70 books recommended by Stewart Brand

Stewart Brand’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization

70 books recommended by Stewart Brand

1. The Memory of the World: The Treasures That Record Our History from 1700 BC to the Present Day; by UNESCO

2. The Causes of War by Geoffrey Blainey

3. Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War by Eliot A. Cohen and John Gooch

4. Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision Makers by Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May

5. The Civilization of the Middle Ages: A Completely Revised and Expanded Edition of Medieval History by Norman F. Cantor

6. Infinite in All Directions: Gifford Lectures Given at Aberdeen, Scotland April–November 1985 by Freeman J. Dyson

7. The Nature of Things by Lucretius

8. The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages by Harold Bloom

9. Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock

10. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein

11. The Complete Oxford Shakespeare: Histories, Comedies, Tragedie; s (Three volume set)

12. The Complete Greek Tragedies, Volumes 1–4 edited by David Grene and Richmond Lattimore

13. Grand Design: The Earth from Above by Georg Gerster

14. Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

15. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

16. Conceptual Physics by Paul G. Hewitt

17. Lao Tzu’s Te-Tao Ching — A New Translation Based on the Recently Discovered Ma-wang-tui Texts by Lao Tzu and translated by Robert G. Henricks

18. Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

19. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

20. Why the West Rules–for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris

21. The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories edited by Robert B. Strassler

22. The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World by Peter Schwartz

23. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

24. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

25. The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property by Lewis Hyde

26. Dune by Frank Herbert

27. The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization by Brian Fagan

28. The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas that Make Computers Work by Daniel Hillis

29. Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery

30. The Encyclopedia of Earth: A Complete Visual Guide by Michael Allaby and Dr. Robert Coenraads

31. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action by Elinor Ostrom

32. The History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

33. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

34. The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil

35. The Iliad by Homer translated by Robert Fagles

36. How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built by Stewart Brand

37. Imagined Worlds by Freeman Dyson

38. The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson

39. The Idea of Decline in Western History by Arthur Herman

40. One True God: Historical Consequences of Monotheism by Rodney Stark

41. The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul’s Conquest of Evil by Heinrich Zimmer edited by Joseph Campbell

42. A History of Civilizations by Fernand Braudel

43. Powers of Ten: About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe by Philip Morrison and Phylis Morrison

44. Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks

45. Venice, A Maritime Republic by Frederic Chapin Lane

46. The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples by Tim Flannery

47. The Map Book by Peter Barber

48. The Coming Population Crash: And Our Planet’s Surprising Future by Fred Pearce

49. The Discoverers: Volumes I and II Deluxe Illustrated Set by Daniel J. Boorstin

50. The Way Life Works: The Science Lover’s Illustrated Guide to How Life Grows, Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along by Mahlon Hoagland and Bert Dodson

51. The Past From Above: Aerial Photographs of Archaeological Sites edited by Charlotte Trümpler

52. The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook by Robert Porter

53. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War edited by Robert B. Strassler

54. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington

55. The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray

56. Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward L. Glaeser

57. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

58. Excession by Iain M. Banks

59. The Complete Guide to Trail Building and Maintenance by Carl Demrow and David Salisbury

60. State of the Art by Iain M. Banks

61. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

62. The Odyssey by Homer

63. The Prince by Machiavelli

64. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

65. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (6 Volumes) by Edward Gibbon

66. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

67. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

68. Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson

69. The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community by William H. Mcneill

70. The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs & Pictograms by Andrew Robinson

71. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

72. What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly

73. Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge

74. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse

75. Medieval Civilisation by Jacques Le Goff

76. The Epic of Gilgamesh translated by Andrew George

Source: http://blog.longnow.org/02014/03/04/stewart-brand-book-list-for-manual/

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