Best united states biographies according to redditors

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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/fizzyboymonkeyface · 214 pointsr/todayilearned

Correct. He also made it a point to donate at least 10% of every dollar he made from youth and made good on it. He is one of the fathers of modern philanthropy.

He was a ruthless businessman, BUT prior to taking out/absorbing a competitor he would meet with them, offer them fair value for their business or stock in Standard Oil, and would go as far as to simply open his company's book for them so they can see the futility of competition. Very interesting life. If anyone wants to learn more about him, they should really read Chernow's "Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller" Excellent book.

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/shadowman3001 · 91 pointsr/The_Donald

😍😍😍 McCarthy bae


I remember the first time I stickied a "McCarthy was right" post, a couple of years ago. There was a lot of backlash by misled people spouting all of the lies you commonly hear about that hero.

It's nice to see the change in sentiment around here.

Also also read Blacklisted From History, the go-to book about the truth about McCarthy. Warning, it's pretty dry, but you're guaranteed to learn something you didn't already know, however much you think you do. The parts about total black holes in history (Like certain newspaper days/articles surrounding McCarthy events "going missing" from microfilm libraries) alone is insane.

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/[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/TheRedThirst · 47 pointsr/KotakuInAction

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

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/MoonMoonMoon · 38 pointsr/Ask_Politics

James Garfield was without a doubt one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. He literally came from nothing and was on trajectory to be the hero the country needed when he was tragically assassinated--he may be the only reluctant president we have had aside from George Washington himself. I highly recommend Candice Millard's biography, Destiny of the Republic.

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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/dionidium · 19 pointsr/nyc

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

u/derptwo · 19 pointsr/The_Donald

The book Blacklisted by history is completely sourced. I mean pages of sources. It tells you exactly how and why McCarthy was right, and how they black listed him. I mean seriously all one has to do today is look at Hollywood and the universities, and government to know he was right. Once you see it, then you understand why places like r/history and r/askhistorians have such a death grip on their subs.. They fear being exposed.

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/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/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/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/FreeThinkingMan · 15 pointsr/movies

> We could easily solve everything with diplomacy

No, this is as far from reality as possible. Diplomacy and negotiating can only exist if there is a stick to smack some one with if they step out of line. You don't get it. It is absolutely complex, you just don't want it to be. You like your neat little narratives.

I am sure you can find a pdf of it online.

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/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/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/PapayaSF · 14 pointsr/KotakuInAction

The Venona documents and other evidence later showed that "At least 349 citizens, immigrants, and permanent residents of the United States had a covert relationship with Soviet intelligence agencies, among them Harry White (assistant secretary of the treasury in FDR's administration and the Communists' highest-ranking asset) and State Department official Alger Hiss."

A good book on McCarthy himself is Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies by M. Stanton Evans. I found it a tad over-the-top in its defense of McCarthy, but mostly good work. TL;DR: McCarthy was mostly right, but went too far (e.g. accusing General George Marshall).

Here's some interesting background on Welch's famous "Have you no decency?" speech. Welch was defending an aide of his who McCarthy had accused of being a communist, but two weeks before, Welch had fired that same aide for... being a communist. So the speech was just faux outrage and theater.

u/wolfman1911 · 14 pointsr/Conservative

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

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/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/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/JamesJax · 12 pointsr/OldSchoolCool

If you haven't read Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, then do yourself a favor. An amazing story well told.

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/patentolog1st · 11 pointsr/The_Donald

> Almost like

Well, but they do.

> Sometimes I really think Joseph McCarthy was right.

He's been repeatedly proven correct. Someone in another thread posted a link to this book:

u/LethalShade · 10 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Biographies are super interesting in general. I've read Steve Jobs and Elon Musk's, currently in the process of reading Rockefeller.

Speaking of, that would be my recommendation : [Titan: The Life of John D. Rockfeller.]( ie=UTF8&qid=1527576392&sr=8-1&keywords=titan&dpID=51puoryvTiL&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200QL70&dpSrc=srch) What better way to learn about empires than to read about the richest man since the invention of capitalism that had a monopoly on the oil industry, which would put him at a 400 billion dollar USD net worth today.

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/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/Emberwake · 10 pointsr/politics

I don't know that I agree. I recommend reading Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris. It's a bit dry, but looking at the details of his life, you really come away with the impression that Teddy Roosevelt wasn't putting on an act - he really was that intense.

Incidentally, searching for a link there taught me that there is an unrelated film from 1995 by the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg.

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/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/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/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/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/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/ironchef75 · 9 pointsr/washingtondc

Garfield is the most criminally under appreciated U.S. President. After reading this this book I wanted to put him on Mt. Rushmore:

I think the site deserves a plaque at least. #JusticeforJim

u/BeliefSuspended2008 · 9 pointsr/technology

Long overdue recognition for a true genius. If you have an interest in the man who invented the AC motor and generator, radio (you thought it was Marconi, right?), remote control and so much more, you might enjoy this -

u/epersonae · 8 pointsr/TheAdventureZone

As long as they don't die like Pres. Garfield did, because that was fucking tragic. (This book kinda messed me up: - tl;dr: he got shot just late enough that doctors tried to do something, but just early enough that they made everything worse.)

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/gent2012 · 8 pointsr/AskHistorians

This is quite the under-taking, so I'll just list the presidents from which I am familiar with the historical literature. In order to guarantee that you get an analytically thorough understanding of each president, I'll avoid "pop" histories (thus, nothing by David McCullough) in favor of more analytically driven, yet still well written, histories. I will still incorporate some books from non-academic publishers, however. First off, the best place to start would probably be the University of Kansas's American Presidency Series (note that this is different from the American Presidents Series, which is done from NY Times books. Always be sure to check the publisher). This series is great for getting a good understanding of what historians in general have written about each respective president; however, the series only focuses on the presidency, which is more constrained than what you're looking for. I'll just go in sequential order based on when the individual was president.

u/brendo12 · 8 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

This was a very interesting book.

