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This Section contains books that I, The Platypus, have read and that relate in some way to liberty, or tyranny most often. Some of them are fiction and some non-fiction. To be honest the fiction books are of the most value and generally the most highly recommended. Some are old standbys like Atlas Shrugged but others you might not have heard of before. They don’t all agree with the thinking of liberty minded people but when they don’t they serve to open the mind to what socialists and communists are thinking, plotting, and hoping to do to you. New books will be added as I read them.

Foundation & Robot Series by Isaac Asimov

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Most people have heard of I,Robot either the movie or the book. The movie isn't bad but the book covers more ground, of course. It is philosophical in nature. I, Robot When it comes to the Robot apocalypse Asimov invented the rules. Literally, the rules of robotics. The book then goes through various ways that robots can break those laws while technically keeping them. Foundation Series An...
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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

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During WWII Adolf Hitler had the treasures of the earth scooped up to become the property of his glorious Reichstag. Someone had to save the history, the paintings, the sculpture, the work of the masters. It was decided that a special unit would be created. We know them now as the Monuments men. "The “Monuments Men”, were a group of approximately 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comp...
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Dangerous By Milo Yiannopoulos

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Milo Yiannopoulos is a perfect example of how people of disparate backgrounds and temperaments can come together over a common cause. I don't remember the exact moment I first heard of him. I just remember that what caught my attention was the fact that he labeled himself a "Dangerous Faggot". That alone was enough to give him at least a moment's listen. As he spoke it was clear to me that he real...
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The Possessed by Fydor Dostoevsky

The Possessed by Fydor Dostoevsky
"...you cannot imagine what wrath and sadness overcome your whole soul when a great idea, which you have long cherished as holy, is caught up by the ignorant and dragged forth before fools like themselves into the street..." This book is long, difficult, and prophetic. The characters are taken from real people who lived and whom Dostoevsky distilled their attributes and beliefs into his nov...
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A Paradoxical Alliance by Jack Buckby and Matt Palumbo

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Normally my book recommendations are short and sweet with just enough explanation of the book to get you going. This post differs from those in that it not only is a recommendation but is a commentary partly on the book itself and partly on the subject the book covers. I apologize to the authors of the book in advance for a review that is not entirely focused on their book. However, since I feel t...
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Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

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Satire seldom works. People try it all the time and almost always fail. Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" is always touted as one of the great existentialist satires of our time. Personally, I think he fails at it too. The book is considered a modern literary masterpiece. I didn't find it satisfying to read. Then why recommend it? It tells a compelling story of PTSD and war. It's a book th...
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The Forgotten Planet by Murray Leinster

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This is a great little read. I love science fiction and this is a fine example of it. It is a great exploration of what it means to be human, the importance of our intellect. leadership, ego, and it even touches some one capitalism too. All in the confines of a tale on another planet. The plot comes from combining three short stories into one. "The Mad Planet" and "The Red Dust" which are from ...
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Metropolis by Thea Von Harbou

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In Metropolis we read of a massive city of the future. Living and working underground, away from the sun, are the laborers, and living high in the towers are the elite. Von Harbou describes them as the hands and head of the great city. As forces move to disrupt a girl, Maria, strives to make things right. She becomes a focal point, a teacher. What is trying to teach is the heart. The bridge betwee...
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John Adams by David McCullough

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Before you read this book I recommend you start with McCullough's other book "1776". John Adams is one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. His role has often been underestimated. This book sets the record right for the conscientious reader. David McCullough was given unprecedented access to Adam's personal papers. As it turns out he was the most prolific writer of any of...
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1776 by David McCullough

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Yes, this is a nonfiction book on American history and for some that may sound boring right off. But I am telling you that it does not read like nonfiction. Unless you have been a student of American history in detail I promise you will read this with a "holy cow" look on your face and utter at least once "I had no idea that happened". I've read a lot of American history and I still found myself i...
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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

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This is not the kind of American history most people think of when they hear that term. However, this book is also a book on American history. It's title "1491" should give you a clue as to what it's about. What were the Americas like before Columbus. The answer will surprise most people and upend your idea of Native Americans. While this may not sound like an important topic I think it's parti...
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State of Fear by Michael Crichton

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Michael Crichton was a great author. His untimely death most certainly made me sad. This is one of the last books he wrote. He made his personal feelings about global warming clear in a lecture he gave on the subject. These lectures are still one of my favorite reads. One introduces the idea of global warming as a religion, and idea which time has demonstrated how right Crichton was and the other ...
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The Journal of David Q. Little by Daniel McMichael

I don't even really remember where I first heard about this book. I was intrigued by the fact that it was Ronald Reagan's favorite book and that he sent a copy to Margaret Thatcher. That says something about a book. The forward of the book states that as far as we know it was the only book Reagan ever recommended to prominent people. So I put it in my wishlist and kind of forgot about it. I receiv...
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

I read this book after I read Rand's other famous novel Atlas Shrugged though she wrote this one first. It was very popular when it was written and was even turned into a movie staring Gary Cooper which you can watch and enjoy. But the movie and book are two different things. If you really want it right, read the book. Rand wrote the book with the intention of being a platform to explain he...
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The Day the Earth Froze by Gerald Hatch

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I'm actually a little surprised that I was able to find this book on Amazon. It's one of those obscure science fiction books that I love. I picked it up at a used bookstore for a couple of dollars which is actually how much it costs on Amazon too. It's an obscure little book which is why I was surprised to find it on Amazon at all. I thought perhaps it would end up being an eBay purchase. It's ...
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