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The Ishmael Network Reading List

    These resources are suggested by readers. Ishmael Network members can add their suggested readings by logging into their record here... Please note that this list is neither compiled nor reviewed by Daniel Quinn. It should not be assumed, therefore, that he either endorses these books or agrees with the comments made about them. This statement holds true for the Ishmael Webmaster as well.... As of Friday, April 20, 2018 there are 27 books in the suggested reading list that start with M. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • Macrobiotic Diet by Michio and Aveline Kushi has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Tameca Coleman...and Tameca has this to say about the book: "Take care of yourself, feel healthy, look great, use less . . . .and on and on into infinity."
    Check out and/or Order Macrobiotic Diet from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat by Howard Lyman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jennifer Eck...and Jennifer has this to say about the book: "This book presents an easy and effective way to improve the state of the world around you. It decries the Taker approach and advocates returning to a simpler, "natural" way of life. If you care about the environment, you must read this book! If you care about your own health, you must read this book! If you want to change the way our world is, you must read this book!"
    Check out and/or Order Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Man Corn by Christy G. Turner II has been suggested by Ishmael Network member yermo's creations...and yermo's has this to say about the book: "use of force in cultural change based in fear and terror as tools"
    Check out and/or Order Man Corn from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Managing Upside Down by Tom Chappell has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jason Hardy...and Jason has this to say about the book: "This book discusses how to manage a company using a value-centered approach."
    Check out and/or Order Managing Upside Down from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Man's Rise to Civilization as shown by the Indians of North America from Primeval Times to the Coming of the Industrial State by Peter Farb has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Toby Kramer...and Toby has this to say about the book: "Analyzes and describes various Leaver cultures."
    Check out and/or Order Man's Rise to Civilization as shown by the Indians of North America from Primeval Times to the Coming of the Industrial State from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Manual for the Peacemaker: An Iroquois Legend to Heal Self & Society by Jean Houston has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Bob Coleman...and Bob has this to say about the book: "The book offers a powerful story or cultural myth for living in cooperative societies. The Tub-Bucket.com URL includes a section called "We The People ..." where the Iroquois Constitution and an article About the Iroquois Constitution, both created by National Public Radio, can be downloaded for free."
    Check out and/or Order Manual for the Peacemaker: An Iroquois Legend to Heal Self & Society from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Graham Craig...and Graham has this to say about the book: "Just in case you needed some very specific cases of media propaganda, this book spells out several. It also includes a brilliant propaganda model that the rest of the book is based on."
    Check out and/or Order Manufacturing Consent from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Marabo Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Timothy Morey...and Timothy has this to say about the book: "it is a wonderfully twisted story of a disturbed individual."
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  • Maverick by Ricardo Semler has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Alex Palomo...and Alex has this to say about the book: "His business transformed from a hierarchial structure to a tribal organization and is a very successful muliti-million dollar global company . Very inspiring example of a changed mind in action and how you can compete in the business world. "
    Check out and/or Order Maverick from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Medicinal Plants of the World by Michael Wink has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Byrne...and Michael has this to say about the book: "This is a book I recommend we read so that we know how to survive without technology and agriculture. This is contains 800 color photographs, descriptions of more than 320 medicinal plants, and the use and dosage of around 900 plants."
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  • Medicinemaker: Mystic Encounters on the Shaman's Path by Hank Wesselman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Myra Lou Harris...and Myra Lou has this to say about the book: "Hank Wesselman continues to receive visions of our future without technology, but with reliance on inner strengths and abilities."
    Check out and/or Order Medicinemaker: Mystic Encounters on the Shaman's Path from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Message from Forever by Marlo Morgan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member john stifler...and john has this to say about the book: "this is a good follow up to ms. morgan's mutant message down under. it shows from two perspectives the negative impact that the taker culture (or shall we say culture takers) has had on the aborigine."
