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A Terrible Beauty: The People and Ideas that Shaped the Modern Mind (Peter Watson)
An overview of 20th century thought. Wonderful for much of it, but important elements, such as pop culture and jazz, are given short shrift. I find the conclusion particularly poor.
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may 2005 by geof
The Prince (Niccoló Machiavelli)
Short and sweet. Its reputation for being, well, Machiavellian seems overstated: sometimes brutal and amoral, sometimes not, his realpolitik is too familiar to be shocking.
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may 2005 by geof
Them: Adventures with Extremists (Jon Ransom)
Hilarious. He humanizes even the most deranged individuals. The image of Klansmen taking self-improvement lessons really sticks with me. Seems like fiction, but I looked up the Bohemian Grove video online (it struck me as cheesy and harmless).
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may 2005 by geof
The Internet Galaxy (Manuel Castells)
Looks at the Internet from many useful viewpoints, with good understanding of history and culture that produced it. Statistics on the concentration of domain name registrations are particularly striking.
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may 2005 by geof
Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (Lawrence Lessig)
Not his newest book, but no less relevant. In some ways more fundamental than the more focused The Future of Ideas and Free Culture.
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may 2005 by geof

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