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Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 6:03 am
by Skytouch
Yes, Desert Solitaire would be on my short list. One more book that I can highly recommend is actually a history book called Arizona: A History by Thomas E. Sheridan. It emphasizes the three C's - copper, cattle, cotton - and how their economics affected society and culture over time. Regards.

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 12:04 pm
by fgrieser
bobueland wrote:At the risk of being partial I'll mention

"If You Want To Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit"

by Brenda Ueland


Thanks for the hint, Bob. I got my copy yesterday and like what I read so far.

Just because I am curious: Are you related to Brenda Ueland? If so: How?

The best wishes from Germany,
Franz

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 6:17 pm
by bobueland
The Courage To Start, by John Bingham

Have you ever wanted to become a runner. If so this book might change your life. The author tells his story, in which, after many years of inactivity, he took up running at age 43 and a weight of 240-pounds. At first he managed to run quarter of a mile, then half a mile. As the months passed and he ran 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and eventually, full marathons. The book is full of insights and is a joy to read.

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 7:41 pm
by rhacer
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Barbarians at the Gate Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

Two of my favourite and most memorable non-fiction books.

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 9:21 pm
by bobueland
Act Thin, Stay Thin, by Richard B. Stuart

This is a very sane approach to loosing weight. Actually the best book on the subject I've ever seen.

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:10 am
by greenmorpher
Here is a short one of enormous impact:

"A Short History of Progress" by Ronald Wright.

Ronald Wright is a Canadian. This book is the five Massey Lectures he presented in 2004. He says at the outset that he is not going into detail, and he doesn't, but about a quarter of the book is pages of references.

Essentially, he argues that humankind is facing an age-old predicament. In previous times, though, an escape hatch has always been available in a relatively lightly settled earth. In many cases, people simply abandoned cities and whole civilizations (e.g. in the middle east). In other cases, they expanded their influence to draw on new lands (among the most recent cases -- the Brits, who defied Malthus by sucking in food and other resources from vast tracts of the earth at the expense of those living in those vast tracts). Now earth is heavily settled and there is nowhere to go ...

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:57 am
by xiamenese
Geoff,

Welcome to Literature & Latte/Scrivener forum from a fellow Nisusite — and I'm sure from others of us who frequent both forums. It's good to see you here. And if you're just exploring the joys of Scrivener, might one say, "It's about time" :D
I know you have contributed an enormous amount too the Nisus forum and to the development of Nisus itself, and I'm sure you will contribute much here.
But I have to warn you ... there's no vertical ruler in Scrivener, nor is there ever likely to be one :wink:

Mark (xiamenese here and there)

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:02 pm
by greenmorpher
Hiya Mark

I saw your name in the summary list and I thought -- ha! I've landed among friends here! We both need to be a bit more original when our aliases, don't we?

Someone sang the praises of Scrivener on the Nisus Forum, in fact, so I thought I would take a look. Several thousands words written in Scrivener already.

No, vertical ruler not wanted -- different tool for a different job. :P

And here are a couple more non-fiction recommendations:

Silent Theft by David Bollier, Routledge, London & New York, 2002

Capitalism 3.0 by Peter Barnes, Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, 2006.

Both are about how corporations and governments are working hand in hand to privatize our inheritance -- the commons, the common wealth, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the infrastructure build up over generations and millennia -- today's version of England's infamous enclosures -- how we can counter them and protect ourselves and all people against this insidious economic poison.

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:00 pm
by xiamenese
greenmorpher wrote:Someone sang the praises of Scrivener on the Nisus Forum, in fact, so I thought I would take a look. Several thousands words written in Scrivener already.

No, vertical ruler not wanted -- different tool for a different job. :P

Me for one, Timotheus for another and Scott Whitlock for a third, though I know there are others. And yes, different tool for a different job. The two work together darn well in my experience, too.

:)

Mark

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:46 pm
by exegete77
xiamenese wrote:
greenmorpher wrote:Someone sang the praises of Scrivener on the Nisus Forum, in fact, so I thought I would take a look. Several thousands words written in Scrivener already.

No, vertical ruler not wanted -- different tool for a different job. :P

Me for one, Timotheus for another and Scott Whitlock for a third, though I know there are others. And yes, different tool for a different job. The two work together darn well in my experience, too.

:)

Mark


I, too participate in the Nisus forums and Mellel forums, but under my other alias, shades. Very sneaky, eh? Well, okay, .... :roll:
:D

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:22 am
by greenmorpher
You're a dag, Shades. :mrgreen:

I've tried to go anonymous on a couple of fora but sooner (rather than later) I just hit the s-g-5, as is almost autoamtic, and Ti4M pops up with my signature.

Or someone recommends the sound of my soapbox. :shock:

Cheers, Geoff

Geoffrey Heard, Business Writer & Publisher

"Type & Layout: Are you communicating or just making pretty shapes" -- the secrets of how type can help you to sell or influence, now at the new low price of $29.95. See the book at http://www.worsleypress.com or Amazon.

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:53 pm
by bobueland
- The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals, by Keith Ellis
IMO The best book on making your goals come true. Another 5 star book is
- The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life by Jeff Olson.

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:02 pm
by bobueland
bobueland wrote:Act Thin, Stay Thin, by Richard B. Stuart
Actually the best book on the subject I've ever seen.


Nope, this one is better: Healthy at 100: The Scientifically The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples, by John Robbins
A joy to read, and it motivated me to start living healthy like no other book.

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:11 pm
by bobueland
Getting Real: The book by 37signals, it's available free at
http://gettingreal.37signals.com/toc.php

Re: help me out, recommend a killer nonfiction book for me...

Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:48 am
by bobueland
Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman. This is a great book. A quote from the book that summarizes his program.
"Eat as many vegetables, beans and fresh fruits as possible, and less of everything else. Any other program is an insult to your intelligence."

This will probably mean nothing to you unless you read his book or a books by Robbins or McDougall. My own experience is that when I eat according to the rule above, I get satiated by 2100 calories, while if I eat what I used to eat before I was satiated first at 3200 calories. What this does for my weight is easy to calculate. What it does for my health is not easy to calculate, but by looking at people in Abchasia, Hunsa and other people whose primary food is vegetables, beans and fruits, I do not think that my health will suffer, the opposite might be true.

In his book Dr. Fuhrman has the interesting formula H=N/C where H is health, N is nutrition and C is calories. So to get health you should eat as much nutrients per calorie as possible. That means avoiding processed food and red meat and eat as much as you can of vegetables. But what if you don't like vegetables and you love ice cream? That is a static picture of a human being. You maybe like ice cream because you have learned to love ice cream. In the same way that people who smoke have learned to like to smoke, not because they were born smokers. If you eat vegetables you might similarly learn to like vegetables.

People who smoke, don't like to hear about stopping smoking, and people who eat red meat and processed food don't like hearing that it's not good for them. In order to benefit from this book, you have to have a clear, open and scientifically inclined mind.