Available on Audible as well.

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/liderudell · 8 pointsr/technology

Kissinger also wrote

It is literally a text book for college courses on poli sci and international diplomacy.
It is a fantastic book, which makes me a fan of kissinger I guess, disregarding your quotes because I don't agree with those particular ideas of his.

u/TruthyBrat · 8 pointsr/The_Donald

M. Stanton Evans showed that McCarthy was spot on, and he used Soviet archives as a key part of his proof.

Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies

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/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/mrhorrible · 7 pointsr/RedditThroughHistory

I highly recommend the book Endurance. I'm normally not particularly interested in history, but this was a very engaging and compelling read.

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/PMHaroldHolt · 7 pointsr/financialindependence

> Is it also not possible that the guy that has lived relatively frugally

It is possible, but he has objectively not done this, unless you're talking relative to other billionaires, even then there are far more frugal billionaires with 1/100th the public image he sells to
try to distance himself & his fund from the typical fund image (John Cauldwell, Azim Premji, a lot of the european dynastic old money as a few examples. For first generation, look at almost any of the Danish/Skandi billionaires)

If you have multiple private jets for the exclusive use of you & your family and own multiple properties, each worth millions of dollars - you're not frugal.

> is donating 99.9% of his fortune to charity when he dies

Is donating the massively tax deferred portion of his net worth to a privately run organisation that his family will be involved in running for decades to come, after already having set up all of his direct descendants as billionaires.

> calls out tax laws that are b.s. but personally benefit him is just that simple guy?

"don't hate the player, hate the game" with regard to tax law when you're the 3rd richest person on the planet, best mates with the 2nd richest person on the planet & literally have the money & power to CHANGE the game is not a valid argument. He talks a big game about tax reform, but does not work to actually do anything about it. Hell, his donations swing heavily toward republicans who are AGAINST tax reform. He's done very well thanks to them too:

A big chunk of Berkshire Hathaway's success is built on not paying tax, they've got $86,000,000,000+ in deferred taxes thanks to exploiting a loop hole where they don't have to pay tax while working on acquiring a company... So they just make sure they are always acquiring.

Imagine if you could defer paying tax forever with the argument that you're still busy buying shares or ETFs.. Given what subreddit we're on, it would be pretty appealing.

Then as previously mentioned in that linked article, the party you donate to comes along & cuts the tax rate, so now you owe billions less than you previously did - woohoo!

> His image may marginally help him

Buffett is selling what is essentially the antithesis of this subreddit. High fee managed funds that exploit tax rules for massive profitability to become personally one of the richest people on the planet. He's the anti-Bogle, yet this subreddit & a lot of FI/RE types love him, because of that image & brand.

Buffett is Berkshire, the reason why so many people & institutional funds are happy to pour money into Berkshire stock is because of the image. It hasn't helped him a little bit, it's helped him immensely.

> To me he seems to genuinely want what's best for the country/world.

To me he seems like another John D. Rockerfeller. A titan of industry who wants to be the richest so he can control where the money ends up. Win the game, then give most of it away. If you haven't read it yet, grab yourself a copy of

The similarities are incredible.

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/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/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/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/__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/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/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/Nooooope · 5 pointsr/magicTCG

Not Magic-related but I have to plug this. Destiny of the Republic is a really fascinating biography of Garfield, who is maybe our most obscure president these days. The beginning covers his near-accidental rise to the presidency. After the shooting it splits into three different narratives: Charles Guiteau, the nutcase who shot him; Dr. Doctor (his real name), who gave him terrible medical treatment; and Alexander Graham Bell, who essentially invented the metal detector to try to find the bullet embedded inside him.

I don't read much history but this book has a couple of really powerful moments.

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/Cdresden · 5 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Endurance by Alfred Lansing.

Adrift by Steven Callahan.

u/DevilSaintDevil · 5 pointsr/AskHistorians

I just finished

This is not a great biography. But the subject is so fascinating that it largely covers the significant flaws.

First the flaws:

The author is an unabashed fan of Tesla and clearly has an agenda to make sure that the reader recognizes Tesla above Edison and Marconi and the other giants of the age. For instance, he denigrates Edison as using the brute force of a massive volume of experiments to come to what works while Tesla would think it through and do the math and find what would work and then test it to confirm. The author celebrates Tesla as superior to Edison because of this difference--Edison is the plodding, dirty, workbench-chained technician--Tesla is the brilliant scientist with pencil and paper and thoughts soaring above. There might be some truth to this contrast, but it is made in an extreme sense and seems unnecessarily judgmental towards Edison. And so forth throughout the book.

A second flaw is that the author is so insistent in trying to prove Tesla's scientific priority over those that follows that he spends hundreds of pages going through technical aspects of patent applications and the inner-working of the various devices. This might be interesting to an electrical engineer, but to the lay reader it is tedious. I just about laid the book down once or twice. But there were enough brilliant insights to keep going.

A few interesting anecdotes:

Once Tesla nearly destroyed his lab building on Houston St. in NYC with one of his oscillators. Shortly afterwards he clamped one to a skyscraper under construction and nearly caused it to collapse, turning it off and slipping it into his pocket and slipping away in the confusion of men thinking an earthquake had struck.'s_... (the book does not calim the oscillator cause an earthquake, but that the effect of the oscillator connected to a building's support structure was like an earthquake an could tumble a buildng within minutes. Amazing if true (and it sounds true to this non-scientiest--resonence of marching on bridges and all that).

