recommended books to broaden your horizons…

Yesterday, a colleague at work (who knows of my thirst for knowledge in general, and particularly in book form) asked me to come up with the names of a few books that I thought could “expand their intellectual horizons.” So here is the list they got on the spot, in no particular order:

  • Robert Fisk. 2005. The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East. (1107 pages)

  • Paulo Coelho. 1988 (English translation 1993). The Alchemist. (163 pages)

  • Muhammad Yunus. 1999. Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty (288 pages)

  • Timothy Ferriss. 2007. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. (308 pages)

  • Thomas S. Kuhn. 1962. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. (264 pages)

  • Stephen Hawking. 1988. A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. (256 pages) FYI, the editions (1988, 1996, 1998, 2005) contain some differences…

  • Edward Said. 1978. Orientalism. (394 pages) I recommend the 2003 edition, which contains his “Preface” and “Afterward”.

I have no time to comment on any of them now, but if any are of particular interest to you, I will discuss happily. These are all books I have read at different times over the past 14 years, so the details may not be that fresh in my memory…

(When the time permits, I would like to create an ever-green post of books titles that I recommend for various reasons. The interest you show may be a factor in the making of such a post… just sayin’)  

So, what do you think of this list? (your suggestions are welcome – only condition is that you have actually read any book you recommend)

happy reading!

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