Humani nil a me alienum puto
(I regard nothing of human concern
as foreign to my interests)
BIBLIOGRAPHY & Other Books Worth Reading: 'If
it doesn't edify it doesn't qualify'
by Michael Light, Knopf 2003. A large-format depiction of
American above-ground nuclear tests. 100 Suns is an
artistic look at the testing of mass-destruction.
10,000 Years of
by Phaidon Press, 2009. Fascinating
review of art over the last 10,000 years, and a great
value for the small price.
by Bryan Sykes, 2004. Story of the
Y chromosome's past, present and grim future. This is a
highly informative and enlightening book that makes sense
of human male behavior by putting it into the genetic
perspective of the Y chromosome.
Balkanized: Immigration's Challenge to Government
by Brent A. Nelson 1994.
|The Art Book,
Phaidon Press Ltd. 1994. Convenient
and concise introduction to over 500 years of art.
|The Bell Curve by Murray & Hernstein
|Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche
- On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History
by Norman G. Finkelstein.
|Big Footprints by Grover S. Krantz Johnson Books
1992. Written by famous anthropology professor and serious
expert on the Sasquatch.
|Building the Bombs by Charles R. Loeber, Sandia Nat'l
Labs 2002. An informative and revealing history of the
American Nuclear Weapons Complex.
|The Case Against the Global
Economy, and for a turn to the local,
by various authors, 1996 Sierra
Club. Excellent work that cohesively covers the issue of
globalization and more importantly ways to combat it and
|The Crowd - A
Study of the Popular Mind, by Gustave LeBon 1895, Dover
|Cryptozoology A to Z by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark,
1999 Simon & Schuster. An encyclopedic reference for
unknown, unproven and mysterious animals from Loch Ness to
Louisiana, coelacanth to chupacabras.
|The Dictionary of Modern
Revolution by Edward Hyams. a who's who of
famous revolutionaries as well as groups and organizations
you didn't know existed.
Old Testament. Best book of the
Bible, short yet concise.
|Essential Works of Lenin, edited by Henry M. Christman,
Dover publications, 1987.
|Freidrich Nietzsche, by H.L. Mencken. An
entertaining and very readable translation with
|Game Theory - A Non-technical Introduction by
Morton D. Davis, Dover publications 1983.
by Richard Dawkins, 2008. This is an easy-to-read book
that carefully explains why God and religion are false and
how such fantasies harm our collective well-being.
creating self-reliant communities in a global age,
by Michael H. Shuman, 2000. Alternative economies and
currencies plus much more.
Holocaust Industry – Reflections on the Exploitation of
by Norman G. Finkelstein, Verso Books, 2003, second
edition. Eye-opening exposé of a multi-billion dollar
international extortion-racket in the name of the
|Human Nature and Conduct by John Dewey, 1922, Dover
|Heimskringla: The lives of the
Norse kings by Snorre Sturlason
The Unknown Story
by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, 2006. This astonishing
book thoroughly demolishes the mythology behind Mao
revealing him to be probably the worst dictator in world
history. This book is banned in China.
Hygiene - Classroom Films 1945-1970
by Ken Smith, 1999. This is a wonderful, entertaining and
enlightening book about short films made for classrooms,
covering everything from drug abuse and driving safety to
dating protocol. The films appear comical today but were
made with great earnest as a 'social engineering' effort
for molding student behavior to conform to mainstream
|Mein Kampf, by Adolph Hitler. It's best not to
criticize what you haven't read.
by Susan Blackmore, Oxford University Press 1999.
by Maria Montessori, 1912, Dover Publications reprint
2002. Maria's book is profoundly enlightening, she takes
Nietzsche's semi-mystical philosophy and turns it into a
practical and constructive methodology, then by directing
it at education she leverages this into measurable impacts
that benefit not just the individual but society as a
whole. Montessori defeats both the flaws of Ayn Rand
social atomism and Nietzsche's abstractions and has the
results to prove it. Truly an astounding work.
|The Nibelungenlied German epic saga, unknown
poet 1200. This is immensely better than the Iliad which
sucks big-time, uh I mean I don't think the Iliad is a
very readable book.
Dare to Speak Out - People and Institutions
Confront Israel’s Lobby,
by Paul Findley, Third Edition, Lawrence Hill Books, 2003.
