Over my life of reading some books stand out for their impact on me. And if they taught me valuable lessons, likely they would do the same for you. So here I share some of the most insightful volumes I know.
'Hidden Persuaders' Vance Packard, (An inoculation against sneaky and misleading selling tactics for life, Big Thanks !)
'Living Systems' J. Miller, 1966 (0312863551) (From cells to the
biosphere, life organizes itself through similar basic process's and functions
that are shared between 'organisms' at widely different scales. Great concepts
to carry with one as you try to make sense of this amazing universe )
'Gulag Archipelago' Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1974, (note 3)
note 3 - Solzhenitsyn's 'Gulag Archipelago', read in its entirety,
subtly imparts a faint, deep, soul chilling, sense of the massive scale of
Stalin's monstrous crimes, in addition to a historical journey through endless
atrocities, and even more Russian names (3 or more each !). The massive forced
migrations of ethnic groups, to keep them from getting too powerful or
troublesome is not that well known.
I became interested in prison/concentration camp books through the movie "The Great Escape". I started reading about the camps and practices in Germany, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, China, Russia, US, Confederate, and others. What can one say ? Perhaps: "Oh, The Humanity :(("
Why did I subject myself to so much, and such obscene, tales of terror, abuse and murder ? What prompted and fed my interest in this terrible subject ? Perhaps a morbid curiosity ? All I can really say is that I learned a great deal about the range and extremes of individual and organized violence against ones fellow human beings. To what good I can not say, but that all knowledge is good, unless used for ill. I will leave it to others to guess as to my deep psychological motivations in this pursuit :)
"The book's publication certainly contributed to the recognition of human rights as a legitimate element of international debate and foreign policy."
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