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Criteria:interesting and engaging read, singular or thought-provoking point of view, superior command of language

Overdo$ed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine
medical care
John Abramson
2005, Harper Perennial, ISBN 0-06-056852-6

Lawrence in Arabia
Scott Anderson,
2013, Doubleday, ISBN 978-0-385-53292-1

The 47 Ronin
Japanese history/ culture
John Allyn,
1970, Tuttle Publishing, ISBN 13:978-0-8048-3827-6

While Europe Slept
socio-political commentary
Bruce Bawer,
2006, Doubleday, ISBN 13:978-0-385-514729

Scared to Death
socio-political commentary
Christopher Booker, Richard North,
2007, Continuum, ISBN 0-8264-8614-2

personal memoir
(also published under the title, Golden Boy)
Martin Booth,
2005, Bantam Books, ISBN 9780553816723, 0553816721

Flags of Our Fathers
James Bradley,
2000, Bantam, ISBN 13-978-0-553-58934-4

Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer
medicine, economics
Shannon Brownlee,
2007, Bloomsbury, ISBN-13 978-1-58234-580-2; ISBN-10 1-58234-580-5

Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
Frank Bruni,
2015, Grand Central Publishing, ISBN-13 978-1-455-53270-4

A Walk in the Woods
travel, adventure
Bill Bryson,
1998, Black Swan, ISBN 0-552-99702-1

Made in America
language history
Bill Bryson,
1998, Black Swan, ISBN 0-552-99805-2

Neither Here Nor There
Bill Bryson,
1998, Black Swan, ISBN 9780552998062

A Short History of Nearly Everything
historical science
Bill Bryson,
2004, Black Swan, ISBN 0-552-15174-2

The Good Earth
historical fiction
Pearl S. Buck,
Originally published in 1931 by John Day, Available in many bookstores and libraries

Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories
Raymond Carver,
1989, Vintage Contemporaries, ISBN 0-679-72231-9

Bruce Catton Trilogy:
The Coming Fury, 1961, Doubleday, ISBN-10 1842122924
Terrible Swift Sword, 1963, Doubleday, ISBN-10 0385026145
Never Call Retreat, 1965, Phoenix, ISBN-10 184212916

The Ox-Bow Incident
Walter Van Tilburg Clark,
Originally published in 1940, Available in many bookstores and libraries

City of Broken Promises
Austin Coates,
2009 (reprint), Hong Kong University Press, ISBN 978-962-209-076-7

Myself a Mandarin
personal memoir
Austin Coates,
1977, Heineman, ISBN 0195841999

J.M. Coetzee,
2000, Vintage, ISBN 0099284820

State of Fear
Michael Crichton, 2005, Penguin Books, ISBN-13: 978-0-06-101573-1

Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans
Mitch Daniels, 2011, Sentinel, ISBN 978-1-59533-080-5

Dragon by the Tail
John Paton Davies, 1972, George J. McLeod, Toronto

American Sucker
David Denby, 2004, Back Bay Books, ISBN 0-316-15928-X

environmental history
Jared Diamond, 2005, Avon Books, ISBN-13: 978-0-140-27951-1

The Sober Truth
Zachary Dodes, 2014, Beacon Press, ISBN 978-0-8070-3316-6

The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
1995, Bantam Classics and Loveswept, ISBN 0553328255

An American Tragedy
Theodore Dreiser,
Originally published in 1925 by Horace Liveright, Inc., Available in many bookstores and libraries

Sister Carrie
Theodore Dreiser,
Originally published in 1900 by Doubleday,Page & Co., Available in many bookstores and libraries

The Souls of Black Folk
socio-political commentary
W.E.B. DuBois,
Originally published in 1903 by Dodd, Mead & Company, Available in many bookstores and libraries

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
Joseph J. Ellis,
2013, Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN 978-0-307-70122-0

Invisible Man
socio-political commentary
Ralph Ellison,
Originally published in 1952, Available in many booksores and libraries

The War of the World
Niall Ferguson,
2006, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-141-01382-4

