Recommend me some non-fiction

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I saw Peter Robb read from his Brazil book, which I want to read but haven't. The reading was a hip event of sorts- it was at a bookstore owned by the art gallery owner Paula Cooper, Paul Auster and his wife were there, as was some big Brazilian diplomat, as was Andy Schwartz, he of New York Rocker fame. Robb read well.

Ken L (Ken L), Thursday, 24 March 2005 15:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Recommending non-fiction is tough. I think people tend to be very personal with subject matters they choose to read (or maybe it's just me...). Still, if you're asking, here's some non-fiction I've enjoyed:

John Steinbeck - A Russian Journal
Ryszard Kapuscinski - Imperium
Steven Pinker - The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
John McWhorter - The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
Paul Theroux's travel writing

zan, Thursday, 24 March 2005 22:07 (sixteen years ago) link

If you're aiming for something breezy, yet literary, I'd suggest Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris and Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

Arjun S, Saturday, 26 March 2005 12:35 (sixteen years ago) link

I've read Ex Libris. I grabbed it on a whim from the library. It was pleasant enough, but I don't really remember anything about it beyond "it was pleasant enough".

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 26 March 2005 12:57 (sixteen years ago) link

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. Best NF book I've ever read.


Timothy Bushnell, Tuesday, 29 March 2005 15:52 (sixteen years ago) link


W i l l (common_person), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 16:31 (sixteen years ago) link

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman", by Mr. Feynman.

Casuistry (Chris P), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 19:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Travels With Mr Death Ron Rosenbaum
Crypto Steven Levy
Curahee! A Screaming Eagle At Normandy by Donald Burgett
Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 03:52 (sixteen years ago) link

In line with all of the World War II books being recommended, I would suggest reading E. B. Sledge's "With the Old Breed." It's the memoir of a young man from Alabama who enlisted in the Marines and served in the Pacific theater; many regard it as the best memoir of the war ever written.

Mark Klobas, Sunday, 3 April 2005 16:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Search for the title Wine And War, a great history of WWII from the winegrower's point of view. Very original.

Orbit (Orbit), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 22:41 (sixteen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...

I am looking for a recommendation for a non-fiction book for a gift. Preferably history, social science, biography, or political science and slight preference to American subject matter.

Warmth of Other Suns was my first choice, but giftee has already read it.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Monday, 9 December 2019 15:47 (one year ago) link

Just discovering Tristan Gooley who writes about being able to read significance of various parts of nature/geology /meteorology and related for walkers etc.
Not sure if he's more UK based or what but pretty informative.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 December 2019 16:46 (one year ago) link

i wanna read something gnarly & factual abt surviving harsh winters before the advent of modern living, electricity etc; thinking more pioneer ish times rather than earlier ~ recs?

johnny crunch, Monday, 23 December 2019 15:57 (one year ago) link

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