This revealing book is for anyone interested in how the
political machinery in the United States really operates
and for everyone concerned about justice in society and
equal opportunity in politics.
The Dark-Light Principle of Design by Dorr Bothwell & Marlys
Mayfield, Dover Publications, 1991. A philosophy and
method of art and design that places equal consideration
for the 'nothing' as well as the 'something', the dark as
well as the light.
|On The Social
Contract by Jean-Jacques
Rousseau, 1762 A vastly influential work, a 'Bible' for
constitution and modern political science.
Explosion by Close, Marten and Sutton,
Oxford University press, 1987. Excellent book that's both
understandable and readable concerning the past, present
and future of particle physics.
Hoover institution 1992. A
collection of political and war propaganda posters
covering about the last 100 years.
|The Philosophy of Alfred
Rosenberg by James B. Whisker 1990.
A comprehensive academic study of Rosenberg's ideas and
the origins of both his concepts and later those of
Political Geography, edited by John Agnew,
1997. An informative collection of essays on geopolitics,
political mapping and issues of power and space from
|Ragnar's Action Encyclopedia of
Practical Knowledge and Proven Techniques, by Ragnar Benson 1995. An
excellent volume for all your survival needs and then
some. Covers everything from skip tracing to building your
own claymore mines.
Deal – Horrible and Ironic Stories of Forgotten Americans,
by Ken Smith, Blast Books, 1998. Wonderfully entertaining
book of short, true stories of misfortune and terrible
|Report From Iron Mountain by Leonard C. Lewin 1967.
Fake government document with a life of its own on why
peace is un-profitable. Alternates between scary and
|The Revolution of Nihilism - A
Warning to the West, by Hermann Rauschning 1939.
|The Rise and Fall of the Third
Reich, by William L. Shirer 1960. A
|Ponzi Schemes Invaders from Mars
& more Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of
Crowds by Joseph Bulgatz 1992. This is one
of my favorite books and has only been surpassed by
LeBon's The Crowd when it comes to group-think analysis.
Reconstruction in Philosophy
by John Dewey 1920 & 1948. The famous human thought
analyst discusses the origins of logic and philosophy,
morality, the nature of thinking and other topics.
|The Sacred Chain
by Norman F. Cantor - A look at
Jewish culture from the beginning to today and beyond with
a philosophical viewpoint. Also full of historically
enlightening information such as the Jewish origins of Las
Vegas and modern Hollywood.
Sänger – Germany’s Orbital Rocket Bomber in World War II,
by David Myhra, 2002, Schiffer Publishing. Remarkable
story of the visionary Austrian rocket scientist who
wanted to make space travel a reality, and Nazi Germany’s
use of his research for a space-bomber to strike New York.
|Schrödinger's Kittens and the
Search for Reality by John Gribbin 1995. Latest
views on the quantum mysteries.
|The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins 1976.
Puts biology and all of life in perspective. It's a genes
(series) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are intelligent and
entertaining short stories. Through the use of his
(fictional) Sherlock Holmes mystery stories Doyle
developed a methodology of observation and deduction, in
this case used to solve crimes, which led to successful
use and application in real-life.
by Nigel Calder 1983. A 'big picture' view of time,
history, and human events.
by Philip J. Klass. Best book on
UFO's I've read. But if you want to believe in alien
visitations it will rain on your party big-time.
|Unrestricted Warfare, by Qiao Liang and Wang
Xiangsui, Beijing: PLA Literature and Arts Publishing
House, February 1999.
|Uprising! by David Irving - The people of
Hungary versus the Soviet Union. A great [true] urban
guerilla warfare story but with a tragic ending.
|Vietcong by Douglas Pike 1967. Cool book on
VC / NVA agit-prop techniques, organization, motivations
Village Life in Late Tsarist Russia
by Olga Semyonova Tian-Shanskaia
|The Vinland Saga:
The Norse discovery of America
|Weird History 101,
by John Richard Stephens, 1997
Adams Media. Unusual perspectives on major historical
events, eyewitness accounts, etc. Very interesting and
|Why Civilizations Self Destruct by Elmer Pendell 1977.
A study of what causes civilizations to rise and fall with
particular focus on human intelligence.
|The Will to Power,
by Nietzsche. Examines the nature
of nihilism and its evolution into the 'anti-Nihilist'
|The World Within The World by John D. Barrow, OUP,
1988. Covers enormous territory from philosophy of science
to natural laws, what's fact what's fantasy? The author
knows the material well and creates a readable product.
