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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 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 there are 28 books in the suggested reading list that start with D. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jason Hardy...and Jason has this to say about the book: "This book explains for nonphysicists facts and theories related to quantum mechanics, particle physics, and relativity. It also provides a link to Eastern religions from Western science. Zukav explores in a fun and appreciative way how the latest scientific discoveries (by 1980) point to an understanding of the Universe that allows for a sixth sense and a spiritual/material interaction."
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  • Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Karen Wheeler...and Karen has this to say about the book: "This book shows how human beings and the natural world are being used and then discarded to maximize profits."
    Check out and/or Order Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Days of War, Nights of Love by Crimethinc Ex-Workers Collective has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Sean Murphy...and Sean has this to say about the book: "It presents one way by which we can go about liberating ourselves from the strangulation and suffocating stench which imprisons us. Ways of going about and subverting this culture from the inside (as there unfortunately is no outside anymore)"
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  • Days of War, Nights of Love: Crimethink for Beginners by Crimethinc Workers' Collective has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Melissa Reyes...and Melissa has this to say about the book: "This book gives an analysis of our lives and how in the current society they unnecessarily revolve around production of things and useless objects instead of happiness and freedom, and allowing others to live the same...and has suggestions to our lifestyles...Very "revolutionary". A must check out!"
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  • Dead Meat by Sue Coe has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Rebecca Harrington...and Rebecca has this to say about the book: "A persuasive argument for vegetarianism."
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  • Dear Children of the Earth by Schim Schimmel has been suggested by Ishmael Network member David Farver...and David has this to say about the book: "It is an introduction to children of the idea that people belong to the earth and not the other way around. It is a letter from earth to the children, asking for their help to save her, our mother, and our brothers and sisters that share the planet with us. It teaches the concept of the world as a living entity."
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  • Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Karen Wheeler...and Karen has this to say about the book: "This book explores the political disintegration of our Taker culture and how it is leading us to extinction. "
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  • Deep Living: A path to happiness and fulfillment through honesty, courage, consciousness, and self-responsibility by James Swank has been suggested by Ishmael Network member James Swank...and James has this to say about the book: "This book shows both a world view and practical steps that help to disconnect from our personal and cultural conditioning and realize deeper levels of truth about ourselves and the world around us. "
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  • Demian by hermann hesse has been suggested by Ishmael Network member sf.kg. yahweh...and sf.kg. has this to say about the book: "man faces the inebitable truth that there is good and evil"
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  • Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence by Richard Wrangham has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jenny Small...and Jenny has this to say about the book: "Wrangham and Peterson take a look at the misconsceptions of evolution and human violence. An interesting book to read after having read Quinn's work."
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  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jonathan Cohen...and Jonathan has this to say about the book: "Experience, through Abbey's compelling prose, the sacredness of nature and the sorrow that accompanies its destruction."
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  • Dharma Gaia : A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology by Allan Hunt Badiner has been suggested by Ishmael Network member steven seighman...and steven has this to say about the book: "dharma gaia is a collection of poems and essays that tie together ecology and buddhism. it reminds us, primarily from a buddhist perspective just how beautiful and important nature is. something we all can use a refresher course in from time to time."
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  • Dialogue and the art of thinking together by William Issacs has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Paul Caswell...and Paul has this to say about the book: "It provides techniques for sharing meaning. Leavers are proficient at Dialogue. This helps us Takers who lost this ability in the Great Forgetting."
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  • Diet for a New America by John Robbins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Melissa Reyes...and Melissa has this to say about the book: "..." a moving and well-documented book that describes the inhumane and unhealthy conditions under which animals are raised for food and shows how our hedalth and ecological well-being are linked to the adoption of a vegan diet.""
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  • Direct Pointing to Real Wealth by Thomas Elpel has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jeff Blend...and Jeff has this to say about the book: "Talks about how one can create a dream and vision towards a career that closes the loop on waste (both in resources and in one's spending habits). This is a great start to answering the question of what career or living one should pursue in a society that is so destructive. This book covers history form hunter-gatherers up to the present, and also outlines a plan for one to start forming their unique dreams."