The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank,
First Published in 1947, 1993, Bantam Books, ISBN 0-553-29698-1

Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
Paul French,
2012, Penguin Books ISBN 978-0-14-312100-8

The End of History and the Last Man
political philosophy
Francis Fukuyama,
1992, The Free Press, ISBN 0-380-72002-7

The Book of Honor
Ted Gup,
2000, Anchor Books, ISBN 0-385-49541-2

After Visiting Friends
Michael Hainey,
2013, Scribner, ISBN 978-1-4516-7656-3

The Echo of Greece
Edith Hamilton,
1957, W.W. Norton & Company

Seven Years In Tibet
personal memoir
Heinrich Harrer,
1994, Flamingo Edition,(first published in 1953) ISBN 0-586-08707-9

The Operators
Michael Hastings,
2012, Penguin Group ISBN 978-0-399-15988-6

Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Laura Hillenbrand,
2001, Random House, ISBN 0-375-50291-2

Laura Hillenbrand,
2010, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6416-8

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini,
2003, Riverhead Books, ISBN 1-59448-000-1

The Little Red Guard
Wenguang Huang,
2012, Riverhead Books, ISBN 978-1-59448-829-0

The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding
Robert Hughes,
1988, Vintage Books, ISBN 0-394-75366-6

Les Miserables
Victor Hugo,
1997, Ballantine Edition, ISBN 0-449-30002-1

The Lecturer's Tale
James Hynes,
2001, Picador, ISBN 0-312-20332-2

The Lost Weekend
Charles Jackson,
Originally published in 1944 by Farrar,Strauss & Giroux, Available in many bookstores and libraries

Honorable Survivor
Lynne Joiner,
2009, Naval Institute Press, ISBN 978-1-59114-423-6

Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation and Political Control
E. Michael Jones,
2000, St. Augustine's Press, ISBN 1-890318-37-X

Mister Pip
Lloyd Jones,
2006, Bantam Dell, ISBN 978-0-440-29685-0

In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines
Stanley Karnow,
1990, Ballantine Books, ISBN 10 0345328167

The Few
Alex Kershaw,
2006, Da Capo Press, ISBN 13: 978-0-306-81572-0

She's Come Undone
Wally Lamb,
1992, Pocket Books, ISBN 0-671-02100-1

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee,
2006, Harper Perennial Modern Classics (orig published in 1960), ISBN 10 0061120081

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner,
2006, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-141-02580-3

Sinclair Lewis,
Originally published in 1925 Harcourt, Brace & World, Available in many bookstores and libraries

The Engines of Our Ingenuity
John Lienhard,
2000, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-513583-0

The Complete Short Stories of Somerset Maugham
W. Somerset Maugham,
Originally published by Doubleday in 1953, Available in many bookstores and libraries

Of Human Bondage
W. Somerset Maugham
(Originally published in 1915) 1991 Bantam Classic Books, ISBN 0-553-21392-X

The Razor's Edge
W. Somerset Maugham
(Originally published in 1943) 2003 Vintage International Edition, ISBN 1-4000-3420-5

Frank McCourt Trilogy:
personal memoir
Angela's Ashes, 1996, Scribner, ISBN 0-684-87435-0
'Tis, 1999, Scribner, ISBN-10: 0684865742
Teacher Man, 2005, Scribner, ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-4377-3

historical fiction
James A. Michener
1974, Fawcett Publications

The Nature of Happiness
human behavior
Desmond Morris,
2006, Little Books, ISBN 1-904435-572

A Wild Sheep Chase
Haruki Murakami,
2000, Harvill Press, ISBN 1-86046-7180

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
fiction--short stories
Haruki Murakami,
2006, Vintage International, ISBN 978-0-307-38632-8

Coming Apart: The State of White America
Charles Murray,
2012, Crown Forum ISBN 978-0-307-45342-6; eISBN 978-0-307-45344-0

Norris (Collected Writings)
Frank Norris,
1986, The Library of America, ISBN 0-940450-40-2

Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes
James Palmer,
2012, Basic Books, ISBN 978-0-465-01478-1; ISBN 978-0-465-02349-3

Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier and President
Geoffrey Perret,
1997, Random House, ISBN 0-679-44766-0

Richard Russo,
2012, Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN 978-0-307-95953-9

What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
economics, ethics
Michael J. Sandel,
2012, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 978-0-374-20303-0

Liberal Racists
socio-political commentary
Jim Sleeper,
1997, Viking, ISBN 0-670-87391-8

The Great Deformation
David A. Stockman,
2013, Public Affairs, ISBN 978-1-58648-912-0; 978-1-58648-913-7

socio-political commentary
Charles J. Sykes,
1988, Regnery-Gateway, ISBN 0-89526-559-1

The Marsh Arabs
history, anthropology
Wilfred Thesiger,
2007, Penguin Classics, ISBN 978-0-141-44208-2

The March of Folly
Barbara W. Tuchman,
1985, Ballantine, ISBN-10 0345308239

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
Peter Van Buren, 2011, Metroploitan Books, ISBN 978-0-8050-9436-7

The Once and Future King
T.H. White,
Originally published by Putnam in 1939, Available in many bookstores

The Map That Changed the World
Simon Winchester,
2001, HarperCollins, ISBN 0-06-019361-1

A Man in Full
Tom Wolfe,
1998, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 0-374-27032-5

I am Charlotte Simmons
Tom Wolfe,
2005, Vintage, ISBN 9780099483793

Quotable ...quotation resources

"Politics and education are the only areas of endeavor where you
can almost always be wrong and still get a promotion."
--Hymen Abramowitz

"He then took up the subject of life,
--spoke of its brevity, its many hopes that
are never realized, and the disappointments from which
no prudence or foresight can shield us.
He dwelt at some length on the strange mingling
of sunshine and shadow that seemed to belong to
every life; on the mystery everywhere, and nowhere
more impressively than in ourselves"
--Andy Adams from The Log of a Cowboy

"He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep
pain that cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the
heart, and in our own despite, against our will
comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God"

no prudence or foresight can shield us.
He dwelt at some length on the strange mingling
of sunshine and shadow that seemed to belong to
every life; on the mystery everywhere, and nowhere
more impressively than in ourselves"--Andy Adams from The Log of a Cowboy

"The mantis stalks the cicada, unaware of the yellow bird behind."
--Ancient Chinese Proverb

"Free men, indepepndent men, are always worth inexpressably
more than men submissive and controlled."
--Athenian Axiom--4th Century B.C.

"When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel
alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law."
--Frederic Bastiat

"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for
illusion is deep."
--Saul Bellow

"Society cannot exist, unless a
controlling power upon will and appetite
be placed somewhere; and the less of it there
is within, the more there must be without.
It is ordained in the eternal constitution of
things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free.
Their passions forge their fetters."
--Edmund Burke

"Life's about knowing the world's your enemy and having a good time anyway"--Patrick Carlin

"How much larger your life would be if
your self could become smaller in it...
You would break out of this tiny and tawdry
theatre in which your own little plot
is always being played, and you would
find yourself under a freer sky,
in a street full of splendid strangers"
--G.K. Chesterton

"The first step on the path to enlightenment is the admission of one's ignorance"--Benjamin Disraeli

"In deceitful times, speaking the truth
is a revolutionary act"
--Fyodor Dostoyevski

"Who would be free,
themselves must strike the blow"
--Frederick Douglass

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself
but talent instantly recognizes genius"
--Arthur Conan Doyle

"The rich were rich and
the poor poor, but all were in
the grip of imperial forces whose
ruthless purpose or lack of
them made all men ridiculous,
pathetic or magnificent, as you choose"
--Theodore Dreiser

"How hard a thing is life to the lowly,
and yet how human and real!
And all this life and love and
strife and failure,--
is it the twilight of nightfall,
or the flush of some faint-dawning day?"
--W.E.B. DuBois

