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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 Monday, February 19, 2018 there are 79 books in the suggested reading list that start with A. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • All Things Censored by Mumia Abu-Jamal has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Nathan Helm-Burger...and Nathan has this to say about the book: "This book is a great expression of the inherent wrong within our culture and government. It is undeniable from reading this book that something must change. Mumia, writing from death row, points out the rampant social problems in America, especially conserning racism against African-Americans. This is a man with a powerful vision. It is well worth your time even if you only listen to the book's included Audio CD."
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  • Always Coming Home by Ursula LeGuin has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Victoria Bugado...and Victoria has this to say about the book: "This is one person's idea of how people may be living thousands of years from now (IF we get through our current crisis)."
    Check out and/or Order Always Coming Home from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • American Indian Myths and Legends by Richard Erdoes has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Julien Barras...and Julien has this to say about the book: "it's a nice way to try to understand a culture. Learning from their legends and stories"
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  • Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member John Frusciante...and John has this to say about the book: "Discusses public discourse in the age of television (in fact this is the subtitle of the book), and points out how television and other forms of non-print media have driven us to become a mis-informed, isolated society. Of particular interest is his attack on Sesame Street and the CTN in general. Also check out the Roger Waters album of the same name, if you're so inclined."
    Check out and/or Order Amusing Ourselves to Death from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Anarchism by Daniel Guerin has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael B...and Michael has this to say about the book: "Do you want a better way to live?"
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  • Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jason B...and Jason has this to say about the book: "A great guide to the sources of illness in our society and the mental connection to physical illness"
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  • Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh by Helena Norberg-Hodge has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michele Simon...and Michele has this to say about the book: "The author elegantly describes her experiece living among this traditional culture, strugging to survive in the wake of interference from outsiders seeking to "modernize them." I'm now lending this book to the friend who lent me Ishmael!"
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  • Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh by Helena Norberg-Hodge has been suggested by Ishmael Network member K Mattern...and K has this to say about the book: "Living and working in Ladakh as a translator before the area was opened to 'free trade' Helena observed first-hand the Leaver-lifestyle of the natives of Ladakh who knew how to survive in a very limited climate and environment. For example, married women each had two husbands, younger brothers and sisters joined the monastic life. These people knew how to live within their means without 'creating famine.' They understood that they did not enjoy the luxury of unlimited growth and had evolved a culture well-suited to survival in their sparse land. That is, until 'western monoculture' managed to force its way in. To read a detailed description of a functioning Leaver society with a no-growth record in terms of population, this book is unparalleled."
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  • Animal Farm by George Orwell has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jason B...and Jason has this to say about the book: "Like 1984, a short book that gives long insights on Totalitarianism and the people's role in allowing leaders to take control of a population."
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  • Animal Farm by George Orwell has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Paul Maceri...and Paul has this to say about the book: "Some might consider this a satire on our culture. The animals' way of life was just fine, until those who had power in their community suggested that they all must live a certain way. Of course, the rule makers are exempt from their laws (something were all familiar with, I'm sure), while also rewriting the past to justify their actions. The ending of this book delivers the weight of the message the author was intending. Just by replacing humans with animals in a political and cultural story, we are able to see things with a different pespective. After you've read this, pretend there were no animals at all in this story-just humans. At any rate, this book is also a classic and should be read just for the fun of it."
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  • Animal Liberation by Peter Singer has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ted King-Smith...and Ted has this to say about the book: " Anyone Interested in the views portrayed in Ishmael would probably also be interested in this book which not only describes how animals are mistreated in our "Taker Culture" but it attacks the central belief that man is superior to other animals. This book Will also give you many reasons to go Vegetarian/Vegan if you haven't already."
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  • Animal Liberation: A New Ethics For Our Treatment of Animals by Peter Singer has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Sean Reany...and Sean has this to say about the book: "This book is a case for animal equality. If we are ever to admit that the world is not ours for the conquering, and that we are not the only important species on earth, we have to dramatically alter our behaviour and attitudes toward the other creatures on this planet. This book is a good place to start."
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  • Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Doug Westlake...and Doug has this to say about the book: "Tom Robbins shares many views with Quinn and presents them in fictional stories as well. I've only read Ishmael by Quinn, and all of T. Robbins to date, so I'm much more informed on one than the other. In short, Tom Robbins is a startlingly original wordsmith in the tradition of Twain or H.S. Thompson. A fiesty Folkstylist with jazzy rhythms and multi textured prose. Tom Robbins seems to be fearless when it comes to the chore of pointing at Religion as the problem. I was dissapointed in Quinn for executing nimble dance steps to avoid coming down on either side of that debate in Ishmael. In Another Roadside Attraction, check out the debate between Tarzan and Jesus (!) towards the final chapters. Robbins pulls no punches."
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  • Anthem by Ayn Rand has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Negrete...and Michael has this to say about the book: "This book illustrates that no one system workes for every person."
