... OK, before we go on to the actual list.

Working in the "educational sector", which I am told is BIG BUSINESS these days, it has always amazed me

that "the system" provides exatcly ZERO training for the most important decision anyone will ever make in their

lives, which is:

Are you going to get married and if so who and why or why not ?

... so, before you do that reads this one first:

ISLANDIA by Austin Tappan Wright.

... you will need alia, amia, ania and apia - all of them - to be successful.

(There is a lot of other good stuff in this book too.)


Reasonably Subversive Books THE SCHLAF recommends:

Fiction Non-Fiction
Anything by Neal Stephenson Anything by Carroll Quigley in particular "Tragedy and Hope", "The Evolution of Civilizations" and "Weapons Systems and Political Stability: A History"
The Dune Saga by Frank Herbert (in particular the original 6 books... forget the movie !) The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
Anything by Kim Stanley Robinson Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (also titled Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years) by Jared Diamond
Anything by John Le Carre The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe
Anything by Ernest Hemmingway "The Creature from Jekyll Island" by George Edward Griffin (... controversial !)
Anything by James A. Michener Anything by James A. Michener
Anything by Iain (M) Banks (in particular the Culture Novels) The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power by Daniel Yergin
Anything by Isaac Asimov, in particular the "Foundation Trilogy"

Anything by James Gleick, in particular
"Chaos" and "The Information"

  "Thinking Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman
  "The Black Swan" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  "The Crescent and the Star" by Stephen Kinzer

... to be added on to as time goes by !

... and always worth checking out: The USMC Commandant's Reading List

Auf Deutsch

Romane etc. Sachbücher
Alles von Peter Bamm Kulturgeschichte der Neuzeit von Egon Friedell
Alles von Siegfried Lenz  
Alles von Frank Schätzing  



Some Youtube Videos that go way beyond cute cats and could/should be part of a complete Western education:

Kenneth Clark's Civilisation (this is the first part - there are 12 more - follow the links !)

... his closing remarks:

"Western civilisation has been a series of re-births. Surely this should give us confidence in ourselves. It is lack of confidence more than anything else that kills a civilisation."

... and also with a more technical & scientific slant: James Burke's Connections