Tesla was backed at different times by both John Jacob Astor (the richest man in the world) and JP Morgan (the most powerful financier in the world). He failed to deliver both times, taking the money which was earmarked for one purpose and diverting it to another purpose. When he ran out of money to complete the non-disclosed purpose and came back begging for more money, he was rebuffed. If he had done what he told the two men he was going to do with the money (in both cases creating a product that could be taken to market) instead of burning through it on scientific research without an end, he would have been a very very wealthy man and who knows what he could have accomplished. As it was, he never was able to raise money after betraying JPMorgan and was unable to do much significant work after that time.

Tesla was constantly a deadbeat borrower, evicted from many hotels for unpaid bills, and constantly begging others for funding during the last half of his life. It is sad to read, really.

Tesla was a lifelong celibate, almost certainly homosexual, but never practicing. A man of amazing self-discipline and focus.

His consuming dream was to provide free electric powerful to the world. It is unlikely that there is merit to this scheme or it would have been implemented somewhere at some time (same with his death ray concept which he claimed to have build a prototype).

It seems the longer he lived, the crazier he became. For instance, he was fanatically committed to pigeons--paying people to feed them when he didn't have enough money to pay his rent. He loved pigeons more than anything for his last few decades. One favorite visited him, he claimed, and communicated to him it was dying and Tesla saw light shooting out of its eyes, telling Tesla that his work was also done. Very odd. He also had to circle the block of his hotel six times before he would enter each night. He wouldn't shake hands due to germs. Typical obsessive-compulsive behavior stuff. Sad.

Bottom line on the man: Tesla was brilliant and we owe him much for our modern world is built on his inventions--everything that runs on electricity is a grandchild of Tesla. Tesla invented: AC current, florescent light, X-Ray machines, radio broadcast (the US Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that Tesla's patents were violated by Marconi), remote control of boats/airplanes/etc, the electric motor, robotics (and the entire concept of a robot), the laser, wireless communication. That is quite a list. His name deserves to be immortal.

Bottom line on the book: Tesla is still awaiting the biography he deserves. But this one is worth picking up while we wait.

u/admitbraindotcom · 5 pointsr/MBA
  • A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics - As concise as it promises & super accessible, I can't imagine a better primer to macro. this is required reading at HBS (where the author teaches)

  • The Productivity Project - I'm working thru this now in audio book form. The guy took a year off after college to experiment w/ diff't productivity systems. it's a nice overview of lots of different productivity gurus/techniques

  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller - the perfect read for the aspiring tycoon about the greatest CEO of them all, the man for whom anti-trust laws were first written.

  • House of Morgan - or for the financially inclined, the original rainmaker, James Pierpont Morgan. My favorite part of this one is that it's actually a pretty thorough history of investment banking from 1900 - ~1990.

    But really, I think 'just relax' is best here, so:

  • Diversify your interests
  • Read some books you've always wanted to that have no obvious connections to self-improvement
  • learn to code, build something dope, then start a company (okay, not 'relaxing,' but still great)
  • whittle something (maybe also start a company with that, somehow)
  • date someone out of your league
  • volunteer somewhere unglamorous doing something hard & thankless

    etc etc etc
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/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/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/JDWired · 4 pointsr/JordanPeterson

After many decades and the end of the USSR the facts of the McCarthy era emerged. Documents became unclassified and spies spoke the truth.

Seems McCarthy was correct and to date this fact is not widely recognized. Read this book and then form new and valid conclusions:

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/GogglesPisano · 4 pointsr/CemeteryPorn

I was thinking the same thing: this enormous tomb is a little much for a president who was in office for just six months. I get that Garfield was assassinated, I read Destiny of the Republic, but when compared to the modest tombs of say, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson it really seems like someone was overcompensating...

u/BUTTSTALL1ON · 4 pointsr/askgaybros

What kind of history?

Candice Millard is my favorite history author lately. My favorite of hers is Destiny of the Republic about the James Garfield assassination.

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/Banzeye · 4 pointsr/gameofthrones

Do it. Start now. Don't stop. Studying history gives you fantastic perspectives on the world around you and allows you to critique works of art in ways you didn't think were possible.

I'm serious. Find a topic that interests you. Go read a book about it. Don't start with microhistories or research papers, that shit even bores me from time to time^1.

Are you an American? Here, read Theodore Rex. Read about how Teddy Roosevelt makes Indiana Jones look like a dishwasher salesman.

Find a topic. Find a popular book. Enjoy history, and then get into the nitty gritty. History really can ruin your taste for fiction, because history is fucking crazy.

1.(I am a History M.A.)

u/wdr1 · 4 pointsr/funny

TR was an amazing man. Other factoids:

  • A true polymath, he was a solider, author, historian, hunter and naturalist. Even during his presidency, the Smithonian would sent samples of flora to him for identification.
  • Believed to have a photographic memory.
  • Runner-up Harvard boxing champion
  • Could read a book & dictate two letters (using two secretaries) at the same time.
  • Skinny-dipped in the Potomac... in winter.
  • In real life, Nelson Mandel didn't give Pienaar Invictus for inspiration. Rather he gave him TR's "The Man in the Arena." (A truly great speech, IMHO.)
  • First American to win a Nobel.
  • Saw to the competition of the Panama Canal.

    In other words, he was a lot like Chuck Norris. Only for reals.

    If you can set yourself for long reads, the Edmund Morris TR trilogy is well worth it:

  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Theodore Rex
  • Colonel Roosevelt

    Here he is on The Daily Show (the author, not TR):
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/derangedfriend · 4 pointsr/todayilearned
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/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/imbellish · 4 pointsr/conspiracy

Diplomacy by the same author is actually an outstanding book. His notion of the 'balance of power' is probably what lead up to the current title.

