people might define it as socially liberal, fiscally conservative.

Some might define it by the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP)- which states no one has the right to use force or coercion against anyone else except in forms of self defense.

Either way you look at it, it's more of a philosophy than a mix-match of certain platforms other political parties just pick and choose from.

For a deeper understanding, please read these books in this order, each are available for free in pdf or eBook, just right click and save:

u/Illegals_from_LA · 27 pointsr/Frisson

Dave Cullen's book Columbine is a fascinating read/analysis and goes into a litte more detail on this.

Basically Harris was the psychopath/leader and Klebold was the manic depressive/follower, not that that excuses his actions.

It takes guts to speak up as she has. Harris' parents have never spoken publicly about Columbine.

u/LuckyStrike7 · 27 pointsr/pics

Also check out Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Another travel/adventure/survival piece and one of the best books I've ever read.

u/Pope-Urban-III · 27 pointsr/Catholicism
u/AirborneRodent · 27 pointsr/todayilearned

It's this one. To be honest, it's not that great of a book. It's not very well-written, and its explanations of the actual space and engineering aspects go beyond ELI5 into like ELI3 territory. It's a great book for the jokes and anecdotes about the astronauts' lives, not so much for the actual history.

I'd instead recommend Failure is not an Option by flight director Gene Kranz. Amazing book, that.

u/botsmacko · 24 pointsr/army

> Any good schools, manuals, insight or resources to truly know how to big-picture Army for a reforming shammer

Since you're in S3.. I've heard this is a great manual to keep at the desk.. Teaches you how to shift blame for any wrong doing/mishandling/issue S3 encounters with soldiers' paperwork

u/Clitler_Youth · 24 pointsr/CringeAnarchy

Last time I went to the page, the top comments are always something along the lines of "why does my review keep getting deleted?"

Even people who have expressed voting for hillary are giving the book bad reviews, but Amazon is pretty obviously deleting negative reviews for some reason.

Check out the page here:

u/SlimSkeeter · 24 pointsr/ScenesFromAHat

Alright kids, we are going to go see Mein Kampf at the theater tonight, who's in?!

u/wrongsideofthewire · 22 pointsr/worldnews
u/xynix_ie · 21 pointsr/PoliticalHumor

Please please please please read a book before asking such questions. Here:

That will start to answer your questions, and it will then start make sense.

You can follow that up with:

That is the first of the LBJ series and describes in detail what changed and what Southern Democrats were.

There are other books in the LBJ series which will almost fully give you understanding.

You also read this one:

After that you will know:

> How does this make any sense?

u/emr1028 · 21 pointsr/worldnews

You think that you've just made a super intelligent point because you've pointed out the obvious fact that the US has issues with human rights and with over-criminalization. It isn't an intelligent point because you don't know jack shit about North Korea. You don't know dick about how people live there, and I know that because if you did, you would pull your head out of your ass and realize that the issues that the United States has are not even in the same order of magnitude as the issues that North Korea has.

I recommend that you read the following books to give you a better sense of life in North Korea, so that in the future you can be more educated on the subject:

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

u/thisismyjam · 21 pointsr/trashy

Gross. Real talk tho this book on Columbine was great

u/AmericanYidGunner · 21 pointsr/4chan

It's worth it imo. Very well written with absolutely zero commentary. Just lays out the facts, and does a bit of profiling of Eric and Dylan going back to their childhood, which I find fascinating.

u/dionidium · 19 pointsr/nyc

If you want more, there's a 1300 page Pulitzer-prize winning book about Moses

u/Elliot_Loudermilk · 18 pointsr/islam

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Ling |
| Audiobook Part 1

The Sealed Nectar by Safi-ur-Rhaman Al-Mubarakpuri

Lings book reads like a story, and it's pretty good.

The Sealed Nectar won 1st place in an international competition held by the Muslim World League in 1979 for best biography of the Prophet pbuh.

u/TheUndiscoveredMeme · 18 pointsr/The_Donald

Lincoln was one of the worst presidents. He started a needless war costing the lives of hundreds of thousands. He imprisoned journalists who were against the war. He is largely responsible for the increase in the power of the federal government at the expense of the states. He started the income tax and the IRS. His greatness is one of the biggest historical lies ever told:

sic semper tyrannis

u/remembertosmilebot · 17 pointsr/InfrastructurePorn

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u/AlienJelly · 16 pointsr/history

If you're interested in Genghis Khan, you should read Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. It paints him in a different light than we are used to seeing him in. When I read this book for a college course, it was the first time I realized how amazing learning about history can be. The author even came to give a talk at my school.

Now to get my history fix, I listen to Dan Carlin - he has a Hardcore History podcast on Genghis Khan that gets mentioned on reddit when he is brought up.

And if you still can't get enough on Genghis Khan, there's a good movie available on youtube worth watching

u/Bronxsta · 16 pointsr/todayilearned

> After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

> Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

u/captain_slack · 15 pointsr/history

Highly recommend Edmund Morris' trilogy of biographies on TR. Especially the first one, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Modern Library Paperbacks)

u/Dunkeal · 15 pointsr/badhistory

Maybe you're a history professor who wants to teach about about hitler's ideological progression.

Maybe you want to make some edgy YouTube video where you burn this book, the Bible, and the Quran

Maybe you just want to read the fucking book.

You're not going to be put on an NSA watch list. Nazi's and Communist aren't America's rally cry to war anymore


u/lucas1235 · 15 pointsr/todayilearned

He's also shot an enemy sniper through his scope. They were stalking each other at the time and Carlos said he saw a flash of light, the reflection off the enemy scope, and he fired.

Great book to read: 93 Confirmed Kills

The man is a legend.

u/ChrisK989 · 15 pointsr/space

You should read his autobiography.
It was quite interesting to see what the space race was like behind the scenes, so to speak.

*Edit: Reading the passage about the death of the Apollo 1 Astronauts was very difficult to read.
Mission Control could here them calling for help and screaming wothout being able to do anything in time to rescue them.

u/Ian56 · 15 pointsr/EndlessWar

This is a good book on the subject:

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

And here are some good articles on it

Warning - Graphic pictures:

The undoctored autopsy photos prove that JFK was shot from the front with an entry wound in the throat and an exit wound at the back of his head

The Warren Commission's "Magic Bullet" theory for the lone shooter, is impossible to be true as it defies the basic laws of physics. A bullet cannot go through that much tissue and bone and emerge almost undamaged.

Who gave the order for the Secret Service Protection detail running alongside the car, to stand down immediately before JFK was shot?

James Corbett:-

JFK: A Conspiracy Theory


Dark Legacy: George Bush And The Murder Of John Kennedy

All four major assassinations in the 1960's were carried out by the U.S. government - JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X

To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day a group of academics, journalists, lawyers, Hollywood artists, activists, researchers and intellectuals, including two of Robert F. Kennedy’s children, are calling for reinvestigation of four assassinations of the 1960s

u/wolfman1911 · 14 pointsr/Conservative

I would say the list is pretty well compiled right here.

u/st_gulik · 14 pointsr/AskHistorians

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World states that each Mongol had multiple horses. I believe the number was closer to three or four.

EDIT: Here is a direct source for the 3-4 horses claim:

u/DrPhil321 · 14 pointsr/pics

You cannot judge history through the standards we hold today. If you are going to place Genghis Khan on the mass murderer list, I hope you're putting every other major ruler who participated in any major military operation prior to 1700. Alexander The Great, Julius Caesar, New World Explorers, any ancient Chinese emperor, etc.

For those interested in a good read.

u/rarely_beagle · 14 pointsr/mealtimevideos

I love reading and hearing about model cities. Here's some other media if you like this sort of stuff.


One of the most engrossing biographies I've ever read, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York is the story of a power hungry paperclip maximizer but instead of prioritizing paperclips over everything, Moses prioritizes wildly expensive highways. His fall, around the late 60s, lead to renewed interest in public transit and a counter-revolution articulated in Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Seeing Like a State A condemnation on the central planners infatuation with the top-down and observable over the bottom-up and functional.


Reports of the death of China's vacant cities may be [greatly exaggerated.](

Seeing Like A State: Book Review A fun review of the book mentioned above.


Every city planner has a plan until they get doused with a squatter's bucket of piss.

For those further interested in charter cities, see recently-ousted world bank chief economist Paul Romer's conversation on charter cities.

On Usonia, Flank Lloyd Wright's stab at an affordable model US town.

u/Problem_GASH · 14 pointsr/IAmA

Speaking of books, this book is also a fantastic read written by an investigative reporter who meticulously studied the shooting and the two boys responsible. One of the best books I've ever read, it gives a very deep and well-researched look into the lives and motivations of Eric and Dylan and how the media twisted the story and created many of the well-known myths about the shooting.

u/2ndHandMeatStore · 14 pointsr/GetMotivated

If you can afford it, please do yourself a favor and buy a copy, I got this one from amazon for $1 (with prime), $1! It is always in my bag with me.

u/Liebo · 13 pointsr/AskNYC

The Power Broker by Robert Caro. Humongous and incredibly compelling biography of Robert Moses, the guy responsible for the bulk of infrastructure projects you just mentioned and many more.

u/sixzappa · 13 pointsr/argentina
  1. Botella térmica para tener todo el tiempo agua fría en el escritorio (no hace falta aclarar los beneficios de tomar agua en vez de gaseosas): (esta se pasa un poquito pero hay algunas por $10)

  2. Un buen libro que te cambie la vida:
u/winksup · 13 pointsr/conspiracy

Someone posted a comment on the yahoo page that was a good main reason why this is an issue, at least in my opinion. Basically, troll reviews have been around forever, and a lot of times people want these reviews to be removed. Why do they only step in and take down the ones for Hillary? Why isn't this a site-wide policy of just immediately deleting negative reviews from people that haven't received the authorized purchaser logo or whatever? Yeah there's other places to bash her, but it's funny they just decide to enforce this for her.

For example, here is a link to Donald Trump's book, looking at 1-star reviews with verified purchaser only option turned off. Hmm, I could scroll through 40 pages of people that give it 1-star and haven't purchased the book. Then here's Clinton's book with the same search parameters. At the time I'm looking at it, there's literally 3 1-star reviews from people that don't have the verified purchase indicator. So 40 pages of 1-star reviews from non-buyers, versus 3 reviews. I'm not pro-Trump in the slightest, I just picked that as an example because it's very easy to bash him. Seems to me they're blatantly playing favorites...

u/deep_fall · 13 pointsr/politics

>ReviewMeta is a site that helps customers figure out how credible a product’s Amazon reviews are. It looks at 15 data points, including the number of verified purchases included in the reviews and the number of customers whose history shows they’ve never written a verified review, and determines how sketchy a product’s overall rating is.

>What Happened gets a big ol’ fail. It had a 3.2-star rating on Amazon at time of writing, but adjusting for ReviewMeta’s metrics, it should have actually been 4.9 stars. The average rating for reviews from unverified purchases was a 2.3, while the average from a real purchase of the book was 4.9.

u/FrenjaminBanklin · 13 pointsr/todayilearned

That book is incredibly interesting for anyone concerned. Really sheds a ton of light on how much modern civilization owes to the Mongol empire.

Highly suggest it

u/GenghisJuan · 13 pointsr/history
u/mrhorrible · 13 pointsr/HistoryPorn

North Korea, very very likely.

I wonder how harshly history will judge my inaction.

u/kuffara · 12 pointsr/books

I'd also add Escape from Camp 14 in the same vein.

u/MrSamsonite · 11 pointsr/AskAcademia

Neat question. The two obvious big names from Urban Planning are Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. They epitomize Modernist planning and Post-Modern planning, respectively.

Robert Moses was one of the most important non-elected officials in the 20th Century, with the most popular account being Robert Caro's massive biography, The Power Broker. He was a fantastically smart legal wiz who came to power in the 1920s in New York and was the standard-bearer for sweeping top-down government approaches to development. He used his knowledge and authority to gain more and more power, creating some of the first modern highways in bridges all over New York City and state that helped influence the Interstate Highway Act and the urban car-centric model.

He can be viewed as quite a villain these days (think the unbridled power of Mr. Burns on the Simpsons), especially as academic planners now generally recognize the huge negative impacts that Modernist American planning had. There was massive economic and social displacement where things like the Cross Bronx Expressway ripped working-class immigrant neighborhoods in half, allowing commerce to escape urban centers and help create mid-century ghettoization. In short, the modernist approach can be seen as paternalistic at best and willfully concentrating power at the expense of the masses at worst. That said, depression-Era New York had huge problems (dilapidated housing and political corruption, to name two) that Moses' public works projects helped alleviate, and he was one of the country's most powerful advocates for public parks even in the face of massive growth and sprawl.

Moses sat on countless commissions and authorities for decades, his power only finally waning in the 1960s as the top-down modernist approach of (Post) World War II America faced its loudest criticisms with the related Civil Rights, Hippie, Environmentalist, Anti-Vietnam movements: Americans were finally scrutinizing the "Build Build Build Cars Cars Cars Roads Roads Roads" model that had driven cities for decades, which brings us to Jane Jacobs.

Jacobs (who got herself a Google Doodle last week for her 100th birthday), was a Greenwich Village liberal and fierce critic of the Moses-type technocratic planning. She was a community organizer who helped stop Moses as he tried to push through plans for highways in Midtown and Lower Manhattan. For those unfamiliar, these are two of the economic and social cores of New York City - she argued that roads are supposed to serve us, not destroy our important urban spaces.

If you ask a city planner what sole city planning book to read (myself included), the overwhelming favorite will be Jacobs' 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the most important critique of modernist planning to date. Instead of sprawling highways and engineering projects, Jacobs saw the healthiest urban spaces as walkable, intimate, friendly and inviting and on a human-scale. She advocated for small city blocks, much wider sidewalks and mixed-use spaces instead of the classic Sim City "Residential/Commercial/Industrial" segregated zoning.

While there has since been plenty of critique of Jacobs' post-modern model, today's planning leans much closer to Jacobs' vision (at least in academic settings): Planners are more focused than ever on the post-modern walkability, mixed-use, high-density, equal-access, participatory planning model. Although this seems like a healthier place for planning than the Moses model of old, the academic ideals clash with the huge legacy of the Modernist planning approach (We can't just up and rebuild cities every time a theory changes, after all), along with the neoliberal financialization and privatization of so many of our spaces over the last few decades, so it's still as muddy as ever.

Anyway, that's a slight oversimplification of some of the history, but Moses and Jacobs were certainly the biggest avatars of the Modernist and Post-Modernist planning movements and have been as influential in the field of planning as anybody.

u/bitter_cynical_angry · 11 pointsr/longrange

Marine Sniper. This is a classic book about Carlos Hathcock, a Marine who served in Vietnam and for many years (1967 to 2002) held the world record longest confirmed sniper kill. There are several famous encounters, including a multi-day stalk through exposed terrain to kill a Vietnamese general, the time he and his spotter pinned down an entire NVA battalion, the time he was being hunted by a counter-sniper and shot the guy through his scope (probably inspiring the similar scene in Saving Private Ryan), and the record-breaking long range shot itself with a .50 cal M2 machine gun modified for single shot and using a scope mounting system of his own design.

For a more modern take, I recently read Sniper One and thought it was pretty good. It's by British Army Sgt Dan Mills, about his tour in Iraq in 2004. I thought it was interesting to see the perspective of a modern sniper in a completely different environment.

And for what I think is the best fictional book I've read about sniping, check out Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. Don't confuse it with the movie "Shooter" staring Marky Mark; the book is actually quite good. The descriptions of long range shooting are excellent, and have matched up well to my own (admittedly limited, strictly at the shooting range) experiences.

u/jusjerm · 10 pointsr/books
u/zach84 · 10 pointsr/AskReddit

You forgot to mention his expedition deep into uncharted territory in the Amazon, some time after the Assassination attempt. There is a book written on it called The River of Doubt which I HIGHLY recommend.

I've been to his mansion at Sagamore Hill on Long Island, NY. It's filled with his game trophies and such. It's SO cool. I'd definitely recommend visiting there. There were Elephant foot trash bins and all types of crazy dead animal shit.

u/getElephantById · 10 pointsr/booksuggestions

Endurance by Alfred Lansing, a history of Shackleton's doomed polar expedition, which ended with him leading a party of sailors hundreds of miles through the snow.

The Martian by Andy Weir, a Robinson Crusoe story about a scientist stranded on Mars trying to survive by jury-rigging various things together.

u/Ethyl_Mercaptan · 10 pointsr/conspiracy

Those are the books that you should read.

Here are also some good resources:

Paul Craig Roberts worked in the Reagan administration:

This is a good multi-part article excerpted from one of the books above:

Michael Glennon’s abstract about his book:

A PDF of the “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” book if you don’t want to buy it:

This is when the reporter asked Bill Clinton about Mena:

Article on the coup attempt in France:

All of is very good. There is probably a lot of good information there most haven’t heard of. The main guy, Russ Baker, is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist.

Bet you didn’t know that Bob Woodward was a state intelligence asset/disinformationist?

All part of the record…. Enjoy.

u/thermoroach · 10 pointsr/ShitPoliticsSays

Anyone going to buy Hillary's explanation for the 2016 campaign 'What Happened'?

Looks like it'll be really great to read, I'm sure it'll be completely honest and not at all a blame fest.

Better is Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign.

Actually discusses some of the hubris and poor strategy employed during the campaign. Would recommend reading, even if you're pro-Trump (which I think a good portion of this subreddit is, or at least conservative-leaning) it's a good look at what actually happened.

u/ChadluvsZion · 10 pointsr/conspiracy

Are you in the publishing industry? That book doesn't come out until next week. Journalists have only got excerpts from the book.

u/Jooceyjooce · 10 pointsr/steroids

The audiobook is on youtube, but I dislike audiobooks greatly.

u/jceez · 10 pointsr/AskReddit

Genghis Khan. He came from nothing, was kidnapped multiple times as a kid and promoted free religion and science. This is an EXCELLENT book.

He's often demonized because he's really the only person to push into the west from the unknown East

u/blazaiev · 10 pointsr/MorbidReality

This happened in camp 14, the same that is described in Escape from Camp 14, about a North Korean born and raised there and who lived to escape and tell his story. It's not a long read and I recommend it to everyone who want to learn about the horrors that are going on in North Korea. Not for the faint hearted.

u/Cdresden · 10 pointsr/worldnews

Yes, thank you, I've read that. I also just read Escape from Camp 14.

u/baddestdog · 10 pointsr/askseddit

Drinking/Smoking does not make you a man, smoking gives you cancer. Drinking is fun, but only if you're responsible. Do stop eating junk food now, it's only hurting you.

For your hair post in /r/malehairadvice for a style that fits you, they're going to want full body pics with outfit. As for fashion, post in /r/malefashionadvice for some help based on your figure and body stature. If you truly want a progression to give you some guidance, consdier The Art of Manliness' 30 Days to a Better Man (also just a damn good manly blog.

If you want to change how you look physically, hit the gym, use /r/Fitness to help develop a routine. With a diet and regular exercise within a year you'll look completely different.

Now we've hit the physical attributes of being more manly, for the more mental ones that's harder. They will develop as you come to appreciate your body more, but it's a mindset more than anything. If you pretend confidence long enough you have it eventually. When someone tells you you're like an annoying little brother, ask why, figure out what personality traits these are and change them. I highly recommend finding some inspirational figure to model your life on, for me personally it's Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris's biographical trilogy is FANTASTIC. At least read the first book, Roosevelt had to overcome much greater hurdles than you, you can do the same. Don't be afraid to ask questions and figure out why people think you are the way you are, just be sure to change it. If you need motivation, /r/GetMotivated is there for you. Further let this move into other areas of your life, work hard and play hard.

I'm going to strongly encourage you to read some articles on Art of Manliness, it's not 100% perfect, but a great site for men.

Edit: Oh and I know it's too late for you to do this now, but one of the most attractive qualities I've been told by women is that I'm an Eagle Scout. Reasoning behind this is that it says that I embody certain aspects, namely the Scout Law and Scout Oath (as well as the Slogan and Motto). You can still live up to these ideals without being an Eagle Scout, just start now, they really are very manly.

u/Tawse · 10 pointsr/AskNYC
u/ConstantReader76 · 10 pointsr/news

Yes, they had a circle of friends. Like a lot of people, they weren't the popular "cool kids" but they weren't loners either. Most of those claims came from a bad information perpetuated by the media.

u/Respubliko · 10 pointsr/GetMotivated

Meditations is 112 pages, at least, according to Amazon. It depends on your reading speed.

u/ponchietto · 9 pointsr/italy

E comunque dalla legge Scelba:

>4. Apologia del fascismo.

>- Chiunque fa propaganda per la costituzione di una associazione, di un movimento o di un gruppo avente le caratteristiche e perseguente le finalità indicate nell'articolo 1 è punito [....] Alla stessa pena di cui al primo comma soggiace chi pubblicamente esalta esponenti, princìpi, fatti o metodi del fascismo, oppure le sue finalità antidemocratiche.

Pigliare per il culo e' un po' diverso dall'esaltare, il segno sul braccio e i 'nazisti dell'Illinois' dovrebbero rendere chiara la differenza anche a un idiota. Ma non alla Digos a quanto pare.

u/NoveltyAccount5928 · 9 pointsr/shittyadvice

Your most important job as a parent is to instill morals & values in your child. All the morals and values that a child needs to be successful in life can be found in this book.

u/popemasta · 9 pointsr/malelifestyle

Presidential biographies that are easy reads about manly men

EDIT: Real men don't need a "How to be a man for dummies" they read about other's experiences, pair them with their own, and better themselves.

u/billycoolj · 9 pointsr/hillaryclinton

Is anyone else super excited for Hillary's book!??!?!?!

This thing is already #1 best seller on Amazon, I was laughing. I literally saw the tweet like two seconds after it was posted, pressed the Amazon link, and it was already #1 best seller in civics. Now it's just #1 best seller period. Hooray!

u/woowoo293 · 9 pointsr/hillaryclinton

This does not remotely surprise me. Expect much more of this.

On another note, there's this very strange parody book.

u/monk123 · 9 pointsr/islam

My advice is to pray to God to guide you to the truth. Then read a translation of the Quran and a biography of Prophet Muhammad(pbuh). I recommend this biography.

u/msc1 · 9 pointsr/worldnews

I recommend everyone to read "Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West" to see how people suffer in these gulags from first person experince.

u/secretlyloaded · 9 pointsr/todayilearned

I'm tired of all the Tesla worship memes that are devoid of any critical thinking. Oooh, Edison stole everything Tesla ever did, blah blah blah. The full story is a bit more complex than that, as was his life. He was a complicated guy. He was brilliant, no doubt. But he was also a crackpot and made a lot of crackpot claims he couldn't back up. He was very generous when George Westinghouse had financial troubles. His OCD compelled him to calculate the volume of his soup before he could eat it. His best friend was a pigeon.

To appreciate the man fully in all his complexity, you have to accept all of those truths.

I highly recommend Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney. It's a good read.

u/Monkeyavelli · 8 pointsr/worldnews

> Yet, how is it any different from those of you who suggest that life is better than death?

What the hell is wrong with you? North Koreans aren't some alien race, they're human beings who also don't want to die. Read memoirs from NK escapees like The Aquariums of Pyongyang or Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. I attended a talk by the man written about in Escape from Camp 14, a man born in a NK prison camp who managed to escape.

These are not people longing for death; they're people longing for life.

>Why do you feel that it is fair to use your own experiences in this life to determine the value of life for other people?

We're not. You are:

"We shouldn't let people starve to death."

"But how do we know they don't want to starve to death!?"

You have absolutely no idea at all what you're talking about, your opinion is idiotic, and you're an awful person for having it.

Honestly, what the fuck is wrong with you? I hate this false "all positions are equal, teach the controversy!" charade.

u/2_hearted · 8 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Endurance is the most incredible story I have ever read. Seriously, you will not be able to put down this book. Hardship after hardship, these men went through hell. And I mean the most horrible hell and chose to survive. Absolutely incredible.

u/Senno_Ecto_Gammat · 8 pointsr/space


How to Read the Solar System: A Guide to the Stars and Planets by Christ North and Paul Abel.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence Krauss.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan.

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan.

Foundations of Astrophysics by Barbara Ryden and Bradley Peterson.

Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program by Pat Duggins.

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield.

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station by Chris Hadfield.

Space Shuttle: The History of Developing the Space Transportation System by Dennis Jenkins.

Wings in Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle, 1971-2010 by Chapline, Hale, Lane, and Lula.

No Downlink: A Dramatic Narrative About the Challenger Accident and Our Time by Claus Jensen.

Voices from the Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences by Andrew Chaikin.

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin.

Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight before NASA by Amy Teitel.

Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module by Thomas Kelly.

The Scientific Exploration of Venus by Fredric Taylor.

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe.

Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her by Rowland White and Richard Truly.

An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics by Bradley Carroll and Dale Ostlie.

Rockets, Missiles, and Men in Space by Willy Ley.

Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants by John Clark.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

Russia in Space by Anatoly Zak.

Rain Of Iron And Ice: The Very Real Threat Of Comet And Asteroid Bombardment by John Lewis.

Mining the Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets by John Lewis.

Asteroid Mining: Wealth for the New Space Economy by John Lewis.

Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris.

The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe Report by Timothy Ferris.

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandries by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson.

The Martian by Andy Weir.

Packing for Mars:The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach.

The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution by Frank White.

Gravitation by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler.

The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne.

Entering Space: An Astronaut’s Oddyssey by Joseph Allen.

International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems by Hopkins, Hopkins, and Isakowitz.

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene.

How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space by Janna Levin.

This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age by William Burrows.

The Last Man on the Moon by Eugene Cernan.

Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Gene Kranz.

Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.

The end

u/SandersDemocrat · 8 pointsr/WayOfTheBern

If I could recommend just one book on the subject of his death it would be JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters, by James Douglass.

RFK Jr. said about the book:

>In JFK and the Unspeakable Jim Douglass has distilled all the best available research into a very well-documented and convincing portrait of President Kennedy's transforming turn to peace, at the cost of his life. Personally, it has made a very big impact on me. After reading it in Dallas, I was moved for the first time to visit Dealey Plaza. I urge all Americans to read this book and come to their own conclusions about why he died and why -- after fifty years -- it still matters.

u/Craig_VG · 8 pointsr/neoliberal
u/SmallDickBigDreams · 8 pointsr/worldnews

Based on testimonies from escapees of these prison camps - not to mention the report of numbers in the prison camps is probably biased.