    Check out and/or Order Message from Forever from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern by Douglas Hofstadter has been suggested by Ishmael Network member George Gilman...and George has this to say about the book: "This is a great anthology of Hofstadter's magazine columns on a broad number of topics, many of which bisect the Ishmaelite concepts in exciting ways and take them in new directions. Hofstadter's interests are incredibly broad, but his primary focus is understanding the human mind and how it operates. In doing so, he studies the deep self-referential problems inherent in all powerful systems based on logic (from mathematics to everyday language). He extends this examination to the way our current systems of rational thought have brought us to the brink of environmental and nuclear destruction through a long series of what appear to be perfectly sound and rational judgements. He examines the common creative roots of science, art, and all ideas in general and points us in the direction of using our unique human creativity and intellegence in everyday problem solving (on both global and everyday problems). He discusses the ways that ideas propogate themselves through the "ideoshpere" (the collective conciousness of our culture)in the same way that genes propogate themselves through the bioshpere, modeling this discussion on Richard Dawkins' "The Selfish Gene" (another excellent book - see Daniel Quinn's book list elsewhere on this site). This model is very illuminating to those who wish to understand how powerful ideas (such as those we gather here to discuss) can spread through our culture. This is a collection of Hofstadter's columns in "Scientific American" during the early 1980's. Because they were originally written for that audience(and at that time), they can sometimes be a bit esoteric and technical. This may be good or bad, depending on your preference, but anyone can definitely grow their knowledge of "how things came to be this way" as well as thier direction in "what to do now" by exposing themselves to the ideas found here."
    Check out and/or Order Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Metamorphosis by Kevin Siegel has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kevin Siegel...and Kevin has this to say about the book: "It relates in ways that, I hope, different people will choose to understand or at least observe. Ron is one with various outer forces or spirits that fuel an unmatched drive and love that we see in some of Mr. Quinn's. How else does it relate, I cannot express anymore unwanted information as I dedicate it all to you."
    Check out and/or Order Metamorphosis from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Midcourse Correction by Ray C. Anderson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Tom Tomaka...and Tom has this to say about the book: "Ray integrates the ideas of several influential visionaries, including Daniel Quinn and Paul Hawking. By leading the transformation of his successful company, the Interface Corporation, into the worlds first restorative manufacturing corporation, Ray describes one of the boldest moves yet to implement such ideas. I enjoyed reading Midcourse Correction as I do meeting Ray in person, receiving both inspiration and hope from his words and deeds. "The prototypical company of the 21st century is strongly service oriented, resource-efficient, wasting nothing, solar driven, cyclical (no longer take-make-waste linear), strongly connected to our constituencies and each other.""
    Check out and/or Order Midcourse Correction from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences by Gregory Bateson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ken Jones...and Ken has this to say about the book: "The type of thinking Bateson asks people to do - looking for patterns rather than linear causality - and the beliefs that emanate from this thinking, that we are a part of the pattern rather than "overseeing" it, is the center of a very important world view."
    Check out and/or Order Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • MindWalk (VHS) 1990. by Bernt Capra has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Amy Anderson...and Amy has this to say about the book: ""Mindwalk", starring Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, and John Heard, is a movie based on the book by Fritjof Capra ("The Tao of Physics") called "The Turning Point." The movie is a journey in words among 3 dissimilar people against the backdrop of the beautiful island-abbey of Mont St. Michel. The subjects of conversation range from Descarts and the mechinization of time-keeping, particle physics, and systems thinking. Music by Philip Glass. Highly recommend it if you can find it! Rated PG. "
    Check out and/or Order MindWalk (VHS) 1990. from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Mirror in the mirror by Michael Endes has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Janos Biro...and Janos has this to say about the book: "I could not show it better than the following review, by Paul Murray: "The book is a series of vignettes through which a number of themes are woven. For me, the most important among these was the idea of people trapped in stasis by their own cowardice - unwilling to change for fear that all their effort up till now will have been wasted. Reading this book was instrumental in eventually breaking me out of a religious group I was involved in, although I did not realize it at the time." It is really a very powerfull and beautyfull book that can change minds, provoke questions and estimulate the imagination. Unique. Perfect for anyone who likes metaphors about the human situation."
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  • monkey wrench gang by edward abbey has been suggested by Ishmael Network member andrew pingree...and andrew has this to say about the book: "why fight to change? because i have to. it may be a losing battle. i know, but i still have to try."