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/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/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/MegasBasilius · 3 pointsr/neoliberal

International Relations and Foreign Policy are two different things.

For a background in the former, the geopolitics Wiki is top tier (avoid the sub).

For American FP, which is the FP that matters, The Grand Chessboard provides the foundation for American Grand Strategy.

Kissinger is worth reading too, especially Diplomacy.

Other users here have mentioned Robert Kagan. I love the man, but he's more American cheerleader than FP analyst.

u/UnacceptableMinotaur · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

When studying national security and defense in school we used Military Strategy: Principles, Practices and Historical Perspectives it was a great resource for very cut and dry strategy. Also, Henry Kissinger's Diplomacy is an absolute must for historical perspectives and great commentary on what worked and why. It's a little bit different, as it goes more into a analysis of the decision making process than cut and dry strategy, but Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis is not only a fantastically entertaining read, but really explains the mindset of key decision makers and their strategy.

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/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/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/Doctorpayne · 3 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Easily one of our most bad-ass presidents. For those interested in learning more this is a great read

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/onerandomday · 2 pointsr/nonfiction_bookclub

This goes a bit outside your interests but this was one of my favourite reads from last year. It's not so much a biography of James Garfield as it is a memoir of his assassination. I found it fascinating and heartbreaking.

u/oftencantdecide · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard touches on all three of these subjects. It's about the assassination of President Garfield.

u/deck_hand · 2 pointsr/books

Maybe not "changed my mind" but certainly opened my mind - Destiny of a Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. I had no idea that this had gone on, what happened and who all was involved in the election and eventual death of James Garfield.

u/CanWeBeMature · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Might be a little longer than you were hoping for, but here you go.

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/CaptMcAllister · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I read this thick ass biography on Tesla (, and I have to say I really don't get the Tesla worship based on what I read in there.

Biography TL;DR: Here's a dude who does some really awesome stuff. Basically develops polyphase AC because of how it can drive a motor. Very neat. Does some really cool stuff with radio, and some very cool stuff with lighting. He also has very strange relationships with people and animals, he is constantly broke, and he has some really strange views on the occult and how physical forces work. Granted, I have the benefit of standing on his shoulders and 100 years of further discovery, but Wardenclyffe was NEVER going to work. Like not even close. The central premises of how he thought he could wirelessly transfer power indicate that he didn't really understand what he was working with at all. So let's not say he was 100 years ahead of his time. He was not. He was maybe 10 years ahead of his time. He did some cool stuff, but it's not like he's some untouchable genius and Edison is an idiot.

u/nagasgura · 2 pointsr/technology

I'm not relying on webcomics. Tesla has been largely underappreciated in his lifetime and for many years after it. 5 years ago, most people did not have any idea who Tesla was. Now, he has become a hot topic (through webcomics and things like this post) and more people know about his innovations.

I've done a lot of research on Tesla. Here are some of my sources, if you want them: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

u/raedix · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

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

u/madcow104 · 2 pointsr/science

I am reading this one

its pretty good so far.

u/coralation · 2 pointsr/politics

> Theodore Rex

Googled your recommendation: came up with THIS.

HERE'S the Amazon link for the book you mentioned. Thanks for the recommendation!

u/slugline · 2 pointsr/houston

And I thought for sure that the name was an homage to our 26th President of the United States.

u/Loveringave · 2 pointsr/television

I will always be an FDR fanatic but I agree that Teddy was a walking tall tale. If you like Teddy Roosevelt I strongly suggest that you read Theodore Rex. A great look into his presidential achievements. (

u/Ayn-Zar · 2 pointsr/AskMen

I did it by being involved in responsibilities and duties that require you to act when no one else will. I served as a Resident Assistant during my college years, which means being the first responder to things like roommate conflicts, facility malfunctions, dorm evacuations, etc., and over 18-year-old freshmen, no less. After that, my first few post-college years were spent working in the security field, handling emergency situations, checking suspicious bags/packages, and enforcing policies against irate customers.

What I've got from those jobs is the expectation of being the only "go-to guy" when everyone else was free to ignore it or run the other way. Even better is the actual experience of it happening to you: everyone's got a plan until the actual scenario hits them in the face, and then they fall back on what they know. The more practice and "XP" you build up, the better your mindset will be in knowing when/how to act when you need to.

As far as literature goes, a good read I had years ago on the subject came from the Art of Manliness website's Sheep or Sheepdog articles. The series did a good job in discussing the inherent nature people have to avoid being the ones to act, recognizing it in yourself, and advises on ways to overcome it.

Also, if your interested in Teddy Roosevelt, I highly recommend the book Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris. Morris does an incredible job narrating Roosevelt's pre-presidency years, showing how a weak, bespectacled boy became the virile figure he's famous for today.

u/InquisitorCOC · 2 pointsr/HPfanfiction

I like biographies of famous people a lot.

Augustus, by Anthony Everitt: I find Augustus fascinating because his rise to power was one of the very very few examples in history where a Trio of teenagers defeated their enemies against overwhelming odds and succeeded creating an order lasting for more than two centuries. (The Principate stopped working after Septimius Severus took power in 193AD)

FDR, by Jean Edward Smith: FDR is simply my favorite US president.

Titan, The Life of John D. Rockefeller, by Ron Chernow: Rockefeller was born in a very poor family, never had an university education, and became a billionaire by the end of 19th century. Regardless how you view him today, his rise made an excellent story.

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson: He was a jerk, but also a genius. His love/hate relationship with Bill Gates is story for the ages. This book also shines some good insight into the tech industry. I have to say this book helped me making lots of money in stocks.

u/JRuskin · 2 pointsr/financialindependence

100% agree. Read and then tell me you wouldn't want that lifestyle...

