Can anyone recommend any life changing books that really shifted your point of view?

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    Jul 21, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Can anyone give suggestions?
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    sure, if "shifted your point of view" means "ruined your life"
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    never actually read it...or held it...still book nonetheless
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    American Revolution by Ron Paul was pretty interesting.

    If you've been trained/educated to understand 1700-1800s English, then the Federalists Papers are actually quite intriguing.

    American God's by Neil Gaiman.

    World War Z by Max Brooks (which is being turned into a movie, I heard Brad Pitt is starring in it.)

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    Jul 21, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    To Kill A Mockingbird

    Painted Bird

    Guns, Germs and Steel

    The Outliers

    Killer Angels
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    this is also a great one

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    I'm thinking it's because I actually do the unthinkable.................read.

    heh heh.

    Chainers saidWow we are all assholes here, except conferderate ghost LOL!
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
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    This book critically examines the evidence for the current paradigm in health and nutrition: dietary fat (especially saturated animal fat) raises cholesterol, high cholesterol causes heart disease, and that a key to healthy diet is limiting fat consumption. This book traces the development in the last 40 or so years for the current government recommendations to eat low-fat diets for better health; and how those recommendations remain the zeitgeist for nutrition standards despite weak evidence and significant evidence to the contrary.

    This completely changed my outlook on what I consider a "healthy" diet.

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    If anything can inspire you to run a (n ultra)marathon, this book is it. Even though it's nonfiction, it reads like a novel with lots of interesting characters.

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    Jul 21, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain- it's a novella, so kinda short, but it's incredible regardless. It views humanity through a satirical perspective and kinda makes you reflect on the meaning of life.

    The Magus by John Fowles- it's a psychological thriller that touches on philosophical mysticism. It was pretty controversial when it came out

    Space Trilogy by CS Lewis- This is a sci-fi/fantasy collection that analyzes humanity (desire, motivation, corruption, greed, etc). Kinda good vs evil. The three books are easy to read and kinda short. They're entertaining, and if you are into analyzing books, they're pretty deep too.
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    people ask me why i enlisted, id say at least 25% of the reason is this book.
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    The Little Prince taught me the most about life and my next tattoo is going to be an illustration from the book.

    Next in line would be Temple of Gold followed by Watership Down.
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    cut_and_paste saidThe Little Prince taught me the most about life and my next tattoo is going to be an illustration from the book.

    Next in line would be Temple of Gold followed by Watership Down.
    all shit to the side, i was looking for this book...for some reason i thought it was titled "the prince & the moon"...thanks for reminding the title of this great kid novel...
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    "The Razors Edge" by W. Somerset Maugham. Worth reading!!
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    Jul 21, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    the Gay Soul
    a collection of inteviews that every gay man should read
    Phillip Rafshoon (owner of Outright Books, Atlanta) gave it to me in 94 and it changed my life
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    I have a question now.

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    Jul 21, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    'The Left Hand of Darkness'.Ursula K. Le Guin.
    'Rocket to Infinity'.Lester del Rey.
    'Blood Music'.Greg Bear.