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Originally made for personal reference, this bibliography is a list of the books I’ve read over the years. Having always sought literature of the highest substance and subjects of the most significance, these titles may therefore serve as a resource for anyone looking to discover books that are worth reading for one reason or another.

I’ve created categories for the titles with basic descriptions to very concisely highlight the most common characteristics of each, which should be taken very generally as not all books fit the description closely. No less useful is the Articles list which equally contains references to literature of substance and subjects of significance. I’ve also begun lists for Lectures & Interviews (Audio), Movies, TV Shows, & Documentaries, and Video Analyses, although they remain far from complete (they are less of a priority, but intend to complete them one day).

Literature as ‘Stepping Stones’*

As with the other media referenced on this site, the books listed here are for me ‘stepping stones’, in that I had read them and now share them in the following spirit: I do not adopt or endorse the views of any author but rather I use their writings to stimulate my own thoughts. Generally, this means I look for books and articles that offer substantial information, despite that the author may have placed it into a false context (which, to one degree or another, is invariably the case).

*For a more complete definition of the ‘stepping stones’ metaphor, see the Meaning of Stepping Stones page.

This brings to mind the highly meaningful expression: ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.’ Since I have no interest in adopting or developing any kind of ideology, I never feel the need to discard works in which I find the author’s perspective to be erroneous or disagreeable, as my criteria for good reading material is simply how stimulating it is to my own thoughts.*

*A simple and extreme example is an author who brilliantly identifies significant yet overlooked facts on a topic, but only to spin them into a polemic that’s diametrically opposed to the actual (i.e. true) significance of the matter. The effect of such material, I find, is to prompt both one’s recognition of the important facts as well as their correct context, thus being useful to the degree one has not yet done so on this topic.

With that being said, the books listed here are generally of high substance, and in many cases, exceptionally so.

With that said, the books listed here are in general high in substance and, in many cases, exceptionally so.

Book Categories

The following is a list of the main categories (each jump-linked), with concise and general descriptions of their most common characteristics:

Study of the structure, functioning (mechanisms), and development of Society.
Systematic account of events, with degrees of interpretation.
Study of the mind (mechanisms) and behavior (personality).
Contemplation and/or investigation of the nature of being, towards the development of knowledge and wisdom (understanding).
Religion & Mythology
System of belief and/or worship (religion); and ancient traditional story of gods or heroes—especially offering an explanation for a fact or phenomenon (mythology).
Communication and Media
Conveyance of meaning (communication) and mediums of transmission (media).
Concerning knowledge attained by observation and experiment.
Revelation of events (activities of particular people).
Literary Study
Examination of literature, in its various aspects.
Personal Development
Information towards betterment in a particular aspect of oneself.
Storytelling, in its various forms.
Entertainments Study
Concerning audio/visual media, including commonly broadcasted events.
Being a dictionary, encyclopedia, or guide on a subject or theme.

Anthologies & Collections
Books composed of a diversity of writings.

[D] = Digital, i.e. a PDF copy of the book, either a scan of the paperback or an eBook)
p = Number of Pages
1-4 = Substance Rating, i.e. the degree of substance/significance I found within the content as a whole (a rating I have only recently begun to add).

Since it’s become too time-consuming to ongoingly categorize the books I read, I created a semi-sorted list of the books I’ve read from 2020-2022, which I’ have ‘ve placed here before the main categorized list.

Note: I have begun an excel database that combines the books and articles read lists, the design being to make the information comprehensively categorized and more usefully searchable: when it’s ready, this literary reference database will be uploaded here.


Non-Fiction (RECENT)