The guy semi-retired in his early 50's to play golf and live a life of luxury in his various manor homes. He lived until 97, money seems to have done a great job of keeping him alive.

Medicine is bad? Chicago university wouldn't exist without him and his huge bankroll, His money was almost singlehandedly responsible for curing ringworm in destitute southerners (and curing other illnesses and maladies) too. A huuuuge amount of modern medicine is thanks to John D & his willingness to fund medical research.

I mean sure he couldn't play angry birds... But the guy was rich enough to have stables built in Manhattan so he could race the worlds finest horses with his brother through central park. Toward his later years he was able to afford the worlds best cars in the world and professional drivers to take him for drives. Sure, they weren't as quick as a modern sports car, but i doubt he really cared.. Reliability? He could buy 100 of them, no problem.

The impact John D and even his son, John D Jr had on areas such as medicine and the arts is mind boggling. The New York MoMA nor the Cloisters would exist without them. (Jr and his wife co-founded the MoMA, donated the land & an incredible amount of art work to it. HE DIDN'T EVEN LIKE MODERN ART, HE HATED IT.) John D Jr gave more money to medical research and charity than he gave to his own damn family.

The amount of charitable giving they did (most of it anonymous) is insane. They bought entire forests to save them, donated huge chunks of land to be national parks, etc.

The United Nations? The land the headquarters is built on in Manhattan - Jr donated that.

Versailles in France? Jr was posthumously awarded France's highest honor, the Grand-Croix de la Legion d'honneur for contributing huge sums of money (with no requirement for any recognition, public attention, etc.. If anything he worked incredibly hard to HIDE his involvement) to the repair efforts because he thought it was an important building for the French people.

These are people who on multiple occasions would pay double or triple the asking price of famous art works to the ire of their friends and colleagues who wanted to acquire them, because while others in their social circle wanted to horde them in their private collections, they wanted to buy them so they could be donated and on show for all of the public, not just the rich elite.

If I could have my life today, or be transferred to John D or John D Jr's era and have 1/10th the impact on humanity that they had, its a total no brainer. Yes, John D committed some unsavoury (monopolistic) business practices... So did everyone else in that era. He was a devout baptist who practiced philosophy and frugality (he was far, far less spendy than anyone remotely comparable) from his youth as a broke assistant bookkeeper to his dying days as a titan of industry.

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/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/coricron · 2 pointsr/ottawa

And that I think rather highly of myself. So I read books on military and diplomatic doctrines to help reinforce that hubris. Things like this.

u/Arel_Mor · 2 pointsr/TrueReddit

Read Diplomacy by Doctor Henry Kissinger.

Doctor Kissinger, born in a jewish family, former Secretary of State, Entrepreneur, Advisor to the current administration, Harvard Graduate, Nobel Peace Prize. He is a brilliant man.

He have blood on his hands. A lot of bloods. Rivers of blood. But he is one brillant mind. He explains the modern history of Diplomacy from the 17th century to the Fall of the USSR and how good diplomacy is purely based on power, it's psychopathic.

Read his book

  • Everything you are told about Democracy is bullshit. The West is not in Ukraine to help the Ukrainians or in Afghanistan to fight terror.

    It will help you understand how the US elite thinks and how the world really works.
u/village_goatling · 2 pointsr/IRstudies

Do you have the history basis? In my university we start with intensive courses on history - first, general history and than we go through the material again, but with emphasis on the international relations. We used bulgarian authors, but any History of international relations would do. Right now I can think of -

Other commonly recommended is Kissinger - Diplomacy and its extension ( I personally don't like Kissinger, but Diplomacy is a fundamental work for IR).,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

u/WinandTonic · 2 pointsr/changemyview

Regarding Sino-Russian relations: they tried that, and it didn't work out. Today is no different; they are allies of convenience and nothing more. And even if they weren't, the US would certainly not be fucked.

I think the relative peace we've seen since the Cold War is almost exclusively attributable to minipolarity. Regardless of what you think of Kissinger, the argument he lays out in this boo is pretty hard to refute: more zones of power equals more conflict.

Yes, China plays an important role, but like the original prompt said: "continued US present abroad is necessary to maintain stability." I agree that China is an important conduit to nations such as North Korea (and pretty much just N. Korea...), but for whom would they be a conduit if the US packed up and left. The defining IR logic of the region is a big "influencer state" (China), surrounded be smaller powers fearful of its influence (rightly or not; this list includes S. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Mongolia, and on and on), who then look to a bigger foreign power to counter this influence. Without this counter-balance, these many powers would inevitably wreak chaos on one another.

u/ipsoFacto82 · 2 pointsr/History_Bookclub

I enjoyed Diplomacy by H Kissinger. I know, he might not be the most popular person in the world, but this book was interesting

u/US_Senate_SgtAtArms · 2 pointsr/worldnews

You should read Henry Kissinger's 900-page book on diplomacy.

u/crakening · 2 pointsr/books

Phillip P Pan's Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China

A very interesting book that helps to contextualise a lot of what is going on in China, all made accessible by Pan's excellent writing style.

Henry Kissinger's Diplomacy

A fascinating book, not just because it is written by someone as outspoken and controversial as Kissinger. The book is an eye-opening exploration into international relations processes and also shines a new light on many of the diplomatic issues that linger today.

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/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/GNCoriolanus · 2 pointsr/AskAnAmerican

It's hard to get people to pick up a book. Most of these geniuses don't even know HUAC and the Red Scare predate McCarthy.

u/SupremeReader · 2 pointsr/KotakuInAction
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/turt-turt-turtle · 1 pointr/asianamerican

i like Ron Chernow's historical biographies.

I've read his books on John D. Rockefeller, JP Morgan, and am currently reading Hamilton.