The most notable of these testimonies is from this book:

Death seems to be extremely common in the prison camps of North Korea at least much more so than the typical prison in the United States or any developed country.

We can assume if it is true that people die much more quickly in prison than in civilian life in North Korea that their prison numbers will stay lower due to fatalities. If you arrest 100 people per year and 5 of them die per year your prisons grow at 95 people per year, if 50 of them die they grow much more slowly. It is simple math and extrapolation from things we can assume to be true.

u/Expandedcelt · 8 pointsr/worldnews

Lol proof? It's common knowledge dude, like globally. Just google north korean concentration camps or watch any video from the numerous defectors who've made it to South Korea and are campaigning against the human rights violations in NK.

For a book assuming you're not just being a little troll, Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea, about Shin Dong-hyuk is an incredible and horrifying read. He's the only man alive to have escaped their concentration camps.

For a video that highlights the difference between life in North and South Korea, watch this pair of videos Part One and Part Two to hear direct from the mouths of North Koreans what it's like there. How they stage brutal public executions of anyone trying to escape the country, and send their next 3 generations to gulags.

For another interesting video with many of the same people from the other two videos, this shows North Koreans trying American food, and discussing how shocking the differences are between American and North culture.

We're on the internet man, it's really easy not to be ignorant, just up to you to put in a basic modicum of effort to not look like an idiot when commenting on things.

u/Pixeleyes · 8 pointsr/MorbidReality

Escape From Camp 14 by Shin Dong-hyuk and Blaine Harden

u/DFWPhotoguy · 8 pointsr/pics

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. Its part of a three part trilogy.

Its 741 pages long and doesn't even cover his presidency. Just the time of his life up-to that point. Which is insane.

What I love about this book though is that it paints a picture of what life was like during his time better than any other book I have read. Its a real window into the transition from the late 1800s into the early 1900s.

A million times over, purchase this book. Its 10 dollars on amazon and will blow you away.

u/Centi_101010101_pede · 8 pointsr/The_Donald

Being a marine I guess you would've heard of Carlos Hathcock, I read his book a good few years ago. It's well worth a read.

u/hippogrifffart · 8 pointsr/MorbidReality

I think they mean Columbine by Dave Cullen. it's pretty definitive if anyone's interested in learning more about what happened

u/toxicroach · 8 pointsr/politics

90% of the media on Columbine was bad. Any article still talking about the Trenchcoat Mafia is garbage.

This appears to be the pretty definitive account of what happened, and is the basis for my claim.

u/jewiscool · 8 pointsr/islam

I recommend these books:

u/dakh7 · 8 pointsr/islam

Martin Lings "Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources" is constantly recommended to me by friends.

u/spookybill · 7 pointsr/worldnews

The book JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters gives what I feel is the best explanation of why he was killed and by who.

u/FactsBeforeFiction · 7 pointsr/politics

You should read "JFK The unspeakable", it's a well research book that makes it difficult to believe Oswald as the lone wolf.

u/well_uh_yeah · 7 pointsr/books

Sort of off the top of my head:

Not Supernatural:

u/DivineWalrus · 7 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

People that offend the government, and people that are born there. In NK they have something called the 5 generation imprisonment, and basically you go to the camp, and you and your next 5 generations have to live there all of your life. They are essentially little communities or ghettos, but with strict enforcers. There are farms, jobs, and things of that nature but no one is payed and people are harshly punished.

There is actually a book written by a young man who escaped one of these camps -

I would recommend reading it, but it is not for the faint of heart. One of the tortures he describes includes him being hung by a meat hook through his stomach...

u/Groumph09 · 7 pointsr/booksuggestions

He will love The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. There are three books in total if you wish to get them all.

u/jackisbackforgood · 7 pointsr/pics

Theodore Roosevelt is an immensely complicated and impressive man. His life and character can't be written into one book, much less quotes from an email.

In addition to his "manly" and "physical" exploits, he was a scientist, who enjoyed studying and cataloging songbirds as well as warships.

Suggested reading:
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Rex

Those are a good place to start.

u/weblypistol · 7 pointsr/conspiratard

Here ya go.

But if you really have to

>Open up your eyes. Then you'll realize they want Genocide.

>Tell em' once again. No-ones trying to blend out the Africans.

>Africa for the Africans, Asia for the Asians, White countries for Everyone.

>There's no place in modern Europe, no chance for ethnic purity.

>No-one ever says this, bout' African or Asian countries.

>There is no justification.

>Open up your eyes, then you'll realize they want genocide. Anti-Racist is a code-word for Anti-White.

>Tell em' once again, no-ones trying to blend out the Africans.

>Anti-Racist is a code-word for Anti-White.

u/_empecinado · 7 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

If you read it in public, you will probably get some dirty looks, but honestly who cares

Read it in your home, if it comes up in the conversation, just tell people the truth, you were curious about it

Be advised, it's not a light read. It has great value when you consider the context, but as a book, it's underwhelming. Hitler was a great orator, but as a writer ...

Beyond the anger, hatred, bigotry, and self-aggrandizing, Mein Kampf is saddled with tortured prose, meandering narrative, and tangled metaphors (one person was described as "a thorn in the eyes of venal officials"). That said, it is an incredibly important book. It is foolish to think that the Holocaust could not happen again, especially if World War II and its horrors are forgotten. As an reader has pointed out, "If you want to learn about why the Holocaust happened, you can't avoid reading the words of the man who was most responsible for it happening." Mein Kampf, therefore, must be read as a reminder that evil can all too easily grow. --Sunny Delaney

u/ketamineandkebabs · 7 pointsr/nextfuckinglevel

You should read the book about him, his life story is very interesting.

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

u/harborwolf · 7 pointsr/interestingasfuck

Carlos Hathcock is one of the greatest American soldiers to ever put on a uniform. The man is a legend in all military circles.

I read the book about him, Marine Sniper, when I was a teenager and was completely blown away by it.

They need to make a movie about him, considering they don't have to embellish ANYTHING to make it nearly unbelievable.

u/SetYourGoals · 7 pointsr/news

It isn't, and OP has his information wrong.

The Columbine shooters made and used pipe bombs in their attack, there's even the famous video of the one going off in the cafeteria. They were not very effectual though. I don't know if anyone was even really injured by them. Pipe bombs and pressure cooker bombs aren't incredibly difficult to make, but they're also not that easy to use for mass casualties (see Boston Bombing for evidence of that). A gun is far more effective.

What did fail was a much larger propane tank bomb that they built and placed at the base of a support column in the cafeteria. They wanted to bring the entire cafeteria roof down on everyone. But that proved to be beyond their ability, and it didn't go off.

They also set another bomb off across town, which they hoped would draw police away from the school. I don't remember exactly, but I believe that was another propane bomb that didn't really work correctly and just caused a small brush fire or something.

I highly suggest the book Columbine by Dave Cullen. It's an amazingly researched look into all the minutia of what actually happened, and its effects. He spent over 10 years working on it and it shows. There was so much about it that I had wrong in my head. Great read if you're interested in this topic.

u/BadBarney · 6 pointsr/MorbidReality

Escape from Camp 14

If anyone is interested, I highly recommend reading the book "Escape from Camp 14"

It's an easy and highly intriguing book and gives an unfathomable account of life in the camps and shows how mentally warped the people of the country are.

The guy is in the U.S. now and discusses how before coming here he didn't even truly understand the emotional connection of family or loyalty to them as much as he did fear and loyalty to the country.

Edit: Autocorrect

u/Woodpottery · 6 pointsr/booksuggestions

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

u/Barnaby_Fuckin_Jones · 6 pointsr/news

Anyone who hasn't already should absolutely read Escape From Camp 14. It's a first hand account of being born into and living in a North Korean prison camp.

u/devlovetidder · 6 pointsr/chicago

Yep. Btw these are two great books that talk about how the physical structure of cities, a.k.a. urban planning, has brought about the changes that we see in OP's picture, and that we can pretty much blame one person for making cities super car-centric: Robert Moses.

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

u/cantcountnoaccount · 6 pointsr/AskNYC

722 Miles - is about the Subway system

Fat of the Land: Garbage in New York

The New York City Museum of Complaint - 300 years of actual complaint letters from the Municipal archive

The Power Broker - How Robert Moses shaped the city. Edit: of the ones I've listed, this one is required reading.

u/shiftless_drunkard · 6 pointsr/books

My non-fiction pick -

  1. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York - Robert A. Caro

  2. 9/10

  3. Biography, History of New York, Political Intrigue

  4. This is one of the best biographies I've ever read. Full Stop. Caro is a master writer, and an incredibly detailed researcher who must have spent a good portion of his life putting together a picture of one of the most influential men in the history of New York City. The book is huge, at almost 1400 pages and it will take you a while to get through it, but it is absolutely worth it. It's the tale of a man who, with no conventional source of power (personal wealth, elected office, corporate sponsorship, etc.) was able to run roughshod over not only the citizens of New York, but also Presidents, Governors, Mayors, Bankers, and Industrialists. This is the closest you'll get to a real life House of Cards. The Power Broker is a master class in the use of power, and the political realities facing American democratic institutions.

  5. Amazon

  6. If you like this, you might check out Caro's sprawling books on LBJ.

    My Fiction Pick. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to give two different recommendations, but tough titties, because this novel is one of the best I've ever read.

  7. The Big Rock Candy Mountain - Wallace Stegner
  8. 10/10
  9. 20th Century American Fiction, The Great American Novel, Seriously Read IT!
  10. I had no idea who Wallace Stegner was when I started this book. I thought my days of discovering 'the greats' were long over. I spent 2 years in a graduate english lit program and never heard his name mentioned once. I was never assigned this book in high school. And I can't for the life of me figure out how this guy has been so overlooked.
    The novel follows the Mason family as they travel the country trying to find their particular place in the world. I won't say more than that. If you liked The Grapes of Wrath, or East of Eden, you should check this book out.
    It is absolutely the best book I've read in the last year, and immediately threw my "top ten list" into question.
  11. Amazon
  12. If you like this one you might check out Richard Russo's Empire Falls.
u/Not-A-JoJo · 6 pointsr/titanfolk
u/ImRasputin · 6 pointsr/asktrp

Marcus Aurelius - Meditations

Also add him as historical figure, man was as close to stoic as you can be.

u/__PROMETHEUS__ · 6 pointsr/AerospaceEngineering

Fantastic book, highly recommended.

I'd also recommend Failure is Not an Option, by Gene Krantz, a flight director during the Apollo missions.


u/jardeon · 6 pointsr/KerbalSpaceProgram

> He’s right: altimeters measure height above sea level, but mountains and flatlands at high elevation can be hundreds or thousands of meters above that.

Gene Kranz addresses this in his truly awesome autobiography. He talks about how the parachutes on the capsule would open automatically at a certain altitude, but if your re-entry was off course and over a mountain, you could slam into the mountain before the parachutes had a chance to deploy.

u/send_nasty_stuff · 6 pointsr/DebateAltRight

Thanks for posting. VERY interesting read. I'm not the most versed on the details of either shooting and I'm also a bit weak on my CIA history. I found these two texts in the comments. Has anyone read them?

u/counterplex · 6 pointsr/islam

Sorry, I'm fresh out of brickbats but here's some advice:

  • Study the Qur'an but try to do it with a commentary. It's heavy reading at times so to balance it out you can...
  • Study the life of Muhammad and see how he demonstrated Islam to the world. Try Martin Ling's "Muhammad - His Life Based on the Earliest Sources." While you're studying this material remember that...
  • When you have questions - as you doubtless will - you should turn to physical people preferably knowledgeable imams. Imams are like doctors - get a second opinion if you find yourself talking to someone who doesn't quite answer your question or doesn't seem to understand the nuances in your query. The imams you meet might tell you that...
  • Ramadan is coming up in 3 months - go visit your local mosque around sunset when everyone is breaking their fast. Introduce yourself and get to know Ramadan. If you've never had a date before, don't forget to...
  • Pick a date that's plump and moist and eat it. Make sure you open it up with your hands (or mouth) and take out the pit or you might end up with broken teeth. Finally, with summer almost upon us, don't forget to...
  • Wear sunscreen.
u/allthatsalsa · 6 pointsr/politics

Actually, you're pretty much on point with that. Though he came from an even lower rung in society's ladder. For about 4 months (i think) he was literally a slave. Then he was a fugative. Yada yada yada: Leader of the largest contingent empire ever to exist. Read this or anything by Jack Weatherford. It's a really quick read and details how much of a major BAMF Genghis Khan was.

u/smhinsey · 6 pointsr/history

I don't really know what you mean by "jingoistic emancipation circlejerk" and I have to be honest that the particular phrasing you chose for that sort of sets me on edge (it's like asking for an FDR bio without the "jingoistic Pearl Harbor circlejerk", in that it was a crucial and formative moment of his presidency), but nonetheless, my two favorite Lincoln books are Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years and Team of Rivals. The former is much more of a straight up bio, but the latter provides a lot of fascinating context and also includes a good retelling of my favorite Lincoln story, about the barn fire and his son's horse.

u/Washbag · 6 pointsr/Libertarian

> We also fought a war (see the first point) to ensure the freedom of those restricted by this edict. The war turned-out to be just, though the suspension of habeus corpus was abominable.

My eyes bled reading this. I recommend you read some non-revisionist history of the Civil War, because it most certainly was not fought over slavery.

u/audiyon · 5 pointsr/quotes

Meditations is probably his most famous work. I think it's a collection of various works of his throughout his life.

u/zerrt · 5 pointsr/IAmA

For number 3, here are some good books that will go a long way to answering this question:

Nothing to Envy (stories of ordinary citizens who eventually fled)

Escape from Camp 14 (this one is about a prisoner camp inmate who escaped)

The short answer is that many people are starting to (illegally) cross between the border of North Korea and China to trade, as well as escaping permanently. There are smuggling businesses that you can hire to get you or a loved one out. If you have the money, this will involve a fake passport and even a plane flight all the way to South Korea. If you are poor, the trip is much more harrowing and dangerous.

The amount of people defecting seems to be growing by quite a bit each year.

u/boomerxl · 5 pointsr/technology

There's his autobiography.

Biographies of him tend to either be sycophantic or overly critical, with one notable exception; Tesla: Man out of time.

u/whodaloo · 5 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

No. Four slave states never declared a secession: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri.

A large part of the struggle between Lincoln choosing between emancipation and slavery was the risk of losing support of these border states during the war. Many of his decisions leading up to emancipation reflected this consideration. One such example is The Confiscation Act, which allowed the North to consider slaves used by the southern war effort to be considered property that could be confiscated by the North.

People have to remember that despite the popular opinion, this was a war about states rights. They forget that back then it was a system of government much more like the European Union today. States were nearly individual nations with a weak federal government. The southern states believed that the federal government was overstepping its constitutional authority and therefore seceded. But don't take that fact as discrediting 'The Slavery Question' as not also being a core issue.

The Southern Generals being torn down represent men that stood up to what at the time was believed to be an over reaching and oppressive federal government, which is exactly why we have the Right To Bear Arms.

Edit: And before you call me a racist: read a book, read a book, read a mother fucking book.

u/imaloony8 · 5 pointsr/whowouldwin

I'm happy to explain; I'm glad you're so interested, because Teddy is one of the coolest figures in American history.

Theodore Roosevelt is basically synonymous with badassery here in America.

He was one of the founders of the Rough Riders (a vounteer U.S. Cavalry), he was a literal cowboy for part of his life, he was practiced in boxing, wrestling, and judo, and during another run at being the president, he ran as a third party where he received a larger percentage of the vote than any other third party candidate before or since.

Arguably his greatest feat of badassery came while he was campaigning for president for his final time in 1912. (Source) Teddy was about to give a speech at a Milwaukee hotel when an assassin approached him an shot him in the chest with a pistol. Rather than go to the hospital, Teddy instead chose to give his speech anyways, walking on stage and saying the following:

> “Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot. It takes more than that to kill a bull moose.”

He unbuttoned his shirt to show the crowd his bloody shirt, and proceeded to give the speech anyways, saying:

> "The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best."

This speech, which he claimed was "not very long" went on for 90 minutes with his aides begging him to stop to seek medical attention. Ironically, what slowed the bullet and likely saved his life was the rolled up manuscript for the overly-long speech which the bullet struck before it hit Teddy. Eventually, he finished the speech and was rushed to the hospital. He ultimately survived this encounter and was one of the reasons that his campaign, despite being under a third party, did as well as it did (though he ultimately still lost to Woodrow Wilson).

When Roosevelt died in his sleep seven years later (January 5, 1919), current Vice President Thomas R. Marshall (his political opponent, Vice President to the man Teddy lost the 1912 election to) was quoted saying:

> "Death had to take him in his sleep, for if he was awake there'd have been a fight."

That's the kind of respect that Theodore Roosevelt commands. And really, I just gave you the cliffnotes. Teddy was known for going on South American expeditions and such in his spare time. He was like a real-life Indiana Jones. There's a hell of a lot more to this guy if you'd like to look him up and learn more. There's a book about that South American expedition called The River of Doubt that you can check out as well.

u/nhelm83 · 5 pointsr/science

Fer real this time: Endurance

u/hydrophobic333 · 5 pointsr/books

May not be what you are looking for but Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing redefines what it takes to be a leader when faced with the worst situation possible. A band of men stranded on ice in the middle of the ocean, trying to survive. One of the most amazing stories I've ever read and Sir Ernest Shackleton is now one of my heroes.

u/illogician · 5 pointsr/PhilosophyofScience

Really, anyone working on a PhD in philosophy who thinks there is a job waiting for them should fit the bill. (Sorry, couldn't resist).

On a more serious note, and he's not a 'philosopher' in the narrow sense, but psychologist Martin Seligman's Learned Optimism is very worth a read and provides a lot of empirical research about the benefits of optimism and the dangers of pessimism.

I haven't read this myself, but a friend of mine is always going on about Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. Might be something to check out.

u/omg_my_legs_hurt · 5 pointsr/financialindependence

just finished reading very cool insight into the entire space program, really puts into perspective how much they were making up as they went along!

u/TemporarilyOnEarth · 5 pointsr/hillaryclinton

Does anyone know the difference between these two versions of What Happened:

u/DenisVi · 5 pointsr/worldnews

Try reading this book - I'm not sure how reliable it is, but even if 50% of what he claims is true, this is much worse than gulag.

u/thesomalianpirate · 5 pointsr/IAmA
u/jaywalker1982 · 5 pointsr/MorbidReality

I encourage, as always, everyone pick up The Aquariums of Pyongyang , Escape from Camp 14 , as well as Nothing To Envy as u/winginit21 mentioned.

Also David Hawk's The Hidden Gulag:Second Edition is a great resource. (PDF File)

u/GooberMcNutly · 5 pointsr/homestead

If I was you, the first thing I would do is head down to the library and check out The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and read that first. Then I would start reading anything you can find about farming and being self sufficient.

u/Yearsnowlost · 5 pointsr/AskNYC

What is your particular interest? I can offer you some general suggestions, but if you are interested in a certain era or neighborhood or person I can point you in that direction too.

For a succinct history going up until the 2000s, look to The Restless City. If you are more interested in power politics of the 20th Century, The Power Broker is the definitive source (boo Robert Moses). Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning is a great look at the city in 1977, a tumultuous time both politically and socially.

Much of the history of the city after the mid-19th Century centers around the development of railroads, elevated trains and the subway system. 722 Miles and A Century of Subways are both excellent books about the growth and evolution of the transit network. I picked up Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America for the 100th Anniversary of the Terminal, and it was an informative and lively read.

u/VinnyTheFish89 · 5 pointsr/entp

As to the "collective" being an extension of one's self to the immediate family, I can see that, and fair enough. The rest of your explanation... well, where do I start?

You essentially agreed with me that morality is subjective, because you gave me a problem statement of : Why is stealing a car wrong? You did this with the intent of showing me that rules have to be black and white. I provided you with possible context that in my subjective opinion, would make stealing a car the ONLY morally correct thing to do. So, you contradicted yourself. Is stealing always wrong, or is ok in certain context?

The golden rule is essentially that you should treat others as you wish to be treated. I use this as my primary moral compass because I, unlike you, do not claim to know what is right or wanted by each individual. I am only aware of my stream of consciousness, desires, and moral standpoints, so again, unless explicitly informed by the individual how I should act, I revert to this as the best way to maximize good and minimize the harm I do in day to day life.

As for sexual promiscuity being morally wrong, that's just such an arbitrary value, and before I do any sort of in-depth reading on the subject, I'm going to need a lot more of a justification for doing so. I use my time to read about useful information that provides me valuable insights, not learn about all the different ways religion wants to control you due to what was put in some ancient tome. Again, tell me how sexual promiscuity is relevant at all to morality writ-large.

You shouldn't stab a baby because it creates unnecessary suffering for the infant, as well as those that care for said infant. Golden rule again. I wouldn't want someone to stab my baby, so I would not choose to inflict that pain on another individual. Now, if I could travel back in time, I would stab Hitler as a baby, and that would be the morally correct thing to do. But in most cases, you don't know whether a baby will end up committing genocide, or write awful justification for arbitrary moral codes on the internet, so I refrain.

So, you hate Jews because of what's in the text? How about the Bible's prescription for how to handle your slaves?

As an aside, you're very clearly an Fi user, and my guess would be ESFP based on the Te cherry-picking and the Fi attachment to a lot of really broad, baseless claims that do not stand up to any sort of Ti examination. Thank you for the personal attacks by the way, they make me happy.

Also, it makes me a bit unnervy when you start scapegoating Jews as morally inferior, and speak about race in regards to morality. I think I can save you some time, because I'm pretty sure this book was already written.

Edit: Apologies to any INTJs who read that I originally typed this guy as INTJ. He's clearly a very confused ESFP as someone else pointed out in another thread (Not that all ESFPs are bad, just the Nazi ones.)

u/CAPTURMOTHER · 5 pointsr/howardstern
u/freefalll · 5 pointsr/Documentaries

If you want to find out more I suggest you read this book. It's very well written, delves deep into the facts and myths, and more importantly answers the why. Highly recommend it. Spoiler: it had nothing to do with bullying, being outcasts etc.

u/let_me_be_the_one · 4 pointsr/worldnews

I've seen satellite imagery and have read descriptions of escapees.

I'd rather not run the risk of needing to go;"Wir haben es nicht gewusst" in a couple of years.

u/PHalfpipe · 4 pointsr/worldnews

Escape From Camp 14. It's written by a guy who was born into the camps as a result of an arranged marriage between his father and mother, both of whom had never been accused of anything, but were caught up in the three generations policy.

To get an idea of the conditions; imagine a mix of Schindler's List and Twelve Years A Slave, but with a lot more starvation and rape. It's been operating for longer than anyone in this thread has been alive.

u/driscoll42 · 4 pointsr/AskHistory

If you're solely interested in the Presidential History, Theodore Rex is an excellent biography on Theodore Roosevelt's Presidential years. I would strongly encourage reading The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Colonel Roosevelt, his before and after years respectively, as they are equally excellent.

u/MrNagasaki · 4 pointsr/Wolfenstein

I'm also reading this cool Wolfenstein fanfiction right now. Also thinking about doing some nice The New Colossus cosplay by modifying some of my beed sheets like this. Boy, I'm such a fanboy. HEIL HITLER xD

u/Ulysses89 · 4 pointsr/IAmA

He talked about how Eric Harris was a textbook psychopath and Dylan Klebold was a angry depressive. That Eric wasn't a loner but actually popular because he was a sociopath. Dylan had come under Eric's "spell" and they weren't bullied but rather bullies themselves. Some myths about how Eric and Dylan targeted Christians which were not true they killed at random. He also talked about how the plan went astray. He really didn't talk about video games other than the Doom levels which he said no of them resembled Columbine High School.
If you want to know more about the Columbine Shooting

u/mk262 · 4 pointsr/orlando

That is the fundamental disagreement. I don't think we have a "gun problem". We have problems with people.

If we snap our fingers and all the guns disappear, we still have crazy people, we still have violent people, we still have terrorism. Europe is up to their eyeballs in truck attacks, grenade attacks and stabbings. Even in the gun-free paradise of the UK. Australia is currently dealing with gang shootings in a country where handguns are essentially banned.

We have issues with:

  • nihilism, especially with young men
  • immigration (Orlando pulse shooter, Fort Hood)
  • terrorism, also arguably an immigration problem (see previous)
  • mental health, including an uncomfortable conversation about whether people on mood stabilizers qualify as mentally ill

    The most difficult problem is the last one. We are in a society where huge numbers of people take medications to deal with depression, anxiety and various personality disorders. If we go tell those people they are too dangerous to own guns, they're going to get upset. You can go all the way back to the clocktower sniper to see links between medications and violence.

    I would encourage you to read Columbine if you have a legitimate interest in understanding some components of this. You can take a tldr away that those shooters bought guns that were compliant with the assault weapons ban of the day. They were using rifles that had 10rd magazines and sawed off shotguns.

    edit: To answer your question directly, I don't think there is political will to handle any of the major causes of these problems and that nothing will be done. The next shooter already has his guns. The shooter after that probably does too. It's 100% going to happen again. Until we as a society are ready to tackle the really ugly problems under the surface instead of just posting hashtags about turning rifles into manhole covers, it's not going to stop. Arming teachers and what not can only help to a degree.
u/RishFush · 4 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Nerves of steel come from confidence and being above fear. Confidence comes from practice and competition. Being above fear comes from a lifestyle of conquering fears.

If you want to be more comfortable on the street, figure out exactly what you're afraid of and get better at it. Are you afraid he's going to hit you? Learn boxing or muay thai or bjj. Are you afraid he's going to yell at you? Learn debate skills.

My dad was a firefighter for a decade. His dad trained WW2 bomber pilots. I asked my dad how he kept calm on intense calls. He said he would rely on his training and took every problem as it came. You have no idea what the scene is going to look like on your way there, but you can trust that you're the best prepared one there, so everyone's depending on you to take charge and lead. Planning ahead is very important, but more important is staying in the moment.

Meditation works out that muscle. Staying in the moment is a muscle in your brain that you have to work out. What fear and anxiety is is you living outside of the moment. Fear is you trying to bring the past into the present. Anxiety is you trying to predict the future. Live in the moment and take shit as it comes. The more you can do that, the more you can relax into chaotic situations with confidence. Just do your best and know that that's all anyone can do in life. We can only do our best.