  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Ron Jonson (2015) 300p [D] 1.5
  • Judge Dredd: The Mega-History – The Untold Story, by Colin M. Jarman and Peter Acton (1995) 140p
  • Glossary of Terms Relating to Brainwashing & Psychological Warfare (Neurowarfare) in the Electronic Age, by Nathan Weatherdon (2016) 200p [D] 2.5
  • Hidden Forces of Life: Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, by Sri Aurobindo (1990) 100p [D] 3.5
  • The Psychology of Day-Dreams, by J. Varendonck (1921) 360p [D] 3.0
  • The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra (1975) 300p [D] 1.5
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain (2012) 400p [D] 3.0
  • Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear, by Steve Goodman (2010) 230p [D] 3.0
  • The Sickness Unto Death, by Sören Kierkegaard (1849/1941) 150p [D] 2.5
  • Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense: Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns, edited by James Giordano (2014) 280p [D] 2.0
  • The Hell-Fire Club, by Daniel P. Mannix (1961) 150p 1.0
  • Nanotech Ideas in Science-Fiction-Literature, by Thomas Le Blanc, Svenja Partheil & Verena Knorpp, NANORA (Nano Regions Alliance) (2014) 130p + Ill. [D] 1.5
  • The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives, by Nick Turse (2008) 270p 2.0
  • Electromagnetic Mind Control: Fact or Fiction? A Scientific View, by V. N. Binhi (2009) 100p [D] 1.5
  • COVID-19: The Great Reset, by Klaus Schwab & Thierry Malleret (2020) 180p + ill. [D] 2.5
  • The Air Loom Gang: The Strange and True Story of James Tilly Matthews, His Visionary Madness and His Confinement in Bedlam, by Mike Jay (2003) 335p 2.0
  • A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation, by Martin Laird (2011) 175p [D] 2.0
  • The Eternal Ethers: A Theory of Everything, by Douglas Gabriel (2017) 270p [D] 2.0
  • Mental Chemistry, by Charles F. Haanel (1922) 100p [D] 2.0
  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, by William B. Irvine (2009) 300p [D] 3.0
  • I Am, by Jean Klein (1989), compiled and edited by Emma Edwards (2006) 145p [D] 2.5
  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections, by Carl Gustav Jung (1962) 420p 2.0
  • Creative Visualization: How to Unlock the Secret Powers of Mind, by Andrew M. Wiehl (1974) 110p [D] 2.5
  • Toward Awakening: An Approach to the Teaching Left by Gurdjieff, by, by Jean Vaysse (1979) 165p [D] 3.0
  • Seeing With The Mind’s Eye: The History, Techniques and Uses of Visualization, by Mike Samuels, M.D. and Nancy Samuels (1975) 320p Ill. [D] 2.5
  • The Alexander Technique Workbook: Your Personal Program for Health, Poise & Fitness, by Richard Brennan (1992) 130p Ill. [D] 2.5
  • A Series of Lessons on Raja Yoga, by Yogi Ramacharaka (1906) 210p [D] 2.5
  • The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff, by Jeanne de Salzmann (2010) 330p [D] 3.0
  • Skin Deep: A Mind/Body Program for Healthy Skin, by Ted A. Grossbart & Carl Sherman (1986, Revised 1992; 2009) [D] 210p 2.0
  • The Dietary Cure for Acne, by Loren Cordain (2006) [D] 100p 3.0
  • The Complete Guide to Acne: Prevention, Treatment and Remedies, by Pamela Archer (2006) [D] 100p 1.5
  • Taming The Monkey Mind – A Guide to Pure Land Practice, by the Buddhist scholar Cheng Wei-an, translation and commentary by Dharma Master Suddhisuha (2000) [D] 140p 1.5
  • The Invisible Rainbow – A History of Electricity and Life, by Arthur Firstenberg (2017/2020) [D] 350p + Ill. 3.0
  • An Electronic Silent Spring, by Katie Singer (2014) [D] 260p 2.0
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki, with Trudy Dixon (Ed.), Huston Smith & Richard Baker  (2006) [D] 130p 2.5
  • Sincerity and Authenticity (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, 1969-1970) by Lionel Trilling (1971) [D] 170p 2.0
  • Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism, by Yogi Ramacharaka (1903) [D] 220p 2.5
  • States of Consciousness, by Charles T. Tart (1975, Web Edition 1997) [D] 270p Ill. 3.0
  • The Science of Psychic Healing, by Yogi Ramacharaka (1906) [D] 130p 2.0
  • The Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath, by Yogi Ramacharaka (1903) [D] 70pgs 2.5
  • Hatha Yoga, or, The Yogi Philosophy of Physical Well‑Being, by Yogi Ramacharaka (1904) [D] 220pgs 2.0
  • The Bhagavad Gita (circa 1st-millennium BCE), Translated by W. J. Johnson (1994) 80p+ 2.5
  • Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks, by Mick Foley (1999) 600p 1.0
  • Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, by Bernard Jensen, with The Ultimate Tissue Cleansing System, co-authored with Sylvia Bell (1980) 130p Ill. [D] 3.0