They are well researched, and he tells a good story.

In fact, iirc, you are local-ish to me so you can borrow one of them from me if you'd like. If I can find them (having moved recently).

u/MarcusBondi · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Hi HHH! I would like to educate you more - but I'm off to the beach now! (Sunny day in Bondi!)


We now know that many of those heralded as innocent victims of a McCarthyite witch hunt were in reality bona fide Soviet agents — some of them working in the White House, State Department, and OSS. Prominent among these were Alger Hiss, Duncan Lee, Maurice Halperin, Carl Marzani, Lauchlin Currie, and Harry Dexter White. (There were scores of others.) Many of them had been named first by former Communist spy Elizabeth Bentley.

And read the book:

u/madeupstatistician · 1 pointr/The_Donald

Actually, you've been lied to about Joseph McCarthy, it turns out he was very justified in looking for communists in the US Govt. Stefan Molyneux goes into it in great detail in a video of his. There's also a good book on the subject.

u/Keith_Courage · 1 pointr/worldnews

here is a link to the declassified venona files directly from the NSA. here is a link to the Wikipedia article about it. From the article “Some of the decoded Soviet messages were not declassified by the United States and published until 1995.” Blacklisted By History was published in 2009. Now if that’s not enough sources for you I’m very certain google can accommodate the inquisitive mind who would like to truly learn more about the Venona files and Joe McCarthy.

u/ToOurEnd · 1 pointr/uncensorednews

x. x.

u/Rokaroo · 1 pointr/The_Donald

McCarthy is infamous because the education system told you that. How much do you actually know about McCarthy? This is exactly my point, education has been coopted for so long you just believe McCarthy was wrong for no reason other than that's what you were told.

Should it be any surprise that a system co-opted by commies has attempted to brand a guy who went after commies as the bad guy?

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/dbinkerd · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Save JFK = US/USSR Nuclear Exchange? - I don't think so:

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/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/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/A7_AUDUBON · 1 pointr/virginvschad

yeah I'm not trying to dispute the quality of your meme within the virgin-vs-chad archetype (its good shit) I'm just pointing out that Garfield was a really interesting character and he would have made a great president, as historical note. We lost a good man when he was killed, this is a great book about him.

u/GoljansUnderstudy · 1 pointr/politics
u/Casiphoner · 1 pointr/fakehistoryporn

Poor James Garfield. Anyone interested in reading more about him and his unfortunate assassination should read Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard.

u/almostnormal · 1 pointr/audiobooks

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President. This was probably the best book I listened to last year.

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/shrubberni · 1 pointr/AskReddit

This one's supposed to be good, falls short on a few points, but I don't know of a better one.

u/lobster_johnson · 1 pointr/books

The best bio is supposed to be Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla. I just started reading it; it's very well written and seems to have the right kind of perspective and depth.

u/Runner_one · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Nicola Tesla

Here is a link to his Biography

u/Trenches · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Here's a good start for a book this info is in history books or in books like my high school part of the info is left out. I'm not making any crazy statements or trying to belittle Tesla. You can look up and tell during the first World War he lost investors because people weren't investing in projects. If you have alternate info from other books saying how he lost money I'd be curious.

u/SecondHandPlan · 1 pointr/ECE

Zero-point energy. The Frequency of the Sun. Basically anything stemming from the New Age movement.

Check out this if you want the true story on Tesla:

There's an analysis by an electrical engineer of Tesla's wireless energy system (in the book linked above). The conclusion is that it would work, but probably wouldn't provide nearly the amount of power we use today.

It also explains the historic causes of the myths regarding Tesla.

u/SirSoliloquy · 1 pointr/movies
u/CeilingUnlimited · 1 pointr/latterdaysaints

I taught high school English for five years, and had my fill of the classics. I find I can't really get into that stuff anymore, although it certainly helps when I watch Jeopardy! I remain a big Hemingway and Steinbeck fan....

I've found as I grow older I am more drawn to non-fiction, with Bruce Springsteen's [Born to Run] ( and a great Teddy Roosevelt [biography] ( by Edmund Morris being the last two books I've read. As far as fiction is concerned lately - dunno, but I'm always a sucker for whatever John Grisham is cooking.

I was a big Shannara series geek when I was a kid; my singular, lone experience with the fantasy genre. [The Sword of Shannara] ( was the very first "big" book I ever read, back in 7th grade. About fifteen years ago I got to meet the author, Terry Brooks, and had the distinct pleasure to say to him "The Sword of Shannara was the first book I ever read." Wow. What a nice moment that was. (He graciously thanked me and told me that he hears that a lot.)

Specific, timely recommendation - if you haven't read recently-deceased sportswriter Frank Deford's ["Alex: The Life of a Child,"] ( please consider moving it up your list. It's his account of his young daughter's well-fought, yet losing battle with Cystic Fibrosis. I was so moved by this book that I taught it for a few years to my students. Gripping and moving and very readable, it was always a highlight of the school year. DeFord's recent passing brought the book back to me, and I enjoyed reading multiple articles/columns by writers and colleagues discussing the impact that little book had on them as well. It's nice to think that DeFord is now finally reunited with his daughter.