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  • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Randall Case...and Randall has this to say about the book: "Foucalt's analysis of the development of the prison reflects how discipline in Western Civilization shifted from a physical to a mental establishment, invoking gods, social norms, normalizing devices, surveillance, and etcetera. It's another of those eye-opening books. It is a tough read but well worth it once you begin to see how the Panopticon is reflected in everyday culture."
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  • Discourse on the Origin of Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Danielle Henry...and Danielle has this to say about the book: "It was the first book I read after Ishmael and My Ishmael where I said, "My god! He's just regurgitating Mother Culture!""
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  • Discourse on the Origins of Inequality (Second Discourse) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Eric Bielke...and Eric has this to say about the book: "This is a must-read for Ishmael readers with a particular interest in philosophy. In the Second Discourse, Rousseau traces the evolution of humankind to its present state, giving an account of the origins of private property, jealousy, justice, and finally political institutions. Rousseau's 18th century account is amazingly similar to Quinn's. This book authors the idea of the "Noble Savage" which is the foundation for taker culture's view of indigenous peoples. Rousseau also brings a critical argument to the table by demonstrating that though the cultural shift (which Quinn describes as the shift to taker culture) occurs by chance, it is nonetheless inevitable. The format is unusually easy to read (especially for a philosophy text) and extremely worthwhile for skeptics of Ishmael."
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  • DoingIt!-- a journal of positive living by David Bartholomew has been suggested by Ishmael Network member David Bartholomew...and David has this to say about the book: "[excerpts can also be found at www.oneworldflag.org/blog] Thoughts, essays, exercises, success stories-- all testament to the highest that we may all achieve"
    Check out and/or Order DoingIt!-- a journal of positive living from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Dominion by Niles Eldredge has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mark Meritt...and Mark has this to say about the book: "This science-based book comes closer than any other I've read to Quinn's ideas. It is all about how the idea of dominion (which is, essentially, the Taker meme) seemed justified for a long time but no longer is, how our culture developed it, where we need to head. He even ends the book with the proposal of "a new story." Well worth the read for a scientific/evolution-based overview."
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  • Don't Be Afraid Gringo by Medea Benjamin has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Harry Lotus...and Harry has this to say about the book: "This book shows what America and even the Honduran government do to it's own people for the sake of making money or creating more wealth, food, etc. for us. The natives, who have been promised their land back so they may cultivate it are trod upon, shot and killed and starved to death for big companies' best interest."
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  • Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Keyf Tsubouchi...and Keyf has this to say about the book: "This book presents ideas and experiences, travelled by Huxley himself, that allow you to understand in an easy and interesting way that there are other ways to see the world."
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  • Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Kafka by william hubben has been suggested by Ishmael Network member andrew tibbetts...and andrew has this to say about the book: "An interesting look at the lives and work of each of these four existentialists."
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  • Dropping Ashes on the Buddha by Seung Sahn has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Richard Burkett...and Richard has this to say about the book: "Awakening"
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  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Gatto has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Paul Brewer-Jensen...and Paul has this to say about the book: "Compulsory public schooling would be helping to generate the ambient background hum of mother culture in Gatto's opinion. Gatto would also agree with Quinn that humans have an inbred need for community. Our culture, with the tools of compulsory public schooling and other institutions, is busily destroying families which are the foundations for communities. Public schools pretend to be communities that can tend to all of the needs of its inmates, but they cannot. Read "Dumbing Us Down" to find out why. Gatto also writes "there is no one right way" twice I think."
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  • Dune by Frank Herbert has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mike Rzerusiewicz...and Mike has this to say about the book: "This is the book about changing minds for a wide scale. It describes changes of ways of human thinking throughout the centuries. You can find there lot of wise thougths about human nature. This the book about life : how it is and how it could be changed for better."
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  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert has been suggested by Ishmael Network member James Gamble...and James has this to say about the book: "The sequel to Dune, it's here that Frank Herbert's message really begins. Covering cultural collapse, the downfalls of aristocratic rule and prophets, and the draw backs of changing the ecology inflexibly, it's a story that reaffirms many of Quinn's points."
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  • Dwellings : A Spiritual History of the Living World by Linda Hogan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jody Mosher...and Jody has this to say about the book: "This beautiful books speak of the various dwelling of animals, the use of those dwellings, how humans impact the dwelling of other living things, and more..."
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