Monday, January 21, 2013

A Book List

The Free Northerner has a book list: Free Man's Reading List.

If I did not literally have a half dozen unread books on my end table and three more in a newly arrived, and as yet unopened box, then I'd be ordering a few of those right now.

I've already read a fair few of the books on his list and have one quibble: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephan Covey is too well liked by the wrong sort of people to suit my taste.

I don't like the idea of calling anything "must read," but if I were to make a list of my absolute favorite books and those that I hold most responsible for the basis of thinking the way I think then these are it (in alphabetical order, and I'm aiming for a short list):

Heart of Asia by Roy Chapman Andrews
Bell of Africa by W.D.M. Bell
Macau by Daniel Carney
Jian by Eric van Lustbader
Elephant Hunting in East Equatorial Africa by Arthur Neumann
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa by F.C. Selous
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Liberty Defined by Ron Paul
Bourbon for Breakfast by Jeffrey Tucker
Its a Jetsen's World by Jeffrey Tucker
Bang by Roosh V
Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
Taiko by Eiji Yoshikawa 

As I look at my list, it strikes me that:
  • Three include "Africa" in the title 
  • Six were written in or about people in China and/or Japan  
  • Bang, who's author advocates traveling abroad
  • Atlas Shrugged who's author advocates leaving socialist countries
  • Two by Jeffery Tucker (I haven't read his third one yet) and one by Ron Paul and both of those author's favor freedom, which is unlike what we have here
Since we are not free in America anymore and this is my reading list, I think that I should travel more.

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