Last thing: Need a great go-to resource for book choices? For many years I've relied on [NPR's must-read list] (, and it's always been a home run for me. My wife knows that if she wants to buy me a book, all she has to do is go to that website and pick from the top. I like it better than the NYTimes list, as the summaries are often accompanied by the radio reviews played on NPR.

u/empleadoEstatalBot · 1 pointr/argentina

> The following February, ignoring advice from GOP leaders, Roosevelt instructed his attorney general Philander Knox to sue the monopoly on the grounds that it violated the Sherman Act. According to Larry Haeg, author of Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street’s Great Railroad War, it was the only thing TR, being TR, could do: The law was on the books, and he had to enforce it.
> Haeg writes, “Legally, of course, it was Roosevelt’s duty, just as he thought it his duty to enforce the Sunday liquor laws when he was police commissioner. He had solemnly sworn to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.”
> It was the first time a president had confronted the biggest corporations in America, Dalton writes, and Knox’s suit succeeded in breaking up the company.
> That did not go over well with J.P. Morgan, who attempted to reason with TR and Knox at a meeting at the White House. Morgan suggested casually, “if we have done anything wrong, send your man to my man and they can fix it up.” Roosevelt snorted, according to Edmund Morris’s Theodore Rex, that that could not be done.
> The Northern Securities Company sued to overturn the decision, and the appeal went all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
> The court announced its decision on March 14, 1904. In a 5-to-4 ruling, the justices sided against the Northern Securities Company. Justice John Marshall Harlan wrote in the majority opinion that “no scheme or device could more certainly come within the words of the [Sherman] Act … or could more effectively and certainly suppress free competition.”
> Roosevelt had won. He had shown that anti-trust legislation, part of his broader attack on corruption in government, withstood judicial scrutiny. From then on, TR’s reputation as a trust-buster was cemented, and his victory at the Supreme Court helped Roosevelt’s election campaign that year.
> In November, TR was elected to his first full term as president. Having broken up the second-biggest company in the world, he set his sights on rampant corruption in the food and drug industry—the kind of corruption that threatened people’s lives.
> > Jenkinson: Then he becomes president and he steps back and thinks, "What are the things that need to be done here? What can a president do? What can I do?" He looks at all these problems and he realizes, well, for example, our food supply has changed because in Jefferson's era, 97 percent of the American people were family farmers and they were essentially feeding themselves. Well now, we're an increasingly urban nation. People are living in cities where they don't even have a garden plot. And so they're buying food in tins. If the food is awful, if it's not clean, if it's tainted, then people don't really have any options because they have to eat and they're not producing their own.
> According to Deborah Blum, author of The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, food had to travel farther and for longer periods of time to reach city dwellers. Manufacturers increasingly used preservatives to ensure that food didn’t rot in transit. The problem was, most preservatives were toxic—and unregulated. Formaldehyde was added to milk to keep it fresh, while boric acid was used to preserve meat. Eating these substances in three meals a day could make people extremely ill. Not to mention that what was listed on the label might be completely different from what was in the can.
> Adulterated foods and drugs were a huge public health problem, and there were few federal laws for protecting consumers. Journalists had tried to expose the unsafe conditions in the slaughterhouses and the need for federal inspections, but their efforts were foiled by the so-called Beef Trust. Five major meatpacking companies had joined together to fight government oversight of their Chicago-based industry.
> > Jenkinson: He then gets a copy of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
> That’s the 1906 novel that exposed corruption and unsanitary practices in Chicago’s meatpacking plants.
> > Jenkinson: … reads it and is appalled and he then contacts Upton Sinclair as only Roosevelt would, and says, "I'm sure you're wrong. This looks like just the worse kind of sensationalism. And by the way, I don't appreciate the socialist track in the last chapter, but I'm going to look into this and if you're right, well then, we'll do something about it."
> Roosevelt himself had had experience with America’s lax food laws. As a Rough Rider during the Spanish-American War, he experienced putrid meat supplied by the Army. News reports claimed that meatpackers provisioned the military with tons of rotten canned beef preserved with boric acid to mask the stench. Many soldiers who ate it fell ill, and some died.
> Roosevelt wrote to the Army’s commanding general to complain, thus stirring the scandal: “The so-called canned roast beef that was issued to us for travel rations … and which we occasionally got even at the front, was practically worthless. Unless very hungry the men would not touch it … There was also a supply of beef … supposed to be fitted by some process to withstand tropical heat. It at once became putrid and smelt so that we had to dispose of it for fear of its creating disease. I think we threw it overboard.”
> > Jenkinson: And he looks into it and turns out it's worse than in Upton Sinclair and then Roosevelt calls in the meatpackers and said, "What are you going to do about it?" And they say, "Nothing." He says, "Well, I'll give you some time."
> Meanwhile, Roosevelt commissioned a secret undercover investigation into meatpacking industry practices, which issued its findings in the damning Neill-Reynolds report.
> > Jenkinson: They come back and they tell him, "If we did what you're asking, you would bankrupt the industry and blah, blah, blah." Then, Roosevelt says, "All right. You give me no choice. I'm going to publish the report." And the public is appalled and they demand change and Congress … is forced to attend to this and he gets the Meat Inspection Act of 19-6.
> When Roosevelt delivered the Neill-Reynolds report to Congress, he wrote [PDF] in an accompanying letter, “the report shows that the stock yards and packing houses are not kept even reasonably clean, and that the method of handling and preparing food products is uncleanly and dangerous to health … the conditions shown by even this short inspection to exist in the Chicago stock yards are revolting. It is imperatively necessary in the interest of health and of decency that they should be radically changed.”
> Congress did pass the Meat Inspection Act, and Roosevelt signed it into law on June 30, 1906. It banned the sale of adulterated or mislabeled meat products as food, and required that livestock be slaughtered in a sanitary environment. It also mandated federal inspections of food animals before and after slaughter.
> On the same day, Roosevelt signed another bill with a similar purpose. The Pure Food and Drug Act prohibited the sale of adulterated or misbranded food or drugs. In grocery stores and pharmacies, consumers would no longer find spoiled meat freshened with borax, children’s candies tinted with lead, whiskey consisting of prune juice and cheap alcohol, or fruit colored with coal-tar dyes. They could be sure that the drugs they purchased for common colds were actually the medicines they claimed to be.
> Two weeks after the Pure Food and Drug Act came into force, The New York Times reported, “Already the effects of it are amazing. The masquerade of alcohol, opium, cocaine, and other injurious drugs as nerve tonics or cure for stomach and lung diseases is at an end … The trade in nostrums and patent medicines is utterly demoralized.”