"It is the last feather that breaks
the camel's back, yet the last feather would
do no harm but for the weight that precedes it.
The first feather contributes as much as the
last to the catastrophe."
--Jubal Early

"A slave is he who can not speak his thought."--Euripedes

"Human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for
bears to dance to, when all the time we are longing to move the stars to pity."
--Gustave Flaubert

"Of all the storms that beat down love, a request for money provides the
coldest douche, and strikes most deeply to the roots."
--Gustave Flaubert

"Experience keeps a dear school,
but fools will learn in no other."
--Benjamin Franklin

"In ordinary life kindness counts more than a belief
in human rights."
--Jonathan Glover

"Eyes and ears are poor witnesses
for those who have brutal souls."

"Washington is a house of cards. Any popular movement
that stands up to it with an accurate indictment and a credible plan can push
it over, particularly in a time of crisis."
--Philip K. Howard

"I remember the damp air that smelled
of the forest, and the tinkling of mountain streams
dropping into shining pools. It was the world getting
on with its business"
--Lloyd Jones (from Mister Pip)

" can not pretend to read a book.
Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing.
A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe.
The house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book
will not look up until the wallpaper is in flames...."
--Lloyd Jones (from Mister Pip)

"Bitterly cried the sky over the flowers
let's not live without the red rose wine
for the flowers on the grave of others
will grow up one day on your
own shrine"
--Omar Khayyam

"Those who were wise in the ways of the world
Shining in gatherings like a candle of delight
A single sparkle they did not unfold
Perish as they did in their own plight"
--Omar Khayyam

"In a society where technology prevails,
I still plod along with books".
--Harper Lee

"Success was merely the paper helmet of a clown
more nimble than his fellows, scrambling for a peanut
in the dust of an ignoble circus"
--Sinclair Lewis

"The like a house: it doesn't go anywhere; but
the spirit is like an automobile:
always on the move, always...."
--Sinclair Lewis

"Always in America, there remains
from pioneer days a cheerful pariahdom
of shabby young men who prowl
causelessly from state to state,
from gang to gang, in the power of the Wanderlust.
....They are not permanently tramps.
They have homes to which they return,
to work quietly in the factory
or in the section-gang for a year--
for a week--and as quietly to disappear again.
They crowd the smoking cars at night;
they sit silent on benches in filthy stations;
They know all the land, yet of it
they know nothing, because in a hundred cities
they see only the employment agencies,
the all-night lunches, the blind pigs,
the scabrous lodging-houses...."
--Sinclair Lewis

"It has seemed to me that the final test of any
civilization is, what type of husbands and wives and fathers and mothers
it turns out. Beside the austere simplicity of such a question, every other
achievement of civilization--art, philosophy, literature, and material living--
pales into insignificance."
--Lin Yutang

"Politics is war without bloodshed
while war is politics with bloodshed."
--Mao Tse-Tung

"For blacks before the mid-1960s, decrying racism stemmed from sincere
grievance. But for far too many blacks today, it has drifted into
a recreational crutch, assuaging the insecurity at the heart
of the human soul."
--John McWhorter

"I believe it is better to tell the truth than to lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant"
--H.L. Mencken

"If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me
and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner
and wink your eye at some homely girl."
--H.L. Mencken

"The urge to save humanity is almost always
only a false-face for the urge to rule it."
--H.L. Mencken

"Focusing on others generates more happiness than focusing on your dear self.
That is an emotional fact, not a theory. It's a narcissistic paradox.
Looking in the mirror too long is depressing; looking out the window isn't"
--Dick Meyer

"The childhood shows the man as the morning shows the day"--John Milton

"Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith, but in doubt"--Reinhold Niebuhr

"Let one man accidentally step on somebody's foot, and it only
requires one minute for the injured party to shoot the offender, two minutes for
somebody else to stab the shooter, and three minutes for the whole crowd to hang the stabber"
North Carolina Miner on the California Gold Rush

