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  1. Recommendation: Books about medical experimentation conducted in WWII

    Can anyone recommend any good books that look at medical experimentation conducted during the Second World War? I'm particularly interested in what was done by the Nazis and Mengele but I'm also...
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    A few favourites that fit the bill: The Filth...

    A few favourites that fit the bill:

    The Filth - Grant Morrison

    It's about a man who's part of a secret organisation tasked with preserving the status quo. But he might just be a delusional...
  3. Recommendations: existential literature (an overview)

    Like many of you I find existentialism an interesting subject. Searching through these message boards I've found a lot of recommendation threads often listing the same authors, the big names in...
  4. Thread: Introductions

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    -SPOILER- Hangover Square, Patrick...

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    Hangover Square, Patrick Hamilton
  5. Thread: Introductions

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    Introductions

    A novel's Introduction gives us some insight into the author's life or the circumstances surrounding the publication of the book. I enjoy reading about that sort of thing. I think it can help to...
  6. I'm going to assume that Quaere Verum is...

    I'm going to assume that Quaere Verum is referring to the sense of futility and despair that are often associated with existentialism.


    Nausea?

    You could try 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?'...
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    Thank you for the suggestions. I've recently...

    Thank you for the suggestions.

    I've recently finished reading Dispatches (Herr), A Rumor of War (Caputo) and Stasiland (Funder).

    I think what makes them more accessible is the fact that they're...
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    Accessible history books

    I don't normally read history books. I find they tend to get so bogged down in names and dates that I find it hard to stay interested.

    However, I absolutely loved Anne Funder's Stasiland. It...
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    Books about Britain's intelligence agencies

    I'm looking for any books dealing with the actions of Britain's intelligence agencies. Their biggest successes and failures, their most bizarre activities, their ethos, etc..

    Any suggestions?
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    'The Modern Prometheus' - suggestions?

    I loved Shelley's 'Frankenstein' and I'm looking for similar reads.

    What I enjoyed most was the "Modern Prometheus" theme (Frankenstein punished for going too far, the ship's captain punishing...
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    alThe Prize - Daniel Yergin Because I couldn't...

    alThe Prize - Daniel Yergin

    Because I couldn't find a copy at any of my local libraries.
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    How about 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?'

    How about 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?'
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    Learning a foreign language

    I'd like to learn German but as I work and travel a lot I'm going to find it difficult to enrole in any classes, but I plan to, eventually.

    In the meantime I'd like to try to learn some of the...
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    Innocence always calls mutely for protection when...

    Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm....
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    Have any of you read Daniel Yergin's 'The Prize'?

    Have any of you read Daniel Yergin's 'The Prize'?
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    Books on the history of oil

    I'm looking for some recommendations for books on the history of oil over the last 200 years. Including foreign intrrventions (installing new governments, providing military support to foreign...
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    Learning/teaching yourself to write

    I'd love to be able to write (poetry or fiction) but I struggle to get started. If I ever do start writing something I'm never happy with it.

    Do you have any suggestions? Maybe some useful books I...
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    Your favourite comedies?

    Recently I've found myself gravitating towards some quite dark books and I think I'm in need of something a little cheerier.

    Any suggestions?

    Which books make you laugh out loud?
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    I'll give Brave New World a go. Thank you. ...

    I'll give Brave New World a go. Thank you.

    I've tried reading some of Dick's work before but I couldn't get into it. It might be worth another shot.
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    Thanks guys. I'll try LeCarre.

    Thanks guys. I'll try LeCarre.
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    Authors similar to Graham Greene

    I've been reading a lot of Graham Greene's books recently. I particularly enjoyed 'Our Man in Havana' and 'The Quiet American'.

    Can you recommend any other authors that might be of interest to me?
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    Books similar to 'Brazil' (movie)

    I'm trying to find some books that are similar to the Terry Gilliam film 'Brazil'.

    For those that haven't seen it it's a darkly comical dystopian satire.

    Any suggestions?
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