  • The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm (1956) [D] 120p 3.0
  • Mindfulness In Plain English, by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana (1991) 100p [D] 3.0
  • Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices – What’s Missing in Your Body? By Norman W. Walker, (1936, Revised 1978) 115p [D] 3.5
  • The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life, by Eviatar Zerubavel (2006) 110p [D] 3.0
  • Understanding Movies Thirteenth Edition, by Louis Gianetti (2014) 530p Ill. Refs. [D] 3.5
  • Lust: The Seven Deadly Sins, by Simon Blackburn (2004) 145p [D] 2.0
  • Interview With an Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance, by Fr Jose Antonio Fortea (2006) 125p [D] 2.0
  • Envy: The Seven Deadly Sins, by Joseph Epstein (2003) 100p [D] 3\4
  • Your Erroneous Zones, by Wayne Dyer (1976) 220p [D] 2\4
  • The Grammar of Film – An analysis of Film Technique, by Raymond Spottiswoode (1950) 330p 2\4
  • Language; It’s Nature, Development and Origin, by Otto Jespersen (1921) 440p 2\4
  • The Origin of the Zodiac, by Rupert Gleadow (1968) 220p Ills 2\4
  • Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy: First Book: General Introduction to a Pure Phenomenology, by Edmund Husserl (1913) [D] 400p 2\4
  • Spira Speaks: Dialogs and Essays on the Mucusless Diet Healing System, Vols. 1-3 (3rd Ed., 2014) [D] 3\4
  • Conscience: The Search for Truth, by Pyotr Ouspenskii (1931-1946) [D] 3\4
  • Spiritual Warfare: Revelation of a New Age Deception, by Philippe Besnard (2010) [D] 2\4
  • Psychic Self-Defense: Spiritual Prescriptions for Inner Peace, by Samantha Stevens (2003) [D] 2\4
  • Demons: An Eyewitness Account, by Howard O. Pittman (1985) [D] 2\4
  • Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Wright and Wrong, by Marc D. Hauser (2006) 1\4
  • The Natural Depth of Man, by Wilson Van Dusen (1972) [D] 2\4
  • The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle (1997) [D] 3\4
  • Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? by Clinton Ober, Martin Zucker, and Stephen Sinatra (2010) [D] 2\4
  • The Presence of Other Worlds, by Wilson Van Dusen (1974) [D] 3\4
  • Yoga: Immortality and Freedom, by Mircea Eliade (1958)
  • The Practical Psychic Self Defense Handbook – A Survival Guide: Combat Psychic Attacks, Evil Spirits & Possession, by Robert Bruce (2011) [D]
  • The People’s War: Britain 1939-1945, by Angus Calder (1969)
  • Grand Thieves & Tomb Raiders: How British Video Games Conquered the World, by Magnus Anderson & Rececca Levene (2012)
  • The Challenge of Pain, by Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall (1982, 2nd Ed. 1988)
  • The Art of Lucid Dreaming: The Pursuit of Conscious Dream Control, by Rebecca Turner (2009) [D]
  • Inception and Philosophy – Ideas to Die For, by Popular Culture and Philosophy, Ed. by Throsten Botz-Bornstein (2011) [D]
  • The Five Senses – A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies (I), by Michel Serres (1985) [D]
  • Who am I – The 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities, by Steven Reiss (2000, Electronic Ed. 2001) [D]
  • An Exorcist Tells His Story, by Gabriele Amorth (1990/1999) Translated by Nicoletta V. MacKenzie [D]
  • Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science (NSF/DOC-sponsored report), edited by Mihail C. Roco & William Sims Bainbridge, National Science Foundation, June 2002 [D]
  • Memory, by Ian M. L. Hunter (1957, Revised 1964)
  • Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ, by Daniel Goleman (1996)
  • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, by Rudolf Steiner (1944) [D]
  • Project: Soul Catcher – Secrets of Cyber and Cybernetic Warfare Revealed (Volume 2), by Robert Duncan (2010)
  • The Philosophy Of Freedom, by Rudolf Steiner (1894) [D]
  • Plague Wars: A True Story of Biological Warfare, by Tom Mangold and Jeff Goldberg (1999)
  • Heaven and Hell, by Emanuel Swedenborg (1758), Translated from the Latin by George F. Dole (The Portable New Century Edition (2016) [D]
  • The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase, by Mark Forsyth (2013) [D]
  • Christofano and the Plague: A Study in the History  of Public Health in the Age of Galileo, by Carlo M. Cipolla (1973)
  • Antibodies and Immunity, by G.J.V. Nossal (1969)
  • Plagues and Peoples, by William H. McNeill (1976)
  • Viruses and Man, by F.M. Burnet (1953)
  • Schopenhauer – Essays and Aphorisms, from the writings of Arthur Schopenhauer (1851), Translated by R.J. Hollingdale (1970)

