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A man's library, a manbrary! Suggestions?

Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by medicevans, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. SAKplumber
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    I have enjoyed everything I've gotten my hands on by David Mccullough:)
     
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    The Official Boy Scout Handbook and The Boy Scout Fieldbook are good references. If you garden at all (and you're in North America), Garden Insects of North America is terrific for helping determine what's devouring your stuff.

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    Back on topic:

    Great suggestion! However, just as with Moby Dick, make sure you find an unabridged version. How the story is told is at least as important as the story itself with these writers.

    All parts of a thorough education, self imposed or otherwise. I remember reading Plato, Locke, Hobbes and Machiavelli for a 101 course in comparative politics. I especially recommend Locke, Hobbes and Machiavelli. Not because I agree with everything they write, but because their thoughts have influenced philosophy and politics for centuries, and continue to do so, although often in rather roundabout ways. For the same reasons, I guess Marx should have a place on the "politics" shelf.

    I wouldn't necessarily call neither of these children's fiction, but certainly agree that they are worth reading - and owning. The best Discworld novels in particular do not only bring you hours of fun, but can actually inspire some pretty deep thoughts about the great questions in life. My personal favorites are Hogfather, Nightwatch and Going Postal.
    Shamefully, I have not laid my hands on either of these books, but I did work for the YWCA-YMCA Guides and Scouts of Norway at the time their version, SpeiderhÄndboka was written. If the American handbooks are similar, they are very good starting points for bushcraft, first aid, survival and much, much more.
     
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    Look for some of the older editions. The older ones have much more field craft in them. I took a brief look at the newest edition, and on first glance it's not very useful.

    Remember, big brother is watching
     
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    As a wink to my friend Blackmud-

    10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help by Benjamin Wiker

    Also, some others that struck a cord while I looked at my shelves this morning-

    The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen
    Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics by Henry Hazlitt
    Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell
    Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
    A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror by Larry Schweikart
    The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas DiLorenzo
    The Boy Captives by Clinton L. Smith
     
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    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    I just saw a thread on another forum which made me think of another book that should be read.

    Taking your bat and ball and going home isn't cool- HTFU! by Chopper Reid

    Might want to reread Grossman's On Combat where he encourages people to stay in the fight until they win or the fight is taken from them.
     
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  7. larry h

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    How about gardening books?
     
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    Yes. Any suggestions?
     
  9. T.H.Cone

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    It was the very first book I listed...

    The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour

    It may be the ultimate "garden" book.
     
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    As far as gardening goes, my folks based their vegetable garden off of Mel Bartholmew's original Square Foot Gardening book. He has a new edition of it and a couple companion books. However, these books are for a specific method of gardening, so you'd have to investigate and see if that method interests you. You can get info at squarefootgardening.com.
     
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    A lot of great recommendations here! I'm not going to add much.;) These are some that are on my shelf and aren't mentioned... I think.:)

    Dictionary
    Thesaurus
    The Merck Manual
    Wilderness Medicine
    Where There is No Dentist
    Where There is No Doctor
    Emergency War Surgery
    Tao of Jeet Kune Do
    U.S. Air Force Search and Rescue Survival Training: AF Regulation 64-4
    Camping and Woodcraft: A Handbook for Vacation Campers and for Travelers in the Wilderness
    98.6 Degrees
    When All Hell Breaks Loose
    SAS Survival Handbook
    Escape The Wolf: A Security Handbook for Traveling Professionals
    Bushcraft
    Wild Places
    Death Be Not Proud
    Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell
    The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
    Harry Potter series
    A song of Ice and Fire series(Game of Thrones)
    Chronicles of Narnia
    Watchmen

    There's more but I'm not getting a ladder and moving books around today!:D
     
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    Good list! I re-read the Tao of Jeet Kune Do every couple of years.
     
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    I don't know if this has already been said, but I think no man cave is complete without a copy of the anarchist cookbook.
     
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    Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski
     
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    Would anyone recommend the xxx for dummies books?
    Like Chemistry ..., Woodworking ..., Mechanics for dummies, ...

    And how are you keeping the books?
    In a physical own library or an electronic one / or both?

    Currently have these:

    SAS Survival Handbook and Guide (physical and android app)
    US Army Survival Manual FM 21-76 (physical and as ebook)
    The Ultimate Hammock (physical)
    Emergency First Aid - Red Cross Manual (physical)
    Animated knots (android app)

    assortment of prints from all sources on the web, also most saved into my evernote account too.
     
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    this post was spot on really, dude gets upset when people assume its only for guys after he mentioned only male family members - give me a break

    my suggestion- build your library on books you enjoy, not industrial things in case there were no fathers around to teach kids these skills (and why couldnt the mother teach these skills?....)
    Tiling and electrical work etc are fine and dandy, but focus more on just having fun, reading what you like be it fiction or non-fiction
     
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    Cheers mate. I have no problem with all the industrial stuff at all, I think they're all incredibly useful and essential things to know about and have access to resources about. It's just the implication that they're the exclusive interest and expertise of men, to be passed down from father to son. They're to be passed down from parent to child, gender is/should be irrelevant in this process for me.
     
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    I'll agree.
    I guess I was just surprised how defensive and offended he seemed when called out for his sexist ways of thinking when, as you pointed out, he made MANY comments aimed purely at males in the original post.

    I work part-time (school full-time) at Home Depot, so I see a lot of people coming in for DIY projects, and it aint just men doing it.
     
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    How about any of the Field and Stream top tips series? They're pretty straight forward and read at an accessible level.

    Also, something like Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Or Total Money Makeover. Being financially prepared is important too.
     
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    Canoe Craft by Ted Moores
    Small is Beautiful by E.F Schumacher