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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, October 15, 2018 there are 28 books in the suggested reading list that start with G. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • GAIA: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine by James Lovelock has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Brett Potts...and Brett has this to say about the book: "Lovelock describes his "theory" that our planet is a single living organism which he has termed Gaia after the ancient Greek Earth Goddess, and like all biological organisms, what affects one part of the body has repercussions for the rest of the body. Lovelock explaines the different components, or organs, of the planet and examines its current condition. From the blurb: "Gaia has taken some knocks in the past, but recovery has always been complete. Now, Gaia is sick, and it's serious. Humanity seems to be a part of the problem." Small understatement, hey?"
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  • Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Anthony Olivari...and Anthony has this to say about the book: "To quote the back cover: "...America's master satirist looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry-and all that is worth saving.""
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  • Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships by Eric Berne, MD has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Dameon Launert...and Dameon has this to say about the book: "The author describes many of the subtle manipulations, or games, people may play in place of autonomous interaction."
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  • Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World by Alan Weisman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Terry Shistar...and Terry has this to say about the book: "In 1971, a group of Colombian visionaries and technicians established a village in the harshest environment in the country--the barren, rain-leached savannahs or llanos of eastern Colombia. They made their living inventing appropriate technology that would keep them alive and also provide others with sustainable energy sources, medicinal crops, and technology to provide clean potable water. The village of Gaviotas consists of scientists, artisans, rural peasants, ex-urban street kids, and Guahibo natives. Not only did they invent and live by their environmentally friendly tools, but they also grew (or regrew) a rainforest. Somehow, they have managed to persist in a country ravaged by the violence and social destruction of drug wars. It's a message of hope, and I think, an example of the "new tribalism"."
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  • Generation X by Douglas Coupland has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kristin Oliver...and Kristin has this to say about the book: "Gen X is about three people who have, for different reasons, chosen to leave the 'Taker' culture, although it's not articulated that way. How ever, it is a humorous exploration through the disenchanted, highly observant eyes of a young man who wants nothing more than to be given an animist blessing (read the last two chapters and tell me if I'm wrong). Imagine a Quinn book written in 'Mother Culture's own tounge. It will lull you awake :)"
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  • Getting to the Source: Readings on Sustainable Values by William McCluney has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Dr. Ross McCluney...and Dr. Ross has this to say about the book: "Supplements it and includes a Quinn essay, "The New Renaissance""
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  • Gifts of unknown things by lyall watson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member brett Sillers...and brett has this to say about the book: "people respecting nature and in turn understanding it better without western science"
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  • Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Cera Marshall...and Cera has this to say about the book: "A wake-up call for Generation X. Contrasts the need to ask "why?" with the reality of life in suburbia."
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  • Global Mind Change by Willis Harman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Hummer Pleshe...and Hummer has this to say about the book: "Dr. Harman, of late of the Institute of Noetic Scineces (He died in '97, just before the revised edition was published), has, in the last part of the book, answered many of my, and perhaps ou, questions about "what to do". Wow! One quote from the Introducation: "This small volume explores the hypothesis that a change is taking place at the most fundamental level of the belief structure of Western industrial society.""
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  • Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism by Richard Robbins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jayme Peck...and Jayme has this to say about the book: "Professor Robbins has created a textbook, (though not much like a textbook) that critically examines the system of capitalism through the lens of anthropology using historical evidence and compelling arguments. While this book is not anti-capitalist, it compells the reader to understand the misgivings and massive faults of the capitalist culture. In my view this book is completely related to Quinns ideas in that Capitalism can be looked at as the latest of manifestations (and the most dangerous) of the taker culture."
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  • Globalization•Technology and Competition by Stephen P. Bradley, editor has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jim Weiler...and Jim has this to say about the book: "This book concerns The Harvard Business School's vision of the future globalization of the Internet as envisioned in the early '90's (1993 pub. date). I needed something to read, my library card was blocked because of an unfortunate rainstorm ruining a book I had borrowed, and I was broke, so I stole it from the library's donated books shelves (value to library, $2.00). Much to my surprise, I found the book extremely entertaining and enlightening, and I read it from cover-to-cover during the next month or so.

    The book is somewhat dated, it examines the culture of the Internet from the business viewpoint with predictions based on the culture that existed then. (doh... why do you think the business types were cultivated to grow the Internet? Because Lots of Money was/is needed!) The entertainment comes from noticing which predictions have failed, and which are still extant, and noticing the lack of certain names, which are very likely to be future success stories.

    That's part of the book. The other part is their very great attention to detail, filling in with certain revelations about this globalization enterprise that I hadn't noticed or was absent from my repertory of knowledge about the Internet. The various s-curves presented certainly fit the present time, and extend into the future for at least a decade or so, and I highly recommend you read this book, for the enlightenment you will get, not only about what drives the current WWW, but for the certainty of at least a part of our future, despite the manipulations that have and will occur.

