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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.

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

"In the year 2223, human-behavior scientists discover a small abandoned settlement nestled in the Rocky Mountains of North America. Among the ruins they find an unsettling text. It is a well-preserved journal from the 1970’s—a detailed account of life at the time by David Q. Little. As these scientists read The Journal of David Q. Little, they gain invaluable insight into the progression of events...
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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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Watership Down by Richard Adams

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You may here this book described as, "that well known children's classic" and you may have read it in junior high or middle school, but make no mistake, it's not a book for children. It is a dark work better suited for adults. Though the author did write it with the intention of it being for children. Don't be tempted to think it's a quaint little book about a group of rabbits. It's a dystopian...
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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Much like a handful of other books rather forced on school children I feel that Animal Farm suffers in the minds of some due to this association. It's not a children's book, it's political allegory and it's actually quite dark and unnerving. That children are often assigned to read it should not be confused with it being FOR children. The story is that of an animal revolt against their oppr...
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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I think sometimes that this book doesn't get read seriously because it is such a well known tome, such a classic, and because it is sometimes forced on students in high school who just want to get through it. However, it's one of the best dystopian novels ever written. Bradbury had a way of exploration in imagery and language that brings the reader into the world he's created and believes it a...
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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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I have a fascination with dystopian novels. They explore not only the future, but also science fiction, humanity, culture, politics, and philosophical ideas. They tend to be a one stop shop for the brain. They aren't all created equally either, meaning they don't all explore the same tropes. 1984 is about an oppressed society where sex is thought of as a bad thing. But Brave New World is set in a ...
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Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics by Henry Hazlitt’s

You may have heard television personality and all around nice guy Mike Rowe recommend this book as he's often done. Though I am nice I'm not much of a personality still I'd like to throw my recommendation behind this book as well. It is easy to read, easy to understand and logical. The book is a favorite among libertarians and has been endorsed by Ron Paul who said: "I strongly recommend t...
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Revolt in 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein

Heinlein is an author well known for his thoughts on controlled government. This particular book is actually a collection of short stories. You will see by the descriptions of the first two below how they examine subjects of liberty. “IF THIS GOES ON—” The Second American Revolution unfolds in the course of this novel where John Lyle, West Point graduate and now a guard at the Prophet’s str...
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Atlas Shrugged A Novel by Ayn Rand

Know this before buying a copy of this book...reading it will make your friends uncomfortable, some will dislike you, leave you, wonder at your mind, and maybe even tell you you're a bad person for reading it. But you won't mind because if you do read it you will have a better understanding of the world and why such so-called friends behave that way. It's a book that is as powerful as it is dan...
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