Selectively Read (RECENT)

  • Lucian: Satirical Sketches (ca. 125-180 CE), Edited by E.V. Rieu, Translated by Paul Turner (1961) 300p 2.0
  • The Roving Mind, by Isaac Asimov (1983) 340p 2.0
  • The Piatkus Dictionary of Mind, Body & Spirit, by Paula Byerly Croxon (2003) 310p 1.0
  • The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Speeches, ed. by Brian MacArthur (1999) 2.0
  • The Second Brain, by Michael D. Gershon (1998) [D] 335p 1\4
  • Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge and Its Transmission Through Myth, by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend (1969) 450p 2\4
  • Cassell’s Movie Quotations, by Nigel Rees (2000/2002)
  • Bizarre Books, by Russell Ash & Brian Lake (1998, Revised & Updated Ed. 2005)
  • TV Talk – A Dictionary of Words and Phrases Popularized by Television, by Chambers, Edited by Ian Brookes (2005)
  • The Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, by The Wordsworth Poetry Library (1994)
  • The Great Movie Stars 3: The Independent Years, by David Shipman (1991)
  • Bacteriophages, by John Douglas (1975)
  • The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, Edited and with an Introduction by Charles Neider (1963)
  • William Hazlitt – Selected Writings (circa early 19th century), Edited with Introduction and Notes by Jon Cook (1991)
  • The World Treasure of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics, Edited by Timothy Ferris, with a Foreword by Clifton Fadiman (1991)

Fiction (RECENT)

  • Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke (1953) 180p 1.5
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (1985) 310p 2.0
  • Lying on the Couch, by Irvin D. Yalom (1996) 2.0
  • More Than Human, by Theordore Sturgeon (1953) 230p 1.5
  • Endgame, by Samuel Beckett (1957) 1.0
  • Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett (1953) 1.0
  • Blindness, by José Saramago (1995) 300p 2.0
  • Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (1954; Educational Edition, 1962) 250p 1.5
  • Dialogues With The Devil, by Taylor Caldwell (1967) 190p 2.5
  • The Outsider, by Albert Camus (1942) 110p 1.5
  • The Rules of the Game, by Luigi Pirandello (1918) 60p 2.0
  • The Misanthrope, by Moliére (1966) 70p 2.5
  • Brand, by Henrik Ibsen (1866), Translated & Introduced by Michael Meyer | 105p 3.0
  • The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens (1836) 700+p 1.5
  • Anthem, by Ayn Rand (1937, Revised 1946) 120p 2.0
  • The Mind Parasites, by Colin Wilson (1967) [D] 2/4
  • Paradise Lost, by John Milton (1667)
  • Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo (1939) [D]
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert (1965)
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, by Edwin A. Abbott (1884), Foreword by Isaac Asimov (1983)
  • Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth – Uncensored, by Pat Mills, John Wagner, Chris Lowder, Mick McMahon, and Brian Bolland (1978/2019)
  • Human Is? – A Philip K. Dick Reader, by The Estate of Philip K. Dick (2007)
  • A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe (1722)


  • Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad (1899) 95p 1.5

Short Stories

  • The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster (1909) 25p [D] 3.0
  • The Winnowing, by Isaac Asimov (1976) [D] 2.0
  • The Ship That Found Herself, by Rudyard Kipling (1895) 13p [D] 1.5
  • The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson (1948) [D]
  • Johnny Mnemonic, by William Gibson (1981) [D]


Study of the structure, functioning (mechanisms), and development of Society.

Thematic (SOCIOLOGY)

Examination of an aspect of Society; and which in some cases, also applies to primitive or ancient society (i.e. as well as civilized or modern society).

