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


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