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Nonfiction:
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid -- Douglas Hofstadter: AI and meta-thought
Tao Te Ching -- Lao Tzu, transl. Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English: Taoism
Tao of Jeet Kune Do -- Bruce Lee: martial arts & exercise
Autobiography of Malcolm X -- Alex Haley
Men of Mathematics -- E.T. Bell: the history book about math
Leap of Faith -- Queen Noor: American-born Jordan royalty's take on Middle East politics
The World's Religions -- Huston Smith
I'm Just Here for the Food -- Alton Brown: cooking

Fiction:
Penguin Dreams and Stranger Things -- Berke Breathed: best cartoons ever
Ender's Game -- Orson Scott Card
The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea
Cities of the Red Night trilogy -- William Burroughs
A Prayer for Owen Meany -- John Irving
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series -- Douglas Adams (find mp3s of the BBC radio show!)

Classic short fiction:
Catcher in the Rye
Of Mice and Men
To Kill a Mockingbird
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My quick recommendation right now is "The Sheltering Sky" by Paul Bowles (Existential and psychological fiction set against the North African desert.)

It's an awesomee work that chronicles the journey of three Americans through post-war Northern Africa, and, more importantly, a voyage into the desert's blinding light that reveals the shadows within each of them. The desolate environment amplifies their alienation, and their individual personalities magnify tenfold without the social fabric which once kept them connected to reality. Camus and Conrad have nothing on Bowles; he explores existential issues twice as deeply, without ever forgetting the role of individual or his human context. The relationship between Kit and Port bears as much meaning in the book as anything else. Bowles' characters aren't depressed nobodies, but very distinct people forced to come to terms with who and what they are.
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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity; Judith Butler; Gay/Lesbian/Queer studies, feminism, identity theory, sexual politics.

The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity; Slavoj Zizek; Christianity and Marxism.

America; Jean Baudrillard; theoretically driven "travel writing" on America.

Torture Garden; Octave Mirabeau; French novel about sexual decadence and nihlism.

American Psycho; Bret Easton Ellis; novel, yuppies in the Reagan era, insanity and hypercapitalism

The Last Temptation; Nikos Kazantzakis; novel, emphasising Jesus Christ's humanity.

The Non-Existence of God; Nicholas Everitt; Philosophy of Religion

Interpretation and Overinterpretation; Umberto Eco; Literary theory, what counts as an "overinterpretation" of something?

Philosophical Investigations; Ludwig Wittgenstein; Philosophy of Language, mainly.

Science In Action; Bruno Latour; a sociological, realistic portrayal of how science is really done.

Madness; Roy Porter; History of Psychiatry

East and West; Chris Patten; memoir of the last governor of Hong Kong, brilliant insight into Chinese politics.

Civilisation and Its Discontents; Sigmund Freud; the highly influential psychoanalytic critique of modernity.

Against Method; Paul Feyerabend; an impossible mix of anarchism and philosophy of science.

History of Sexuality, 3 volumes; Michel Foucault; breathtaking.

The Golem; Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch; how science is really done.

Evolution as a Religion; Mary Midgley; clear, rigourous, warning against the pitfalls of evolution

Orientalism; Edward Said; East/West, Us/Other.

Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia; Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
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The Humanoids
Jack Williamson
Science fiction dealing with the issue of a powerfull nanny state. Thought provoking


Shockwave Rider
John Brunner
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...roduct-details

Science fiction A dystopia (not as bad as orwells) and it's overthrow. Entertaining

The Learning Tree
Gordon Parks
http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0449...30#reader-link
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add to fiction:
Neuromancer--William Gibson; inspiration for Shadowrunner / cyberpunk
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Hardwired
Walter jon Williams pub. 1986 more cyberpunk


The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Heinlein, Robert A.
Lunar Penal Colony
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Heinlein, Robert A.
Lunar Penal Colony

Meh, a quasi-utopian spiel for Libertarianism.

I recommend "The Evolution of Cooperation" by Robert Axelrod for an accessible game-theory treatment of how laissez-faire situations can produce cooperative or seemingly altruistic behavior.
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More:

A History of the English Speaking Peoples--Winston Churchill
Guns, Germs, and Steel--Jeremy Diamond
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The Best Democracy Money Can Buy; Greg Palast; Criticisms of, well, everything, but without the dumbed down popularized Michael Moore shit.
No Logo; Naomi Klein; Critique on popular culture.
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God? - William Lane Craig, William Sinnott-Armstrong; correspondence debate between two highly educated men, one Christian (Craig) and one Atheist (Sinnott-Armstrong). Highly informative (for both sides) without being dull or polemic. Consider it an Oxford edition of nearly every religious Pit thread ever created.

EDIT: I haven't read that cooking book, but I really like Alton Brown's show; I bet the book is just as funny.
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The Art of War - Sun-tzu
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The Culture of Fear - Barry Glassner
The Scapegoat Generation - Mike A. Males
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The Marx-Engels Reader, Edited by Robert C. Tucker; excellent compendium of Marx and Engels' works. Just reading the Communist Manifesto is insufficient.

On Liberty, J.S. Mill; pretty self explanatory

The First and Second Discourses, Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Making Democracy Work, Robert Putnam; Putnam examines the nature of Democracies and why some succeed while others falter, positing that social capital is the primary explanatory factor.

Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam; Putnam continues with his theories regarding the value of social capital in a democratic state, while this time applying it to America and lamenting a perceived loss of social capital.

The Spirit of the Laws, Montesquieu

i'll probably think of more later...
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Great thread, I can't add any, but Ive read about 10 of those books listed. Great stuff too

The Jungle - Upton Sinclair is pretty good.
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The Coming White Minority - Dale Maharidge

i dunno if this qualifies as a recommended book...
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