  • The Fear of Freedom, by Erich Fromm (1942)
  • The Crowd – A Study of the Popular Mind, by Gustave Le Bon (1897)
  • Propaganda – The Formation of Men’s Attitudes, by Jacques Ellul (1965)
  • The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, by Erving Goffman (1959)
  • Obedience to Authority, by Stanley Milgram (1974)
  • Subcluture – The Meaning of Style, by Dick Hebdige (1979)
  • The Human Zoo, by Desmond Morris (1969)
  • Varieties of Fascism, by Eugen Weber (1964)
  • The True Believer – Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, by Eric Hoffer (1951)
  • The Technological Society, by Jacques Ellul (1964)
  • The Rites of Passage, by Arnold Vam Gennep (1960)
  • Patterns of Culture, by Ruth Benedict (1935)
  • The Theory of the Leisure Class, by Thorstein Veblen (1899)
  • The Social Construction of Reality, by Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann (1966)
  • Technics and Civilization, by Lewis Mumford (1934)
  • Crowds and Power, by Elias Canetti (1960)
  • Lying – Moral Choice in Public and Private Life, by Sissela Bok (1978)
  • Taboo, by Franz Steiner (1956)
  • Man for Himself – An Enquiry into the Psychology of Ethics, by Erich Fromm (1947)
  • Outsiders – Studies in the Sociology of Deviance, by Howard S. Becker (1963)
  • Power and Privilege – A Theory of Social Stratification, by Gerhard E. Lenski (1966)
  • The Naked Ape, by Desmond Morris (1967)
  • Human Nature and Conduct, by John Dewey (1922)
  • Beyond Culture, by Edward T. Hall (1976)
  • Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, by Erving Goffman (1963)
  • The Nature of Prejudice, by Gordon W. Allport (1954, Abridged Edition 1958)
  • Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates, by Erving Goffman (1961)
  • Totemism, by Clause Levi-Strauss (1962/1991) [D]
  • Kingship, by A.M. Hocart (1927/1969) [D]
  • The Savage Mind, by Claude Levi-Strauss (1962/1966) [D]
  • The Mind of Primitive Man, by Franz Boas (1911/1938) [D]
  • Taboo – A Sociological Study, by Hutton Webster (1942) [D]
  • The Gift – Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies, by Marcel Mauss (1950/1966) [D]
  • Man, Play and Games, by Roger Caillois (1958/2001) [D]
  • Mutual Aid A Factor of Evolution, by Peter Kropotkin (1902) [D]
  • The Invention of Culture, by Roy Wagner (1975/1981) [D]
  • Elements of Social Organisation, by Raymond Firth (1951/1963) [D]
  • Sex and Culture, by J.D. Unwin (1934) [D]
  • The Ruling Class, by Gaetano Mosca (1939) [D]
  • The Laws of Imitation, by Gabriel Tarde (1903) [D]
  • Prestige – A Psychological Study of Social Estimates, by Lewis Leopold (1913) [D]
  • The Instinct of Workmanship, by Thorstein Veblen (1914/1918) [D]
  • Theory of Collective Behavior, by Neil J. Smelser (1962/1965) [D]
  • The Behavior of Crowds: A Psychological Study, by Everett Dean Martin (1920) [D]
  • Public Opinion, by Walter Lippmann (1922) [D]
  • Delusion and Mass Delusion, by A. M. Meerloo (1949) [D]
  • The Crowd in Peace and War, by Martin Conway (1915) [D]
  • Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War, by Wilfred Trotter (1916) [D]
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas S. Kuhn (1962/1970) [D]
  • The Ordeal of Change, by Eric Hoffer (1963/2006) [D]
  • Ends and Means, by Aldous Huxley (1937) [D]
  • Encounters – Two Studies in the Sociology of Interaction, by Erving Goffman (1961/1972) [D]
  • The Soldier and the State – The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations, by Samuel P. Huntington (1957/2000) [D]
  • The Transparency of Evil – Essays on Extreme Phenomena, by Jean Baudrillard (1990/1993) [D]
  • State Of Exception, by Giorgio Agamben (2003/2005) [D]
  • Tradition, by Edward Shils (1981/1983) [D]
  • Kinship and Social Organisation, by W.H.R. Rivers (1914) [D]
  • Primitive Society, by Robert H. Lowie (1920/1921) [D]
  • The Notion of Tribe, by Morton H. Fried (1975) [D]
  • The Scapegoat, by Rene Girard (1982/1986) [D]
  • People Without Government – An Anthropology of Anarchy, by Harold Barclay (1982/1990) [D]
  • The Collapse of Complex Societies, by Joseph A. Tainter (1988) [D]
  • Catastrophe and Social Change, by Samuel Henry Prince (1920) [D]
  • Science, Faith and Society, by Michael Polanyi (1946) [D]
  • In Tune With the World – A Theory of Festivity, by Josef Pieper (1963/1965) [D]
  • Primitive Rebels, by E.J. Hobsbawm (1959/1971) [D]
  • Speed and Politics, by Paul Virilio (1977/2006) [D]
  • Art and Fear, by Paul Virilio (2000/2004) [D]
  • The Construction of Social Reality, by John R. Searle (1995) [D]
  • The Hidden Dimension, by Edward T. Hall (1966/1990) [D]
  • Falsehood in War-Time, by Arthur Ponsonby (1929) [D]
  • The Story of Utopias, by Lewis Mumford (1922) [D]

