posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 02:10 AM
I was thinking back to my highschool days, and I remember reading such horrible books. The shakespeare wasn't bad, and neither were a few other
things. However, when subjected to things such as "Cue for Treason" and whatnot, it was like putting an intellectual slug through my stomach. I cna
understand the need for fiction, but does it have to be so absolutely horrible? Books like that turn kids of reading unbelievably fast, and I don't
think they provide any real... well, content or value. I was thinking.... and I thought up some books that everyone should read before they leave
highschool. these books, in my mind, promote independent thinking and provide and excellent general basis for free thought:
1. The Art of War by Sun Tzu - It's not very long, and it provides practical advice as to conflict and the nature of conflict.
2. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - This shows statecraft in a can. A good read about politics, which not many care about anymore.
3. 1984 by George Orwell- Fiction, but a good view of what might be.
4. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Once again, a parable about politics.
5. Brave new World by Aldous Huxley - Same as 1984.
Now that we're done with the obvious picks, let's move on to some more obscure titles:
6. The Mask of Command by John Keegan- a good solid historical look at the nature of command as well as the methods behind it.
7. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Balthasar y Gracian - Simple, sound precepts for life.
8. The Republic by Plato- Another undervalued tome about basic sociological concepts.
9. Dune by Frank Herbert- Wheels within wheels, children...
Now, I realize that many of these are ratehr advanced reads for todays dull and electronics addled masses, btu I think by the time that anyone reaches
the end of highschool, they should have these books under their belt. Hey, even I can be an optimist. Any other suggestions/ comments?