> (continues in next comment)

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/PM_ME_INSIDERTRADES · 1 pointr/wallstreetbets

If you like that shit read Titan and Carnegie as well. Throw in The First Tycoon and you got a comprehensive lesson in people who have more money than you will ever have.

u/FaustinFI · 1 pointr/todayilearned

> Rockefeller couldn't care less about people getting drunk.

He was a devout southern baptist who practiced and preached temperance WELL before the movement took off, mostly due to his experiences growing up with a father who was a heavy drinker.

He continued to practice it and punish his (adult) children for drinking well into his retirement.


You will learn a tonne about Rockerfeller. He was a devout and pious man who was somehow capable of totally suspending his ethics in his professional work to collude with railways to form monopolies. His involvement with prohibition had nothing to do with his professional enterprise though.

Here's a far more detailed Quora comment rebutting this myth:

u/dougbdl · 1 pointr/worldnews

The markets do not regulate themselves. Read up on some history if you actually want to learn something instead of repeating Rush Limbaugh. You can start with Rockefeller and Standard Oil. No regulations there. He did what he wanted, and it blows a massive hole in your talking point. This book was excellent.

u/CntFenring · 1 pointr/history

Slightly outside your request but Titan, the Life of John D. Rockefeller is excellent. It's a fascinating rags to riches epic that also tells the story of the industrial revolution and how it changed the US economy. Wonderful book.

u/IAm_Fhqwhgads_AMA · 1 pointr/randpaul

Have you ever read Titan? It actually goes into this a bit when Standard Oil had to incorporate separately in each state. Pretty interesting stuff and a great book. Also goes into the nature of regulation the oil industry.

I will agree with that. There is a lot of redundancy involved in making multiple companies that service the same thing in each state.

I think we have to either go full socialized single payer or deregulate entirely. This halfway bastardization that we have is pretty horrible.

u/datsine · 1 pointr/books

"Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefella Sr." by Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow writes excellent financial histories, I haven't read his Warburgs or his Washington biographies, so I can't comment on them; however I recommend everything else by Chernow. "The House of Morgan" is a bit difficult to digest, but it provides a sweeping history of finance in USA.

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/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/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/meepinss · 1 pointr/history

If you're not looking for just one book that spans that whole time frame then Kissinger's book Diplomacy is a must-read.

u/Shangorilla · 1 pointr/books

Henry Kissingers Diplomacy

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/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/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/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/Danneskjold184 · 0 pointsr/Warthunder

The cultural revolution occurred because of Soviet Agents working in the US Government falsifying reports. (Source: )

The Khmer Rouge happened because we let the Vietnamese purge conservatives following the Vietnamese war and the Democrats violation of the treaty with South Vietnam. They watched the communists of North Vietnam put a million people against the wall, and thought, "Not only is the United States not going to do anything, this looks like fun!"

u/TrainingWeekend · 0 pointsr/Libertarian

Still waiting for the evidence of Spencer being a "self described Nazi".


>you know "commies bad" only happened after the cold war right


Incorrect you prion head birdbrain. The "alliance" with commies was a matter of circumstance, a deal with the devil, so to say, and the allies were planning to attack them as soon as they were done with Germany.



General Patton said, on record, that "we defeated the wrong enemy" after the war. This was a high profile general, who had said before the war "And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!".


Among the general population of USA, there was a disdain for the commies, called pejoratively as Pinko (coined in 1925).


Laws like the Hatch Act of 1939, which was aimed against the Communists, and Public Law 135 (1941), which sanctioned the investigation of any federal worker suspected of being Communist and the firing of any Communist worker were passed at the height of the war.


Source :


In 1943, 90% of Americans said they'd rather lose the war with Nazis than end segregation (Source : Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century, Chapter 3, Page 81). Furthermore, the Nazi eugenics program was inspired by California.


Nazi Germany and USA had much more in common than USSR and USA.


The Dunning-Kruger is strong with you. Don't worry though, it's just your genetic retardation, an immutable characteristic, so to say. Just don't reproduce.




>Nazis and ethno nationalists don't get on

Most of their disagreements are on methodology. There won't be many, among the already <0.1% Neo Nazis, who'd complain if they get a white only ethnostate.




>that's like arguing ISIS would disappear in an all Islamic homeland

Brainlet analogy. ISIS is funded by Saudi Arabia and operates on non "Islamic" homeland. 1448 odd Neo Nazis remaining in the Ethno States of America won't pose any threat nor would have any motivation to do so.

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/xXMadewellXx · 0 pointsr/history

Enjoyed my professor talking about this during my first year in college, it was a real eye opener.

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/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/DownWithAssad · -1 pointsr/politics

Your master, Trump, is a pro-Russian useful idiot, and therefore, being the tools that you are, you've become useful idiots too.

Oh, talking about McCarthy, he's been vindicated:

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/PopTheRedPill · -5 pointsr/AskTrumpSupporters

Some sources

Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies by M. Stanton Evans

Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America's Most Hated Senator by Arthur Herman

Witness by Whittaker Chambers

The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors by Eric Breindel

Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government by M. Stanton Evans

Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason by Christina Shelton

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

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...

u/RangersCrusader · -6 pointsr/todayilearned
u/PinochetIsMyHero · -11 pointsr/AskAnAmerican

You mean the senator who was absolutely correct about communist infiltration of our government and media?

Edit: apparently you hate history and reality, too.