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Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by Nimshi: 4:19pm On Aug 18, 2012
afroxyz: Where cam I get copies of Dambisa Moyo's books and also Frantz Fanon's black skin, white mask. Debonnaire does not have these books in stock

- You could find them at www.amazon.co.uk or at www.amazon.com

obowunmi: Ok- you are getting over analytical here pumpkin. I enjoyed reading your review of the books. So wondered if your 1. M or F. 2. If ur married.

Ok; I didn't think there was any analysis there . . .
And, hmnn . . . are you a real man? I would find your approach rather not quite polished - if you'll pardon my almost-French . . .

But, not one to ignore even a mild compliment . . . yes, thank you for enjoying the 'review(s)'.
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Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by pleep(m): 8:03pm On Aug 19, 2012
Ok nimshi you are overdoing the jargon. When you try to sound too smart it backfires.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by Nimshi: 8:23am On Aug 20, 2012
Where's the jargon?

- no specialised words
- apparently, what's there is not meaningless
- it appears understandable
- there's nothing vague

Ref: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/jargon?s=t

And how could this possibly 'backfire'?

Anything to contribute to the topic of discussion? These personal enquiries could be moved off-the-board; this thread is interesting to the contributors, no need to attempt to derail it.

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Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by pleep(m): 9:15pm On Aug 22, 2012
And how could this possibly 'backfire'
What you just wrote could have condensed into 2 sentences. When you read someones writing and get the impression that they are trying to sound overly smart, ur second thought is they must be compensating for something.

But i'm sure neither of those apply to you, so i apologize for derailing the topic wink
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by Nimshi: 7:17am On Aug 23, 2012
pleep: What you just wrote could have condensed into 2 sentences. When you read someones writing and get the impression that they are trying to sound overly smart, ur second thought is they must be compensating for something.

But i'm sure neither of those apply to you, so i apologize for derailing the topic wink

Hmnn. . . your attempt at remote psychoanalysis has serious problems.

(1) can you count? How many sentences were in that particular post?

(2) what's the meaning of 'jargon' in your post? You're not communicating; 'jargon' has no place there

(3) The '2nd thought' you suggest is actually quite low (to be polite; I could try to explain this, but when I have a lot of time); we must write so as not to be misunderstood; there were less than three sentences in the post, and, it appears you're the one attempting to 'compensate' for something; here's why: rather than comment on the main topic, and/or on the substance of that poster's quest for personal information, you're wasting your talent on meaningless speculation and useless attacks.

(4) Have you considered that this poster may not be 'trying to sound smart' at all? Have you considered that your certainty on this may tell much about you? Have you considered that you may be betraying your own inner thoughts?

(5) Why not share your thoughts about those books you've read rather than wasting your talent on personal attacks?

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Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by Bawss1(m): 3:38pm On Aug 23, 2012
After reading The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by Eric Fromm a long time ago I have since taken an interest in psychology books.

Just finished The Case for Copyright Reforms a book that debates the soundness of current copyright laws.

Reading is a great way to expand one's mind and I have since decided to read at least one book each month. smiley
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by dadicvila(m): 3:39pm On Aug 23, 2012
I kant forget ON EAGLES WING(Ken folliet)and BLACK HAWK DOWN(mark bowden)....classic books,i love those early days of the American Mafia kind of books too
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by HNosegbe(m): 3:43pm On Aug 23, 2012
Graham Hunter's Barca: The making of the greatest club in the world. cool

Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

The State of Africa by Martin Meredith.

My Life by Bill Clinton.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by AjanleKoko: 3:49pm On Aug 23, 2012
Isabel Paterson's The God Of The Machine, and Barbara Branden's The Passion of Ayn Rand.
Yeah . . . I went through a pseudo-atheist phase at some point wink

How to Change The World by David Bornstein is also a close favourite.

HNosegbe: Graham Hunter's Barca: The making of the greatest club in the world. cool

Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

The second is an interesting book. The first was not what I expected. I was hoping for something that wouldn't paint the Barca stars as pious choirboys. Rather, Hunter dwelt too much on the Laporta years, and the Rosell beef.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by blink182(m): 3:51pm On Aug 23, 2012
Richdad Poordad....Robert Kiyosaki

Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom....Robert Kiyosaki

Before you quit your job....Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad's Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!....Robert Kiyosaki

Why We Want You To Be Rich....Robert Kiyosaki with Donald Trump

The Roaring 90's....Joseph E. Stiglitz

Intellectual Capital....Thomas A. Stewart

Losing my virginity....Richard Branson

Beating the DOW...Michael B. O'Higgins,John Downes

Think and Grow Rich....Napoleon Hill

Retire young Retire Rich.....Robert Kiyosaki

The Richest man in Babylon....George Samuel Clason

The Art of Seduction....Robert Greene

The 48 Laws of Power....Robert Greene

Think Big, Kick behind....Donald Trump

Think Like a Billionaire....Donald Trump

Got some others I can't remember now. All of these books are in my personal library except for the 2 Robert Greene books.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by ayandee: 4:03pm On Aug 23, 2012
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Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by Brisingr(m): 4:13pm On Aug 23, 2012
I don't really like nonfiction but these few are the exception
a.j jacobs_the year of living biblically and the know it all one man's humble quest to become the smartest the person in the world.
bill bryson's -a short history of nearly everything.
adams carolla- in fifty years we will all be chics
the bro's code- barnabas stinston and matt kuhn.
ron jeremy -hardest working man in show biz.
you might be a zombie and other bad news by cracked.com
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by Kingmanny88: 4:34pm On Aug 23, 2012
AjanleKoko: How many of us book-readers read nonfiction?
I'm not referring to your school books o. Just general interest stuff. Like Wiley's World History For Dummies. I think we get the general idea.


