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rivka
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*eyes GR meaningfully*
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Black Like Me , John Howard Griffin - White journalist disguises himself as an African-American in Mississippi in the late '50s.

Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupery - Exupery's memoir from his days as a pilot, about his love of flight, the people he met, and the truths he learned about life.

All the President's Men, Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein - Uncovering the Watergate scandal.

Thirteen Days, Robert Kennedy - A close look at the Cuban Missile Crisis

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There are two that I haven't seen mentioned that have changed the way I perceive the world:
1. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, wherein a reporter goes undercover as a blue-collar worker for a few months to see if she can make enough to earn the necessities of life.

2. You Just Don't Understand, a sociolinguist's look at the differences between male and female speech. You don't need to read the whole book to get the gist, though.

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The World is Flat... in my mind in this economy its a must read. The Reagan Diaries...very great book. Star Trek Memories...if you are a star trek geek. A Child Call "It"...a scary story with kind of happy outcome. Diplomacy...a must read.
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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
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Originally posted by rivka:

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

I'm about halfway through, and it's a hoot and a half. Thanks for the recommendation.
I'll definitely second (or is it third now) the recommendation. That's a great book.

Also, Godel, Escher, Bach is a great book that everyone ought to consider reading.

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Fourth on Feynman.

We've been slowly reading through Scott Adams' Stick To Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!, and enjoying it. Uneven (by nature of the material) but definitely some funny stuff there.

Ooh, and In The Beginning Was The Command Line, by Neal Stephenson. Very interesting if you like computers, but (lest that last comment ward you off) not in the least dry or overly technical.

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