Another thing is your mindset for life. Always do your best. Always give your fullest. Figure out your core values and live to them every day of your life. If you can say every day that you did your fucking best, then you are going to be able to say "I am ready to die today" and you won't walk around terrified of death. Death is the root fear of all the fears. If you can conquer the fear of death, you will be very strong.


There's a lot more to this, I'm just kind of rambling off what comes to mind before I go to work. But this will get you started. I wish you all the best and I hope I've helped some.

Some good resources are Shambhala, The Art of Learning, On Becoming a Leader, Better Under Pressure, Leading at the Edge, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, and then this interview with Rickson Gracie (one of the greatest fighters to ever walk the Earth).

u/karl2025 · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

Shackleton had a hell of a trip too. Here's a great book on it if anyone is interested.

u/nastylittleman · 4 pointsr/ImaginaryLandscapes

This excellent book tells the story of Shackelton's attempt on the South Pole.

Graphic novel, if that's more to your liking.

u/scaredofplanes · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

Endurance. Everything you've gone through or are going through pales in comparison to what Shackleton and his men went through. But I hope things get better for you, anyway.

u/AgentWorm-SFW · 4 pointsr/AskHistorians

Good list and some new reading material for me!

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyag covers Shackleton's 1914 Journey. I don't have anything to compare it to, nor am I a Historian expert, but I found it enjoyable and engaging.

u/tigerraaaaandy · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

Not all of these have cannibalism, but most:

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Poe, The Boat, In The Heart of The Sea (this is a really awesome book, as are the authors other works), Endurance, Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls, The Wreck of the Medusa, The Wreck of the Dumaru, Life of Pi

A couple non-fiction (with a legal focus) books about the Mignonette incident and the resulting famous case of Regina v Dudley and Stevens: Is Eating People Wrong?, and The Custom of the Sea

u/amaterasu717 · 4 pointsr/history

Hahaha, well said! Around January I got into adventure non-fic. If you're interested you might enjoy:

We Die Alone about Norwegians commandos doing batshit crazy stuff during WWII,

Farthest North about Norwegians doing batshit crazy stuff for the sake of exploration, and

Endurance about British adventurers in the Antarctic.

u/benjman25 · 4 pointsr/TheRedPill

Great list! I have read all the above and totally agree that their value is worthwhile to anyone seeking to improve their life -- regardless of financial status, relationships, profession, etc. A couple others that I've found useful along the road:

6. The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by N. Branden. During the reawakening stage and after a particularly painful breakup, I found this book helpful. Learning the concept of "alone-ness" versus "loneliness" continues to drive many motivations.

7. Games People Play by Eric Berne. Want to understand why your plate/gf/wife went batshit insane over the stupidest thing, and how to counteract it in the future? Read this book. Want to understand why your coworker was making those strange comments to your boss? Read this book - a must for anyone wanting to learn more about game theory and its application to everyday life. (Next on my list is The Art of Strategy ).

8. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. In many ways this is an antithesis to Freudian thought -- whereas Freud argued man is happy when seeking and obtaining pleasure, Frankl postulates that finding meaning and understanding is what makes us happy. In the context of TRP theory, meditating on, if not fully understanding, these concepts is absolutely necessary.

9. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini. The seminal work on the concept and application of persuasion. From negotiations to dating/relationships to job performance, I would rank this book at the top of many lists.

A few other authors/books I've seen mentioned elsewhere that are worth checking out: anything by Kurt Vonnegut, The Art of War by Sun Tzu (which goes hand in hand with The Prince for a great East/West study), and Rollo Tomassi. I've also found some of Oscar Wilde's writing to be both amusing and insightful.

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u/tiii · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

I've previously had a lot of success using cognitive behavioural therapy and this CBT book is very good. Change Your Thinking - Sarah Edelman (I linked to a CBT resource with lots of other books.

I have also just finished reading Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl and have been profoundly affected by that.

u/slorojo · 4 pointsr/books

Yes this. This is by far his most interesting book (although I haven't read his most recent one yet). Did you know that tri-color vision is unique in the mammals to howler monkeys and apes? And that we know it evolved separately in the howlers and the apes due to geographic separation and fundamental differences in the color-sensing mechanism*? That blew my mind. You learn stuff like that almost every page in The Ancestor's Tale. And the way it traces human lineage back through time makes you appreciate the immense scale, scope, and power of evolution.

My other suggestions would be:

u/dasvimal · 4 pointsr/orbitalpodcast

Here's two, although they're not mission-specific:

Moon Machines is a series of really good documentaries that highlight alot of the tech and engineering on the Apollo missions.

Failure Is Not An Option has been on my to-read list and is written by NASA's flight director during the Apollo missions.

u/osm_catan_fan · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

2 books I've enjoyed that together give a pretty thorough view of things:

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts - All the Apollo missions, and a source for the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon"

Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond - A memoir that's a look at the technical stories and folks supporting the astronauts, starting at our space program's early days.

Both these books are in-depth and not over-dramatized.

u/NomaanMalick · 4 pointsr/islam

Check out this YouTube playlist. It's quite comprehensive.

Seerah of Prophet Muhammed (S)

In terms of books, you could read Martin Lings , or Tariq Ramadan , or Meraj Mohiuddin

Also, you could watch this as a primer on Islam.

u/Dilettante · 4 pointsr/history

I remember a book that was recommended to me that sadly I never had time to read: Ghengis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. I don't know enough about it to say if it includes other horse cultures or not.

u/lsop · 4 pointsr/AskReddit
u/searine · 4 pointsr/TrueReddit

The full book comes out tomorrow. If you are actually interested in reading this story in full, wait. This article spoils it.

u/abrandnewhope · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

There ARE a lot of sources from defectors and those who have escaped from North Korea-- here's a great book:

It's about a man who was born in a NK labor camp because he had ancestors who tried to escape (3 generations of "traitors" get punished). As a young boy, he sold out his brother and mother who had plans to escape the labor camp-- they were hanged in front of him, and he felt no remorse. The books talk about what happens to families of those who try to be escape.

u/BradwMD · 4 pointsr/starcraft

Do some research on that guy.

That's just one example, there are also a great number of documentaries of people that visit the DPRK on tours (which are allowed btw). Some of these people take videos in risks of getting caught and making the tour guides angry. One such documentary is the "Vice guide to North Korea", by just watching it you can clearly see that stepping foot in North Korea is like going back in time to a 1950 ish Soviet Russia and that North Korea is clearly a country that focuses on propaganda and focusing their money towards government/military first.

Also they have an ideology that they grasp known as "Juche" (주체) that has an effect on their economy as well.

u/seattleque · 4 pointsr/pics

> Pretty much everybody hated Lincoln until he died

If you haven't get and read Team of Rivals. It's a great history book about his political rivals and making them part of his cabinet. Some became his closest allies...

u/Atheizm · 4 pointsr/exmuslim

On top of Twenty-Three Years and Life of Muhammad, I also suggest

u/Mac8v2 · 3 pointsr/unexpectedjihad

I am Catholic and learned most of what I know about Islam though university classes and independent research. I can give you a list of books I have read about Islam that will get you started.

Oxford English Koran
Obviously the primary text is important to have and the book is pretty small. Much smaller compared to the bible.

Hadith of Bukhari: Volumes I, II, III & IV

Half of Islamic law is derived from the Koran and the other half from the Hadith. The Hadith is the collection of events, and quotes by Mohammad and his followers. This book is huge and you shouldn't try to read the whole since it is just list quotes and who they are by. But it is a good reference source and something to page through.

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
Biography of Mohammad using historical sources. Good reference.

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

Brief 350 page run of Islamic history until now as told by a Muslim. I felt the book was a bit preachy and accusatory towards the end but I read it 6 years ago so my memory might be hazy. Still a good read if you want to try to understand how mainstream moderate Muslim scholars see things. It has a good bibliography too.

There are probably a bunch of other ones I am forgetting. Take a look through Amazon and see what else they have. I would only buy books from university presses or published by academics though. They can be dense and difficult but they are peer reviewed which is important since there is so much anti-Islam, pro-Islam publishing out there.

u/mdjnsn · 3 pointsr/nfl

Candice Millard has a killer book about Roosevelt exploring an unmapped tributary of the Amazon after losing the 1912 election. It's fascinating stuff, highly recommended.

u/SchurThing · 3 pointsr/books

Endurance - true story about Shackleton's miraculous year on ice in the race to be first to the South Pole

Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

u/jamesneysmith · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Well this isn't exactly what you are looking for but there is a book called Endurance which is the diary of Ernest Shackleton and others from his crew during an expedition in 1914 to cross over the Antarctic overland. As you would expect, things go horribly wrong and they get stuck. It's a fascinating look into the world of those early 20th century world explorers as well as a very tense story about being stuck in that frozen wasteland without any help.

u/JustTerrific · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Hmmm... fiction? Non-fiction? First-person meaning told through a first-person narrative style, or just generally following a single person fighting for survival?

Fiction-wise, I'm a fan of To The White Sea by James Dickey. I've also always heard universally good things about the young adult novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, but have yet to read it myself.

In the realm of non-fiction, Touching The Void is a pretty incredible story, and was made into a stellar documentary film. Also, anything about the Shackleton expedition to Antarctica is worth checking out, so there you've got Endurance by Alfred Lansing, as well as Shackleton's own account, South: The Endurance Expedition.

u/disputing_stomach · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

For non-fiction, try Endurance, about Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition. Absolutely true, and an amazing story.

u/mzieg · 3 pointsr/jobs

I thought of you when reading about Shackleton's hiring practices in Endurance. He never interviewed candidates longer than 5 min, and hired completely based on what is now known as a "blink" impression. He hired an anthropologist as his meteorologist because he "looked funny," a surgeon because he wore fake glasses to look smarter, and a physicist for his singing skills. Anyway, I figured those would probably send you into an apoplectic fit, so bookmarked them for future use :-)

u/chiragdshah · 3 pointsr/HistoryPorn

If you haven't read it, I highly recommend reading Alfred Lansing's Endurance. Phenomenal book. I don't know how those guys made it through that journey. At one point, they're literally just stuck in an ice sheet for months, waiting to drift north enough for the ice to melt. I would have lost my mind.

(Ninja edit)

u/punkrawkstar · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

A great book that deals with this is "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl

u/atheistcoffee · 3 pointsr/atheism

Congratulations! I know what a big step that is, as I've been in the same boat. Books are the best way to become informed. Check out books by:

u/justcs · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

The first step would be realizing that you are not alone. This book is written by an educate Jewish Doctor that survived Auschwitz. I recommend it to you. I hope I will never have to go through what those people went through, but this guy picked up and moved on, leaving wisdom on a disparate situation. If you cannot afford books check your library or pm me and I'll see what I can do. Cheer up!

u/latter_daze · 3 pointsr/latterdaysaints

This is a book that gave me some great insights as to WHY it seems to take so long, at times, and the road is so hard to get the answers to my prayers. I suggest picking it up. When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered

Also, one book I think every human being on earth aught to read at least once in their lifetime is "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. It really isn't a religious book, but it's in my top 10 spiritually uplifting books. It was his account of his struggles through the concentration camps in WWII. He was a psychologist and analyzed the process of endurance, what it takes to survive, and what it was like when people gave in. Its horrifying and uplifting at the same time. In your situation, you may find it comforting and validating.

u/travistee · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

A few books have changed my life. Most directly these two:
The Now Habit and Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

On a personal level of how I view the world Man's Search for Meaning by Vikto Frankl and The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology have helped me to understand the people in the world around me.

Spiritually, Siddhartha and the Book of John in the New Testament have helped me to be a better human being.

u/SalvadorDaliLama · 3 pointsr/psychology

Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. It's not too heavy and its an important book in humanistic psych.

u/lachryma · 3 pointsr/KerbalSpaceProgram

His book is excellent and is full of them. I read it on a cross-country plane ride. It's riveting enough, particularly during Apollo 13, that you'll breeze through it fairly quickly.

u/djellison · 3 pointsr/space

A Man on the Moon by Andy Chaiken is considered THE text on the Apollo program. If formed the basis of the mini series From the Earth to the Moon

Failure is not an Option by Gene Kranz is a wonderful first hand account of life in the trenches from Mercury thru Apollo.

And my personal favorite space book - Roving Mars which was turned into a great IMAX movie as well.

u/hapaxLegomina · 3 pointsr/nasa

Okay, for sci-fi, you have to get The Culture series in. Put Player of Games face out.

I don't read a lot of space books, but Asteroid Hunter by Carrie Nugent is awesome. I mostly have recommendations for spaceflight and spaceflight history, and a lot of these come from listeners to my podcast, so all credit to them.

  • Corona, America's first Satellite Program Amazon
  • Digital Apollo MIT Books
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Earth by Chris Hadfield (Amazon)
  • Capture Dynamics and Chaotic Motions in Celestial Mechanics: With Applications to the Construction of Low Energy Transfers by Edward Belbruno (Amazon)
  • Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration by Buzz Aldrin (Amazon)
  • Red Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson (Part 1 on Amazon)
  • Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War by Michael Neufeld (Amazon)
  • Space Shuttle by Dennis R Jenkins (Amazon)
  • The History Of Manned Space Flight by David Baker (Amazon)
  • Saturn by Lawrie and Godwin (Amazon)
  • Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Lovell (Amazon)
  • Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Gene Kranz (Amazon)
  • Space by James A Michener (Amazon)
  • Encounter With Tiber by Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes (Amazon)
  • Ascent to Orbit: A Scientific Autobiography by Arthur C Clark (Amazon)
  • Fundamentals of Astrodynamics by Bate and White (Amazon)
  • Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein (Amazon)
u/yoweigh · 3 pointsr/NewOrleans

I very highly recommend Failure is Not an Option by Gene Kranz for an insider's view of early spaceflight, and I'm currently reading How Apollo Flew to the Moon by W. David Woods, which is an extremely in-depth technical overview of the entire Apollo program written for laymen.

u/DannoVonDanno · 3 pointsr/rocketry

Failure is Not an Option by Gene Kranz is an excellent memoir of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.

u/manytrowels · 3 pointsr/Frisson

Read Kranz's book. This scene is frisson defined.

EDIT: Here's the link --

u/ReggieJ · 3 pointsr/books

Failure is Not an Option by Gene Kranz. Your question mirrors the scope of this book so closely that I actually wondered if you'd already read it and wanted some stuff to follow up with.

Available for the Kindle!

u/stanettafish · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

Good start. But why would you leave out the 1963 coup in which the power elite murdered President Kennedy? It's the Rosetta Stone. I only see a passing mention of him in the Operation Northwoods section.

For that matter, how about RFK?

Back to JFK--

The motives:

-President Kennedy was ending the Cold War with Russia. He reached out to them repeatedly thru both private letters and public speeches, including his landmark “peace speech” at American University. He signed the Test Ban Treaty with Russia. He even suggested combined US and Russian space programs.

-He saved the world from Nuclear War, in spite of massive pressure from his military hawks, by acting with tremendous wisdom and restraint during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

-He was withdrawing from Vietnam and had drawn up detailed plans to do so as described in NSAM 263--in conjunction with the McNamara-Taylor report, which LBJ reversed with NSAM 273 within hours of becoming president.

-He made peaceful overtures to Castro, including thru back channels on the day he was murdered.

-He rejected his military staff’s proposal of Operation Northwoods, a false flag terrorism scheme to frame the Cuban government for (among other things) crashing planes into US buildings (yeah, like 911) and thereby justify invasion of Cuba.

-He showed incredible resolve and courage resisting war in spite being surrounded by blood-thirsty war mongers like Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Lyman L. Lemnitzer (who proposed Operation Northwoods to JFK), and Air Force General Curtis LeMay (who wanted to attack Russia preemptively with nuclear bombs--and was the inspiration for the Jack D. Ripper character in Dr Strangelove). In fact JFK referred to himself as a “peace at any price President.”

-He wanted to eliminate the CIA and took major steps to lessen their power. He fired top CIA officials Allen Dulles, Richard Bissell and Charles Cabell. He dramatically cut the CIA’s staff. And--most significantly--he issued NSAMs 55, 56, & 57 which stripped large scale covert operations from the CIA and put them under the auspice of the military.

-He was pro-union and stood up to US Steel in support of the Steel Worker’s Union.

-He acted to eliminate tax breaks for the wealthy, including the Oil Depletion Allowance.

-He was against the World Bank/IMF.

-He supported independence of African countries to use their own resources to help their own people. In fact Eisenhower ordered the CIA to murder Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba days before JFK was inaugurated, because of JFK’s support of Lumumba.

-He ordered the US government to print their own money instead of the privately owned Federal Reserve.

-He supported civil rights by sending troops to enforce desegregation of the University of Alabama and ‘Ol Miss.”

-He put all his investments in a blind trust when he became President, so his decisions as President were not affected by where his money was. He did this without making a big deal about it; he simply did it because it was the right thing to do.

-JFK was witty and articulate. He was uplifting, charismatic and inspiring. Watch his press conferences. Watch his speeches.

He was a great great president. A true populist president. He made powerful enemies.


I highly recommend these works on the subject:

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters” by James W. Douglass (flawed but good)

“The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government” by David Talbot


In summation:

Kennedy was the president of the 99% so the 1% despised him.

Kennedy was a peace monger surrounded by war mongers.

Kennedy was ethical in an unethical government.

u/Bmyrab · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

This is the book:

It's a long read but it's the definitive book on the coup. I'd love to know what you think if you read it.

u/vigorous · 3 pointsr/worldpolitics

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters <---read this year....same conclusion

u/dolphins3 · 3 pointsr/hillaryclinton
u/sleezestack · 3 pointsr/politics

Denial? She wrote a book about it. You can get in on Amazon

u/miraistreak · 3 pointsr/The_Donald

For those interested in keeping tabs:



As of this writing Clinton is #1 in books, and Trump is #84.

All things considered, having Trump's book crack the Top 100 all from a relatively minor concentrated effort from The_Donald and /pol/ is quite impressive. They are competing in theory with a sizable national population.

The Art of the Deal (which I remember some memes said people should buy instead) is #362 as of this writing

Spez: Great Again is #16 (15:44 EDT)

u/DL757 · 3 pointsr/Enough_Sanders_Spam

What Happened is the third best selling biography on Amazon (the audiobook is #6 and the Kindle version is #9), and the best selling political book in any category.

It's the highest selling women's biography (with the Kindle and audio versions coming in at 3 and 4). The book is all 3 of the highest selling political memoirs and also the highest selling civics book.

What Happened is also the #1 bestseller in any category.

Bernie's new book is claiming the high number of..........#714. His last book is #13,503.

u/FS4JQ · 3 pointsr/CringeAnarchy

You want a source? OK


u/lejialus · 3 pointsr/Enough_Sanders_Spam

Did Amazon make it verified reviews only? I saw it at 3 stars yesterday.

Also how is it? I'm about to finish the book I'm reading soon, so I'm thinking about potential reads. I also have a copy of Hyperion as well, but I wanna weigh my options before committing to a new book.

u/AndTheEgyptianSmiled · 3 pointsr/islam

Martin Lings' Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is popular for good reason.

But the best history book I've seen is the work of Dr. Ali M. Sallabi.

It's two volumes and like 2000 pages but it's fascinating read.

I have it on PDF if you want it.


For understanding context, Dr. Jonathan Brown is an excellent resource. He's got several books, including his most recent Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy (he's already working on 2nd edition lol...)

u/IIllIIllIIlllIIIlllI · 3 pointsr/news

Not scientific journals, and not exactly the same, but I really liked these two books about historic perspectives on our fisheries. Same author.

u/StillHasIlium · 3 pointsr/casualiama

Concerning prison camps, I might suggest Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey by Blaine Harden.

u/MondayMood · 3 pointsr/morbidquestions

Someone born and raised inside the labor camp escaped. Here's his book.

u/floppy-oreo · 3 pointsr/pics

My family is from an Eastern block country, and was there while the area was under USSR control, and that is how things were at the time. You escape, and your family dies.

You're an idiot if you think that North Korea is any different.

Edit: check out this book when you get the time:
"Escape From Camp 14"
It might open your eyes a bit...

u/rawketscience · 3 pointsr/northkorea

I think the first point to consider is that The Orphan Master's Son should be read as a domestic drama, more along the lines of Nothing to Envy than any of the foreign-policy focused news and zomg-weird-pop-performance-footage that dominates this subreddit and /r/northkoreanews.

In that light, the Orphan Master's Son is a lovely, well-told story, and it was well-researched, but it's still clearly a second-hand impression of the country. It doesn't add to the outside world's stock of DPRK information; it just retells the tragedies already told by Shin Dong-hyuk and Kenji Fujimoto in a literary style.

Then too, there are places where the needs of the story subsume the reality on the ground. For example, the book entertains the notion that the state would promote just individual one actress its paragon of female virtue and one individual soldier as the paragon of male virtue. This is important to author's point about public and private identity and whether love also needs truth, but it's wholly out of step with the Kim regime's way of doing business. Kim Il Sung is the one god in North Korea, and the only permissible icons are his successors, and to a lesser extent, senior party politicians. Pop figures are disposable.

But The Orphan Master's Son is a good read. It would go high on my list of recommendations for someone who wants a starting point on the country but is scared of footnotes and foreign names. But if your DPRK obsession hinges more on predicting the fate of the Kaesong Industrial Zone, it won't give you much.

u/OhSnepSon · 3 pointsr/worldnews

Seriously. I don't understand why so many people here keep dismissing him as the "stupid child dictator" thing. Speculate what you want about the nuke situation, if he has the balls to do it or whatever, but the human right violations in that country are horrendous and blatant. I really urge people to read this book:

u/b_r_u · 3 pointsr/korea

This is a book I read awhile back that might make you reconsider that:

I'd much rather be homeless in a place like Seattle or San Diego than be born into a prison camp and live the kind of life described in this book... To be honest, I'd rather be in a US federal penitentiary.

u/Sketchbooks · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

My husband absolutely LOVED the series by Edmund Morris. Chronologically it begins with The Rise of Theodore Roosevent but he recommends starting with Theodore Rex. We're expecting a child and "Theodore" immediately rose to the top of his name list.

u/sun_tzuber · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

First and foremost, 48 Laws of Power. It will show you 100+ ways other people have tried and where they failed and succeeded. It's a great introduction. Get this first.

A lot for these are free on

Meditations - On being ethical and virtuous in a position of power.

33 strategies of war - A great companion to the 48 laws.

Art of war - Ancient Chinese text on war and power. All but covered in 48 laws.

Hagakure - Japanese text on war and power. All but covered in 48 laws.

On war - Military strategy from Napoleonic era. All but covered in 48 laws.

Rise of Theodore Roosevelt - Amazing book.

Seeking Wisdom from Darwin to Munger - Abstract thought models and logic patterns of highly successful people.

The Obstacle is the Way - Not labeled a book on power, more like thriving during struggle, which is important to a leader.

Machiavelli: The Prince - Pretty much the opposite of meditations. All but covered in 48 laws.

Also, here's a good TED talk on why power/civics is important to study:

If you've gone over these and want something more specialized, I can probably help.

Are you planning on taking us over with force or charm?

u/jb4647 · 3 pointsr/houston

May I point you to these series of books written by Robert Caro that goes into detail about how one obtains, keeps, and uses political power?

Once you read them you'll understand how 'the system' works. "The Power Broker" is especially illustrative. One man, Robert Moses, pretty much remade NYC between the 1920's and the 1960's. Never was elected to anything.

u/kx2w · 3 pointsr/history

Not OP but you should totally read Robert Caro's The Power Broker. It's a ~1,500 page tome but it's a fantastic breakdown of the history of Moses specifically, and Jacobs as well.

Then follow it up with Jacobs' Death and Life of Great American Cities for the counter argument. After that you can decide if you want to get into City Planning as a career. Lots of politics unfortunately...

u/sri745 · 3 pointsr/nyc

Here's the Amazon link for those interested:

u/1point618 · 3 pointsr/printSF

Currently reading, and would like to finish:

  1. Interaction Ritual Chains by Randal Collins

    Started in 2014, put down, would like to finish in 2015:

  2. Aztecs by Inga Clendinnen

  3. The Ego Tunnel by Thomas Metzinger

    Would like to re-read in 2015:

  4. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

  5. White Noise by Don DeLillo

  6. Anathem by Neal Stephenson

    Would like to read in 2015:

  7. The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro

  8. A couple of books for /r/SF_Book_Club

  9. Blindsight and Echopraxia by Peter Watts, back-to-back

  10. At least one or two books on Buddhist philosophy / practice

  11. At least one or two books on philosophy, either philo of mind or more cultural studies / anthro / sociology type stuff.
u/sweeny5000 · 3 pointsr/todayilearned
u/grantrules · 3 pointsr/AskNYC

The Power Broker by Robert Caro is supposed to be excellent. Doesn't really fit in the architecture / food / pictures criteria.. but hey

u/soapdealer · 3 pointsr/urbanplanning

Probably the most influential urban planning book ever was written as a response to trends in 1960s development: The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. Along the same lines, the Pulitizer Prize winning The Power Broker by Robert Caro is the definitive biography of Jacobs-nemesis Robert Moses who was super important in the planning decisions made in New York City in the 50s and 60s.

Witold Rybczynski's Makeshift Metropolis includes a pretty good summary of urban planning throughout the 20th century in America, which is helpful for putting trends from the 1960s into context.

I don't have a specific book to recommend here, but also look into the design of Brasilia, since it was by far the biggest and most complete project designed on the sort of modernist principles that dominated the 50s and 60s urban planning scene. It's obviously not an American city, but many of the planners and architects who worked on it worked on American projects as well, and the ideas that influenced it were very important in American thinking on urban design also.

These are all sort of general interest recommendations, though. Sorry if you were looking for something more technical.

u/NessInOnett · 3 pointsr/pics
u/sarcastroll · 3 pointsr/politics

Trump is a true businessman indeed.

Bannon already has his strategy published and available for purchase on Amazon.

The Bannon Years

u/280394433708491 · 3 pointsr/MURICA

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

Great book. Couldn't put it down.

u/Deedb4creed · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

93 confirmed kills

Edit: Link fix

u/TheYancyStreetGang · 3 pointsr/todayilearned
u/sick6sect · 3 pointsr/CombatFootage

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson.