Specialized (SOCIOLOGY)

Sociology on a theme, but circumscribed by a particular time, place, and/or social strata.

  • The Organization Man, by William H. Whye, Jr. (1956)
  • Future Shock, by Alvin Toffler (1970)
  • The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations, by Christopher Lasch (1979)
  • The Political Illusion, by Jacques Ellul (1967)
  • The American Sex Revolution, by Pitirim A. Sorokin (1956)
  • Dress Art and Society 1560-1970, by Geoffrey Squire (1974)
  • Propaganda, by Edward Bernays (1928)
  • The Impact of Science on Society, by Bertrand Russell (1952)
  • Hidden Differences – Doing Business with the Japanese, by Edward T. Hall (1987)
  • Shamanism – Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, by Mircea Eliade (1962)
  • The Status Seekers – An Exploration of Class Behaviour in America, by Vance Packard (1959)
  • The Third Wave, by Alvin Toffler (1980)
  • The Wretched of the Earth, by Frantz Fanon (1961)
  • The Sane Society, by Erich Fromm (1955)
  • The House of the Intellect, by Jacques Barzun (1959)
  • Mythologies, by Roland Barthes (1957, 1972 Translation)
  • The Image – A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, by Daniel J. Boorstin (1961)
  • Parkinson’s Law, or The Pursuit of Progress, by C. Northcote Parkinson (1958)
  • Mass, Class, and Bureaucracy – The Evolution of Contemporary Society, by Joseph Bensman and Bernard Rosenberg (1963)
  • The Culture Industry – Selected Essays on Mass Culture (from the works of Theodore W. Adorno, Edited by J.M. Bernstein, 1991)
  • The Lonely Crowd: A Study of the Changing American Character, Abridged by the Authors David Riesman, Nathan Glazer, and Reuel Denney (1950/1955)
  • The Costs of Economic Growth, by E. J. Mishan (1967)
  • Possession and Exorcism – Among Primitive Races, in Antiquity, The Middle Ages, and Modern Times, by Traugott K. Oesterreich (1974)
  • Prophets of Deceit: A Study of the Techniques of the American Agitator, by Leo Lowenthal and Norbert Guterman (1966) [D]
  • The Devil and the Jews – The Medieval Conception of the Jew and its Relation to Modern Antisemitism, by Joshua Trachtenberg (1943/2001) [D]
  • The Jews and Modern Capitalism, by Werner Sombart (1911/2001) [D]
  • Anti-Semite and Jew – An Exploration of Hate, by Jean-Paul Sartre (1944) [D]
  • The Mass Psychology of Fascism, by Wilhelm Reich (1933/1946) [D]
  • Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia, by Bronislaw Malinowski (1929) [D]
  • Structure and Function in Primitive Society, by A.R. Radcliffe-Brown (1952) [D]
  • Peasant Society and Culture, by Robert Redfield (1956/1958) [D]
  • The Aryans, by V. Gordon Child (1926) [D]
  • The Next Million Years, by Charles Galton Darwin (1950) [D]
  • Veteran Comes Back, by Willard Waller (1944) [D]
  • Political Ponerology – A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes, by A. M. Lobaczewski (1984/1998) [D]
  • Rape of the Mind, by A. M. Meerloo (1956) [D]
  • Stone Age Economics, by Marshall Sahlins (1972) [D]
  • The Myth of Lazy Native, by Syed Hussein Alatas (1977) [D]
  • The Dynamics of Cultural Change – An Inquiry into Race Relations in Africa, by Bronislow Malinowski (1945) [D]
  • Origins of Totalitarian Democracy [Abridged], by Jacob L. Talmon (1952) [D]
  • The Professional Soldier, by Morris Janowitz (1960) [D]
  • Mao Tse-tung On Guerrilla Warfare, by The U.S. Marine Corps (1989) [D]
  • Generation of Vipers, by Philip Wylie (1942/1954) [D]
  • The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement, by Thomas S. Szasz, M.D. (1970)
  • State Security: A Reader on the GDR Secret Police, Edited by Daniela Munkel (2016) [D]


