Non-Fiction Book Recommendations
“Doing Battle” and “Wartime” by Paul Fussell – Two of my favorite books from one of our greatest living writers. Fussell, a former infantryman, knows what he is writing about, having served in France during WWII, and that is always a good endorsement.
“The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins – One of the most enlightening books ever written by one of the smartest men who’s ever lived. If believers want to be taken seriously, they have to answer Dawkins’ arguments, or else accept his conclusions and have the integrity to change their minds about religion.
“We’ve Had One Hundred Years Of Psychotherapy And The World’s Getting Worse” and “The Soul’s Code” by Dr. James Hillman – I wish I’d had this brilliant gentleman as my psychologist. Both of these books are extended rebuttals to the psychobabble charlatans who continue to defraud Americans with their therapeutic snake oil.
“9/11 And American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out” – A wake-up call. Every significant historical event, whether disastrous or not, has a historical context, and this book provides one for the 9/11 attack on the United States.
“The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark,” by Carl Sagan – I’ve probably read this 15 times. Genius. Unless we want to experience another dark age in America, which is at least the tacit desire of Creationists and their anti-scientific ilk, it would be wise to listen to men like Sagan.
“The End of Faith” by Sam Harris – One of the most important books ever written. It is long past time for the human race to leave behind the absurd and dangerous Bronze Age fairy tales of monotheism, and confront the reality of the world as it is.
“A Massive Swelling” by Cintra Wilson – Lots of laughs. This is a book for people who enjoy books written by authors who possess wit, intelligence, and a masterful prose style.