    Check out and/or Order monkey wrench gang from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Oscar Madison...and Oscar has this to say about the book: "Perhaps some insight as to how we can together move "beyond." It is a fun sci-fi ditty about how the Gestalt ideology of "the whole being greater than the sum of the indvidual parts", and the power of misfits when they work together. The relation here is that it shows how if we "outcasts" band together etc., we can perhaps cause some magical things to occur. Unfortunately this is an old book, published I believe in 1953, so it may be tough to find, but I have found it at certain libraries. If anyone knows where I can get my own copy please let me know."
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  • Mountain in the Clouds: A Search for the Wild Salmon by Bruce Brown has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jamie Myxter...and Jamie has this to say about the book: "Mountain in the Clouds discusses declining salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest. The text is full of information on the causes of declining runs which I won't fully summarize for you here. It's valuable as one example of a species that is threatened as a direct result of our culture's activities.

    One point that Brown makes is that "a fish is not a fish." He discusses why hatchery fish are not adequate replacements for native fish. Native fish have been shaped by evolution since the beginning of time to be uniquely suited to the specific conditions of a particular river. When humans harvest eggs from fish in river A and "plant" them in rivers B, C, and D, a genetically inferior fish results. And because hatchery survival rates for hatchery eggs are so much greater than naturally occurring survival rates (because of laboratory-like hatchery environments that aim at maximizing output), native fish must compete with larger numbers of hatchery fish for scarce resources.

    (6/7/99) I found a hopeful story on salmon that describes how Canadian minister of fisheries and oceans David Anderson is taking steps to address the "tradgedy of the commons" that is salmon fishing on the West coast. From the article, "The idea is to quit managing fisheries for the benefit of fishermen and start managing for the benefit of fish...""
    Check out and/or Order Mountain in the Clouds: A Search for the Wild Salmon from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Heidi Hopkins...and Heidi has this to say about the book: "Amazing true story of a woman's experience on walkabout with a band of aborigines. The aborigines speak to her about how the mutants (nonaborigines) are destroying the earth, and how they must live to prevent such destruction."
    Check out and/or Order Mutant Message Down Under from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Lim-Lim Symon...and Lim-Lim has this to say about the book: "A very straight-forward, inspirational book about how it has been possible to lead a fulfilling tribal life as a human being. Many beautiful ideas not yet poisoned by the conditioning of Mother Culture as we know it."
    Check out and/or Order Mutant Message Down Under from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Buffy Duncan...and Buffy has this to say about the book: "The back of her book reads "It is not too late to save our world from desruction if we realize that all living things-be they plants, animals, or human beings-are part of the same universal oneness. If we heed this message, our lives, like the lives of the Real People,(leavers) can be filled with this great sense of purpose." The story is meant to be a message from the leaver people to the takers with simple advice on how to apply whats really important."
    Check out and/or Order Mutant Message Down Under from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization by Chellis Glendinning has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Gus Steeves...and Gus has this to say about the book: " The title pretty much says it all. Glendinning, a psychologist and former anti-nuke activist, tells her personal story of discovering how critical the gatherer mindset is to our survival. Many ideas similar to DQ. In one memorably chilling passage, she relates a conversation with an anonymous corporate CEO: He says that we won't have a nuclear war until all of China is commercialized, then there will be no reason left to live. If that doesn't typify the Taker philosophy, what does? That such a viewpoint exists at all is a good reason why we MUST stop the train now."
    Check out and/or Order My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • My Road To The Sundance by Manny Twofeathers has been suggested by Ishmael Network member david house...and david has this to say about the book: "ideas about alternative income, tribalism and the sundancers lifeway, which is one of giving back so that others will benefit from living in a good way"
    Check out and/or Order My Road To The Sundance from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean George has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Thom Rose...and Thom has this to say about the book: "This is a good book, written as a childrens book, but can be seen more as a manual for living as a leaver. It is the story of one boy who walks away from a future of pyramid building, and lives a much more fulfilling life, hunting and gathering in the Catskull mountains."
    Check out and/or Order My Side of the Mountain from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

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