More than any other book in a long time made me think and
ponder and to be honest that's the only thing I really
value - thought.
Zionism, Militarism, and the Decline of US Power,
by James Petras, Clarity Press Inc. 2008. Petras delivers
revealing insight into Israel’s control over US policy,
starting wars around the world not for oil but for
Zionism, and the consequential decline and collapse of
freedom and the United States.
George Orwell. Classic, bleak story
of future authoritarian dystopia.
|The Assassination Bureau, Ltd by Jack London. Great
book, shows London's nihilistic side.
Guide to Life A wee handbook for the perplexed by Matt Groening.
the Indian Hindu epic ~400CE.
|The Country of The Blind, one of the most powerful
short stories ever written, H.G. Wells shows among other
things that the phrase "in the country of the blind the
one-eyed man is king," may not be so accurate after all.
|The Days Are Just Packed A
Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson.
|Fathers and Sons,
by Turgenev. It's a running
narrative written in a typically Russian way but not
overly long. Turgenev romanticizes the role of the
Nihilist to create an entertaining novel.
|The First Men In The Moon by HG Wells, 1901. Two
British explorers build a spacecraft and discover an
advanced civilization underneath the surface of the moon.
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1915, is a fascinating story
of three male explorers that discover a civilization of
parthanogenic women who have structured their society with
the express purpose of creating better people, all women
in this case. On the simplest level Gilman uses the story
as social commentary but it in fact goes much further,
postulating an alternative future.
|The Iron Heel,
by Jack London. The story of a turn
of the century socialist / working-class revolution in
Mind Over Matters,
by Michael J. Nelson, 2002. A smart, funny book of short
stories on everything from pop-culture to philosophy. Mike
Nelson is the thinking man's Dave Barry.
|Notes From the Underground, by Dostoyevsky. This story
is much closer to the nihilistic ideal, basically a first
person exposition of life in (or at least near) the
|Tales of Ten Worlds, by author, visionary, and sci-fi legend
Arthur C. Clarke 1960-62. "The Road to the Sea" mentions
social engineering, and "I Remember Babylon" is quite a
revealing portent of America in 1999.
|The Trial, by Franz Kafka. Explores the
irrational nature of bureaucratic life in Kafka's uniquely
|The War of the Worlds, (unabridged/ complete version) by
H.G. Wells. Poignant tale of the realization that man and
in this case the British Empire is not the God or apex of
evolution people take it to be. Original and imaginative
for its day although in some ways the battle fails to live
up to modern cinematically influenced expectations " This
isn't a war," said the artilleryman. "It never was a war,
any more than there's a war between man and ants."
|2001: A Space Odyssey
(1968) by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C.
Quiet on the Western Front
(1930) is a classic and influential anti-war film made in
response to the unbelievable slaughter of World War I. The
film was banned in several countries because it directly
challenged the myths of nationalism and heroic warfare
used as crutches for authoritarian regimes.
Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary,
Im Toten Winkel: Hitlers Sekretärin, (2002). German with
English subtitles. Amazing documentary of
Traudl Junge in her own words who worked as
Hitler’s secretary from 1942 until the very last days in
the bunker beneath Berlin in 1945.
(2002) by director Paul Greengrass.
Apostle of science Richard Dawkins explains what science
is, what it isn’t, the hazards of scientific ignorance,
and why we should care about it in
Break the Science Barrier
(2004) is a documentary of a bus hijacking that explores
the causes and consequences of violence, poverty and
social injustice in urban Brazil. The Bus 174 hijacking
forced the Brazilian public to confront issues they would
otherwise prefer to ignore such as police corruption, a
culture of violence and the power of the camera to distort
as well as record events.
Bush Family Fortunes – The Best
Democracy Money Can Buy
(2001) by director Coline Serreau. French with English
subtitles. Fictional revenge drama that deals with women
in the intersection between the male-dominated French and
Cidade de Deus, (2002) in Portuguese with English
subtitles. City of God is based on real events and
portrays a young photographers view of life (and plenty of
death) in the very violent gang controlled Brazilian slum
of Cidade de Deus.
(2004) by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. This revealing
documentary explains the development of the business
corporation from past to present, primarily through a
variety of interviews.
by Vera Chytilova (1966)
'or: how I learned to stop worrying
and love the bomb' (1964) By Stanley Kubrick, a classic
Cold War satire.