Concerned with the classification of sociological concepts or types.

  • Handbook of Social Psychology, by Kimball Young (1957, Revised Edition)
  • Contemporary Sociological Theories – Through the First Quarter of the Twentieth Century, by Pitirim A Sorokin (1928)
  • The Europeans, by Luigi Barzini (1983)

Scientific (SOCIOLOGY)

Reveals the sociological effects of biological principles or features.

  • The Life Of The Bee, by Maurice Maeterlinck (1901) [D]
  • Diet and Race, by F.P. Armitage (1922) [D]
  • Human Types, by Raymond Firth (1938/1947) [D]


Examination or revelation of an aspect of society that (still) has direct relevance to contemporary society.

  • Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari (2016)
  • Between Two Ages – America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, by Zbigniew Brzezinski (1970)
  • The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, by Samuel P. Huntington (1996)
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death – Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, by Neil Postman (1985)
  • Retromania – Pop Culture’s Addiction to its Own Past, by Simon Reynolds (2011)
  • Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, by Christopher Caldwell (2009)
  • The Sovereign Individual – How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State, by James Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg (1997)
  • e-topia, by William J. Mitchell (1999)
  • The Shallows – How the Internet is Changing the Way We Read, Think and Remember, by Nicholas Carr (2010)
  • The Corporation – The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, by Joel Bakan (2004)
  • The McDonaldization of Society, by George Ritzer (1993, Revised New Centuryn Edition 2004)
  • Video Kids – Making Sense of Nintendo, by Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr. (1991)
  • The Society of the Spectacle, by Guy Debord (1967/1994) [D]
  • The Stars Down to Earth, and other essays on the irrational in culture, by Theodore W. Adorno (1930s-50s/2002) [D]
  • Simulacra and Simulation, by Jean Baudrillard (1981) [D]
  • Democracy Incorporated – Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, by Sheldon S. Wolin (2008) [D]
  • Argument Culture – Stopping America’s War of Words, by Deborah Tannen (1998) [D]
  • Technopoly – The Surrender of Culture to Technology, by Neil Postman (1992) [D]
  • The Condition of Postmodernity – An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change, by David Harvey (1989/1992) [D]
  • Postmodernism, or cultural logic of late capitalism, by Fredric Jameson (1991/1997) [D]
  • The Information Bomb, by Paul Virilio (1998/2005) [D]
  • In The Shadow of the Silent Majorities, by Jean Baudrillard (1983) [D]
  • The Paradox of Choice – Why More Is Less, by Barry Schwartz (2004) [D]
  • Welcome to the Desert of the Real, by Slavoj Zizek (2002) [D]
  • A Poetics of Postmodernism – History, Theory, Fiction, by Linda Hutcheon (1988/2003) [D]
  • The Perfect Crime, by Jean Baudrillard (1996) [D]
  • The Ignorance Society, and Other Essays, by Antoni Brey, Daniel Innararity, & Goncal Mayos, 2009 [D]


Systematic account of events, with degrees of interpretation.

Thematic (HISTORY)

Account (usually linear) of the continuity or development of an idea, behavior, or technique.