F.N.G. by Donald Bodey

[All Quiet on the Western Front] ( by Erich Maria Remarque

u/LlamasNeverLie · 3 pointsr/books

We're so far apart I don't think this discussion is going to go anywhere, however I would genuinely recommend you read Cullen's book as you clearly have an interest in the topic and it is the definitive factual account of the events. As a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News at the time he was one of the first on the scene and continued his research for a decade afterwards, getting better access to police records, families, etc etc.

u/taylorkline · 3 pointsr/UTAustin

Also somewhat relevant if you want to understand what happens in communities after tragedy, including the spreading of rumors and the invention of fake eye-witness testimony (anyone ever heard the falsified Cassie story about the girl who claimed she believed in God before being shot?):

Columbine by Dave Cullen

u/money_ · 3 pointsr/TrueReddit

This article is a crappy summary of the amazing book by Dave Cullen:

If you're interested, I highly recommend it. However, as a parent (also as a human) there were parts of it that were extremely difficult to read.

u/El4mb · 3 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

You realize that almost two thousand years ago there was an emperor of Rome that was going through some of the same things that we do and has some wise words on a lot of subjects.

u/lllll-lllll-lllllv2 · 3 pointsr/AskMen

I read this (and others):

Meditate as well.

Personality isn't easy to change. Identify what you don't like about yourself, when you do it, why you do it, and then pay attention to yourself. Shut up when you're about to say something you don't want to say. Half the time you'll say it before you can stop yourself. Takes time.

That's what I did anyways.

u/ericxfresh · 3 pointsr/BettermentBookClub

off the top of my head:

Meditations, with The Inner Citadel as a reader

Letters from a Stoic

A Guide to the Good Life by Irvine

Do The Work by Pressfield as well as The War of Art by Pressfield

Managing Oneself by Ducker

Man's Search for Meaning by Frankl

What Predicts Divorce by Gottman

Nicomachean Ethics

Models by Manson seems to be popular on reddit

So Good They Can't Ignore You by Newport, as well

I'm currently reading Triumphs of Experience by Vaillant and find it insightful.

u/blitzkriegblue · 3 pointsr/Stoicism

I'm sorry about my ignorance, I'm new here. Is this book: Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)


u/mnadon · 3 pointsr/bookporn

Meditations is an awesome read! The version on my pictures, though, is an old translation and kind of hard to follow. Dover Thrift offers a contemporary English translation that makes it orders of magnitude more understandable.

u/thevelarfricative · 3 pointsr/circlebroke

>Yeah... i haven't anything said about the khans except about the brutality.

Right, except for this book, which Reddit often slavishly praises:

>The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.

Yea, and Hitler built the Autobahn!!1! \s

Read an American or European history textbook and tell me that Genghis Khan is viewed in the same light as Hitler.

>Liking. The swastika is different than naming your shop Hitler. Slick.

Are you just inserting random periods now?

Here is a restaurant called Genghis.

Here is a MongoDB app called Genghis

There's this movie on Genghis Khan, which, while very well produced and made, still glorifies a bloodthirsty barbarian.

>I have a different.view, i view any admiration of a mass murderer as insane. Deal with it.

insane- in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill.

Then I must disagree. Indians who glorify Hitler are merely acting from within their cultural contexts. They're not insane; maybe ignorant, but definitely not insane.

I get it: To Westerners, Hitler is the end-all and be-all of Evil. He is the Worst, with a capital W. You find it literally unfathomable that anyone before or after him could be remotely as Bad. That's because that's what you're taught in school. Indian textbooks don't really stress that as much. Is that a bad thing? Of course. Is that worse than Western textbooks glorifying Churchill, Genghis, etc.? Not particularly.

>And putting. Churchill. In the same ballpark shows how much you know. It's not much

Then you haven't heard of the Bengal famine

u/AbouBenAdhem · 3 pointsr/books
u/tikitrader · 3 pointsr/history

Although Genghis Khan did possibly kill up to 40 million people, the lasting impact of the Mongolian empire and subsequent Great Khans effectively changed the world for the better in the long run. Before him, China and Europe had almost zero knowledge of each other's existence, his empire was one of the first without a nationally imposed religion, and he changed warfare completely.


40 million deaths: (I know this is a terrible source but whatever.)

Effects on the world: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

u/kargat · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World is a fascinating and relatively quick read on his life and the history of the empire he created. I highly recommend it.

u/DocHuckleberry · 3 pointsr/ColinsLastStand

I'm not sure about everyone else, but I tend to gravitate more towards biographies of politicians and presidents. They don't weigh down every page with politics but give a grasp on historical politics as well as understanding the lives of these figures in history and why they did what they did.

1-The bully pulpit is an excellent read on Teddy

2-Team of Rivals is one of the books that made Lincoln my favorite president of all time

u/SomberForest · 3 pointsr/QuotesPorn

Clearly we don’t see eye to eye.


One of my favorite books about him. It’s excellently sourced at the end of the book. It’s not whitewash, it’s factually accurate. He was an amazing guy. I’m pretty sure it will change your tune about his motivations and beliefs.

u/callmebaiken · 3 pointsr/conspiracy
u/picofaraad · 2 pointsr/JoeRogan

Ok, two different categories of recs that arent exactly what you asked for but you might want to put on the radar:


  1. Superbly enjoyable stories of bad-assery: I love Alistair MacLean's (historical fiction) books. These two are my favorite. They are the alpha male equivalent of romance beach novels. They are excellent:
    South by Java Head:
    The Guns of Navarone:

  2. Marcus Aurelius's Meditations is the single book I would take with me to an island. It reads like a conversation with a friend. Not archaic, not heavy or overwrought, and yet gets to the essence of what it means to be a good man and live a good life. General Mattis used to carry this in combat. I suggest reading it bits at a time, in 20-30 minute sessions.


    Some quotes from #2 to give you a sense. Crazy this was just a roman emperor's diary 2000 years ago:


    “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ...”

    “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

    “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”

    “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”

    “The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”
    “Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.”
u/arpex · 2 pointsr/asktrp

Many monk mode books are available as audiobooks on YouTube, or PDF files through torrents.

It's actually great that you're on a low budget for monk mode. Living frugally is a great activity for building a sense of self-efficacy.

Absolute essentials may be:

A notebook to plan, journal, record exercise, etc.

One or two books that you refer back to often enough, or work through slowly (Meditations by Marcus Aurelius comes to mind:

Maybe some camping gear or other stuff that gets you into nature more often. Tent/sleeping bag/lantern/firemaking supplies.

Outside of that, you don't need anything, and tbh, it's monk mode.. monks don't need anything and that's part of the experience. Good luck man!

P.S. second u/Dr_D1amond on supplements

u/quantum_dan · 2 pointsr/Stoicism

My preference is the Long version, just for the style (which somehow feels most appropriate for a Stoic philosopher-emperor to have written, at least to me). Be aware that the language is somewhat archaic; if you prefer a more modern-English version (which does paraphrase and summarize quite a bit), try Hays. But you can check out the Long online, so no risk in trying it. Online version.

There are several book versions available on Amazon. This one isn't the version I own, but I was satisfied with my copy of Enchiridion from the same publisher. (Note that, while an editorial review mentioned on the page refers to the Hays translation, the book preview shows the Long translation).

u/Hngry4Applz · 2 pointsr/Stoicism

You can get a paperback version of Meditations on Amazon for $1.78 right now.

u/z3r05pac3 · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

The Mongols were anything but savage. That's a preeeety racism belief. Read this book for a better perspective:

u/silver_mint · 2 pointsr/travel

Another source along the same lines:

"Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World" by Jack Weatherford is a wonderful history book for light and fun reading. It has tons of great reviews and is available for audio book as well.

Amazon link

u/CannaeLoggins · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions
u/JoniLeChadovich · 2 pointsr/entj

• "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World" (Jack Weatherford) is my all-time and all-categories favourite. Temudjin is a turbo ENTJ, the books reads like a thrilling novel and provide great insights at every page, and there is wisdom in every episode of the Khan's life and even after his life (the chapters of how and why the Mongol empires collapses are a serious lesson to be considered at all times). This book just has everything in it: a catching history, a great writing, emotions, lessons for life, insights of a great man who happens to have been "like us" and even if it's quite long, you dread for the end to happen every page you turn, and that is a feeling I rarely had.

• "How to Make Millions Without a Degree" (Simon Dolan) is the best fuel for my confirmation biases. Basically an anthem to self-made people and believing in yourself. Dolan is a funny guy and his motorsport career is more than acknowledgeable. Another proof that when there is a will, there is a way, inspiring guy and inspiring book. Only book so far I bought twice (physically and on Kindle).

• "To Hell and Back" (Niki Lauda) is my model for being bold and having balls, which I cruelly lack work toward developping. Lauda is the definition of boldness. The guy is crazy and the book relates a very unique story of a career. If you enjoy everything with an engine, it's a must-read. For all others, it's a lesson on boldness.

• "The Power of Habits" (Charles Duhigg) made a lasting impact on my life. I believe it's the best "neurosciences for everybody" book ever. It crunches a ton of important concepts and informations about our brains into the "simple" idea of habits.

• "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think" (Brian Wansink) is actually a scam. Wansink was dismissed from his university for falsifying researchs and his "food psychology" thing was recently debunked for having little or no academic basis. This book is full of these made up stuff, most information it contains are probably wrong or manipulated. But... it works. It worked for me. It triggered little changes in my relationship to food (mostly about quantity and not tricking myself into eating stuff I'll regret later) and I can see my fat diminishing from these newly formed habits. So I don't know, this scam book was the one that made me end up bad habits with food when some more academic works didn't help a lot. I'll let that to your own judgement.

u/OfficialCocaColaAMA · 2 pointsr/educationalgifs

Yeah, I was just making a stupid joke.

As for the Islamic view of Genghis Khan, it depends on perspective. Genghis Khan was tolerant of Muslims and even sought after their intellectuals. But he also destroyed their populations. A lot of the estimates of the deaths caused by Genghis Khan's conquest are exaggerated, but that doesn't really affect the perception in much of the Muslim world. There are also a lot of dubious claims as to Genghis Khan's brutality.

It's true, from any perspective, that the Mongol conquest put an end to a long period of Muslim prosperity. Since the days of Mohammed, they had seen very few serious military losses. The common belief among Muslims prior to Genghis Khan was that their prosperity and military success was undeniable proof of the validity of their beliefs. They felt that Allah had blessed them with the ability to win battles and spread their religion. So Genghis Khan turned their world upside down.

All of my understanding of Genghis Khan and Muslim history come from Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World and Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, both of which I highly recommend.

u/YukaIzumi · 2 pointsr/aoe2

As taken from Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World


> The Chinese noted with surprise and disgust the ability of the Mongol warriors to survive on little food and water for long periods; according to one, the entire army could camp without a single puff of smoke since they needed no fires to cook. Compared to the Jurched soldiers, the Mongols were much healthier and stronger. The Mongols consumed a steady diet of meat, milk, yogurt, and other diary products, and they fought men who lived on gruel made from various grains. The grain diet of the peasant warriors stunted their bones, rotted their teeth, and left them weak and prone to disease. In contrast, the poorest Mongol soldier ate mostly protein, thereby giving him strong teeth and bones. Unlike the Jurched soldiers, who were dependent on a heavy carbohydrate diet, the Mongols could more easily go a day or two without food.

Veganism made for weak men.

u/GaiusPompeius · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

It is kind of amazing to remember that many North Koreans aren't even in a position to care about abstract concepts like freedom: they're too hungry to care about anything but staying alive. One escapee from a prison camp, in his autobiography, said that he didn't escape because of political persecution, he escaped because in his mind the outside world was a place where you could eat as much meat as you wanted.

u/Infinite_Guest · 2 pointsr/IAmA

This is a tell all...pretty messed up stuff. Great read.

[Escape From Camp 14] (

u/officialjesus · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

if you're okay with pretty modern history, I recommend North Korea. the secretiveness about the country is fascinating.

For documentaries, i recommend National Geographic: Inside North Korea. there's also the Vice Guide to North Korea and I also personally like their documentary on North Korean work camps inside Russia. If you have netflix, there's also Kimjongilia and Crossing the Line.

As for books, I really liked Nothing to Envy:Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. It talks about the lives of several defectors mainly during the famine in the 90s and also talks about how their lives are now in South Korea. Right now i'm reading Escape from Camp 14
which is about a guy who escaped from one of North Korea's many prison camps.

With a lot of recent events, I think it's important to understand the history of the country. also, Korea under Japanese rule might be interesting to.

Good Luck :)

EDIT: spelling

u/DokuHimora · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

The best one I've read thus far is Margaret Cheney Tesla: Man out of Time.

edit meant to link to Amazon.

u/falor42 · 2 pointsr/books

I rather enjoyed this one: Man out of Time

u/Sangermaine · 2 pointsr/science

I'd also recommend Tesla: Man Out of Time for a more recent biography of him. It's an interesting book, though I should warn you that the organization is kind of poor and the author jumps around a lot.

(Also, you're link to Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla isn't working; here's the book on Amazon if anyone is interested.)

u/catchpen · 2 pointsr/videos

I recommend this book for anyone that doesn't know much about Tesla (or has kids that don't) Tesla: Man out of Time. Great book!

u/franklyshankly · 2 pointsr/pics

This one? One of the best books I've ever read personally.

u/esaruoho · 2 pointsr/technology

throw that POS book in the bin right now and never recommend it to anyone.

the guy who wrote it was a serious hater.

Now, this one, on the other hand ( )

Mr. Seifer also had no business devoting a whole chapter to badmouthing John Keely.

And besides, John O'Neill's Prodigal Genius and Tesla's self-written My Inventions are still much more cohesive writings on the man.

Also, save yourself some time and just dig into



u/two_if_by_sea · 2 pointsr/math

Perhaps he would like the biography Tesla:Man Out of Time.

u/thatcrazycanuck · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

I've been reading Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney lately, and it's been great so far!

u/Eratosthenes · 2 pointsr/

If you are interested in Tesla, I highly recommend reading this book. He was a fascinating character.

u/raedix · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Sure, this book was shocking, and this one was electrifying.

u/thatboatguy · 2 pointsr/tall

That's not what I expected it to look like...interesting that his family would keep a museum elsewhere. The book I read was Tesla: Man Out of Time.

u/TheDebaser · 2 pointsr/INTP

Because he was the perfect blend of the idealist and the realist. He never compromised when he knew he was right, but he always acted in a way that would actually have a positive end effect. He had a way of understanding the whole of the situation, and doing what was best in the moment to achieve his goals. He was a great leader and one of the most underrated writers of all time. He treated everyone with an incredible amount of respect and patience.

When one of his generals decided to turn back after winning a massive battle, (a massive mistake considering had they kept attacking the confederates while they were retreating the Union could have conceivably ended the war years earlier than it eventually did end,) he wrote that general an incredibly vicious letter. He tore into him. After contemplating the letter for a while, he decided not to send it. It would only shatter moral.

He was a great speaker, he had a talent for explaining complex issues in incredibly clear and even funny ways. When asked why he didn't immediately fire the aforementioned general he responded "It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river." That's a small example, but Lincoln was full of chestnuts like that. I aspire to be as clear, direct and interesting of a communicator as he was.

The Gettysburgh address is his most famous speech, and rightfully so, but I've always found his conclusion to his first inaugural address to be his most satisfying piece of writing.

> I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

To summarize:
1.) Had moral and stuck to them
2.) Acted in ways that would realistically accomplish his goals. A political genius.
3.) An everflowing fountain of respect and human decency.
4.) A masterful writer and a severely underrated communicator and comedian.

>Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.

Team of Rivals is a wonderful book about the man, and I highly recommend that everyone and their dog should read it.

Oh, and by the way, he was an INTP.

u/Subotan · 2 pointsr/relationship_advice

If she likes politics, a good presidential biography, such as Truman by McCullough, Team of Rivals by Goodwin, The General by Fenby or Edmund Morris' the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt are classic choices. Biographies are good choices, as they're like novels and are easy to read, whilst being intellectually stimulating.

u/slayer_of_idiots · 2 pointsr/The_Donald

> The book from which this quote originated from has never given a citation or proof that Lee every said this.

That's not true at all. One of the more recent books (page 350 & 813) that uses that quote is heavily cited, most from original sources. The source it lists for that quote is from 1866, when Lee was still alive. Here is another publication from the late 1800's that attributes that quote to Lee.

I mean, I guess you could say all those old publications were just lying, but they seem every bit as reputable as most quotation sources.

u/thebyblian · 2 pointsr/history

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Goodwin.

Interpreting a part of Lincoln's greatness as being the ability to understand and mediate cooperation amongst different-minded people, the books is pretty relevant to today's partisan politics.

Plus, Doris Goodwin is the funny sweet lady Jon Stewart often has on his show for things related to American history. She's also a fantastic historian to boot.

u/jedderbob · 2 pointsr/gtaonline

You are so wrong about all of this. I suggest you educated yourself.

The South had every right to secede, it's a right granted to all states by the constitution. The North fired the first shots, needlessly starting a war that killed more North Americans than any other in history.

The North was occupying Fort Sumter, a Confederate fortress. The South asked them to leave and then they got shot.

Also, to say that they seceded for slavery is blindly stupid. They seceded for a multitude of reasons, slavery being one of the smaller ones. The only people in Antebellum South who owned slaves were the equivalent to the modern 1%'ers.

The vast majority of southerners were fighting for self determination on a wide variety of issues. Not just for slavery.

Read the following: "The Real Lincoln"

"The Un-Civil War, Shattering Historical Myths"

Educate yourself before you start calling people racist, elitists or traitorous. Your right that the flag represents things deeper than you can currently comprehend. I've got a reading list a lot longer than that for ya buddy, that's just the start.

u/seagoatpltn · 2 pointsr/WTF

How is this "WTF"? (Excluding the questionable statistical semantics.) Habeas corpus anyone?

u/AsthmaticMechanic · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Theodore Roosevelt did a bit of river exploration himself. After failing to secure a third term, he co-commanded a scientific expedition which was the first to descend the Rio da Dúvida (River of Doubt, renamed Rio Roosevelt), a major tributary in the Amazon rain forest.

Candice Millard wrote an excellent book about it called River of Doubt.

u/hells_cowbells · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

After losing the election of 1912, Roosevelt went on an expedition to explore a previously unexplored tributary of the Amazon river called the River of Doubt. At the time, he was in his mid-50s, almost blind in one eye, and had recurring flareups of malaria. During the trip, three members died, and the party nearly starved to death after losing some provisions, and being forced to leave other provisions behind. Roosevelt also suffered severe bouts of malaria.

Here is a bit more info.

Also, check out the book The River of Doubt.

BTW, the river is now known as the Rio Roosevelt.

u/jswens · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Personally he really wanted to go to war, so there is some truth in it. His father bought a stand in for the Civil War, something that Teddy was ashamed of for the rest of his life. There is a lot of thought that he felt that he needed to redeem his father's one failing in life. Even after he was president he begged Wilson to give him a commission in World War One.

The Morris series is a very good starting point when dealing with his life. Mornings on Horseback gives a different look at his childhood, it's decent but doesn't provide too much beyond what's in Morris. River of Doubt is an awesome look at his character in later life, after he is president, and a good adventure at the same time. The book I'm currently reading TR's Naval Diplomacy is a good look at the conflicts I mentioned.

u/rafikiwock · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. No joke, every American household has 3 copies of this book lying around. It's a book about an arctic exploration where pretty much everything possible goes wrong.

u/BobBeaney · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Oh definitely check out Endurance. It's harrowing!

u/undercurrents · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Any book by Mary Roach- her books are hilarious, random, and informative. I like Jon Krakauer's, Sarah Vowell's, and Bill Bryson's books as well.

Some of my favorites that I can think of offhand (as another poster mentioned, I loved Devil in the White City)

No Picnic on Mount Kenya

Guns, Germs, and Steel


The Closing of the Western Mind

What is the What

A Long Way Gone

Alliance of Enemies

The Lucifer Effect

The World Without Us

What the Dog Saw

The God Delusion (you'd probably enjoy Richard Dawkins' other books as well if you like science)

One Down, One Dead

Lust for Life

Lost in Shangri-La


True Story

Havana Nocturne

u/mruttan · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. Which could also be titled, Nothing is so Shitty, it can't get Shittier.

u/Onyxnexus · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Sup homie,

Now firstly before I get into the actual books I am going to recommend Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast - He's effectively doing audiobooks via podcast these days (I'm actually re-listening to "Prophets of Doom" at the moment, it's about 4 hours 30 minutes of excellent storytelling of historical events) - Really, really recommend that. (you can also buy all the old episodes).

Now onto the History Nonfiction books themselves:

Michael Pollan - The Botany of Desire - While somewhat more of an analysis of how plants have become and evolved according to human cultivation the book does an excellent job of historically breaking down each major event and process involved.

John H. Mayer - Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign - Title says it all. Pirates. Open seas. History. Strong recommend.

Alfred Lansing - Endurance - Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - If you love an amazing story of stoicism, heroism, and amazing leadership then anything about Shackleton should be on your list. This epic tale follows Sir Ernest Shackleton's voyage on the Endurance with the aim to cross the Antarctic - which failed. What happened next throughout the following months is an monument to the incredible spirit of a man, his crew, and the desire to get everyone home.

If you need more try looking into the below:

Niall Ferguson - The War of the World

William L. Shirer The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich A History of Nazi Germany

Andrew Roberts - The Storm of War

Jared Diamond - Guns, Germs, and Steel

Marcus Aurelius - Meditations

u/StinkinFinger · 2 pointsr/travel

Ernest Shackleton did that on an exploration and ended up spending two winters in Antarctica. He and his entire crew survived. He wrote an excellent book about it.

u/AlyssaMoore · 2 pointsr/climateskeptics

The article reminds of the excellent book: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.

"In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off aboard the Endurance bound for the South Atlantic. The goal of his expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland, but more than a year later, and still half a continent away from the intended base, the Endurance was trapped in ice and eventually was crushed. For five months Shackleton and his crew survived on drifting ice packs in one of the most savage regions of the world before they were finally able to set sail again in one of the ship's lifeboats. Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is a white-knuckle account of this astounding odyssey."

u/bookchaser · 2 pointsr/books

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. It's the most amazing true story (that doesn't involve cannibalism) you'll find.

>In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off aboard the Endurance bound for the South Atlantic. The goal of his expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland, but more than a year later, and still half a continent away from the intended base, the Endurance was trapped in ice and eventually was crushed. For five months Shackleton and his crew survived on drifting ice packs in one of the most savage regions of the world before they were finally able to set sail again in one of the ship's lifeboats. Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is a white-knuckle account of this astounding odyssey.

>Through the diaries of team members and interviews with survivors, Lansing reconstructs the months of terror and hardship the Endurance crew suffered. In October of 1915, there "were no helicopters, no Weasels, no Sno-Cats, no suitable planes. Thus their plight was naked and terrifying in its simplicity. If they were to get out--they had to get themselves out." How Shackleton did indeed get them out without the loss of a single life is at the heart of Lansing's magnificent true-life adventure tale.

u/slenderdog · 2 pointsr/science

Endurance is a great read.

u/Sweetitlerun · 2 pointsr/books

I have recommend this to many and never hand anyone say anything other than "This is the best book I have ever read." Short read too.

u/awesomefresh · 2 pointsr/Stoicism

This book by Marcus Aurelius has transformed my life from one crippled by generalized anxiety into one that is still troubled, but with a definite method to press on. It is easily the most important book I've ever read. (Make sure you check out the Hays translation, the others are quite stiff. This is normally $10 so it's on sale on Amazon.)

What you are talking about is more properly called mindfulness, which was the first tool I tried. I had some success, in particular with Full Catastrophe Living, and if you find mindfulness effective then I would recommend simple mindfulness meditation (just sitting and letting thoughts pass through you--noticing that you have them and not responding to them or labeling them as good or bad, just resting in the moment and accepting that you have certain thoughts or feelings but also watching them pass by).

However, stoicism takes these ideas further and embues an element of self-trust that was much more effective for me. While mindfulness emphasizes the importance of the present and minimizing your immedate negative emotional responses, stoicism includes these elements but also says: there is nothing that can harm you. All I can do is act best I can, and not worry about the rest. Control what you can, but accept what you can't control. External events are uncontrollable and with practice you can remain completly resilent to them--metnally and emotionally accepting that you are in a certain situation but retaining the ability to deal with it in the best way you can.

It is difficult at first, but your everyday difficulties with anxiety are a perfect opportunity to practice. When you face situations and get through them, you hold the realization in your mind that that situation did not harm you--while it may have been unpleasant, you survived and moved straight through it. The unpleasantness was bearable, and you are no worse a person for dealing with it, in fact you are much the better. You can trust in this realization as you look forward toward future events. These little successes can accumulate in a big way if you take the first big step to accept your current limitations and trust in your current ability.

A fantastic example of the will's ability to persevere in impossible situations is Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Frankl faces this daily horrors without anxiety because of his complete trust in his ability to face it squarely and overcome it.

So a stoic isn't someone who is passive or emotionless, but someone who is resilent and extremely proactive in response to difficulty. In terms of specific negative emotions like anxiety, anger, or fear, it's important to remember that you are not trying to ignore or not feel these things. That is a misconception about stoicism. These feeling are natural and in fact necessary for life. However, you want to domesticate these negative emotions and remain in control in spite of them, as much as you can. Everyone is overcome by anxiety at times, but the Stoic bounces back that much quicker.

tl;dr I have recommended a lot of books but everything I wrote is firmly based on the many times I have read Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. It is truly worth your time.

u/Trichinobezoar · 2 pointsr/books

Also Treblinka and Man's Search for Meaning. Treblinka because the prisoners fought back and destroyed the death camp. Man's Search for Meaning because it shows the struggle survivors had to find a reason to live after the Holocaust altered their picture of what kind of world we live in.

u/iheart2code · 2 pointsr/AskReddit
u/stemgang · 2 pointsr/TMBR

Stop focusing on the big picture. Of course it's all meaningless compared to all of time and the entire universe.

