Your Top 10 Books

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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by hoopy » Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:17 pm

- The Worldly Philosophers by Heilbroner. If I could make everyone in the world read one book, this would be the book.

- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a trilogy in four parts. By Douglas Adams.
My username is a hitchhiker's guide reference.

- The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.

- All of P.G. Wodehouse's books.

Comic book series that I re-read frequently:
- The Asterix and Obelix series.
- Tintin.

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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by t3chiman » Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:02 pm

A bit eclectic, and offered from a personal context of work in electronics circuits and computer systems [No time for that Herman Hesse stuff...].

Langewiesche, Stick and Rudder. Essays on airmanship, truly timeless. Think Newton, not Bernoulli.

Cary (Ed.), From a Ruined Empire
This one takes some explanation. First, a factoid:
Q: During the Occupation of Japan after the 1945 surrender, how many US troops were killed by Japanese insurgent fighters?
A: Zero.

The notes exchanged among Navy Intelligence officers, following their intensive language training, offers some insights as to how they pulled off such an amazing feat. Otis Cary acted as editor and compiler, and sometimes author, of the notes collected after the war. The notes are unadorned, raw, exactly as written--and all the more impressive for that. In one, a classic kid-from-Nebraska type gets invited to meet the Crown Prince of Japan, and gets a bit unnerved when the Prince asks for his advice (and even more so when the Prince acts on it)! In another, a tired officer takes a few days off and goes to Kyoto (via normal passenger train no less), and runs into a variety of characters--most memorably, a group of monks who got religion following their training as Kamikaze pilots. Lots of historical vignettes, very striking. I would contrast the outcome of that time with those of more recent efforts, but there really is no Bogle-ish angle there. So I won't.

Simon, Sciences of the Artificial. From the earliest days of computing.

Lakoff, Women, Fire and Dangerous Things. Explores the territory where cognitive and linguistic categories collide. Illuminates some of the philosophical arguments implicit in several schools of thought associated with computer science and software engineering, most notably Object Oriented Programming.

CODASYL82, A Modern Appraisal of Decision Tables. Yes, the 1970s typography is off-putting. And yes, it is pretty dry stuff. But, in the early days of computer programming, practitioners put a lot of effort into efficiently representing sets of conditional logic statements. Learn from them.

Friedl, Mastering Regular Expressions. Regexes, finite state automata, decision trees, sequences of binary relations, planar graphs--all the same, once you know your algebraic semigroups. Regexes are free, and very accessible. Friedl is a scholar.

Padlipsky, The Elements of Networking Style: And Other Essays & Animadversions on the Art of Intercomputer Networking.
A profound and learned book, disguised as a series of opinionated rants. Changed my analytical perspective regarding computer communication.

Electronics, so fascinating. Books in the field get outdated overnight it seems. I was influenced by the Radio Amateur's Handbook, and the works of Don Lancaster. MIT published a number of works in naive physics, some of which pertained to circuit debugging.

Oh, I liked Huckleberry Finn.

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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by Tozan13 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:01 pm

-The Autobiography of John Stuart Mill, by John Stuart Mill
-How to Live: A Life of Montaigne, by Sarah Bakewell
-The Lone Samurai: A life of Miyamoto Musashi, by William Scott Wilson
-Common Sense on Mutual Funds, by John Bogle
-The Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
-Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Self-Reliance, by David Pilling
-Hokkaido Highway Blues (also called "Hitching Rides with Buddha"), by Will Ferguson
-From Dawn to Decadence, by Jacques Barzun
-The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin
-Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by maitrina » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:00 pm

Our public library has an annual (because it takes that long) book group started by two English majors, both librarians, who had a really hard time finishing some of the "classics" early in their lives. We've worked through "Ulysses" by James Joyce, "In Search of Time Lost" by Marcel Proust, and "The Complete Stories" by Flannery O'Connor, among others. This has been a wonderful experience for our readers.

Thank you all for sharing your favorite books.
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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by simmias » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:58 pm

Oh, why not. In no particular order:

(Well, I guess some order. Have to start with the two greatest books ever written)
1. War and Peace, Tolstoy
2. Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky

3. Dostoevsky Reminiscences, Anna Dostoevsky (so good)
4. Foundation Trilogy, Asimov
5. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (any of the first four), Adams
6. Martin Eden, London
7. Cat's Cradle, Vonnegut
8. Beloved, Morrison
9. Impro, Johnstone (fantastic)
10. Fever Pitch, Hornby

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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by VictoriaF » Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:20 am

Dostoevsky is the favorite Bogleheads author! The Bogleheads must be gluttons for punishment.

