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Old 06-05-2013, 12:39   #16
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If you want to combine economics and philosophy, I highly recommend Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, just as a previous poster recommend The Fountainhead by Rand. Pretty much anything by Rand ought to be thought provoking enough. Her philosophy of Objectivism is very interesting, even if you cannot find yourself agreeing with its premises.

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:43   #17
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Also, College of Charleston is a great location, but head up I-26 and go to USC in Columbia--their international business program is convict entry ranked among the best in the world.

I am actually a product of the Darla Moore School of Business, although my concentration was in management science and supply chain management.

But I totally understand the draw of charleston--I go there every spring for the Cooper River Bridge Run 10k. Absolutely wonderful place!

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:59   #18
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Re: making a reading list

Possible antidotes to Atlas Shrugged:

Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
The Tidewater Tales, by John Barth
Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek, by Annie Dillard
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Old 06-05-2013, 13:09   #19
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Is your boat thaaaaaat big to accommodate all these books? Buy a Kindle, and start downloading! Have fun! Mauritz
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Old 06-05-2013, 13:12   #20
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Re: making a reading list

A few outdoor themed books I have enjoyed recently and can recommend, although I agree with the above choices as well:

Sea of Greed: story of a NC drug smuggling operation that ultimately brought down Manuel Noriega.

In the Heart of the Sea: the historical account of the whaleship Essex as told by Philbrick that led to Melville's Moby Dick.

Sea of Glory: another Philbrick book full of well told sailing stories and historical perspectives of the 1848 US Exploratory Expedition that discovered Antarctica, charted most of the Pacific and US west coast, and brought home the relics that led to the establishment of the Smithsonian.

Nogales: two young Americans caught up in Nixon's war on drugs across the Mexican border and an incredible story of survival that will make you want to avoid the interior of Mexico.

The Old Man and the Sea: Hemingway's classic never gets old.
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Re: making a reading list

The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Banker to the Poor by Muhhamad Yunus
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Siddhartha by Hermann Hess
Horatio Hornblower series by C.S. Forester
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E Ambrose
A Brief History of time by Steven Hawkings
The Elder Brothers by Alan Ereira
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Candide by Voltaire
Walden by Henry David Thoreau

I could go on, but that would keep you fairly busy and give you a leg up on the university in several departments.
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Old 06-05-2013, 14:31   #22
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Anything by Dickens, gotta love Poe.

But the one book that should be bought as a paperback is Sun Tzu, The Art of War. I carried one for years until it rotted away. Somehow the electronic versions don't seem to do it for me. There is also The King James Holy Bible, as I get older I try to find time to read it. Looking for some loopholes for when I get to see St. Peter...... Ya see Pete, it says "Thou shalt not take the name of The Lord in vain"---so calling that guy a dumb MF was technically NOT a sin.
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The Shipkiller - Justin Scott

Outerbridge Reach- Robert Stone

The Barefoot NAVIGATOR - Jack Lagan

Youth, Victory, Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
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Fatal Impact,Two years before the Mast(mentioned),On The Road,The Gulag Archapelogo, Tiger Rising, The Good Earth(fiction),Casa del Sol, Lies and the lieing liars that tell them,Alexander the Great,Tolken(fiction),Tolstoy,The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich(Shire ?),The history of the world,Sun Tsu (mentioned),Klauswitz(sp?) , Any thing by David Stick, A fair well to Arms,For Whom the Bell Tolls(great),Islands in the Stream, The world is Flat( Thom Freedman ?)The mind of Adolph Hitler(strange ,but a good read) Lots more
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thank you for all the suggestions! One poster mentioned a kindle... I can't read on those things. I like real books. And another poster mentioned Thoreau, and I love transindetalist (sp?) works. There are some great suggestions (some I have read), and I look forward to reading the ones I have not.
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Old 27-05-2013, 09:56   #26
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Re: making a reading list

In case you're still taking recommendations (and you've gotten some great ones thus far)...
  1. Kon Tiki & Fatu Hiva - Thor Heyerdahl
  2. The Sea Around Us - Rachel Carson
  3. East of Eden - Steinbeck
  4. A Sideways Look at Time - Jay Griffiths
  5. The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
  6. Modern Man in Search of a Soul or The Portable Jung - Carl Jung
  7. Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
  8. Dune - Frank Herbert
  9. Enders Game / The Ender Series - Orson Scott Card (disclaimer: I read these prior to the author making his homophobic comments and I try to allow the books to stand on their own merit)
  10. Through a Window - Jane Goodall
  11. Lolita - Nabokov
  12. The Discoverers - Daniel Boorstin
  13. Anything by: Dave Barry, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Bill Bryson
  14. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
  15. Sailing Alone Around the World - Joshua Slocum
  16. How to Avoid Huge Ships - John W. Trimmer
I could go on...

And yea, keep it on paper

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The English Patient
And the Sea Will Tell, Bugliosi

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