You're alive now. You can find meaning in pleasure or in suffering. Try reading Man's Search for Meaning


Can I have your stuff?

u/the_real_jones · 2 pointsr/Christianity

I think In the end-the beginning by Jurgen Moltmann was one of the most important books I read when I was going through a difficult time. I generally suggest anything by Moltmann, but if you're not very familiar with systematic theology another book that is pretty easy to read is Jesus Christ for Today's World. Man's Search for Meaning is another great book that I think might be good for your situation. Death and Life: An American Theology by Arthur McGil and The Slavery of Death by Richard Beck are also worthwhile reads, and most people I've recommended them to end up reading everything else by Beck and McGil they can get their hands on.

u/pq102 · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

Since you mentioned modern technology, I would recommend this great documentary about the history of the United States Space Program, called When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions. It is a six-part documentary made by the Discovery channel that is extremely accurate while following the accounts of former NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz. Check out the links I posted, you won't be disappointed.

u/planepartsisparts · 2 pointsr/aviation

Get Ben Rich’s book about Lockheed’s Skunk Works Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed also Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond has excellent stories and Brian Shul has some excellent stories and photographs in his books but I don’t think they are in print any longer.

u/Gorflub · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

OP, you reading this?

If not, you should. The 4 inch flight is one of the very first things in the book. The rest of it is awesome as well.

u/crispychoc · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

I’ve read a lot of the early moments of space flight, and how they wrote all the procedures. I’m pretty sure it’s been around for ever, together with a million other scenarios.

I can highly recommend “failure is not an option” by Gene Krantz

u/uid_0 · 2 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Gene Kranz is the quintessential Steely-eyed Missile Man and a complete bad ass. If you get a chance, read his book "Failure is not an Option". He provides a lot of insight and back story that is rarely discussed anywhere.

Edit: If you want great info specifically about the Apollo 13 Mission, "Lost Moon" by Jim Lovell is a fantastic book.

u/scrapplechic · 2 pointsr/space

If you haven't already read it, Failure Is Not An Option by Gene Kranz is at the top of my "space book" list.

u/Goldin · 2 pointsr/space

Here's one I have just ordered:

100 Years of Spaceflight: A Chronicle of Aerospace History

Another I have in my library and hope to read soon:
Gene Kranz: Failure Is Not An Option

u/PythonEnergy · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

Read this!

u/rockytimber · 2 pointsr/worldpolitics

A definitive and indispensable resource on this subject with 100 pages of references.

u/Natasha_Fatale_Woke · 2 pointsr/UnresolvedMysteries

For anyone interested in learning more about the JFK assassination and the political and social context of the early 60s in which it occurred, I highly recommend this book:

“JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters”

Really helpful overview in the first chapters explaining how JFK was trying to end the Cold War.

u/fecnde · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

Only that there are verified purchases reviews right now for the book complaining their reviews were deleted multiple times

u/mybahaiusername · 2 pointsr/islam

There are so many great books, but I try to focus on ones the cite the earliest sources. For English speakers I found the combination of Martin Lings book along with Haleem's Qur'an translation to be the best two sources.

u/bipolargraph · 2 pointsr/islam

This is an excellent, but pretty long source, by Yasir Qadhi. You can use it to look up whatever controversy, or topic (for example, muslim wars), to see their context in detail.

This is a well praised book, yet I didn't read it to be honest:

u/bvr5 · 2 pointsr/PropagandaPosters
u/Harybutts · 2 pointsr/islam

Where are you getting your sources from?

Here are a few book suggestions:

Martin Lings - Amazon Books

The Sealed Nectar - Amazon Books

Karen Armstrong - Amazon Books

If you are interesting in some audio, here is a detailed breakdown of the Shama'il of Imam Tirmidhi (which describes mannerisms and characteristics of the Prophet) by Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar (a well know Islamic scholar and well known medical doctor)

u/zilozi · 2 pointsr/Christianity

Let me start with the basic. We love all of our Prophet's like you love Jesus Christ, but we do have a special place in our heart for Muhammad. He was a man who was deeply worried about peoples soul. He told people to avoid the temptation of Satan and to worship the god of Abraham. No one can be a Muslim and reject Jesus Christ at the same time. So when Jews become a Muslim they accepted Jesus. He was very compassionate and caring

I had a Funny conversation with a christian once. He came up to me and we talked about religion. He then concluded that I didn't worship his God. I replied thank goodness.. Because I worship the lord who created the heaven and the earth and everything in between and then I asked him who he worshiped ( BTW the conversation ended with him telling me who I worship, because he refused to let me worship ' The one true God, God ' )?

Start with lectures to actually see what Muslims lecturer teach their general population (

u/AlbanianDad · 2 pointsr/news

>Religion is a creation of mankind to keep people in line and to explain things that over time science has been able to explain over and over again.

This is an unfounded claim. If you read about Muhammad's life (peace be upon him) you will see that your theory does hold apply at all. That was not his motivation for "inventing" Islam (as you might call it) whatsoever. Rather, his actions testify that he truly believed he was a messenger of God. Nobody who would lie about such a thing would go through the trials and tribulations (him and/or his followers getting boycotted, murdered, kidnapped, ridiculed constantly, exhiled, etc) that he did for no worldly gain.

u/WhiteRastaJ · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

That's not wholly fair--several of us have provided good information, not faux scholarship or atheist reactionary rants!

I do want to throw in a few extra points to go with yours. I agree that pre-Islamic Arabia was not as barbarous as is sometimes assumed, however the reforms that Muhammad ushered in were often welcome and needed--giving women rights for example, and forbidding female infanticide.

It is true that we have no proof of Muhammad's illiteracy. Indeed, the first word of the first Qur'anic verse (in terms of chronology), 'iqra (أقرا) can be translated either 'read' or 'recite' so it sheds little light on that (source--Dr. Jamal Badawi's writings and classes).

The Qur'an was written down and compiled under the aegis of Uthman ibn Affan, as we've discussed elsewhere in this thread.

I also agree that many joined the early ummah out of a desire to improve their lot. This wasn't limited to Arabia; when Islam began to spread out from there it was originally meant to be an Arab religion and conversion was discouraged, however many converted in order to enjoy the same benefits as the Muslims did.

A lot of this is made very clear in the best seerah (bio of Muhammad) available in English, which is Martin Lings' Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources. A caveat on this book: Lings was a faithful Muslim and wrote from a faith-based position, so it does lose some scholarly objectivity. However its a great read and its easy to maintain your own objectivity as you read it.

Also, Ira Lapidus' A History of Islamic Societies has a good section on pre-Islamic Arabia, as does Albert Hourani's History of the Arab Peoples IIRC.

I recommend all three books to anyone wanting to pursue this subject further.

u/Zendani · 2 pointsr/islam

Are you contending that Muhammad never existed? Simply because you can't find historians who are not Muslim that mention him? Maybe you should read this book. It's by Martin Lings, who was the curator for oriental manuscripts and printed books at the British Museum and at Cambridge.

edit: He did convert to Islam by they way. If that matters to you.

u/KASKAx · 2 pointsr/Christianity

Yes, I do!

The 3 best ones that I have ever seen are:

The Sealed Nectar

Muhammad: His Life Based On The Earliest Sources

In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad

The last one is by Tariq Ramadan. It would probably be the easiest one to digest/read for someone not too familiar with Islam or Muhammad peace be upon him.

u/SiriusDogStar · 2 pointsr/Nautical

I read a book over ten years ago ("Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World") and it basically said we're going to wipe the North Atlantic Cod out if we can't curb our over fishing. Its depressing to think that we can't overcome short-term greed to harvest these animals in a sustainable way.

u/2_old_2B_clever · 2 pointsr/CGPGrey

I'm personally getting a lot of great recommendations who cares if Grey's assistant likes them.

[TLC: High middle ages]
Really interesting professor does a very broad overview of the changes happening in Europe during this time period.

[Unfamiliar Fishes]
( Actually most Sarah Vowell books are pretty interesting and entertaining. This one covers the time period of Hawaii from when it was a kingdom to a state, when it's soul is being fought over by missionaries, fruit companies and shipping.

[What I talk about when I talk about Running]( I'm not a runner, neither is Grey, still a really interesting reflective book.

[Cod: The biography of the fish that changed the world](
You need to read this just for the charming cod wars Iceland engages in, also a ton of history and geography.

[Stephen King: On Writing]( Very nuts and bolts book about the physical act of writing and a lot of inside baseball about the state of mind King was in while writing some of his most famous books,

u/danby · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Also checkout


The Cod one is a brilliant history book.

u/ticklesthemagnificen · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I just read a short bit on this boat last night in Mark Kurlansky's Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World.

I would recommend the book.

u/ornryactor · 2 pointsr/AskFoodHistorians

These all sound amazing. Just reading your synopses is making me genuinely excited, which is a notably rare feeling since adulting makes it nearly impossible for me to take time to read books. I'm adding all these to the top of my to-read list.

I just remembered one that I've intended to read but haven't gotten to yet: "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World", by Mark Kurlansky. Have you read that, by any chance?

u/code08 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

Because it gives an uncommon view on history and shows how something super simply can effect global economics.

u/cgalv · 2 pointsr/SeattleWA

My source was the book Cod: The Fish That Changed the World. I'm not sure why Mark Kurlansky and Wikipedia disagree.

u/numlok · 2 pointsr/books

I'd just like to second Cod.
An excellent, informative, quick, and extremely entertaining read.

u/BluShine · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

Food is a universal motivator. What if you had students research historical cooking? And after a week or two, you have each student bring in a recipe they've prepared from historical period/culture of their choice? And also give a presentation or write a short paper about how the food came about, or how it influence history and culture.

I've recently been trying recipes from this blog about recreating ancient Roman cuisine. Not exactly an academic source, but does cite the passages from Roman writings that inspire his exploits.

The book Salt: A World History would also be a great source, and is very easy-to-read and IMHO quite interesting. Many parts of it would make good excerpts for reading in class and introducing ideas. The same author has similar books on Cod and Oysters.

I'm no expert, I'm just stealing this idea because it's an assignment that I was given in High School, and was one of the most memorable and fun.

u/blatherskiter · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

Salted cod. Without it as a reliable protein source, European sailors could not have traveled to America.

Source: [However, I haven't read this yet. I've only heard about it. Would be great if someone else who has read it could expand]

u/Kaphox · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I think you may like this book:

.com Link link (where I am)

Both are prime and are well under $20, so please use the extra money to gift other peoples :)

John Green talks about the book here.

u/MrPisster · 2 pointsr/worldnews

"Nothing to Envy"

Good read if your into that stuff.

Also "Escape from Camp 14"

That one is less about ordinary citizen's lives and more about the modern day concentration camps the North Korean government is controlling.

u/KunXI · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Escape from Camp 14

It's a brilliant, true-life story.

u/GuruMedit · 2 pointsr/worldnews

Not so sure on that starving part anymore. I like to listen and read stories from the people who defected to understand their world. Many of them are saying that while it's not super abundant meals, for the most part many of the agricultural reforms that the western world helped out with in the 90's/2000's are paying off. Food still isn't great -- meat and products of the like are still expensive and difficult for the average Korean to get, but it can be bought. Freedom now is really the worst problem they have. Escape from Camp 14 is from one of the people who escaped the prison camps and it sounds like that it is the worst conditions you may encounter in NK now.

Of course a war tends to make every destabilised. A war might actually bring on a new famine.

u/milou2 · 2 pointsr/pics

Different country, but Escape from Camp 14 if you want a depressing read about North Korea's current system.

u/horsenbuggy · 2 pointsr/ChernobylTV

Look, I totally believe that "people are people" and for the most part the regular folks living under any society are going to be good people. (Possible exception for places like North Korean gulags where they're not treated like humans and so don't grow up understanding basic principles like kindness and compassion - they can't really be faulted for that, though.) I believe that there are people trying to do their best and corrupt individuals in ALL types of gov'ts (some being more ripe for fraud and deception than others).

So when this conversation of "this clean up could only happen in the Soviet Union" began I was like "pssht! there are people everywhere who would sacrifice themselves for the good of their neighbors and the rest of the world." But as the sheer volume of people involved in this clean up effort is revealed - over 600,000 liquidators and over 3,000 on the Маша rooftop alone...I start to question if that could have happened in a Westernized country. I think there's too much "individuality" in America, too much focus on "my rights" for people to blindly follow instructions like this. And they certainly wouldn't have done so without absolute guarantees of wages and future medical care.

And I don't know which one is "right" or "better."

u/Ayn-Zar · 2 pointsr/AskMen

First is Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. It's a big book, but the way he frames the historical setting and the motives and characterization of Hamilton and those around him make the book hard to put down. He shows Hamilton to be both brilliant and overly passionate, capable of love of country and family political ruthless and egoist that led to his downfall. Though I had a leaning before towards Hamilton from his position as the US' first Sect. of the Treasury, Chernow's book solidified him as my favorite Founding Father/Constitutional Framer (before it was cool).

Second is The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. Morris' writing is good, but what really makes the book awesome is Roosevelt himself as he overcomes his early childhood weakness to make himself a physical and political force of nature as a young man. Whether it's his two week adventure to capture boat thieves through icy rivers and snow storms, his incredible knowledge that crafted a Navy guide that would be used by the US Navy for decades, to his philosophy on masculinity, Morris' book on Roosevelt's life is a manifesto of not accepting what life gives you, but getting what you want out of it.

u/moosicphreak · 2 pointsr/history
u/a_series_of_excuses · 2 pointsr/books

You say you like Dan Brown, so I'm assuming that you say in those books action, intrigue, and language that is both clear and exciting. The kind of book that gives you a little adrenaline, but also makes your brain function. You also say you like the economy, current events, wars, and history.
Therefore: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt It's a three book series but you might as well start at the beginning. That man's like is a goddamn page turner I swear to god. He climbs the Matterhorn, hunts bison, kills a bear, and at the same time he gets elected first State Rep, then Congressman, the Governor, then Vice President. And in the breaks he fought the in the Spanish American War. I've read the first two of this series this spring and they were what got me reading again. I kept it by my side for bus rides and waiting rooms, and the habit stuck with me after I finished.
Trust me.

u/elizadaring · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I am really enjoying the trilogy by Edmund Morris. The first one is The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. The author has a wonderful voice and really strong use of primary sources.

u/OBSCURE_SUBREDDITOR · 2 pointsr/Patriots

For fiction, I recently finished A Gentleman in Moscow and while some would consider the story slow going, I found the language used to tell it enjoyable enough to see it all the way through.

If you're into biographies, I'm just now finishing Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow, the guy whose Hamilton Bio inspired the play. Sometimes I think he tries to undersell Washington's involvement with slavery, but that's just my bias and I think on the whole he does a fair job of it. Edmund Morris' three book set on Teddy Roosevelt was what got me reading biographies to begin with, and ironically enough I found it from a reddit comment years ago, haha.

For a lighter read on a really interesting true story, I'd recommend "Stranger in the Woods," by Michael Finkel--especially if you're an outdoorsy type.

Oh! And if you're into productivity definitely pick up Deep Work by Cal Newport. Changed the way I structure my time, and since I started changing my schedule my efficiency has skyrocketed.

I don't know if you're the sci-fi/fantasy type, but anything by Steven Brust, especially To Reign in Hell is both snappy, smart, and fun to read.

And if you want dry, but grammatically sound textbooks on psychology and personality theory, let me know 'cause I've been required to read tons as of late, lol.

Sorry for the delay in the response, if you give me a genre or area of interest I could probably be more help. I love to read, and I read a bunch of different things, but this is what I've most recently finished.

u/Tall_for_a_Jockey · 2 pointsr/Advice

Get a copy of this book and read the chapter on former New York Governor Al Smith. It will serve as an excellent primer on leadership. This is a loose paraphrase and it may not be correct, but Smith's motto was "You will identify the issues, and I will fight for them." Also, ask questions to take the group's temperature often. I like the question "What are the issues?" It served me well when I had to supervise a group of older men. (You will not be able to resolve most of these issues, but it will allow your group to vent and let them know that you are listening to them, both of which are extremely important.)


edit: They don't make leaders like Smith any more. As proof, here is another quote from him:
>No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.

u/thecat12 · 2 pointsr/nyc

Clearly this right-wing libertarian dude doesn't have to commute through Penn Station.

He's just wrong. Honestly, if there was a reasonable argument against historical preservation, it is not present in this blog post. Does he really think that Grand Central would still be standing if it didn't have landmark status? GCT was bought for a measly $80 million in 2006 because it's worth nothing to real estate developers as a train station (contrast that with the tiny footprint of 432 Park Ave. which has >$1B in value), but it has an incalculable benefit to New Yorkers.
He doesn't even make the case that landmarks increase rent prices (which could be worth discussing). He just wants to build things faster and without obstruction. Which is EXACTLY how they built things between the 1920's and the 1960's.

u/Douchelawyer · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Thank you!

My favorite book is probably the most boring book to alot of people: The Power Broker by Robert Caro. It's all about how one man basically created the New York that we know today, and was the most powerful man in the State even though he was never elected to any position.

My favorite movie is probably Caddyshack. Because... it's Caddyshack!

u/yesbossimworking · 2 pointsr/nrl
u/PeenHammer69 · 2 pointsr/Documentaries

Your book link broke somehow. Here is the link fixed:

u/Katastic_Voyage · 2 pointsr/KotakuInAction

Amazon got rid of the flag, but you can still buy Mein Kampf.

Because...? Oh yeah, their entire movement is based on whatever they get angry about that day.

u/yawningangel · 2 pointsr/TumblrInAction

[Oh look, its in a book so it has to be true] (

u/laicnani · 2 pointsr/politics

I doubt very much we live in the same society. In my society, America, even if an idea is wrong, it does not simply get deleted, it lives on so others may learn from it. Some quick examples:

u/The_Thane_Of_Cawdor · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Marine Sniper Charles Henderson (bio of Carlos Hathcock)-

Hathcock's story of his time as a sniper in Vietnam is legendary. Best part of the story is when the NVA send their best sniper to 1v1 Hathcock in the jungle, both snipers had awesome names (the Cobra v the white feather).

u/TwoStepsFromThursday · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

One of my favorite books with a military focus is Marine Sniper by Charles Henderson. It shows the life of one of the most legendary military snipers of all time. It reads like an action-adventure novel, but from most reports it's almost all true.

u/martusfine · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

He talks about remorse and duty; members of his branch openly showing disdain, training, well as, training.

Edit- linked the wrong book.

Edit2- not sure why the downvotes. Oh well.

this book

u/kevlore · 2 pointsr/interestingasfuck

I remember picking Marine Sniper about Hathcock for a book report in High School.

/u/Leftest is not exaggerating. It's an unbelievable story about a very honorable and humble Marine doing some completely insane things.

u/gary7 · 2 pointsr/IAmA

I realize I'm being a grammar Nazi, but "a sniper" isn't the same as "a sniper rifle."

A sniper is a person. A sniper rifle is a firearm.

But, I am upvoting your request. Have you read Marine Sniper? Good stuff.

u/ChewbaccaSlim426 · 2 pointsr/MilitaryPorn

The M-40 is built off of a Remington model 700 (basically). If I’m not mistake the M-40 nomenclature referred to a specific model that Remington made at the time, the model 40x, which was a target/varmint rifle. The Marines also had Winchester model 70s, which is what Carlos Hathcock carried for a time. Not sure if the original M40 was 7.62, but in the book , the model 70 that Hathcock carried was in 30.06.

u/echelonChamber · 2 pointsr/news

> ...and say there's no bullying going on at Columbine which is complete nonsense

Sure, there's always bullying. Everyone's been bullied at some point or another. And i haven't personally visited the area, so i can't speak to the local culture.

What i meant to say was that the two guys, at the time of the shooting, were not particularly bullied people.

>I've heard this and always found it strange, it's actually debated to this day. There have been a number of coverups with local LEO's and school staff. It's almost like the school, and local LEO's want to push the problem on mental health

I base most of my stance on the event from the usual menagerie of easily-available sources, but also this book which is, as far as i can tell, the most complete picture of the duo. The author spent a great deal of time interviewing practically everyone in town, and who had any influence on the two shooters. There have only been small bits and pieces of the basement tapes released, with a similar situation for their diaries, so i don't feel comfortable taking those for what they appear, because of how cherry-picked they are.

I feel like i just wrote a pitch for the book, haha. But anyway, that's where i'm coming from.

u/erikasue · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

If anyone is looking for a very interesting read I would recommend Columbine by Dave Cullen. It dispels a lot of the rumors created by the news media in the early days after the shooting and has some really interesting insights on Klebold and Harris. I think I read it over a weekend.

u/tijd · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Since the Parkland shooting, I’ve read quite a bit about school shootings in general. I’m more of a book reader than an article reader; notes below.

Article Library

If you want a good general overview, I’d recommend reading Why Kids Kill linked below first. I’m far from an academic—never even attended a traditional college—but it’s really readable. Even if you don’t want to read the whole thing, you can pick up the ebook and just check out the references/footnotes. They link to tons of articles.

Once I finish School Shooters (also linked below) I plan to start working on this library of resources for more detailed info. That’s Langman’s site.

General Books

u/tjeremiaha · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

It's a real irony, it is. However, it could be said that Klebold was not necessarily as "excited" about the idea of massacring his classmates as the other shooter. If you're interested in the Columbine shooting, Dave Cullen's book "Columbine" is perhaps one of the best narratives describing the event's leading up to, during, and after the day of the massacre. (Link below for reference)

SOURCE: primary focus of undergrad education was school shootings, various papers/thesis on the topic

u/lumpy_potato · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

"The Hegemony Consul sat on the balcony of his ebony spaceship and played Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp Minor on an ancient but well-maintained Steinway while great, green, saurian things surged and bellowed in the swamps below." - Hyperion, Dan Simmons

"Joe Gould is a blithe and emaciated little man who has been a notable in the cafeterias, diners, barrooms, and dumps of Greenwhich Village for a quarter of a century" - Up In The Old Hotel - Joseph Mitchell

"He told them he loved them" - Columbine - Dave Cullen

"Kazbek Misikov stared at the bomb hanging above his family. It was a simple device, a plastic bucket packed with explosive paste, nails, and small metal balls. It weighed perhaps eight pounds. The existence of this bomb had become a central focus of his life." - The School - C.J. Chivers

"It was summer; it was winter." The Long Fall of One-Eleven Heavy - MICHAEL PATERNITI

"The human head is of the same approximate size and weight as a roaster chicken. I have never before had occasion to make the comparison, for never before today have I seen a head in a roasting pan" Stiff: The Curious Lives of Cadavers - Mary Roach

u/fatangaboo · 2 pointsr/ECE

For design engineers whose job requires creativity

(Book 1)

(Book 2)

u/Deradius · 2 pointsr/atheism

I infer that you are looking for a secular handle on a normative ethical theory.

Right Conduct: Theories and Application by Bayles and Henley provides a basic outline of essential philosophical thinking from an academic perspective.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, while authored by a Mormon, doesn't have any religious content that I recall and outlines some very useful heuristics for living a moral life. It's targeted at a general audience.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius does contain some religious content (though here he's not referring to YHWH), but still has a lot of useful ideas with secular application.

You may also be interested in The School of Life and The Greater Good Science Center.

Good luck.

u/Kubi74 · 2 pointsr/boardgames

Alright bro, I'm not gonna sugar coat it... so don't get offended as I am trying to help.

First grab the book meditations: it is ONE dollar,

Then subscribe to /r/howtonotgiveafuck

Stop letting stupid people ruin your day, people will be stupid, but that doesn't mean you should get upset. You can't control people being douchebags, but you can control how you react to it.

It doesn't matter who is wrong and who is right, what matters is that it is making you unhappy.... some of the situations you described above you were in the right, and others, maybe not so much... but it doesn't matter.

And lastly, sorry but I think you should find another girl, why do you let her treat you like that? I say this with love, please grow some balls. You don't need to convince anyone of anything, if your girlfriend doesn't believe you, it is not because you didn't explain yourself properly, it is because she doesn't respect you enough. I suggest the book "way of the superior man"

I think I answered most of your questions. To answer your last question, why do you even want to continue hanging out with these people, just find people you like and surround yourself with them.

Get reading! sounds like you are young and still have some time to form yourself into the man you can be!

u/gastonnerval · 2 pointsr/Catholicism

So what you're saying is the book hasn't helped you as much as you hoped? :P

I don't know any books about that specifically, but I think Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling and Marcus Aurelius's Meditations have a lot of really good stuff in them. Kierkegaard's book is about the abstract life of faith, while Marcus Aurelius's is a more down-to-earth practical guide for day-to-day life-- if I didn't know he was a pagan I could almost swear he was a Christian (I think a lot of the Stoics became Christians in the first couple centuries).

u/BigMrJWhit · 1 pointr/Cortex

My personal favorite non-fiction books that sound incredibly boring, but are actually really interesting:

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky It's a book about salt! The history of salt, the cultural significance of salt, salt production through the ages, all about salt. It's amazing.

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky It's the history of Cod! The author spends a good portion of the book talking about how Cod is both incredibly bland and tasteless, but also how western culture loves that bland fish and all of the interesting political movements for Cod.

And for a more serious topic: Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich. This is multiple personal accounts of the Chernobyl disaster, all deeply interesting, and deeply sad. I'm only an episode into the Chernobyl HBO series, but I'm pretty sure that show is following some of characters from this book. It's a high quality book that I think is worth everyone's time, it doesn't go super in depth with the technology, just the human aspect.

u/---sniff--- · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Cod - Mark Kurlansky (yes, about the fish)

u/Namika · 1 pointr/videos

I said the same thing before I read a 300 page book on the same fish..

u/KrankenwagenKolya · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Cod founded the new world and kept Europe alive.

u/When_Ducks_Attack · 1 pointr/pics

> (Courtesy of mass migration from Italy during the 19th century

And, if you ask Mark Kurlansky, courtesy of the codfish.

u/AccipiterQ · 1 pointr/casualiama

The thing is I used to go there all the time, then as I got older....dude their tuna is AWFUL. I mean everything there is awful, the veggies are wilted, it's awful food.

I actually read Cod: A Biography of the fish that changed the world a few summers ago, it's a great read. I'm familiar with the sacred cod; I live in Boston :)

u/superplatypus57 · 1 pointr/SFGiants

Huh, interesting. Have you read many other nonfiction books about soccer? I've been thinking about picking up The Ball is Round. Looks like some interesting books.

I started Cod today and it's very good.

u/Shut_Up_Paul · 1 pointr/historyteachers

I just started readingCod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World and I think it'a pretty neat. Kind of a niche topic though

u/HelloDoctorSweetie · 1 pointr/books

I typically don't like non-fiction but one of my actual FAVORITE books is Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
It is wonderful and an excellent, quick read.

u/loungin · 1 pointr/Documentaries

Escape From Camp 14

It bummed me out but it was a great read.

u/kelschhh · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Escape from Camp 14 ( tells a survivor's tale of escape from one of North Korea's brutal prison camps. It's terrifying and very real. Will piss you off and give you nightmares.

u/Peng15 · 1 pointr/worldnews

That was surprisingly accurate and reasonable.

