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DAGDA56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:59 PM
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Books younger DUers should read...
...this is a followup to SKOOOOO's post of a few minutes ago. In it, he suggested young DUers read George Orwell's 1984...it made me wonder if there were any other essential books that should be in the Young DUer's Library (and older DUers, for that matter).
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:00 PM
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1. The Handmaid's Tale.
by Margaret Atwood.
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mouse7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:04 PM
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2. A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Must read. Learn what public school textbooks leave out.
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DAGDA56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:05 PM
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4. Yes, one of my favorites...
...you can just go to whatever era your teacher is covering at the time and compare and contrast.
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:05 PM
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3. Animal Farm
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:07 PM
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5. Brave New World
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:10 PM
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6. All of these!
Good choices, everyone! :thumbsup:
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DAGDA56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:13 PM
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7. If I can reply to my own post...what about "The Moon is Down"
the John Stienbeck short "novella" about the Germans invading and occupying a small Norwegian town in WWII I read it recently, and it has alot of relevence to today...it's just that we are the "bad guys" this time.
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phaseolus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:21 PM
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8. Jean Giono, "The Man who Planted Trees"
It's very short -- you can read it in one sitting, easily -- but it's a beautiful, hopeful story.
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DAGDA56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:23 PM
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9. Thank you...that's what I was trying to find...
...the books that don't immediately come to mind.
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:29 PM
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10. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Walden by HD Thoreau

Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang by Ed Abbey.

Those should be a good start.
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carols Donating Member (694 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:30 PM
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11. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail
My son started reading Hunter Thompson when he was about 15. I think it gave him some unique perspectives. :-)
Carol
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Kazak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:32 PM
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12. Breakfast of Champions/Slaughterhouse 5/Sirens of Titan
Or, just about any other Vonnegut book.
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DAGDA56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:43 PM
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17. "Welcome to the Monkey House" I like for Vonnegut in small...
...easy to digest short stories.
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Kazak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:49 PM
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18. I only wish I had read all his stuff...
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 09:50 PM by pengpong
when I was younger. As it is, I'm still trying to catch up on it all. I believe he is among the very best of American novelists ever. In a league among the likes of Samuel Clemons.

Edit: typo.
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solinvictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:34 PM
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13. "Homage to Catlonia"
To show that a right/left dichotomy can lead to the very same forms of oppression and tyranny.
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bedtimeforbonzo Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:36 PM
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14. Atlas Shrugged
heh j/k
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Kazak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:42 PM
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16. Hey, I read that when I was about sixteen...
Though I don't jive with Objectivism much really.

A much easier start with Ayn Rand would be to read Anthem. A quick easy read, as opposed to an arduous epic...and, I've always thought Anthem formed a sort of a trio with 1984 and Brave New World.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:40 PM
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15. Two oldies but goodies, probably available in your library:
Endless Enemies by Jonathan Kwitny, a critique of Reagan-era foreign policy. If you ever wondered about what really happened during the Grenada invasion, this is the best account in print that I know of.

America: What Went Wrong by Donald Bartlett and James Steele. Begun as a series of newspaper articles, this book from the Bush Sr. era details how our economy got out of whack.

I second A People's History of the United States. This should be your starting point. It's a long read, I know, but to fight the foe, you need to know your own history.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:54 PM
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19. Lord of the Flies.
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