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  • Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jason Fairman...and Jason has this to say about the book: "Written after his classic anti-utopian Brave New World, Ape and Essence offers a much different view of a post-apocolyptic world"
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  • Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Daniel Berkman...and Daniel has this to say about the book: "what i believe to be a more content filled/whole view of the processes we are moving through"
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  • Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jeremy Galjour...and Jeremy has this to say about the book: "Incorporates DQ's ideas about the agricultural revolution and mother culture into a larger exposition of the current state of Taker society. "
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  • Asking for the Earth: Waking Up to the Spritual/Ecological Crisis by James George has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Alex Templer...and Alex has this to say about the book: "This brilliant examination of the present ecological crisis is depicted as also a spiritual crisis. The spritual crisis is what DQ discusses in Ishmael as sleeping. It offers other perspectives on the crisis and had a profound effect on me."
    Check out and/or Order Asking for the Earth: Waking Up to the Spritual/Ecological Crisis from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • At Home in the Universe by Stuart Kauffman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Hans Maverick...and Hans has this to say about the book: "This book provides the non-scientific reader an understanding of how complex systems work, particularly the interaction between a species' genetic adaptation and its changin environment. It relates to Daniel Quinn's work in that it helps the reader understand that adaptation is not a one-way interaction, but rather a cyclic process which can result in either paradise or sterility, or something in between."
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  • At the End of an Age by John Lukacs has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Marissa Cagle...and Marissa has this to say about the book: "The book relates to Quinn's works through the author's ideals. He acknoledges that we are at the end of an age, and that science and fact are only of the mind."For a long time I have been convinced that we in the West are living near the end of an entire age, the age that began about five hundred years ago." We created the world around us, and it is up to us to save it and make it work for us all. The book is much more scientific, but VERY GREAT READ...this book, coupled with ISHMAEL, helped open my eyes to the truths around me. Mar"
    Check out and/or Order At the End of an Age from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Atheism: The Case Against God by George Smith has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Alvaro Cordova...and Alvaro has this to say about the book: "When I read Ishmael, I was going through a difficult time with my religious beliefs. Ishmael more or less cemented my atheism, but this book made me ask some difficult questions. Also this culture is very "God" oriented which I believe can be a problem with fundamentalism on the rise and all."
    Check out and/or Order Atheism: The Case Against God from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kate Seitz...and Kate has this to say about the book: "While this book is a tad dated and long, Rand models ONE way to make the change."
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  • Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child by Katie Allison Granju has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Laura Bouma...and Laura has this to say about the book: "If you don't know what Attachment Parenting is, you should read this book. This is the best book I've ever seen on Attachment Parenting. Tons of resources: mailing lists, magazines, web sites, catalogs - and most of the web sites still exist!"
    Check out and/or Order Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic by OSHO Rajneesh has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Rebel Yell...and Rebel has this to say about the book: "Osho is an amazing person with a vision of the new man. The New Man fits in well with Quinn's vision of the New Tribal Revolution. Osho teaches that you must first change yourself before you can change others. This can be done through meditation. He exposes the lies that organized religion and politics tell us is Truth. Osho talks about every topic you can imagine. Osho will change your life just as much, if not more, than Quinn has! http://www.oshoworld.com/ has more info."
    Check out and/or Order Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Autobiography of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Deke Beakley...and Deke has this to say about the book: "Frederick Douglass presents in his autobiography the account of a young man, a slave in the American South, and why he became dissatisfied with his condition as property. Douglass details how slavery affected Southern culture and of course, also what it was like to be a slave. It will seem familiar to you, as your condition is little different. Poignant and desperately insightful, the Autobiography of frederick doudlass is a quick, fascinating, and throghly rewarding read, which is as relevent in the areas of the origions and motivations of American culture as it is in the areas of Black history and civil rights. It is a massively important document, and not just to American blacks, but to all americans, and the reasons you should read it are many but boil down to: "This is NOT fiction. This really happened!""
    Check out and/or Order Autobiography of Frederick Douglass from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Awakening Spirits by Tom Brown, Jr. has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Karen Huffaker...and Karen has this to say about the book: "Great book in learning Native philosophy and beliefs. Tom Brown, Jr. was taught the Leaver lifestyle from a young age by an Apache named Stalking Wolf. His series of books on wilderness survival and Native philosophy are incredible. Give them a try."
    Check out and/or Order Awakening Spirits from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Lloyd Beaton...and Lloyd has this to say about the book: "Exposes the reader to true vision, In this way we see the truth with clarity and can address troubles facing us and the world in which we live with greater ease."
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  • Awakening Wisdom from Innocence by Dolores Calley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Roy Shimp...and Roy has this to say about the book: "Offers insights to parenting skills to teach to, to learn from, children. To show the way of the "leavers' is a choice we can all make."
    Check out and/or Order Awakening Wisdom from Innocence from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Awareness : A De Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words by Anthony deMello has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jeff Angelovich...and Jeff has this to say about the book: "Ishmael leaves you with more questions than you started, yet AWARENESS answers more questions that you have not even thought of. A great supplement to any of Quinn's writings....."
    Check out and/or Order Awareness : A De Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

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