I really hope whoever is helping him write these script is helping him make foreign decisions too.

North Korea is the worst. The concentration camps there are far worse than hitler. Hitler's camps are paradise comparatively.

Morals are learned. There are normal people who would kill pregnant women and poison family to test types of chemical weapons and not feel any guilt. Apparently they felt like those who were killed deserved it. All because the regime fcked with their heads.

u/PartTimeZombie · 1 pointr/worldnews

I read Escape from Camp 14 in which the author was imprisoned because of the crimes of his parents.
I can't remember, but I think he never found out what they had done.
Awful, brutal story.

u/chmapper · 1 pointr/videos

And if one gets the feeling it's all fun and games, here's a book on the subject.

u/KingBydlo · 1 pointr/writing

Take a look at Sartre's Nausea. Although it takes place in the middle of a city, in terms of isolation, the author still manages to make it feel like it's taking place on the moon.

Escape from Camp-14 might be another thing you could look into.

u/Blitzpull · 1 pointr/worldnews

What world do you live in? Seriously, I would really like to know what deluded fantasy that you live in where this kind of money goes back to the people. It doesn't. You think this tourism helps people, think its help them open their eyes? Well what happens then if their eyes are somehow magically opened by the tourists who they have little to no contact with. Its not like you can walk up to someone and start talking to them, or does somehow the sight of a foreigner open their eyes to over 60 years of continuous brainwashing? But say they are somehow magically opened, what then? They are stuck in a country where their neighbors would rat them out for a hint of dissent, and they and their entire family would be shipped off to concentration camps that would make the Nazis proud.

Are you so fucking naive to believe this actually helps the citizens? Every time we try to give aid to the North, we can't even get the simplest guarantee from them that they would go to the people. They can't even finish their own infrastructures without foreign help, and even if they finish the outside they don't even bother to work on the inside. The vast majority of their spending goes to the military, we know this for a fact, that's why they invest so heavily into nuclear weapons and they actually have been able to accomplish some things (albeit poorly).

Economic liberalization would be helpful to the North for a variety of reasons but this is all tightly controlled, regulated and run by the state. This is not some private enterprise of North Koreans, they are carefully, screened, chosen and watched by a state, whose only purpose is to keep itself afloat and to keep its top people rich off the backs of its own citizens. But this tourism is stupid, especially when people come back with these misguided ideas of "Oh it doesn't look so bad". To think that this benefits anyone other than the state is a complete delusion. If you actually want to learn something about North Korea I would reccomend those books.

u/personalcheesecake · 1 pointr/news
u/grrrrreat · 1 pointr/4chan4trump

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Here's an super-graphic book on the 200,000 people who were born into North Korean prison camps

>kids fighting over the undigested corn kernels they find in pig manure
>being strung up for questioning and put over a fire burning your whole back
>snitching on your to-be-executed parents for food

u/jtazzk · 1 pointr/IAmA
u/sho666 · 1 pointr/Ausguns

> But to address your point you make on Immigration tariffs, what's wrong with making people pay to immigrate?

what if it were a bunch of whahabist Saudi's? they have the money..... to buy citizenship... whats wrong with rich whahabists (the extreme version of Islam ISIS Al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia ascribe to) and no religious safeguards? this is a self answering question

>Why should someone be able to come from a different country, to this country and instantly get access to all the social services and security nets that this country offers it's citizens, when they haven't paid a red cent into the system?

read this book if you can, i highly recommend it, or this one, or this one, or this one , or this one.... etc

see above, also because if they are are unable to pay, and they are fleeing say, our bombs? or warfare aided by us? or our lovely Wahhabi Saudi allies or economic hardship caused by capitalist greed... the list goes on, but we have no problem causing that as a nation, the time for this line of dialogue was back before we went to war for 17 years as Americas loyal lapdogs, over a lie of WMD's that little johnny KNEW was a lie (or was too much of a weak person to demand the truth about) after spending BILLIONS at war, crying poor mouth when it comes time to fix what we did, just doesn't sit right, why is nobody ever asking "how are we going to pay for XYZ" when it comes to buying obsolete hand me down jets, defective jets or retrofitting nuclear subs to diesel? or drones (which there is a good case to be made, actually causes more terrorism than conventional planes) to the tune of BILLIONS AND BILLIONS

>If the profession they work in, is not in an 'in demand' area, then while we have thousands of unemployed Australians, why should we be taking these people in? Further disadvantaging the native Australians.

>This idea has been championed by Nobel Prize laureate Professor Gary Becker, who argues that a tariff is always preferable to a quota approach on efficiency grounds as it applies price theory rather than bureaucratic procedures.

>native Australians.

drone king Obama also won a peace prize, after he droned his own citizens (albeit terrorists) depriving them of their constitutional rights, lets not put too much weight into a peace prize, after all of you know who DR nobel was......there was an invention of his.....

>None of that seems bad.

on the face of it no no it doesn't, the saying "don't judge a book by its cover" comes to mind

>The Liberal Democrats are, however, opposed to those who seek to impose their religious views on the entire population

so as a religious view, one couldn't say stop gay marriage on a national level, and that i agree with, but one certainly could do a chick fill-a

u/Meccarilla · 1 pointr/IAmA

Are you familiar with the novel, Escape from Camp 14? It was a very moving read. The subject of it, Shin Dog-hyuk, also worked for a similar human rights organization after he escaped the prison camp.

u/Un_Clouded · 1 pointr/worldnews

To answer your question, I am not interested in killing thousands of innocent North Koreans, many of whom are good people, but rather the people who are enslaving, killing and torturing them, often for decades while wiping out whole family lines. I hope you aren't too sympathetic towards kim and the cabal surrounding the kims who perpetuate this mass and inane human slaughter but if you are in favor of it, not much else needs to be said. The problem is there are too many pieces of old artillary pointed towards Seoul and they can't all be neutralized at once. I would like for the suffering to stop for the NK people though if it ever becomes possible from an international standpoint. If you would like to learn more about what the North Korean people go through I highly recommend you read;

Also you might like watching this;

and to lighten up the mood after;

edit: fixed derpy stuff, also added kim himself into it because he is responsible as are his inner circle and the military. also added some links to books i've read that give perspective.

u/lets_cook_bitch · 1 pointr/worldnews

from what i read they have nearly no fun at all.
you should check out this book as it goes very deep into what its like.

u/Teklogikal · 1 pointr/videos

> bourgeois propaganda


So, a country that would create Kijŏng-dong, wouldn't even consider telling their citizens that they are required to stay indoors for the filming of something?

As to sources, sources for what? That NK is completely fucked? I needn't look that hard.

Why are enough people attempting to escape that this begins to happen?

"I had to be careful of my thoughts because I believed Kim Jong-il could read my mind."

["He controls his administration exclusively. It operates absolutely by his word. It's an autocracy."](

I'm all for defending the Soc\Com view and promoting it, but if you think that NK is working out great and simply being held down by the capitalist majority, you're being ignorant. Take the picture of a pitch black NK surrounded by the lights of Japan, China, and SK. You would have me believe that that's a propaganda job? That they've colored over the actual amount of lights? Who exactly benefits from that? It's not like NK has some vast supply of resources that are highly sought after. They provide nearly nothing to the international community. The Korean was is long over, and the only benefit that NK serves currently is a Buffer between The US and China, which is why China props them up-something that they are growing quite tired of doing if the rumblings are indeed correct.

Propaganda benefits someone or something. If it doesn't, it serves no purpose.

Furthermore, are you trying to say that The Famine which was documented by numerous aid groups, wasn't true? In that case, what leads the NK military to lower its physical requirements in a fitting time span for stunted growth patterns due to undernourishment? Just plain chance?

I mean, read some books about the reality of NK. Here's some good choices-

Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea

Nothing to Envy

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Escape from Camp 14

Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

If you honestly believe that his many people are part of some propaganda campaign to make a country that already looks terrible look worse, that's pure /r/conspiracy thinking.

u/wizardomg · 1 pointr/Kanye

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

Also the person in the neighborhood that reports on you part I mentioned is from this book

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

u/TentacleFinger · 1 pointr/movies
u/JohnDoeCitizen · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I recently read Escape from Camp 14. I really opened my eyes to this issue. Anyone that has any interest in the North Korea situation should read it.

u/afty · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Seconding the Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy by Edmund Morris. I know they're long but I promise you if you pick it up you'll fly through them. He had a fascinating life and Morris is such a good writer it never really gets dull.

u/ForTheTable · 1 pointr/books

The Rise of Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Great biography that follows the life of Theodore Roosevelt from birth to becoming president. It's an incredible testimony of what will and determination can accomplish.

u/Kamins0d · 1 pointr/AskHistorians

Goodluck! Here's the book I was referring too:

Hope it helps!

u/Oodava · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

This might be a strange recommendation, but I'd recommend he read Biographies. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is a great book which chronicles the life of this amazing figure. The sheer amount of mental strength and determination this guy had was crazy. There is also the book "Be My Guest" written by Conrad Hilton. You get to read about how this man started with nothing in a dead town and was able to create the largest hotel chain in the world. I love self help books, but at the end of the day they give you a tool without an application. That's why personally I enjoy reading Biographies since you get to see how the application of the tools makes all the difference. So tell him to pick out one of his idols. Doesn't matter if he loves sports, politics, movies, have him pick out one idol and read the biography of what it took to get that person to the top.

u/_Ubermensch · 1 pointr/AskHistorians

Thank you so much! I am pretty envious that you get to take an entire course on this period. I just get so excited learning about it.

There is the parish library right across the street from my house, but I never use it for some reason. I have three short books I want to read, and then I am going to read all of the books you listed. I can't wait to read about Theodore Roosevelt. Regardless of if you agree with his politics, he is just a fascinating guy.

I had never heard of settlement houses during the era, but I will definitely be researching that.

Here are the links to the Theodore Roosevelt biographical trilogy, just so everyone can find them easily:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

This may be a little more specific of a book question, but are there any books that explain the Progressive Era's impact on the rest of the world? Can youalso give me the definitive beginning and end of the Progressive Era (according to your course)? I seem to get a lot of differing years. There may not be an exact beginning and end but I might as well ask; it is AskHistorians anyway. Does it include or exclude WWI?

u/mamashlo · 1 pointr/history

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro

A bit more recent than the other suggestions already posted, but a riveting read (especially if you're a New Yorker).

One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city's politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today.

u/13isaluckynumber · 1 pointr/ArtefactPorn

Sooo good. The Power Broker

u/MorgnthPlanWasRight · 1 pointr/Romania

Sincer nu știu dacă sunt destule persoane cărora le pasa ca sa dau un răspuns complet.


Dar pot sa dau o referința despre cum s-a realizat aproximativ inversul.



Despre birocratul din umbra care a transformat NY in oraș automobilistic prim măsuri ceaușiste.


TLDR in capitalism/liberalism automobilistic redezvoltarea urbana nu este nici fezabila nici dezirabila.

u/savedbythehell · 1 pointr/cincinnati

I've been reading The Power Broker. It's an interesting look into corruption in government, and public works projects, and it's also very well written. It's a bit long but I'd recommend it.

u/swankygoose · 1 pointr/conspiracy

It might not be so much a book on conspiracies but if you wanna know how true power functions behind the scenes I can think of no better book than

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

greatest biography ever written imo

u/rhb4n8 · 1 pointr/pittsburgh

I'll do you one better this is one of the best books I've ever read. Will completely change the way you think about politics and infrastructure.

u/NoWarForGod · 1 pointr/politics

Unfortunately a grossly overblown transportation system focused far to heavily on car and truck traffic, especially in cities. I'm no expert but having read The Power Broker ( certainly puts an interesting historical perspective on this statment.

u/chri126y · 1 pointr/unpopularopinion

>I don't. I have multiple Muslim friends.

Can you read?

>No. Conservatives are actually pro free speech, the absolute enemy of Fascists and/or today's left.

Fascist are extreme conservatives dude? Maybe pick this book up if you need a refreshing look at it

Also the left isn't against free speech, liberals are

u/Ask18 · 1 pointr/Fuckthealtright

And apparently some copies have neo-nazi publishers' marks. Disgusting. You can report it here, I did: - Giant "Send Feedback" link at the bottom of the page.

u/Gigantkranion · 1 pointr/politics

Please provide a valid source on how amazon uses contracts and intent for its platform. They were just a online bookstore. Granted, they've evolved since then but, their basic concept is the same. I would guess that it is more of a "Hey. Tthese guys gave us money to use us. Is it illegal?" then they just allow them.

Your point is not different then boycotting your public library for having Mein Kampf or...

Wait a moment! It is also on Amazon... :/

u/FabergeEggnog · 1 pointr/worldnews

MacDonald? Really?

Well, then, here's another ClicketyClick you might enjoy.

For everyone else: Kevin MacDonald.

u/Capetian_dynasty · 1 pointr/atheism

>The courts never ruled such a thing with On the Jews and Their Lies because it never came up

Considering you can buy a copy of it on Amazon, I'd guess it's probably legal.

There are plenty of other hideous texts on Amazon. So either you're right and Amazon is breaking the law and is profiting off hate speech, or you're wrong and these texts aren't hate speech at all.

u/Avanti_Italia · 1 pointr/CringeAnarchy

"Read a Book"
Which book? Will this one suffice?

u/normal_rc · 1 pointr/Buttcoin

I'm not upset about it, but USA certainly does tolerate National Socialist videos, since they're protected by the 1st amendment.

You can even buy National Socialist books like "Mein Kampf" on

u/Khorib · 1 pointr/todayilearned
u/Skyguard · 1 pointr/IAmA

I suspect this to be true, but I want to ask anyway... did you learn the history of snipers/marksmen, etc. during your sniper training and have you heard of Carlos Hathcock - White Feather and have you read any of the books about him, such as Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills I found his story to be truly fascinating.

u/BrewCrew12 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There is a trilogy, if you will, written about him. I read them all a few years ago and they were great.
I think the greatest thing he did was when he earned the Silver star for saving 7 other marines lives. The book also talks about how his spotter, Burke, was killed while serving.

u/Wu-Tang_Cam · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I read the book. Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills. It details all of this stuff. He was the father of the Marine Scout Sniper program and an all around BAMF. He is pretty much a god in Marine history, along with Lewis "Chesty" Puller, Dan Daly, Smedley Butler, John Basilone, etc.

u/Fantasysage · 1 pointr/wikipedia

His stories are chronicled in this book. It is a great read, though I hear it is a little over embellished.

u/charlestoncar · 1 pointr/CringeAnarchy

there's no easy answer to that. however, the common consensus is that harris was a psychopath (in the clinical sense) who was indeed extremely angry at the world, but not for the reason of bullying, and that klebold was an alcoholic depressive who was looking for a way out. it's been a while since i've read about all this, so anybody correct me if i'm wrong, but from what i can recall, harris kept journals which detailed his hatred of the world as stemming from how superior he felt to the people around him, and how because of this, he was entitled to treat them however he wanted, which is pretty typical psychopath stuff. klebolds journals were much more melancholic, whereas harris talked a lot of hate, klebold spoke of love, and his inability to find it.

i've forgotten basically everything else, but if you're interested in this, i'd recommend reading Columbine by Dave Cullen.

u/WJHuett · 1 pointr/IAmA

Have you read the book "Columbine," by Dave Cullen? If so, what did you think of it?

u/vktorston · 1 pointr/politics

Okay, but now your mixing up religion with all sorts of other really important variables in terms of global relations. Yes, there's an intersection between Islam and the Middle Eastern quagmire, but it's not because Islam. Intersection is not cause.

You make it sound like Orlando and 9/11 are the same thing, or had the same MO, or really had anything significant in common. Let's be real, the Boston Bombing was more functionally similar to Columbine than Paris. (Source) Things get confused and action becomes ineffective when you say an apple is an orange. Nuance matters.

More to the point - and exactly as Obama said - you cede to the monsters abusing faith for narrative that they're right in saying they dictate the meaning of Islam. Why corroborate their bull?

u/Harportcw · 1 pointr/videos

In the book Columbine By Dave Cullens, he does a lot of work to deconstruct this myth. Basically in initial hours after the shooting a lot of the myths that we still believe about the shooting took hold. One of which was the bullying thing. (The others being the Trenchcoat mafia thing and the rumors of homosexuality)

A lot of people testified later (And I only mean a few days later, not moths or years) that, in fact, the two shooters were the ones who did a lot of bullying, esp. Harris. He pretty viciously stalked a former friend of theirs for months, harassing him at his house and school.

Here is a good blog post from a psychologist on Eric Harris mostly, but a bit about Klebold.

Here is another write up on Columbine myths.

I'm not trying to say that they were not ever bullied in school, but it is worth noting that it wasn't just a clear cut case of the bullying being one way.

u/michaelpaulhartman · 1 pointr/movies

Columbine shooters were actually bullies, the whole "They were bullies" storyline was media driven BS.

Read Columbine By Dave Cullen.

u/hystericalwisteria · 1 pointr/politics

If you're interested in the facts (as a parent, I have become maybe a little too obsessed with the info about past school shootings), "Columbine" by Dave Cullen is a fantastic read (and an at-least-decent audiobook). It's even been updated since initial publication to revise certain facts that came out more recently.

He's also got a website full of notes and other resources.

u/Mr_Wyatt · 1 pointr/nba
u/seanbennick · 1 pointr/ptsd

Try the ice cube trick if the anxiety ever hits and you have a drink handy. I just hold an ice cube in my left hand until it melts. Can still shake hands and everything but the ice cube seems to force my heart to slow down a bit. My best guess is that it triggers the Mammalian Diving Reflex and turns off whatever is derailing.

That trick came from a Viet Nam Vet, has been a huge help as time has gone on.

As for things sticking around, now that I'm well into my 40's the flashbacks and nightmares seem to have slowed to almost nothing - though they can still get triggered by trauma anniversary and other surprises. I have one trauma around a car accident so anytime the brakes squeal behind me I get to have a fun day.

Totally agree that basic Meditation is necessary to get through, can't see it ever being accepted in the public school system here in the US though - hell some places refuse to teach Evolution.

I also think that Philosophy has helped me cope some - Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius have been incredibly helpful reading to sort of adjust the way I see the world these days. I highly recommend the two following books:

u/shaansha · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

Books regarding how to build your online business / extract value out of an email list come from people who collected their online offerings.

For example: Ryan Levesque "Ask" on how to build products through email lists are a compilation of user stories from what he's done online.

With that said if you're looking for general entrepreneurship books here are a few I would check out:

  • My Startup Life by Ben Casnocha. Ben started a company in his teens. Recently he wrote a book with Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn) called The Startup of You

  • Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck

  • The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

    The best books to read to get through the thick and thin however are not business books. For example, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is excellent
u/Indrid_Cold8 · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius



u/throw162534 · 1 pointr/asktrp

Local library might be worth checking out.

I prefer to buy paperbacks so I can fill up my bookcase. Girls are always impressed when they see it because it seems like nobody reads anymore.

**Off topic but Mediations by Aurelius is $1.00 right now. I picked it up last week because I was sick of reading it on my Galaxy.

u/youresoclever · 1 pointr/Stoicism

hi! you commented a long time ago, but hopefully you have a dollar to spare (and a prime membership:

I found this copy of MA's meditations for a dollar.. and when I went to check out, my final bill came to $.33 after some discounts, and the fact I have amazon prime. Check it out and order this if you want to!

u/gabberflasted · 1 pointr/books
u/ollokot · 1 pointr/books

A few non U.S and non WWII books that I enjoyed:

The Last Days of the Incas
River of Doubt
Sea of Glory

u/MultipleScorgasims · 1 pointr/malelifestyle

The River of Doubt. A manly book about a manly man, Theodore Roosevelt.

u/Idiopathic77 · 1 pointr/books

If you liked that so much you have to read the other one I posted.


I too am amazed by just how bad ass explorers were. As a kid I always heard of the bigger names like Lewis and Clark etc. But man those people were Awesome/nuts

u/MaryOutside · 1 pointr/books

My favorite book about Teddy (see, we're on nickname terms) is The River of Doubt. It's about his misadventures amidst the wild jungles of South America. Fascinating stuff.

u/nocoolnamesleft · 1 pointr/Goruck

A potpourri of questions.

  • What are your favorite books or reading material for getting your mind right? FWIW these are three of my favorites:
  • What did you learn during the big events you wished you knew beforehand?
  • What's your favorite little hack or trick?
  • If selection is a 10. How would you rate HCL? Heavy?
  • My favorite question: Why do you do it?

u/mariox19 · 1 pointr/books

Those two are on my to-read list; but if we're recommending these, I want to chime in with two books I've read that I think would fit in well: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage and Lost Moon, what's been since rechristened "Apollo 13" after the movie made the book even more well-known.

u/aspbergerinparadise · 1 pointr/aww

I remember seeing this picture in this book, so he must be one of Shackleton's crew.

u/drewfes · 1 pointr/Scotch

Ernest Shackleton was a beast of an explorer. After his boat was destroyed by the ice flows in the antarctic, he lead his crew back to safety with ZERO deaths. I fully recommend reading the book, based on their journal entries. Amazon link

u/JohnFell · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Endurance by Lansing

Incredible. Life changing adventure read. Really. Go seek it out.

u/peds · 1 pointr/books

In the Heart of the Sea tells the true story that inspired Moby Dick, and is a great read.

If you like non-fiction, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage and The Perfect Storm are also very good.

u/beccafool · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook
u/spinozasrobot · 1 pointr/pics

Reminds me of this

u/wordjockey · 1 pointr/books

Oh, no wait, here's an inspiring book, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.

>The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as "Time" magazine put it, "defined heroism". Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book--with over 200,000 copies sold--has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the "Endurance's" fateful trip.

It's the end-all be-all of getting-lost-in-the-wilderness-and-surviving-against-all-odds stories. My coworkers and I took some solace in it while working under an abusive, criminal boss who later plead guilty to nine felonies. That time period required endurance to come to work each day.

u/entropic · 1 pointr/AskReddit

It sounds like you're off to a good start. You sound pretty close to the right height/weight ratio, so it'll probably be pretty hard to see any big weight changes even with a lot of effort. I had a lot of good luck on a bicycle, largely because running would tear my body up, so good luck to you.

There's some good (and conflicting) advice in this thread already, but working out with friends can help you stay at it. In a similar vein, I started playing pick-up basketball at a park a couple nights a week, made some friends there, and my team of 5 would expect me to be out there so we'd have a full team on those nights. That way I'd be sure to be out there since I knew if I wasn't they'd be upset. It really helped on nights where I could have easily packed it in and stayed home, any almost never did I regret actually going. Another thing you can do is train for an event with someone; maybe a mini-triathlon, half-marathon, century bicycle race.

But I actually came to answer your audiobook question. I had some good luck with This American Life (you can get all of the MP3s for free) for awhile but burned out on it a bit. Then I made myself a musical bike helmet and I'm in freakin' heaven with that thing; it's the perfect amount of split attentions for me. I like fitness cycling to adventure/survival non-fiction, I could manage to push myself since the characters had it so much worse. How can you refuse to go balls out for another 3 minute interval when you're listening to a story where someone's starving to death?

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing was my favorite of that genre, had a brilliant reader.

I also liked Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

And out of that genre, I've recently listened to Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain and Moneyball by Michael Lewis and I can't stop talking about either of them.

Good luck and keep at it. I got a lot of silver-bullet advice from a lot of well-meaning friends, but what really helped was finding stuff that worked for me and then ignoring them. I'm down about 50lbs over the 16 months or so.

u/Neuraxis · 1 pointr/offbeat

I encourage everyone to read Endurance, about his amazing trip to the Antarctic. The man was a badass like no other.

u/wishiwasonmaui · 1 pointr/whereisthis

Excellent. If anyone's interested in some of the history of this place, read Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. It's not really about South Georgia, but Shackleton ends up here after an arduous journey.

u/control__dopamine · 1 pointr/NoFap

If you are interested in shackletons journey and the tenacity of human spirit i suggest reading this gem of a book.

u/jrchin · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/danger_one · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Read this book. Your story sounds a lot like mine. Find someone to talk to, or something to do that makes you happy. Find a new hobby. Even better, charity work can be hard on the soul and humbling at the same time. All it takes to shock me out of my rut is to see that my life could be so much worse.

u/UWhiteBelt · 1 pointr/uwaterloo

This book may be relevant to you at this period of your life.

u/mat05e · 1 pointr/AskReddit

pick up viktor franks book, A man's search for meaning. It is only about 150 pgs. He was a holocaust survivor that wrote about suffering and searching for purpose.

probably the best book I've ever read.

u/Blarg_Risen · 1 pointr/marriedredpill

In that case, I suggest you watch this and pay attention to the dichotomy of striving for more vs being happy in the now, read this and see if you can relate to the feelings within you of pain attacks and the forces that seem to cause them within you, this and how meaning in what we do is more impactful than any other reason, and this where the drives of being content and wanting excitement are given the particular cases of domesticity and eroticism.


I also invite you to explore the creation of your own psyche through the influences of the time. Early in Mating in Captivity, Esther talks about a book detailing how sex used to be just a biological fact of reproduction, and over time has been turned into what it is today, a status of your own meaning. The things we hold important in the now are completely a construct of how we were raised, insomuch as the entirety of who and what you are, what you eat, how you vote, what you consider normal in society, relationships, all of that, is simply one of many ways your psyche can be built. And there are infinite ways it can be built.

Culture shock is a real thing. And it comes up when you understand and see that others take things you never thought to question, and do them differently because their psyches were constructed in that way. Ultimately, you will be happy when you truly allow all facets of your life to align with what you want to be, rather than what you think they should be.

u/MuffinMeBiscuitsplz · 1 pointr/BorderlinePDisorder

I would recommend two books, and highly recommend to look for a few more.

This book has changed my life and several friends, all with varying disorders. Saved my best friend from bulimia, helped my husband greatly with BDP, and my brother come out of meth addiction.
Man's Search for Meaning

This is to work through BPD and I know it’ll help you define if that’s what’s going on:
Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

You should definitely seek out a therapist. Be empowered to call places locally. It’s so great to figure out what’s going on, especially early.

u/heiter · 1 pointr/

if you give up on yourself you'll be gone. dont give up on yourself no matter what.