"Force is the ultimate arbiter and any diplomatic policy that does
not rely on carrots and sticks will not really get you very far.
Without a club in the closet, without a credible threat of force,
policy becomes bluff, bluster"
--Herbert Okun, UN Special Advisor

"Men can only be happy
when they do not assume the object of life
is happiness."
--George Orwell

"Nine times out of ten
a revolutionary is merely a climber with a
bomb in his pocket."
--George Orwell

"There is no armor against fate."--George Orwell

"How right the working classes are
in their 'materialism!' How right they are
to realise that the belly comes before the
soul, not in the scale of values but in
point of time."
--George Orwell

"My country is the world and
my religion is to do good."
--Thomas Paine

"You've got to have a good cop on the beat
if you want to have a peaceful neighborhood.
What goes for a neighborhood goes for the world.
The United States Marines
have been patrolling the world's tough neighborhoods,
protecting American lives and property,
ever since there was a United States
of America. We're the cops on the beat. We've learned,
like good cops, that when the tough boys get lawless,
there's more law in the business end of a riot-stick
than in a Supreme Court decision. These days of 1946,
it looks like time for America to get realistic instead
of starry-eyed"
--Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller

"Subversion in modern society,
is not a sudden cataclysmic explosion,
but a gradual undermining, a persistent
chipping away at foundations which beliefs rest....
In the modern usage of the term, "subversion,"
it is no exaggeration to state that in the field
of social sciences many major projects which have
been most prominently sponsored by foundations have
been subversive."
--Rep. Carroll B. Reece (1954)

"The home is the crystal of society--
the very nucleus of national character; and,
from that source, be it pure or tainted, issue the
habits, principles, and maxims, which govern public
as well as private life. The nation comes from the
nursery; public opinion itself is for the most part
the outgrowth of the home; and, the best philanthropy
comes from the fireside."
--Samuel Smiles

"Imitate him if you can;
he served human liberty"
--Jonathan Swift (on his gravestone)

"With all the unhappy things
Going on in the world
Our friendship goes on
The world should behold

Nobody may rule
The hearts that desire
Friendship and love
That never expire"
--Alireza Taghdarre

"Gloom finds kindred spirits,
but write about pleasure and readers
feel mocked and excluded."
--Paul Theroux

"From my standpoint, as a black American,
it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks
who in any way deign to think for themselves,
to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message
that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is
what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed,
caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate
rather than hung from a tree."
--Clarence Thomas

"Urgency put you on the road at four in the a.m.--
truckers who wanted to make a quick pass through the city, futures
traders with an eye on the overseas markets, lovers who'd left somebody's
bed in the middle of the night in order to stop home before morning. That
universe of special needs went zipping by overhead."
--Scott Turow

"To be rooted is perhaps the most important
and least recognized need of the human soul."
--Simone Weil

"It is through knowing the truth that the people discover their hidden will"--George Weller

"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor,
never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor,
never the tormented."
--Elie Wiesel

"He came from darkness. He came
out of the heart of darkness, from
the dark heart of the secret and undiscovered
South. He came by night, just as he passed
by night. He was night's child and partner,
a token of the wonder and the mystery,
the other side of man's dark soul, his
nighttime partner, and his nighttime foal,
a symbol of those things that pass by darkness
and that still remain, of something still and
waiting in the night that comes and passes
and that will abide, a symbol of man's evil
innocence, and the token of his mystery,
a projection of his own unfathomed quality,
a friend, a brother, and a mortal enemy,
an unknown demon--our loving friend,
our mortal enemy, two worlds together--
a tiger and a child."
--Thomas Wolfe

"Censorship and propaganda are the ultimate revolutionary acts.
They can reduce the intelligentsia into blind, dependent children. Take a child
raised in an open society and put her next to a scholar raised in a totalitarian
society--the child transforms into a scholar while the scholar assumes the
mind of a child, a truly revolutionary change."
--Xie Diwen

"I am a cloud in the sky, a reflection by chance, in the heart of your wave.
Don't be too amazed, or too thrilled.
In an instant, I'll be gone without a trace"
--Xu Zhimo

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