I like Malcolm Gladwell's books, obviously. I also like the Freakonomics series. I also read a lot of books about soccer, including Simon Kuper's Soccer Men and Soccernomics, and Graham Hunter's Barca: The Making of The Greatest Team In The World.

I have also read all three of Dambisa Moyo's books: Dead Aid, How The West Was Lost, and Winner Take All. Mohammed Yunus' biography, Banker To The Poor, and Friedman's The World Is Flat.

And of course, my most influential management book ever, Steven Covey's (God rest his soul) The Seven Habits of Highly-Effective People.

I'm a compulsive book-buyer, so I own all those books wink. So what nonfiction have y'all been reading lately?
Pls, where can I get Graham Hunter's book on Barca? Been looking everywhere for it.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by AjanleKoko: 4:54pm On Aug 23, 2012
Kingmanny88:
Pls, where can I get Graham Hunter's book on Barca? Been looking everywhere for it.

Order it on Amazon. wink
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by ayox2003: 5:27pm On Aug 23, 2012
NonFiction: Biography. I love biographies.

I'm currently reading John McCain's(Obama's first opponent) Character is Destiny.

The book is filled with touching biographies. From Thomas More to The Four Chaplains of War. Very lovely book. Highly recommended.




Frawzey.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by djmally(m): 5:32pm On Aug 23, 2012
naijababe: The richest man in Babylon for the 100th time or so. I am surprised you like Covey so much, i have not been able to get myself to finish it. It's one of those fluffy books jare.

Hoping to move on to Plato's republic, hopefully I won't be bored to death.
Try reading 'mein kampf'. classic.
ANY of ralph waldo emerson's works
tolstoy
etc there re so many of them in my collection
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by AjanleKoko: 5:33pm On Aug 23, 2012
djmally:
Try reading 'mein kampf'.

Mein Kampf?

Ol boy you dangerous oh! shocked
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by djmally(m): 5:34pm On Aug 23, 2012
PhysicsQED: Some books I read a few years ago that I really liked and would recommend:

Arthur Koestler - The Sleepwalkers

E.T. Bell - Men of Mathematics

V.S. Ramachandran - A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness

Patrick Coffey - Cathedrals of Science

Timothy Ferris - The Mind's Sky

Michio Kaku - Physics of the Impossible

Andrew Hodges - Alan Turing: The Enigma

Martin Rees - Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe

Horace Judson - The Eighth Day of Creation

Schrodinger - What is Life

Freeman Dyson - Origins of Life

Joseph Stiglitz - Globalization and its Discontents




Non-fiction I'm reading now in between studying and internet browsing:

Che Guevara - Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War

Nancy Greenspan - The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born

The Complete Works Of Chuang Tzu


I'd be interested in seeing what more posters are reading. I've added some books mentioned by others in this thread to my list of books to read.

nice list
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by icon8: 5:37pm On Aug 23, 2012
Surprised not so many commentators here are readers of WS's works. I mean "the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literaure". Anyways, I've read four (4) of his memoirs, namely:
1. You Must Set Forth at Dawn
2. The Man Died: Prison Notes
3. Ake: The Years of Childhood
4. Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years
Amongst others...
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by icon8: 5:41pm On Aug 23, 2012
Also read Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and Benito Musolini. Liked Che Guevera as well...

icon8: Surprised not so many commentators here are readers of WS's works. I mean "the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literaure". Anyways, I've read four (4) of his memoirs, namely:
1. You Must Set Forth at Dawn
2. The Man Died: Prison Notes
3. Ake: The Years of Childhood
4. Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years
Amongst others...
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by AjanleKoko: 5:46pm On Aug 23, 2012
icon8: Surprised not so many commentators here are readers of WS's works. I mean "the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literaure". Anyways, I've read four (4) of his memoirs, namely:
1. You Must Set Forth at Dawn
2. The Man Died: Prison Notes
3. Ake: The Years of Childhood
4. Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years
Amongst others...

