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Stewart Brand is an American writer, best known as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He founded a number of organizations, including The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now Foundation.
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Red Power, 2nd Ed
The American Indians' Fight for Freedom, Second Edition
Troy R. Johnson - May 01, 1999
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Red Power is a classic documentary history of the American Indian activist movement. This landmark second edition considerably expands and updates the original, illustrating the development of American Indian political activism from the 1960s through the end of the twentieth century. Included in the fifty selections are influential statements by In...
Stewart Brand
Nov 06, 2020
Re the term "Red Power," here's a good book: Red Power, 2nd Ed: The American Indians' Fight for Freedom, Second Edition     source
The Life of Samuel Johnson
James Boswell - Dec 22, 2016 (first published in 1790)
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James Boswell was a prominent Scottish biographer, lawyer, and diarist during the late 18th century. Boswell wrote many books and his biography on the great English writer Samuel Johnson is one of the greatest ever written. The Life of Samuel Johnson was published in 1791 and was highly influential in the development of the modern biography....
Stewart Brand
Oct 24, 2020
Yes. Read this remarkable piece. Read Boswell/Johnson. (I had the book injected into my arteries in prep school by a master, to my lifelong benefit. I still remember the name of Johnson’s cat. Hodge. And what to check on with your mind after you’ve had a stroke.)     source
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Tom Holland
The Water Will Come
Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World
Jeff Goodell - Aug 07, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. Wi...
Stewart Brand
Feb 15, 2020
@jason_pontin Do read Jeff Goodell’s THE WATER WILL COME.     source
The Good Ancestor
How to Think Long-Term in a Short-Term World
Roman Krznaric - Oct 27, 2020
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The greatest challenge facing humankind is not climate change, or extreme inequality, or terrorism; it is our inability to think long term.   “The most important question we must ask ourselves is: Are we being good ancestors?” So said Jonas Salk, who cured polio in 1955, saving millions of lives, but refused to patent his discovery or make any mone...
Stewart Brand
Feb 09, 2020
A very good book coming in May.     source
The Odyssey
Homer - Jul 15, 2020 (first published in 700)
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The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other Homeric epic. The Odyssey is a fundamental work in the modern Western canon, being the oldest extant piece of Western literature, second to the Iliad. Scholars believe the Odyssey was composed near the end of the 8th centur...
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Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization     source
Tao Te Ching
Lao Tzu - Apr 28, 2020 (first published in 600)
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A lucid translation of the well-known Taoist classic by a leading scholar-now in a Shambhala Pocket Library edition. Written more than two thousand years ago, the Tao Teh Ching, or -The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue, - is one of the true classics of the world of spiritual literature. Traditionally attributed to the legendary -Old Master, - Lao ...
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Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization     source
Marcus Aurelius - Apr 07, 2020 (first published in 180)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful ...
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Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization     source
Deluxe Edition
Frank Herbert - Oct 01, 2019 (first published in 1965)
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A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This deluxe hardcover edition of Dune includes: - An iconic new cover- Stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers- A beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket- A redesigned wo...
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Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization     source
The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies
Geoffrey West - May 14, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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The former head of the Sante Fe Institute, visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly compl...
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Particularly fantastic.     source
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Vinod Khosla
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley - May 09, 2017 (first published in 1932)
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Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological mani...
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Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization     source
Second Foundation
Isaac Asimov - Oct 06, 2016 (first published in 1953)
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When the First Foundation was conquered by a force Seldon had not foreseen - the overwhelming power of a single individual, a mutant called the Mule - the second Foundation was forced to reveal its existence and, infinitely worse, a portion of its power. One man understood the shifting patterns of the inhabited cosmos. This was Hari Seldon, the las...
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Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization     source
Foundation and Empire by Isaac-Asimov
Time Travel by James Gleick
Machines of Loving Grace by John Markoff
Beowulf by J. Lesslie Hall
Governing the Commons by Elinor Ostrom
Epic of Gilgamesh by Morris Jastrow
Learning to Breathe Fire by J.C. Herz
The Iliad by Homer
Homo Ludens by Johan Huizinga
A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse
Turing's Cathedral by George Dyson
Memory of the World by UNESCO
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
Dirt by David R. Montgomery
Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser
Why the West Rules--for Now by Ian Morris
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Book Collective
The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington
The Coming Population Crash by Fred Pearce
Collapse by Jared Diamond
Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook by Robert Porter
Elements by Theodore Gray
The Landmark Herodotus by Robert B. Strassler
The Encyclopedia of Earth by Michael Allaby
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
The Idea of Decline in Western History by Arthur Herman
The Story of Writing by Andrew Robinson
The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil
Military Misfortunes by Eliot A. Cohen
The Map Book by Peter Barber
The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks
The Oxford Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
The Past From Above by Charlotte Trümpler
The Long Summer by Brian Fagan
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Infinite in All Directions by Freeman J. Dyson
One True God by Rodney Stark
The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson
The Eternal Frontier by Tim Flannery
On the Nature of Things by Lucretius
Conceptual Physics by J.K
The Way Life Works by Mahlon Hoagland
The Pattern On The Stone by Danny Hillis
The Landmark Thucydides by Thucydides
The Complete Guide to Trail Building and Maintenance by Carl Demrow
Excession by Iain M. Banks
Imagined Worlds by Freeman Dyson
The Art of the Long View by Peter Schwartz
The Western Canon by Harold Bloom
A History of Civilizations by Fernand Braudel
The Civilization of the Middle Ages by Norman F. Cantor
The Rise of the West by William H. McNeill
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Medieval Civilization 400 - 1500 by Jacques Le Goff
Powers of Ten by Philip Morrison
The Causes of War by Geoffrey Blainey
Thinking in Time by Richard E. Neustadt
Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge
The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin
The Gift by Lewis Hyde
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
Grand design by Georg Gerster
Venice, A Maritime Republic by Frederic Chapin Lane
The King and the Corpse by Heinrich Zimmer
The Complete Greek Tragedies by Sophocles
Gaia by James Lovelock