(1964) A grim, serious, and thoroughly riveting nuclear
war film similar to Dr. Strangelove.
General Idi Amin Dada
(1974) by director Barbet Schroeder. Enlightening portrait
of the former Ugandan dictator, his daily life, plans and
policies in action.
Hearts and Minds
(1974) by Peter Davis. Eye opening look at America's
involvement in Vietnam. It's all there: the
brutality and the subterfuge, the lying politicians, the
dying soldiers. Sadly, still profoundly applicable
to current events and easily one of the best documentaries
about the Vietnam conflict.
for Sale: The War Profiteers
(2006) DVD, directed by Robert Greenwald. This revealing
documentary details the main unstated objective of the
Bush administration’s war in Iraq: to shift as much public
money as possible into private corporate hands; shows how
many war contractors go to outrageous lengths to pad their
bill to the government, for instance by burning slightly
broken trucks so they can bill for the entire cost of the
vehicle! The film slams Halliburton but Titan and many
companies are equally lambasted for corruption and waste.
Juliet of the Spirits
directed by Federico Fellini (1965)
out of balance',
(1983) changes your viewpoint and alters your perception
of life events which leads to a better understanding of
both; a very enlightening movie.
(2001) This documentary illuminates the disastrous effects
of restrictive IMF and World Bank financial assistance
programs on developing world countries using Jamaica as an
No Man’s Land
Yi Ge Dou Bu Neng Shao, (2000) by Zhang Yimou. This is a
story of a young girl in rural China who is forced into
acting as substitute teacher for a village school but soon
ends up lost in the city as she tries to track down a
One Day in September, (1999)
directed by Kevin MacDonald. A dramatic documentary about
the 1972 Munich Olympic games where members of the Black
September terrorist group held Israeli athletes hostage,
thereby capturing the attention of the entire world.
(1971) directed by Peter Watkins and shot in documentary
style, the film is set in the early 70s where
Constitutional law has been suspended and political
‘criminals’ are overloading the prison system so
Punishment Park in the desert is created as an
alternative. Convicted in a bogus court they race to reach
a U.S. flag in hopes of being set free.
Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man
(2006) Not just a fascinating biography of famous activist
Ralph Nader but also a revealing documentary about the
political right and left that have unified to serve
corporate interests over the public welfare.
(1972) by Federico Fellini. Modern and past, fact and
fiction mixed together to create a visually compelling
portrait of Rome.
(1969) by Federico Fellini. A fantastic, bizarre and
outrageous trip through the culture and myths, decadence
and violence of the Roman Empire.
(2005) by David Zeiger. This revealing documentary
describes the true extent of protest and resistance
against the peasant slaughtering Vietnam war that took
place within the U.S. military, even to the point
of mutiny, primarily through interviews.
Q: "Are you fighting for democracy [in Vietnam]?"
A: "The only thing you're fighting for is your own life."
(2000) directed by John Weiley. Stunning film and images
reveal the amazing story of the sun, Earth’s source of
Taxi to the Dark Side
(2007), directed by Alex Gibney, is a revealing and
unnerving investigation into the kidnapping,
state-sanctioned torture, and brutal interrogation
techniques used by the Bush-Cheney regime, and continued
Touching the Void
(2003) directed by Kevin McDonald.
Triumph of the Will
Leni Riefenstahl. A better title might be Triumph of
Propaganda but whatever you think of the politics behind it
the film itself is a masterpiece in visual form and easily
exceeds its intended objective.
Ren Xiao Yao,
(2003). Portrays the apathy and alienation that pervades
contemporary Chinese youth in the decaying remnants of state run
industry and ideology.
(2002) directed by Bill Siegal.
Weapons of Mass Deception
(2004), an analysis of the mass media and how they sold the War
on Iraq by Danny Schechter.
Why We Fight, A history of America's
Military Industrial Complex
(2008) by David Attenborough. Pretty much all of David
Attenborough’s cinematic productions are well worth watching,
Wildlife Specials is one of his best. Also,
(2007) with Attenborough is truly fantastic.
(1969) directed by Costa-Gavras. Takes place in Greece and
presents a credible example of what a revolution is really like
and the corrupt people and institutions that will do anything to
Zardoz, (1974) with Sean Connery. written,
produced and directed by John Boorman.