Read all of them.
The first set of literature I read, growing up, were mostly African. African Writers Series, poetry, fiction, some nonfiction.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by OkaiCorne(m): 5:55pm On Aug 23, 2012
angryHere's mine:
1)Keeping your marriage-By Chris Okotie
2)Family Planning-By TuFace Idibia
3)Beauty Tips-By Olusegun Obasanjo
4)Reward of Honesty:By James Ibori
5)My love for America-By Osama Bin Laden
6)Brighter Grammar- By Dame Jonathan

Interested? Contact Farouk Lawan

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Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by beldcat(m): 6:51pm On Aug 23, 2012
As for me i only read non-fiction books;reading books takes a lot of time and patience/energy so y wuld i waste my time reading about something that did'nt happen? or is not real..d only books i read are Biographies/autographies OR self help books. e.g
1.Loosing my virginity by richard branson
2.Think big- by donald trump
3.Think and grow rich-by napoleon hill
4.and any book from leke alder
5.Titan;the life and times of john rockefeller.
6.Screw it,let's do it-by richard branson....E.T.C
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by yommy2sure(m): 7:26pm On Aug 23, 2012
bel-d-cat:
As for me i only read non-fiction books;reading books takes a lot of time and patience/energy so y wuld i waste my time reading about something that did'nt happen? or is not real..d only books i read are Biographies/autographies OR self help books. e.g
1.Loosing my virginity by richard branson
2.Think big- by donald trump
3.Think and grow rich-by napoleon hill
4.and any book from leke alder
5.Titan;the life and times of john rockefeller.
6.Screw it,let's do it-by richard branson....E.T.C

In some sense, there is nothing like fiction 'cos fiction is a reflection of reality, the writer got what he writes about from what he observes in reality. Fiction isnt that bad. I.m.o

@topic, just finished Talent is never enough by John Maxwell. Nice..really need to start reading more
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by naijababe(f): 7:31pm On Aug 23, 2012
icon8: Surprised not so many commentators here are readers of WS's works. I mean "the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literaure". Anyways, I've read four (4) of his memoirs, namely:
1. You Must Set Forth at Dawn
2. The Man Died: Prison Notes
3. Ake: The Years of Childhood
4. Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years
Amongst others...

Read them all, my grouse with Soyinka is that he's too kind on IBB and far too harsh on Buhari, other than that love him to death.

djmally:
Try reading 'mein kampf'. classic.
ANY of ralph waldo emerson's works
tolstoy
etc there re so many of them in my collection

I have one of Emerson's works on my Note but yet to read it, currently reading Karl Maier's 'This house has fallen' . As for Mein Kampf, I read it about 15 years ago, how someone with such charisma and oratory skills could write such a terrible book is beyond me! One of the worst books I ever read, took me almost a year to finish it.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by ayox2003: 7:43pm On Aug 23, 2012
yommy2sure:

In some sense, there is nothing like fiction 'cos fiction is a reflection of reality, the writer got what he writes about from what he observes in reality. Fiction isnt that bad. I.m.o

@topic, just finished Talent is never enough by John Maxwell. Nice..really need to start reading more

Although not all, but he should read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged or Ken Follet's[i] Pillars of the Earth[/i] then he definitely wont make that statement anymore.




Frawzey
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by isquar3d3(m): 7:58pm On Aug 23, 2012
the 48 laws of power. That book has helped me in a few situations. Can 'Hiroshima' by John Hersey be classified as non-fiction? And i love memoirs(semi-fiction?)too..October sky and Angela's ashes readily comes to mind.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by AjanleKoko: 8:37pm On Aug 23, 2012
Nimshi:

Hmnn. . . your attempt at remote psychoanalysis has serious problems.

(1) can you count? How many sentences were in that particular post?

(2) what's the meaning of 'jargon' in your post? You're not communicating; 'jargon' has no place there

(3) The '2nd thought' you suggest is actually quite low (to be polite; I could try to explain this, but when I have a lot of time); we must write so as not to be misunderstood; there were less than three sentences in the post, and, it appears you're the one attempting to 'compensate' for something; here's why: rather than comment on the main topic, and/or on the substance of that poster's quest for personal information, you're wasting your talent on meaningless speculation and useless attacks.

(4) Have you considered that this poster may not be 'trying to sound smart' at all? Have you considered that your certainty on this may tell much about you? Have you considered that you may be betraying your own inner thoughts?

(5) Why not share your thoughts about those books you've read rather than wasting your talent on personal attacks?

.

Well . . . not that I want to get into your spat with pleep - but I think i get what he's saying.
Your initial post, the comments on Gladwell et al, did read like a literary critic's review. Sounded quite academic and serious.
For an eerie second, I felt like my term paper was being graded grin
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by manosteel(m): 9:22pm On Aug 23, 2012
A politician friend of mine recommends Alibaba and the Forty Thieves.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by Yinkay: 9:22pm On Aug 23, 2012
Discovered a treasure trove of books in ebook format on this site. http://www.gutenberg.org/. Mostly downloadable to mobile devices on different formats,never had a boring moment.Currently reading Xerxes-Makers of History.
Re: Nonfiction Books: State Your Preference Here by Remii(m): 9:25pm On Aug 23, 2012
manosteel: A politician friend of mine recommends Alibaba and the Forty Thieves.

he did not recommend "Animal Farm" too? grin grin grin grin

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