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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by saladdin » Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:01 am

1-9 All Joseph Conrad books
10- Angle of Repose

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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by Herekittykitty » Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:33 am

VictoriaF wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:21 am
Herekittykitty wrote:One all time favorite:

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Erich Maria Remarque was very popular in Russia and I greatly enjoyed several of his novels. It appears that the Americans are well aware of All Quiet on the Western Front but not his other work.

Another powerful but virtually unknown in the U.S. author is Lion Feuchtwanger. I have six tomes of his collected works in Russian, which I am planning to reread.

Thanks for suggesting Lion Feuchtwanter. I had not heard of him. I'll put him on my reading list; some or maybe all of his books are available in English on Amazon.

"The Road Back" by Erich Maria Remarque has been waiting on my book shelf for quite a while. I really should get to it, but life keeps getting in the way.
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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by Marjimmy » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:09 pm

JerLon wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:07 am
In no specific order:

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman - Was given as a HS graduation gift, finally read when I graduated undergrad. Re-read it frequently.

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Made in America - Sam Walton

When the Buck Stops With You: Harry S. Truman on Leadership – Alan Axelrod

How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity –David Allen

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't – Jim Collins
Absolutely great list.
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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by Marjimmy » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:13 pm

No order

1. Game of Thrones
2. Sure you're joking Mr. Feynman
3. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
4. Never Split the Difference
5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
6. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher
7. Cosmos
8. The Intelligent Investor
9. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
10. How to Win Friends and Influence People
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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by beowulf » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:15 pm

Just have three.

(1) The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd. Picture book for children (and adults), a tale of independence and unconditional love.

(2) The Swallows and Amazon series, by Arthur Ransome. Tops (IMO) in the category of Children Having Wonderful Adventures Without Adults.

(3) The Comfort Letter, by Arthur Solmssen. Lawyer told me this novel was best ever description of transactional law practice. Possibly out of print.

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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by azurekep » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:21 pm

beowulf wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:15 pm
Just have three.

(1) The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd. Picture book for children (and adults), a tale of independence and unconditional love.
There are some great children's books. One that is phenomenal is "Julie of the Wolves" by Jean Craighead George. From my notes:
Immediately drawn into story. 13-year-old Miyax is lost in the frozen Alaskan tundra and she is starving. She's eying the wolf pack living in the den nearby and is trying to learn their language so as to get food from them. She observes their behavior and mimics them, being careful to stay on all fours in the beginning. The wolves eventually consider her part of the familly and escort her (from a distance) when she moves on.

Fascinating look at the hierarchy of a wolf pack, the individual personalities of the wolves, and the fact that there is a "lone wolf" who is shunned by the pack, becoming a "wolf non grata".
It always amazes me that people who survive in the arctic wild often want to stay there. They find both challenge and peace in living in harmony with nature.

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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by Didymograptus » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:31 pm

In no particular order here are today's top 10:

The Age of Reason - Thomas Paine
The Demon-Haunted World - Carl Sagan
The Age of the Earth - G. Brent Dalrymple
All in the Mind - Ludovic Kennedy
Resurrection - Leo Tolstoy
Aunts Aren't Gentlemen - P G Wodehouse
Voyage of the Beagle - Charles Darwin
On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
The Greatest Show on Earth - Richard Dawkins
Index Investing For Dummies - Russell Wild
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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by kaesler » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:42 pm

Favorite fiction books:

Kristin Lavransdatter - Sigrid Undset
The Diary of a Country Priest - Georges Bernanos
Things As They Are - Paul Horgan
All Quiet On The Western Front - Remarque
Love In The Ruins - Walker Percy
The Dubliners - James Joyce
Rogue Male - Geoffrey Household
In This House Of Brede - Rumer Godden
The Power And The Glory - Graham Greene
Death Comes For The Archbishop - Willa Cather

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Re: Your Top 10 Books

Post by StlIllini » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:27 pm

Favorite 10 over the years that I remember off the top of my head in no particular order:

Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
The Big Short - Michael Lewis
Without Remorse - Tom Clancy
Angels & Demons - Dan Brown
Kane & Abel - Jeffrey Archer
Love & War - John Jakes
Lone Survivor - Marcus Luttrell
The Firm - John Grisham
The Journeyer - Gary Jennings

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