I am you 20 years younger, though i dont think I will regret anything. I am too though for that.

read viktor frankl "Man's Search for Meaning"

u/faitswulff · 1 pointr/AskReddit
  1. Read "Man's Search for Meaning," in which Viktor Frankl talks about being in a Nazi gulag

  2. Realize you are being a little bitch

  3. ???

  4. Achieve some sense of peace.
u/i2rohan · 1 pointr/books

I'd recommend, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

If you feel this is a bit too gory and you are unable to relate to the story- I'd recommend you pick up a bunch of P G Wodehouse novels, where the lives are frivolous, there is no pain and everybody is just happy. They are like musicals without the music!

Good luck and remember, like everything else in life- this too shall pass.

u/dbinkerd · 1 pointr/AskReddit

It always, always, comes down to choice. Man has the ability to choose a response to any given situation. We are not hard-wired to be a Stimulus-Response only creature. We have free will, therefore the ability to always choose a response in any given set of circumstances.

See Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl, for a much greater understanding of the concept.

u/conspirobot · 1 pointr/conspiro

justcs: ^^original ^^reddit ^^link

The first step would be realizing that you are not alone. This book is written by an educate Jewish Doctor that survived Auschwitz. I recommend it to you. I hope I will never have to go through what those people went through, but this guy picked up and moved on, leaving wisdom on a disparate situation. If you cannot afford books check your library or pm me and I'll see what I can do. Cheer up!

u/alissasayshi · 1 pointr/Advice

Everyone else can help you figure out how to move jobs/locations etc, but maybe you need some advice on how to deal with the situation now?

Find purpose. Just like people have basic physical needs, like to sleep and eat and drink, we also have basic psychological needs and the need for meaning and purpose is the deepest driver of wellbeing there is. If you find meaning in what you do, you'll be happier. I highly recommend reading the book 'Man's Search for Meaning' - it will completely change your mindset and help you get through every day right now - you don't need to wait or change your job for happiness. It changed my life.

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.

It's short and easy to ready so give it go - read the reviews here too -

u/Cutedge · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I'd also recommend the book "Failure is not an option" which is by one of NASA's first flight controllers:

The amount of stuff that happened like this is pretty crazy. There's no way it'd ever go over now.

u/anthonycolangelo · 1 pointr/space

Gene Kranz’s book is absolutely fantastic: Failure is Not an Option

If you want incredibly in-depth Shuttle details, T. A. Heppenheim’s books can’t be beat:

u/StructurallyUnstable · 1 pointr/spacex

Check out "Taming Liquid Hydrogen" for a great history of the Centaur upper stage and "Failure is not an Option" which is Gene Krantz memoir as Flight director for NASA.

u/nx_2000 · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

Along these lines, Apollo by Charles Murray is a spectacular and compelling account of the Apollo space program. It's not about the astronauts, but rather the men who founded NASA and built the Saturn V rocket. Failure is Not an Option by Gene Kranz, is another great book on the subject, but I haven't read that one myself yet.

u/RoboRay · 1 pointr/KerbalSpaceProgram

There's a lot of great books on the subject. One in particular I would recommend is Gene Kranz's book "Failure is Not an Option." It's from the perspective of his seat in Mission Control, and touches on almost every aspect of early spaceflight. If you're not familiar with him, he's the white-vested Flight Control Director in the Tom Hanks Apollo 13 movie, and the inspiration for KSP's Gene Kerman in the Mission Contol building.

If you're looking for something to watch, I can't more highly recommend anything than the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon."

u/scurvybill · 1 pointr/aerospace

Hmmm... a leader type?

Pick this one up too! Probably the best ever personal account from the space industry at large.

u/newhouseforever · 1 pointr/pics

In any redditors want some fresh inspiration I definitely recommend reading "Failure Is Not an Option" by Gene Kranz to see probably the greatest engineering perspective of the start of the US space program.

u/puppet_up · 1 pointr/pics

If you've not read this book yet, I highly recommend it: Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 by Gene Kranz.

I couldn't put it down and it really puts you in the middle of everything and makes you feel like you're right there with them at NASA mission control.

u/DaisyKitty · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I’ve just started reading The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government by David Talbot. Kennedy really wasn't super Cold-War-ey and didn't play ball at all with Dulles and the CIA. That group of nut jobs wanted to defeat the USSR at all costs, and believed the US would be the victors in a nuclear war. JFK most assuredly did not, and was seeking to create a thaw in the Cold War.

I've scanned through parts of the book that I haven't actually read yet, as one does. And Talbot is so completely matter of fact about the CIA and Dulles being involved in the Kennedy assassination, and how JFK was believed to be a problem that had to be dealt with, that it was shocking to me.

I recommend this book and also One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Princeton historian Kevin Kruse. I think read together they present a very cogent depiction of a hunk of history which has today become a sort of unquestioned consensual reality, but which was actually consciously constructed by special interests. Another good book which details JFKs turn from cold war thinking is JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James W. Douglass

u/introspeck · 1 pointr/pics

Ah, I didn't know that the clip I posted was an excerpt from that.

That film was most excellent. I've said for a long time that the best way to destroy political movements is to co-opt them. I'm glad they mentioned the Progressive movement. It was broad enough that parts of it got co-opted into both parties, but the net effect was the same: trapped and neutered. The IWW was one of the few movements that was smart enough to avoid being co-opted - so it had to be ruthlessly repressed.

I'm currently reading JFK and the Unspeakable which is mostly about his assassination and who wanted it. But it is remarkable where it shows how little control he had over the national security agencies even then. Not that he was a saint or powerful reformer, but when he did start to realize that nuclear war was madness, they isolated him and brazenly blocked his efforts to do something about it. I can only imagine that his assassination is a clear signpost to all presidents since then: "do what we want, or else..."

u/MrApophenia · 1 pointr/AskReddit

There's a really interesting book on the topic that digs through loads of government files that have been declassified over the years, and pretty persuasively makes the case that it was the CIA.

What I really like about it, though, is that it gets pretty deep into historical analysis of the Cold War and JFK's Presidency, and the author also presents a fairly compelling case not just that the CIA killed Kennedy, but why they did, in a historical context.

Some of the stuff in here that I had never heard of, though, is just crazy.

For instance, did you know that after the assassination, the CIA presented recordings of phone calls showing that Oswald had gone to Mexico City and met with the KGB? The FBI then investigated, proved the person in question wasn't Lee Harvey Oswald but someone claiming to be him. At which point the CIA claimed they had accidentally destroyed the audio. The author even found a memo where J. Edgar Hoover complained about the CIA's "fake Oswald story."

u/DamnBiggun · 1 pointr/inthenews
u/bigpook · 1 pointr/todayilearned

That was mentioned in this book. Kennedy sought a peaceful solution to the crises of his time including trying to work with the Russians. There were people that didn't like that. Working with the Russians was seen as appeasement and ulitmately, along with his push to get out of Vietnam before it turned into an unwinnable war caused his assassination. But yes, if we could have worked with the Russians in a joint mission to the moon it would have been awesome.

u/Cullen_Ingus · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

>I want something hopeless and unrelenting.

here ya go

u/SkrubZero · 1 pointr/The_Donald

It as 3 stars yesterday and 5 stars today. Stop buying from Amazon.

u/AsherGray · 1 pointr/rupaulsdragrace

They aren't being censored, it's just like a company posting a bunch of fake reviews to make you believe you're getting a stellar product. I'm pointing out that the average rating is 4.5, but click on the reviews tab and that's literally the front page. Here's an analysis of the product.

Note how it specifically says 1,290 reviews have been deleted with an average of a 2.3 rating.

u/yolakalemowa · 1 pointr/dataisbeautiful

Please read more from the sources that MUSLIMS claim to be authentic. Read Muhammad by Martin Lings.

Get to know him and his family and companions. This is the most rigorously and authentically documented and biographized life of a human being in history. We know how he drank, ate, dressed, we know how many white hairs he had by the end of his life. We know how he recited the Qur'an to the level of how he moved his tongue...

We know he preferred to sit when he drinks, and when he'd drink he'd do it with his right hand, on 3 separate phases, not all at once, so as not to shock the body. We know he entered (what is the equivalent of bathroom at the time) with his right foot and exited with his left. We know how he cleaned his teeth and how he flossed, how he cleaned himself to the very detail. How he moved his index finger in prayer, where he placed his eyes. What he said when he saw the moon, in its different stages.

We know what he did when it rained. He'd go outside, expose his shoulders to it, welcoming "A most recent companion of its Lord".

I can go on forever ¯_(ツ)_/¯.


Let me know if you have any questions or sources :) ʾinshāʾAllāh I can help!

Thank you for giving me opportunity to write this. I benefitted from it a lot!


u/shakuntala_d · 1 pointr/islam

I'd suggest this book!

It's great for beginners and easy to read.

u/BabaxGanoosh · 1 pointr/TheRedPill
  1. The Way Of Men.
    This book changed my life. Im sure anyone on this sub will recognize themselves and the situations Donovan writes about.

  2. Anything by Robert Greene.
    How to become powerful, seductive and master yourself.

  3. Meditations.
    This book helped me overcome my fear of death, which made me give less fucks. Because in the end, nothing matters.

    I dont have anymore than that at the moment, but i would suggest reading biographies of great men. Right now im reading Seven Pillars Of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence(of Arabia)s first hand account of the Arab uprising during the First World War
u/StateAardvark · 1 pointr/Sleepycabin

I'm not Jeff, but I've struggled with this as well. Some books that have helped me were Way of the Superior Man, 50th Law, and Meditations. They're worth a read.

u/EdGG · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Seems like the body is great, but if you think your mind is lacking, you have to train that too! Mens sana in corpore sano, you know. I will like to support the idea of meditation; guided meditation is great, and it really helps you put things in perspective and create the self-awareness that you need to know where you stand. Also, I'll recommend you read Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius. Seriously a good read, and it's cheap (or free online)

u/haloshade · 1 pointr/LifeImprovement

I love reading biographies, I find them more inspiring and enjoyable to read than self-help books. Currently I'm reading Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. I highly recommend this book to anyone, prior to this book I only knew what they taught us in History class, this explores so many more aspect of his life, some of which we can all relate to (like his constant drive to improve himself).

[Meditations by Marcus Aurelius] ( is another great book I just finished. Written by a former Roman emperor who ruled during the time of frequent war, disease, and natural disasters, it's about how he dealt with it all as a leader by following the stoic philosophy. Amazing book and helped changed my outlook on the world.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This is one of those books that isn't geared to self-improvement, but to updating your view of the world. In it Taleb talks about how highly improbably events happen all the time, but we only see them as probable in hindsight. I think it's a great read since we tend to think in cause-and-effect ways, when in fact the world works more in a probabilistic way.

u/BlueVapor · 1 pointr/pics

Hm, I bought this one just because it's the best seller.

I put the one you mentioned on a list for later if I decide to read it again. What makes the Hays' version better?

u/dont_forget_again · 1 pointr/Stoicism

If you really want a physical book there's a budget one on amazon.

I bought it when it was only $1 and now it's $1.78

u/lucidlife · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I read a book on the Mongols that was very interesting. One of the ideas that the author tries to convey is that the Mongols wanted everyone to think of them as some hideous destroyers so that their enemies would be more willing to surrender rather than to battle.

u/parcivale · 1 pointr/dataisbeautiful

Or read a book. Carlin is a great dramatist of history but, being a podcaster, he focuses on dramatic quotes, visual events, and the broad brush. is quite good with the facts but is clearly a revisionist apologia for a man who was a genocidal maniac. And whether or not Genghis Khan wanted to create a wondrous peaceful "New World Order" after killing a quarter of the world's population is something from the author's imagination entirely.

u/thearchduke · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I like this biography of Genghis Khan. It's maybe not exactly what you were looking for, but I thought it was pretty cool to read about the truly breathtaking extent of he and his sons' conquests and the complete obscurity from which he and the Mongols emerged.

u/aliasDeSired · 1 pointr/Documentaries

For those who want a fuller picture, check out Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. It covers the entire history of the Mongol Empire, from Genghis Khan's formative years to the eventual collapse of the Empire.

u/geedeeit · 1 pointr/CringeAnarchy

Read this and decide for yourself.

u/Merica1 · 1 pointr/politics

read a book

u/gevulde_koek · 1 pointr/IAmA

Read Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford. Paints a much more nuanced picture of the man, and is an absolutely fascinating read.

u/RandomName13 · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. Awesome book about how basically a homeless orphan who is forced to eat rats rises to go from that to slave to conquer more of the world than any man in history ever has. Fascinating book.

u/moonjs · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I don't really think that you can compare the two. Genghis Khan and his descendants implemented many policies that we view as progressive like religious freedom,promoting a meritocracy, immunity to diplomats, and a codified code of laws. It also could be argued that he had no will to conquer beyond Mongolia before the trade incident with what was the Khwarezmian Empire. With all that said, he was a man of his time. He used terror as an effective weapon and he generally only destroyed the cities that resisted him and forced him to siege. If anyone wants to know more they should read Jack Diamond's book. When I said that he was a man of his time, I meant that other leaders were just as cruel like in Europe and China, because it was the Middle Ages you know.

I kind of view Hitler a bit differently. Any person in the West of Victorian sensibilities would have viewed what he was doing as evil even if they were Jews. He just killed them because they were Jews. Not everyone in Germany thought it was right either. I remember reading a book of a first hand account of a Jew in a concentration camp where he saw an old Jew enter and take up residence in the camp. He was respected by the camp guards, because he was a former officer in the former Imperial German Army and was awarded an Iron Cross.

u/Esmerelda-Weatherwax · 1 pointr/Fantasy

hmmmm... well, not much that Ive read fall under that price range. Do you like in the USA, can you use Amazon?

That one is 9-10 dollars, the story of Captain Kidd. If you dont mind used editions some of the stuff by Robert K Massie is under 5 dollars for print.

Dreadnought is about Britain and Germany gearing up do WW1

Peter the Great was one of the most famous Tsars of Russia

Ghenghis Khan and The Making of The Modern world was fascinating

The republic of Pirates was pretty interesting too

i linked to used books, so be aware of that - i buy almost all of my books used in "good" or "great" condition and have no complaints so far.

u/Pyrallis · 1 pointr/news

That book is now on my wishlist.

Even when escapees reach China, they're not safe. China treats them as illegal immigrants. If they are caught, China will deport them back to North Korea, where they will be tortured and killed. So, escapees must still evade the Chinese authorities as they make their way to Laos, and then Thailand, before making it to South Korea. Another option would be to go right to Mongolia, as Mongolia is sympathetic to them, and will send them to South Korea. That is more direct, and a much, much shorter route, but almost never taken, as it requires traversing the Gobi Desert.

Naturally, Venezuela and Cuba both support North Korea, claiming that allegations of human rights abuses by North Korea are false, and China says North Kora has made much progress to protect human rights. (sources) Shameful.

u/aurelorba · 1 pointr/worldnews

Read this

u/beancc · 1 pointr/worldnews

i just read escape from camp 14, pretty amazing read

u/gnomemania · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West :(

I want to live in dancing Korea, not nightmare Korea :( :( :(

u/174 · 1 pointr/worldnews

>150,000 in labor camps? Or death camps? Because they're not the same thing at all.

In North Korea they are. Life expectancy in North Korean labor camps is only a few years, due to the kind of abuses described in the link I provided earlier.

>You've linked some napkin drawings from a single defector

Are you suggesting that conditions in North Korean camps aren't as grim as what that defector portrayed? Because there are plenty of other sources on this. e.g.

>Someone must have been released instead of getting killed.

Or someone escaped, or someone from the North Korean government defected, or we have satellite images and other forms of espinonage.

Also, your statement that

>Pol Pots didn't even let people work and had true "death camps".

is utterly false. The VAST majority of Pol Pot's victims died in labor camps. If you go to Cambodia today you can still see irrigation canals dug by forced labor under Pol Pot. Most of the Cambodian genocide victims died from starvation and disease in those camps. You literally have no idea what you're talking about.

u/InconelMind · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I liked this biography when I read it. It was very thorough and well written.

u/voraidicon · 1 pointr/funny

Yes this is true. One time Tesla had a dinner party and invited a bunch of guests over to his lab. Twain volunteered to participate in a demonstration. He insisted on full power and ended up shitting himself. I believe I read this in the biography Man Out of Time.

u/NewbieTwo · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Tesla: Man Out Of Time

A little biased, but nonetheless a great history of how many times Tesla allowed himself to be screwed over.

u/dalkon · 1 pointr/Tesla

There's a lot of weird stuff I would recommend avoiding not just because it's silly, but because it's generally so vague and uninformed that it's not even very interesting.

Here are a couple books I read too long ago to remember well, but I remember liking them:

u/mehgoat · 1 pointr/technology

Well it was a small Village in Croatia in 1856, so I am going to guess the record keeping may not have been the best.

Source: Tesla Man out of Time

u/LOLMASTER69 · 1 pointr/gaming

>What does this have to do with their content? Nothing.

On the contrary, I established that your primary source is a blog post which holds as much stature as the cartoon it and you criticize.

>There are mountains of material about this topic?

Yes there are several notable biographies on Tesla, and literally hundreds of books written about Edison, GE, the electrification war.

>Forbes dismisses 15% of the Oatmeal's piece? Really? Did you measure that number? Are you sure it wasn't 17%? Maybe 80%?

Yes, I did estimate that number. I wrote 14+15 (character/invention) claims on a discarded bank envelope that I use as a coaster. I felt the Forbes article focused on 3 invention claims, 2 character claims about Edison and 1 character claim about Tesla. I discounted the Edison claims because I'm well-read and I disagree, yielding 13.7% or if you would like to quibble 20.6%. In either case the magnitude is unimportant, because the Forbes piece does not address 17 out of 29 claims. It accepted 6 claims, the same contested. I'd love to see your estimates.

Nevertheless, I was being fairly generous in assuming the Forbes piece was correct in the statements it contested. I strongly disagree, specifically relating to the attempt to diminish Telsa's role in the development of AC.

>Don't insult me personally and pretend you're making an argument.

Given the beginnings of this thread, I'm amused by your posturing.

EDIT: I found this after revisiting your article.

As for legitimate reading, start here:

and I very much like this one,

u/JudasEscargot · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Tesla: Man Out of Time

read this and tell us something we don't know

u/estrtshffl · 1 pointr/Libertarian

I'm a history major and my friends practically jerk off to this book. Should be a good start.

u/ctfinnigan · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Team of Rivals is the story of Abraham Lincoln's political career, with great emphasis on the men in his cabinet and their influence on both his views and actions.
Its one of the best books I've ever read. I really cannot recommend it enough.

u/theycallmebbq · 1 pointr/TagProIRL

Do you like history? I read the big Lincoln book, Team of Rivals. It took forever but man was it worth it. I learned so much and the book really humanized Lincoln for me. When I finished I decided to just read it again, I enjoyed it so much.

u/Thegoodfriar · 1 pointr/AskALiberal

First I gotta say John McCain, he was actually the first political rally I ever attended in 2000 (during his early Republican Primary bid). However there was a few items that sorta pushed me to Barack Obama in the 2008 election, such as his vote against elevating MLK Day to a state holiday in Arizona ( and the appointment of Sarah Palin as his running mate in that election cycle.


Additionally, I've always been a big fan of Ike Eisenhower; I think he really pushed America to continue investing in its infrastructure, and not rest on the successes America achieved in WWII.


And of course Lincoln is an interesting figure, sometime (sooner rather than later) I want to read the Doris Kearns Goodwin book, Team of Rivals, which was about Lincoln's cabinet. (

u/crowdsourced · 1 pointr/politics

I'm listening to Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, and I'm only in a few chapters. You really do come away with the feeling that things were simpler back then. Less corrupt? Idk. There's a lot more book left!

u/aFriendtoOtters · 1 pointr/USCivilWar

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is a personal fav. Focuses on the politics of the war and Lincoln, both of which are a good lens on the war and what came before/after.

u/iwontrememberanyway · 1 pointr/American_History

I enjoyed Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin about Abraham Lincoln's presidency.

u/shajurzi · 1 pointr/SandersForPresident

Check out This Book

Like /u/Usili said, his cabinet appointments were made of people that opposed his candicacy.

u/GiveMe_TreeFiddy · 1 pointr/politics
u/triadwarfare · 1 pointr/rickandmorty

This is the reason why Abradolf Lincler's confused...

Lincler's bad side: Abraham Lincoln's true bad side <-this is a book.

Abradolf's good side: Adolf Hitler - Just like what Morty said, at least, he cared about Germany and the Holocaust is what he thinks is right on getting revenge on the people who made them lose WW1, his mother, and killed Jesus. Just think of Hitler not as a tyrant but Doing the wrong things for the right reasons

Rick's experiment failed because of this. Too many shades of grey on each character.

u/ancapistanos · 1 pointr/politics

>Lew Rockwell is one mendacious, historically selective piece of intellectual garbage.

Please, if you are going to insult someone, at least have the common decency to retort with objective, factual pieces of evidence. Lew Rockwell, and those who write on his website, have sources for their claims, thus they can back their claims up.
Also, there have been many books written about this topic such as this and this.

u/prnandhomeless · 1 pointr/Libertarian

From what I can tell, seems like it's because of "The Real Lincoln" by Thomas DiLorenzo, an Austrian economist and fellow of the von Mises institute.

He's a libertarian that makes claims about Lincoln being tyrannical and paints him as a "paragon of wickedness, a man secretly intent on destroying states' rights and building a massive federal government."

The persecution complex of some libertarians plus DiLorenzo's call of destroying rights (even though the South was destroying the most fundamental right according to most libertarians - the right to one's self), makes it easy.

It's almost like when some liberals first read/hear things by Howard Zinn.

u/reddelicious77 · 1 pointr/pics

Good point - he was indeed indifferent to minority rights, and used it only as a tool (which was positive in and of itself) to further his agenda...

u/water4free · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

I didn't write it, Thomas DiLorenzo did. Do you presume to have a higher level of historical knowledge regarding Lincoln than he? Have you read the book?

u/caferrell · 1 pointr/EndlessWar

If you would like to learn more about the real history of the Civil War, read Thomas di Lorenzo's The Real Lincoln

u/outtanutmeds · 1 pointr/conspiracy

The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War

u/Nheim · 1 pointr/politics

Right moron, play the leftist dribble "you weren't a slave". You weren't either darling. Nor was anyone "black" today. Plenty of whites were slaves too, no white today can claim they experienced it as well. Shocker!

But sure, since I spent years on the subject and wrote numerous college papers on it, I'll chalk it off as a mistake since you're saying so. Fuck the professors and historians who've put in more hours than you ever will to look at reconstruction and post reconstruction.

I never decided what was better for them, you ignorant twit. The civil war was a disgusting act by a fascist warmongering president that created, AND HISTORICALLY DOCUMENTED AND VERIFIED, a post war shit hole in the south and created severe hatred, racism and violence for decadents that followed for decades upon decades. Why was every other country able to get rid of it without a civil war? Hmm?

A war wasn't started because they thought slavery was so immoral and evil kiddo. It was to keep the union together. If it was about "slavery" only, then why did Lincoln promise the south they could retain slavery if they stayed in the Union? Why did Lincoln want to deport them to South America? Read his own writings and his own inaugural address. I'm sure you get all hot thinking about Lincoln suspending habeous corpus too. Oh you don't? You don't even know about that? Oh..ok.

You're an emotional, dimwitted buffoon who believes that you can ignore facts and experts because of "feelings" on a subject.

Here, I'll get you started. Have fun not reading it or any other historian and expert that had documented 1) the civil war errors and 2) Reconstruction failures

u/Cataclysm · 1 pointr/The_Donald

He was absolutely the worst president in history. Read and learn.

u/zip99 · 1 pointr/

That has been done. If you are really interested in citations then check the Bibliography of this book:

u/tgjj123 · 1 pointr/Libertarian

The Law -

Economics in one lesson -

That which is seen and is not seen -

Our enemy, the state -

How capitalism save america -

New Deal or Raw Deal -

Lessons for the Young Economist -

For a New Liberty -

What Has Government Done to Our Money? -

America's Great Depression -

Defending the Undefendable -

Metldown -

The Real Lincoln -

The Road to Serfdom -

Capitalism and Freedom -

Radicals for Capitalism -

Production Versus Plunder -

Atlas Shrugged -

The Myth of the Rational Voter -

Foutainhead -

Anthem -

There are of course more books, but this should last you a few years!

u/finthrowaway11 · 1 pointr/financialindependence

Friend, have you ever read River of Doubt? I was coming here to post this as my recommendation. It seems like it's right up your alley! Also I suggest it to OP as well.

u/dlevine09 · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Oh man I'm late to the party - but I just finished the book about the River of Doubt expedition last week! It's a great, great read.

u/theantichris · 1 pointr/funny

The injury bothered him the rest of his life but didn't stop him from being a badass.

I'm currently readying The River of Doubt. It is about his trip to map that Amazon area that happened after that presidential campaign.

u/ZeiglerJaguar · 1 pointr/pics
u/pravoslavie · 1 pointr/Christianity

A complete defense of the character of the Prophet is a bit of a tall order for a reddit comment, and I'm much too underqualified to provide it given that I myself am a recent convert still learning the seerah.

If you'd like, you could bring up specific claims and I could do my best to point you to answers, but frankly, though I know relatively little about the life of the Prophet, his family, and his companions, what I do know about him couldn't be further from the barbaric, power-hungry sexual deviant that people might try to portray him as.

In 1928, Mohandas Gandhi is recorded as saying the following of the Prophet in Young India:

>I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet and the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume (of the Prophet's biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life.

As far as I can tell, this is the best English language resource on his life. I think all serious thinking people owe it to themselves to honestly investigate why this man is held dear by almost two billion people. Instead of dismissing his followers as poor souls misled by malevolent forces, he should be approached without the biases of a religious agenda.

u/thelectrician · 1 pointr/pics

As a Muslim I sincerely believe the same God had sent the New Testamentm but it was distorted throughout time. 'Klansmen' could misinterpret the testament in a wrong way similar to ISIS guys. Interpretation is an important issue. I suggest you not to drown yourself in ISIS interpretation of Quran, but to learn from the verily source.

But it is just a suggestion. I am not a preacher, not a great debater, or something like that. I am just a regular muslim, who wants to live peacefully, and wants others to live in peace.