    How does this relate to Daniel's creations? Well, where are you reading this? Doh... :)"
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  • God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kristian Brower...and Kristian has this to say about the book: "Dune the series is one of the greatest books of the imagination, and speaks a great deal about how things are and what we need to do to make it better, and God Emperor of Dune I think is the most philisophical book of the series and like Ishmael and the the others makes you think deeply on how things are how things should be and how most likely with a little help what life would be withe balance of the past and future. And like Daniel Quinn, Frank Herbert did alot of research before anything was written. Key points though is you do need to read the books before God Emporer before reading God Emporer. And like Quinn, Herbert did alot of research on Ecology, History, Psychology, Religion, and Politics."
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  • Godel, Escher, Bach - An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter has been suggested by Ishmael Network member George Gilman...and George has this to say about the book: "In this Pulitzer Prize winner, Hofstadter examines how we as humans mentally convert everything we percieve into symbols and how all human reason operates as the manipulation of these symbols. In the course of this search, he tracks a common creative thread though mathematics, music, visual arts, quantum physics, biology, sociology, zen buddhism, computer science, and many other human persuits. He powerfully demonstrates the strengths and weakness of this basic cognitive process that leave their mark (for better or for worse) on every human endeavor. As such, it is a great resource for deepening an understanding of "how things came to be this way". By studying the works of such disparate intellects as Kurt Godel, M.C. Escher, J.S. Bach, Werner Hiesenberg, and Lewis Carrol, Hofstadter also seeks to uncover the basic essences of human creativity that span all disciplines. Since the Ishmael books look to this creativity to provide the practical solutions to our shared problems, the insights Hofstadter will provide a good basis for those trying to understand how those solutions might be found."
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  • Going Local -- Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age by Michael Shuman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ruth Amundsen...and Ruth has this to say about the book: "A great read with ideas of how global corporations hurt the ecology, the community, the environment, and the citizens, and how communities can be strengthened."
    Check out and/or Order Going Local -- Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Going Native by J(ay) J(asper) Bone has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Gus Steeves...and Gus has this to say about the book: "An impressive but sometimes annoying journal of one Taker's transformation into a Leaver, thanks to his contact with the people of Africa. Bone, now a fieldworker for several major universities, went there at age 18 with a HUGE chip on his shoulder -- he relates bossing the locals around while moaning how much they're "using" him. 18 months later, he departs, leaving them all of his stuff. Initially, he's shocked that the area's two tribes (the Walese agriculturalists and the Mbuti hunters) can live side by side and trade yet "the one doesn't want to live like the other," and neither seeks to dominate the other. Eventually, he sees why, and also sees how third parties (especially the Eurocentric, "frozen" missionaries and the pompous Zairian government) are trying to wipe out both cultures in their drive to "modernize" and/or "save souls.""
    Check out and/or Order Going Native from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Gone to Croatan an Anthology by edited by ron / james sakolsky / koehnline has been suggested by Ishmael Network member john stifler...and john has this to say about the book: "the title refers to the "vannished colony" at roanoke, va, who, as it is told, went splitsville with the natives (specifically the croatoans) while sir walter raleigh was back in europe. the book documents the history of groups who said "screw it" and went native, including the maroons and the ishmaelites (also known as the tribe of ishmael,) a quasi-nomadic community consisting of escaped slaves, free blacks, native americans, and escaped indentured white servants. sort of a history for "our" community. a must read!"
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  • Good Nights: The Happy Parent's Guide to the Family Bed by Jay Gordon has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Stacy Doney...and Stacy has this to say about the book: "Relates well to content in "My Ishmael". Parenting does not stop just because you go to sleep at night. Babies for millions of years slept next to their caregivers at night--else how did they survive? Your baby needs to be with you, not in some crib that's making somebody rich and your baby miserable."
    Check out and/or Order Good Nights: The Happy Parent's Guide to the Family Bed from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Governing the Commons by Elinor Ostrom has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Aaron Codiga...and Aaron has this to say about the book: "A study on types of organizations that manage common resources."
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  • Graffito by Michael Walsh has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Sean McMahon...and Sean has this to say about the book: "This book discusses the formation of tribes by graffiti writers in the form of "crews" and the use of graffiti as a form of self expression that belongs to the people"
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  • Grandfather by Tom Brown has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Xavier Sonnerat...and Xavier has this to say about the book: "Though sometimes not very well written or told, reading about Grandfather's quests and knowledge is delightful, inspiring, and enlightening. Much spiritual wisdom and truth is found in this book."
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  • Grassland by Richard Manning has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Nol Ward...and Nol has this to say about the book: "An excellent book setting forth the author's perspective on the history, biology, politics, and promise of our country's natural grasslands and prairies as it relates to sustainability.."
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  • Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics and Promise of the American Prairie by Richard Manning has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Austin Wells...and Austin has this to say about the book: "Richard Manning is very much in favor of returning to a workable system of life. He puts forth many ideas on how to acheive this here, in North America."
    Check out and/or Order Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics and Promise of the American Prairie from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Great Apes by Will Self has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Dave Dellatore...and Dave has this to say about the book: "relates to the dominant cultural belief that humans are at the high rung of importance on the planet. a man wakes up one day to find himself and everyone he knew to be chimpanzees and humans to be the primitive hairless wonders. a strange book at times but worth the read."
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  • Green was the Earth on the Seventh Day by Thor Heyerdahl has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Brandon Saunders...and Brandon has this to say about the book: "It gives views on how early man lived as well as how a modern man survived on an island near Tahiti. Also shows how our culture influenced the village on the island to spend their whole time harvesting for money, and the effects of said working."
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  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Brad Price...and Brad has this to say about the book: "It provides sectioned looks at various demons in our society with a a final balance between them all"
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  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Debby Macek...and Debby has this to say about the book: "This book painstakingly explains with thorough research the reasoning behind why certain societies/tribes of people were able to conquer others. Great explanations of how societes became farmers, etc. Gives more detail and research to Quinn's statements about farmers vs. hunter-gatherers and why farmers have historically won."
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  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Alan Thornhill...and Alan has this to say about the book: "This is a must read for everyone who found Ishmael compelling. It gives the background for Ishmael and answers the question, "How did things get to be like this?""
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  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Egan Rowe...and Egan has this to say about the book: "I read it prior to reading Ishael and it provided the background information of human history and the evolution of human society and culture, which enable me to see and understand this work in a deeper way. "
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