Thank you for your kind answers.

u/TheCannon · 1 pointr/changemyview


Sources abound for each of your requests. Here are but a few for each that should keep you busy for a while if you actually choose to read them:

Caravan Raids:

Ibn Ishaq - Life of Muhammad Search "Caravan"

Ibn Kathir - The Life of the Prophet Muhammad, Vol. 2 Search "Caravan"

Quranic reference justifying caravan attacks during the holy months:

>They ask you about the sacred month - about fighting therein. Say, "Fighting therein is great [sin], but averting [people] from the way of Allah and disbelief in Him and [preventing access to] al-Masjid al-Haram and the expulsion of its people therefrom are greater [evil] in the sight of Allah . And fitnah is greater than killing." And they will continue to fight you until they turn you back from your religion if they are able. And whoever of you reverts from his religion [to disbelief] and dies while he is a disbeliever - for those, their deeds have become worthless in this world and the Hereafter, and those are the companions of the Fire, they will abide therein eternally

  • Qur'an 2:217

    The slaughter and enslavement of the Banu Qurayza:

    Ibn Ishaq Search "Qurayza"

    Martin Lings, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources Unfortunately not available in PDF or TXT files

    Encyclopedia Judiaica - Non-Islamic historical source

    Watt, Encyclopedia of Islam

    See also Al-Tabari Vol 8, Sunan Abu Dawud 38:4390, Sahih Bukhari 5:58:148, Tafsir Ibn Kathir - The Campaign against Banu Qurayzah*, etc

    Quranic reference:

    >(26) And He brought down those who supported them among the People of the Scripture from their fortresses and cast terror into their hearts [so that] a party you killed, and you took captive a party. (27) And He caused you to inherit their land and their homes and their properties and a land which you have not trodden. And ever is Allah, over all things, competent.

  • Qur'an 33:26-27

    Started Wars:

    *See Caravan Raids above, the robberies that forced military response from the victims of the raids, the Quraysh, leading to the battles of Badr, Uhud, the Trench, etc.

    Torture people in pursuit of wealth:**

    >Kinana b. al-Rabi', who had the custody of the treasure of the B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came (Tabari says "was brought") to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, 'Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?' he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave ordrs to al-Zubayr b. al-'Awwam, 'Torture him until you extract what he has,' so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head in revenge for his brother Mahmud.

  • Ishaq - The Life of Muhammad (Link above, search "Kinana")

    >Kinanah b. al-Rabi b. al-Huqyaq who had the treasure of B. Nadir was brought to the Messenger of God, who questioned him; but he denied knowing where it was. Then the messenger of God was brought a Jew who said to him, “I have seen Kinanah walk around this ruin every morning.” The Messenger of God said to Kinanah: “What do you say? If we find it in your possession, I will kill you.” “All right,” he answered. The Messenger of God commanded that the ruin should be dug up, and some of the treasure was extracted from it. Then he asked him for the rest of it. Kinanah refused to surrender it; so the Messenger of God gave orders concerning him to al-Zubayr b. al-‘Awwam, saying, “torture him until you root out what he has.” Al-Zubayr kept twirling his firestick in his breast until Kinanah almost expired; then the Messenger of God gave him to Muhammad b. Maslamah, who beheaded him to avenge his brother Mahmud b. Maslamah.”

  • Tabari Vol 8


    Killed Poets:

    List of those slaughtered with references, including a mother of five:

    >Then (occurred) the sariyyah of Umayr ibnAdi Ibn Kharashah al-Khatmi against Asma' Bint Marwan, of Banu Umayyah Ibn Zayd, when five nights had remained from the month of Ramadan, in the beginning of the nineteenth month from the hijrah of the apostle of Allah.Asma' was the wife of Yazid Ibn Zayd Ibn Hisn al-Khatmi. She used to revile Islam, offend the prophet and instigate the (people) against him. She composed verses. Umayr Ibn Adi came to her in the night and entered her house. Her children were sleeping around her. There was one whom she was suckling. He searched her with his hand because he was blind, and separated the child from her. He thrust his sword in her chest till it pierced up to her back. Then he offered the morning prayers with the prophet at al-Medina. The apostle of Allah said to him: "Have you slain the daughter of Marwan?" He said: "Yes. Is there something more for me to do?" He [Muhammad] said: "No. Two goats will butt together about her. This was the word that was first heard from the apostle of Allah. The apostle of Allah called him `Umayr, "basir" (the seeing).

  • Ibn Sa'd
u/katulsomin · 1 pointr/islam

Sorry for the late response! I had a very busy week at work.

> Devils may be swift but it is not reasonable that they possess the ability to be all-seeing and all-present. Those can only be attributed to God. If a devil did to the sun what appeared to happen, this would have been a phenomenon reported all over the globe and would have had measurable impact on temperature, gravity, tides, etc. That did not happen. If it was a devil that worked via the mind, then this would have to have been done to everyone there. Such a feat is less credible than it happening to a single person or a small group of persons because of the finite number of devils available. So I'm not saying it is impossible but if we take the expected value of a situation, the situation with vastly larger numbers becomes more believable, ruling out delusion and making less credible the possibility of a devil.
> > And we haven't even consider what if there's multiple demon working together.

> This is possible but in the history of humanity, I'm not aware of any recorded demonic activity on this level. I am aware of many such cases with one or a small number of individuals.

The scenario I'm imagining is more like a magic trick, the real sun behind a curtain while a demon conjures a sun like disk and perform the show. So it still only need a single apparition. If the sun really did dance, it would've been observed everywhere, not just from a specific location. I actually even think that for a mere human, with a enough funds, those things are achievable with our current level of technology.

> Well we can add to the list that they lack a corporal body. Really, we should brainstorm this list. I'd also include that the devil hates God. If you have any input on this, let's have it. It seems relevant to the question of if Mohammed was under influence of a devil.

I don't agree that they lack a corporal body, actually. They main essence maybe non corporeal, but they seem to have the ability to shapeshift into a corporeal form. Off the top of my head, doesn't the Devil appear in the garden as a snake in the book of genesis?

I don't have much else to brainstorm.. sorry! If you want to read more of the Islamic view, see the wikipedia articles for Devil in Islam and Jinn (demons are basically an evil jinn). Likewise, I'll use Demon in Christian for reference. Unless you have a better source, which then please share.

> The devil wants you in hell. I think he will attempt to get a person there any way he finds possible. I once was told a sermon about a man who used sorcery to conger the devil. He asked the devil, "Are the 10 commandments true?" The devil replied, "Yes, every one except the 6th." This was enough for the man to fall into sin and build a wall around his heart.

> If what Christianity teaches about Jesus is true, then the message of Mohammed would be enough to ruin a vast number of souls. If the devil says, worship one God and do not steal or kill, but that Jesus is not God, then the devil has a small victory. There are also differences in teaching about what constitutes a moral family life (or sins related to family relationships) between the two religions -- and I think we could both agree that the devil would desire to seek the ruin of man through an attack on the family.

> Likewise, if Islam is true, then Christianity may be a tool of the devil (or corrupt men) to ruin souls. Or it could be that they are both false and the truth eludes us both.

OK, I'll try to go along with you on these 3 possibilities. No, actually lets ignore the possibility that they're both false, that won't go anywhere. Christian or Islam, I think we can agree that either is a tool of the devil as possible.

My argument for Islam's validity would be that Islam theologically is the most consistent with the previous revelations(eg. Judaism). All the previous prophets before Jesus preach about the absolute oneness of God. Given that Trinity is the central belief of Christianity, I would expect that such an important concept would be covered by the previous messengers of God. I know Jesus technically isn't born yet, but the Holy Spirit should still be mentioned as God. The Trinity tenet itself isn't officially adopted until the Council of Nicaea 3 centuries later, right?

My premise is that since God has revealed a string of revelations from various prophets, a corrupted one most likely be one that deviates the most of the others. The Muslims believe that actually Jesus is a prophet, born of virgin that preaches the absolute oneness of God too. But over time, his message got corrupted. So then God sends down another revelation by another prophet, Muhammad PBUH to straighten it. Some even claim that Muhammad PBUH coming was foretold in the bible

Please tell me and forgive for any factual errors btw, especially regarding the Christian ones. I'm not a scholar, just a guy that sometimes read stuff on the internet :)

> If Islam has any possibility of moving me, it needs to address the question of angel Gabriel to Mohammed as being delusion, devil, or true and then it needs to establish for me why God cannot be said to be humble (unless Muslims who've told me this is false were wrong).

For the question of Gabriel -> Muhammad PBUH, I'm having trouble finding an argument that would 100% convince you. We know that the event is, like most other prophets, occurs in relative isolation and personal fashion, with no outside witnesses. That's just how it's done. The people then judge the message authenticity by the contents and the messenger's character.

I would suggest to just read the Al Qu'ran, and a biography about the prophet so you can get a better understanding of his life to make a conclusion. His life are fairly well documented, and not just the rosy bits, some of his mistakes are even recorded in the Al Qu'ran! The most popular ones are The Sealed Nectar: Biography of the Noble Prophet by Safi and Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings, or if you prefer a secular author you can checkout Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong

For the "Prove that God is not humble".. well actually I don't even know until now that Christianity teaches that God is humbling himself to us. Please give me a source about this, I want to know more.

In Islam, as far as I know, God is not humble, but pride. And it is actually sinful for us to be prideful of things cause everything we have(wealth, knowledge, even our own virtues), it is all thanks to God and He can give or take it away at any time if He wills. He is the only one worthy of pride.

He gave us free will, but what we do that God let it happen doesn't mean that He submits to our will, He just let it and gave us the time for now. But everything that we've done would be held accountable at judgement day.

> Thank you for your writings so far. You have shown to be reasonable and not emotionally reactive. I find that conversations like this sometimes get nowhere because an adherent finds a question of theological principles to be also a personal attack, which it is not, but some have a hard time distinguishing. So thank you.

Thank you too! I also try to question your principles but so far you're level headed and doesn't get too emotional. It's great that we can have a civilized discussion on the internet. The other users in this subreddit are actually also pretty cool too! Some of them are actually much more knowledgeable than me. They just doesn't seem to want to engage in a discussion that at first glance, would go nowhere. This sub are riddled by trolls on a regular basis, and a tendency of trolls is to dwell stubbornly on a single point so I'm afraid some may mistaken you for one. Sorry!

u/bass85 · 1 pointr/islam

This should be sufficient:

Muhammad by Martin Lings is a biography of the prophet. Very well written, authentic and clears alot of misconceptions. I would advice you to read it as well, I promise you'll enjoy it yourself and learn alot about Islam.

u/senditthru · 1 pointr/islam

Maybe you should learn a little bit about our Prophet's life before you spout Christian missionary invectives upon him.

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

u/shikatozi · 1 pointr/islam

Salaam Sbadiglio. Thanks, but the important thing to remember is that there are other Muslims just like me all around the world, and I'm not even that good. I'm not a shiek/imam, and I do sin, whether I know it or not. However, I do ask Allah for forgiveness for the sin I do. Alhamduallah Allah knows best.

Are there sins so great that could get someone beyond redemption? The most dangerous sin is shirk, that is idolatry or polytheism. It is important to emphasize that in Islam, there is no God but Allah. Can shirk/murder/fornication/etc be forgiven? It is up to Allah. However, it is important for Muslims to quickly recognize that if they are sinning to quickly stop doing the sin and ask forgiveness and to prevent themselves from sinning again. Intention is also important; what is in your heart is the true intention.

are you free to read it and take "lessons" from it by yourself or is there only one way for everyone? A couple of things: 1) Translated versions of the Quran are not the Quran. The Quran is only the Quran if it is in Arabic. In addition, the Quran is an -immensely- complex and logical book. True scholars in Islam do not just read the Quran, they read the hadiths (stories of the Prophet Muhammed peace and blessings to him) associated with the sura (chapter), they study for years and years the scholars before themselves, they spend incredible amount of time, wisdom, and energy deriving lessons from the Quran. But you might ask yourself, if the book is so complex, then how is it supposed to be a manual for humanity? Well, at the same time, the Quran lays out simple laws for the common man to obey. Do not cheat on your wife, do no injustice to your fellow man, do not oppress, eat halal and spend your money on charity, pray 5 times a day, fast during Ramadan. These are simple laws that everyone can follow. So, in essence, yes you can read the Quran, but -understanding- it is a different thing. To understand the Quran, I highly recommend going to a mosque, watching Islamic videos (the good, authentic ones with sources), taking classes, talking to fellow Muslims, reading Islamic books and really diving into the history of Islam. I really recommend you read this book. It is about the Prophet Muhammed, peace and blessings upon him. It's a good first step.

do you think that muslim face discrimination in the world nowdays? No doubt about it. Somewhere around the world, there are people being discriminated for their race, belief, ideas, religion, etc. One of the worst sins is oppression. Oppressing others/not treating them fairly is very bad. We must be mindful and proactive about stopping this discrimination/oppression. If you see a child treating another child unfairly, we must teach them the right way to treat one another.

Yes, well media is media, they have their own agenda and their own intention. But alhamduallah there is no greater force than Allah, and I would rather be a bum who is a devout Muslim than the King of the finite world
who is not Muslim. It is this inner serenity, this peace that Islam has that cannot be brought or challenged.

Salaam friend!

u/crockrox · 1 pointr/islam

You can start with biography of the prophet .

And then perhaps the Quran.

Good luck.

P.S. Personal opinion. Not an expert.

u/convertproblem134 · 1 pointr/islam

I would recommend reading the biography done by Martin Lings.

u/REDPlLL · 1 pointr/exmuslim

Well i gave you a dictionary definition of lying. If you define "lie" to mean something else, then go ahead. But Islam does not permit lying according to the definition i gave ("saying something incorrect"). So if someone were to ask me if i was a Muslim and i don't respond, then that's not a lie using the definition i gave.

The problem with your definition is that it leads to interpretive problems (which i think you hate). If i assume your a Christian this whole time, and you are an atheist, then i can claim that you lied to me. You deceived me by not being open to me about your lack of faith. You could claim that you weren't trying to act Christian, but i could claim the opposite and there is no objective measure that we both could agree on to always determine who in fact is right here.

> Can you recommend some? From what I've seen, most of Islamic history is an expansion of conquest and subjugation that makes the British Empire look like the Salvation Army.

More like the opposite. Here's a highly recommended biography:

u/dutchguilder2 · 0 pointsr/AskReddit
u/jordanreiter · 0 pointsr/AskReddit

And the Basques. Read Cod.

u/kor8434 · 0 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

I am a grandkid of a woman that fled the Communist Party in North after the State police tortured her father and wrecked her family because her father could read and speak Japanese, post occupation. I don’t care if you hold socialist or whatever ideals and philosophy you deem suitable for your life. It’s your human right to believe in something regardless of what people say. But please don’t spread something that is so irrevocably untrue or at best controversial as a fact. My grandmother still has nightmares about the horror she saw when she was 12.

About the concentration camps, reportedly there are about 12 known concentration camps spread throughout the northern part of North Korea. Of course, NK government denies any of this, but there are countless anecdotal accounts of such camps from North Korean refugees and a few years back, we had the first NK refugee who was imprisoned in one of those camps. Later he went on to publish the book titled Camp 14 in English. I recommend you give it a read.

Those camps, according to him, are used as a way to maintain what is already failing regime. Their occupants range from political dissenters to families left behind defectors who successfully made the escape. Their size has been reported to have exceeded that of concentration camps in Nazi Germany.

*the book is titled Escape from Camp 14

u/justive_for_nk · 0 pointsr/worldnews

Let this sink-in:
He's an author of an amazon bestseller - escape from camp 14

Which is now turned out to be a fraud.

u/turtleeatingalderman · 0 pointsr/AskHistorians

If you want to go more in the direction of looking at different historians' interpretations of events leading up to the war, the following three will be very good:

Kristin L. Hoganson (1998). Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. New Haven: Yale University Press.

James L. Offner (1992). An Unwanted War: The Diplomacy of the United States and Spain over Cuba, 1895-1898. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.

Thomas Schoonover (2003). Uncle Sam’s War of 1898 and the Origins of Globalization. Lexington: The University of Kentucky Press.

If you wanted to do something specifically on TR, then look into Edmund Morris' biographies. They're broken down chronologically, beginning with The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

It also might be interesting to study some of the books that TR wrote himself, as primary sources. Particularly The Rough Riders, his Autobiography, or, if you're really ambitious, The Winning of the West.

u/calikick808 · 0 pointsr/AMA
u/qkrnxtl · 0 pointsr/asoiaf
u/Chappie47Luna · 0 pointsr/thedavidpakmanshow

Amazon deleted 1000 negative reviews on her book. Lucky the internet doesn't forget.

u/devries · 0 pointsr/politics

> except a Clinton

If you bothered to check your sources, you'll note that Clinton blames herself many times for the results of the 2016 election. Rightly, she doesn't claim that she's solely to blame--that'd be absurd.

It's in the first few pages of her book where she takes responsibility:

But hey, don't let facts get in the way of some good old evidence-less Dem-bashing!

u/ardhemus · 0 pointsr/WikiLeaks

While I agree with you on some subject I must tell that this one isn't crazy. Just look at the amazon page. The 5 stars reviews I saw there seems too partisan too me and she indeed has 5 stars while she has so many 1 star reviews.

u/HamulcarBarca · 0 pointsr/gaming

I'd suggest this as a read along with the works suggested in the top user review comment if you are serious about updating your view based on current research. While Genghis and the Gur Khans that immediately followed him advocated a steppe hunting like approach to warfare and destroyed several cities those numbers are highly inflated by Arab/European accounts attempting to vilify the 'Tartars' and the Mongol propaganda machine itself. The Mongols were much more about completely destroying armies in the field and the aristocratic rulers in the city afterwards rather than the general populace; farmers, craft smiths, merchants, doctors etc were actually highly prized by them.

The bubonic plague was a much bigger factor in Baghdad's and the rest of Asia's population decline than any Genghis genocide.

Edit: Ah i guess you aren't allowed to have a non Euro centric view of the Mongols on Reddit.

u/tade · 0 pointsr/IAmA
u/tob_krean · 0 pointsr/technology

> Tesla was not a poor overlooked genius in his life.

And yet for many people (myself included) it may literally be the band Tesla, or something like the Oatmeal comic that may introduce them to the topic.

And I had numerous classes in science and engineering that certainly should have touched on his work but didn't. In fact the other week I took a tour of a museum where I needed to fill in much needed information that was otherwise a one-sided Edison homage.

But I would encourage, like you, for other people to go out and read what they can on the topic. Books like:

  • Man out of Time
  • The Inventions, Researches, and Writings of Nikola Tesla
  • Empires of Light

    And while you bring up Wozniak, you grossly exaggerate what The Oatmeal did to the point of being comical, but you know I'd almost like to read a treatment of him by The Oatmeal because Jobs will far outshadow him and I'm willing to bet he'll probably suffer the same fate in a few decades. Just the story of Breakout reminds me of a similar Edison/Tesla dichotomy

    And that perhaps is the reason people may tip the pendulum a little too far in the other direction. It just so happens that sometimes Cracked or The Oatmeal may actually introduce people to things that neither conventional media nor our "Texas approved" school books may cover adequately.

    Don't knock The Oatmeal for making a reasonable attempt to shed some light in a comical way on a topic that deserves attention. Unless you are willing to give it a rebuttal point for point and then have the author respond to it as he did Forbes as cited below.

    For those interested in a follow up by The Oatmeal, here it is:

    I agree with you in spirit, but I think your line of thinking still helps perpetuate the original problem. We need to actually stop turning people like Edison, Jobs and Gates into deities in the first place and then perhaps the folklore about others who make substantial contributions that many people have little knowledge of wouldn't have to fight so hard to rise to the surface.
u/Phaeteon · 0 pointsr/

Tesla: Man out of time
by - Margaret Cheney

Such an underappreciated man. He could have done so much more for the world had he only been financed properly. Brilliant scientist, shitty salesman.

u/your_sketchy_neighbo · 0 pointsr/politics

To be fair, Lincoln did it too: Team Of Rivals.

This is not a favorable comparison of Trump to Lincoln, however.

u/omnipedia · 0 pointsr/pics

The man who took in those coming on boats, yearning to be free, and enslaved them into the military to conquer the rest of the nation, so that we may all be enslaved to the point where children are brought up with the myth that he "ended slavery".... and a poet.

Really, lincoln was america's stalin. That people revere him, shows how profoundly ignorant americans are.

Think I'm wrong? Check the citations in the definitive work:

u/xXMadewellXx · 0 pointsr/history

Enjoyed my professor talking about this during my first year in college, it was a real eye opener.

u/Ocarina_Autem_Tempus · -1 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

Explain the several bills that would have ended slavery w/o causing civil war that Lincoln himself voted down during his time as senator.

I mean, there's elementary sugar-coating, then there's like, you know, facts.

u/devnull5475 · -1 pointsr/USHistory

IMO, there are several old sets that are better than McPerson's books.

  • Bruce Catton
  • Douglas Southall Freeman
  • Shelby Foote

    Also, if you're not afraid to raise the librarian's (or other schoolmarms') eyebrows, try The Real Lincoln. It's imperfect (like most books), but full of interesting, thought-provoking ideas.
u/anusface · -1 pointsr/hypotheticalsituation

Originally yes, he needed to become the Fuhrer. Just like in America if you're not Christian, you won't become the leader. But he convinced the people that Jews, Gypsies, and people of the Slavic races were inferior because their non-aryan heritage and it had nothing to do with religion. Here are some [places] ( to start reading before trying to twist words and facts to support your ill-educated anti-theistic crusade.

u/whyvna · -1 pointsr/AskReddit

Four random books from my nearest shelf: Underground Bases and Tunnels, Man's Search for Meaning, The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, Amberville.

Can't say I have read the five books you listed, but based on what I've heard about them... Amberville would probably be something you'd enjoy. :)

Edit: Have to throw this in: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. ;)

u/clowncar · -1 pointsr/news

I don't want to hold myself up to ridicule, but I will admit here -- I have read about conspiracies within the United States government, its bureaucracies and intelligence agencies -- that I am a wide open to believing the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax. With that said, I have yet to read anything that convinces me of this.

For myself, I am uninterested in "theories". I am interested in anomalies and inconsistencies in official narratives. Some are obviously human error, others are not. I have been reading conspiracy research for 25 years and I have never had any time or stomach for theories. I am interested in reading about the facts that don't match up.

Theories involving "disaster/crisis" actors -- a small, bizarre coterie of people who seemingly earn their living populating national tragedies -- is one of the dumbest theories I've ever come across. Few theories are so lacking in logic and proof. A few grainy photos of people who look alike? Absolutely and utterly ridiculous.

To be fair-minded, I have started reading the PDF book, Nobody Died At Sandy Hook. It's absolute garbage. I'm annotating my copy and may send it to the author.

So, the idea of hounding parents to prove their children existed, to provide death certificates, shows me the pitifully low-level some areas of conspiracy research have fallen to.

I am the audience for this kind of thing and I think this theory is utter bullshit.

EDIT: Books that have convinced me of conspiracies:

u/tinfoilblanket · -2 pointsr/democrats

>So what do you know of the "contents"?

Certain media organizations often get political books early. They will often cherry pick out excerpts from the book that'll bring attention to it. This is advantageous to the author and publisher of the book.

So here's one way how I know some of the contents of the book.

Here's another

Then there's the Amazon description as well

So yeah, the thesis and main topic of the book is public knowledge and has been for a couple of months now.

>you are an expert on what it contains?

Quote where I said I'm an expert on what the book contains. I don't know what kind of education you received or if you have had any at all based on the quality of the comments you've sent me, but where I went to school being able to describe the thesis of a book doesn't at all imply that you are an expert on the book's contents.

>You know it's "thesis".

Yes I do, I just linked two sources above that talk about the thesis. One of which dates all the way back to July.

>Love that bern out logic.

Yes the "bern out logic" of being able to read.

u/yfwdbwdso · -2 pointsr/politics

>In no universe is this a true statement.

Lets break it down shall we?

>Perhaps whiny little bitches shouldn’t be president

>Perhaps whiny

Literally wrote a book about how it's everyone's fault but her she got blown the fuck out in 2016


An objectively true statement


Self explanatory :D

u/sektabox · -2 pointsr/worldnews

Absolute bullshit.

Shipped and sold by Amazon

Canadian Amazon also offers it on Prime. Again, sold and shipped by Amazon.

You can buy it also in the Kindle edition for those times when you want to cuddle up with the "masterpiece" on a plane or on a bus.

u/malvoliosf · -3 pointsr/writing

> Self-publishing has no gatekeeping process.

Is your argument that anything is better than nothing? If so, we'll have to agree to disagree.

> Amazon does a little "after-the-fact" gatekeeping, i.e. they have pulled self-published how-to manuals on rape and pedophilia

Nope, still there.

> On the other hand, like with the Internet, the lack of gatekeeping in self-publishing supports an open and unfettered exchange of ideas, whether those ideas are just bad quality writing or are actually bad ideas

I'm not sure if you are saying there are no bad ideas among traditionally published books, or just fewer.

The fact that traditional publishing occasionally upholds the prejudices of traditional publishers is not a recommendation.

> a publisher places a number of safe bets that will have high returns (Stephen King, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Sue Grafton) to be able to afford to take greater chances on publishing works that they know will only attract a smaller (but perhaps more dedicated) audience, or for taking chances on new writers, etc.

That's the mechanism they talk about, as if it were some sort of recommendation. "We use our marketing muscle to foist the same old thing on most readers -- and use the money to push books we personally like on other readers! And we do it for only 70% of the proceeds! We're practically saints."

u/Agalol · -4 pointsr/videos

I never thought of it that way. Hey, in the context of this guys argument the jews are the problem you should check it out, he makes some good points.

u/LogicalEmpiricist · -5 pointsr/pics

Not defending vandalism, but to be fair, Lincoln was a tyrant who caused the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

>Most Americans consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest president in history. His legend as the Great Emancipator has grown to mythic proportions as hundreds of books, a national holiday, and a monument in Washington, D.C., extol his heroism and martyrdom. But what if most everything you knew about Lincoln were false? What if, instead of an American hero who sought to free the slaves, Lincoln were in fact a calculating politician who waged the bloodiest war in american history in order to build an empire that rivaled Great Britain's? In The Real Lincoln, author Thomas J. DiLorenzo uncovers a side of Lincoln not told in many history books and overshadowed by the immense Lincoln legend.

I know you Americans love your mythical heroes, so let the downvotes commence...