  • Apocalypses – Prophecies, Cults and Millennial Beliefs Througout the Ages, by Eugen Weber (1999)
  • The History of Torture, by George Riley Scott (1940)
  • Sex in History – Society’s Changing Attitudes to Sex Throughout the Ages, by G. Rattray Taylor (1954)
  • In a Dark Time, Edited by Nicholas Humphrey and Robert Jay Lifton (1984)
  • Chivalry, by Maurice Keen (1984)
  • Empires of the Word – A Language History of the World, by Nicholas Ostler (2005)
  • From Crossbow to H-Bomb – The Evolution of the Weapons and Tactics of Warfare, by Bernard and Fawn M. Brodie (1962, Revised and Enlarged Edition, 1973)
  • A Brief History of Secret Societies – An Unbiased History of Our Desire for Secret Knowledge, by David V. Barrett (2007)
  • The Story of English, by Robert McCrum, Robert MacNeil, and William Cran (1986, 3rd Edition 2002)
  • The Frenzy of Renown – Fame and Its History, by Leo Braudy (1986)
  • Love in the Western World, by Denis De Rougemont (1940, 1983)
  • History of Atlantis, by Lewis Spense (1926)
  • The Pirate Picture, by Rayner Thrower (1980)
  • Flesh & Blood – A History of the Cannibal Complex, by Reay Tannahill (1975, Revised and Updated Edition 1996)
  • A History of Western Architecture, by David Watkin (1986, 4th Edition 2005)
  • Boutells’s Heraldry, by J.R. Brooke-Litttle (1950, Revised Edition 1978)
  • History of the Idea of Progress, by Robert Nisbet (1980)
  • A History of Western Morals, by Crane Brinton (1959)
  • The City in History, by Lewis Mumford (1961)
  • The Prince of Darkness – Radical Evil and the Power of Good in History, by Jeffrey Burton Russell (1988)

Specialized (HISTORY)

History on a theme, but circumscribed by a particular time, place, and/or people.

  • Greek Political Oratory, Selected and Translated by A. N. W. Saunders (1970)
  • Technology and the Ancient World, by Henry Hodges (1970)
  • The Primitive World and its Transformations, by Robert Redfield (1953)
  • The Ancient Explorers, by M. Cary and E.H. Warmington (1929, Revised 1963)
  • The First Merchant Venturers – The Ancient Levant in History and Commerce, by William Culican (1966)
  • Bisexualtity in the Ancient World, by Eva Cantarella (1988, 1992)
  • The Pyramids of Egypt, by I.E.S. Edwards (1947, 1972)
  • The Olympic Games – The First Thousand Years, by M.I. Finley and H.W. Pleket (1976)
  • The Discovery of the Individual 1050-1200, by Colin Morris (1972)
  • Black Cargoes – A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1518-1865, by Daniel P. Mannix and Malcolm Cowley (1962)
  • The Temple and the Lodge, by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh (1989)
  • Hellenism – A History of a Civilization, by Arnold J. Toynbee (1959)
  • English Social History – A Survey of Six Centuries, Chaucer to Queen Victoria, by G.M. Trevelyan (1942, 2nd Edition 1946)
  • The Age of the Vikings, by P.H. Sawyer (1962, 2nd Edition 1971)
  • The History of Christianity – People, Movements, Worldwide Growth … Articles, Pictures, Maps, Diagrams (A Lion Handbook, 1977)
  • The Alchemists, by F. Sherwood Taylor (1952)
  • A History of Medieval Europe – From Constantine to Saint Louis, by R.H.C. Davis (1957, Revised Edition 1970)
  • Sweetness and Power – The Place of Sugar in Modern History, by Sidney W. Mintz (1985) [D]
  • The Babylonian Woe – A Study of the Origin of Certain Banking Practices, and of their effect on the events of Ancient History, written in the light of the Present Day, by David Astle (1993) [D]
  • The Displacement of Population in Europe, by Eugene M. Kulischer (1943) [D]
  • The Great War 1914-1918, by Marc Ferro (1969/2002) [D]
  • “Scare-Mongerings” from the Daily Mail 1896-1914 – The Paper That Foretold The War, by Twells Brex (1914) [D]
  • Apocalypse 1945 – The Destruction of Dresden, by David Irving (1963/1999) [D]
  • When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Collapse, by Adam Fergusson (1975) [D]
  • Babylonians and Assyrians, Life and Customs, by Rev. A. H. Sayce (1890/2008) [D]
  • Plague and Pestilence in Literature and Art, by Raymond Crawford (1914) [D]
  • Mr. Punch’s History of the Great War, by Punch (1919) [D]

Analytical (HISTORY)

History told with a specific design to an interpretation.

  • A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee – Abridgement of Volumes I-VI (1946), by D.C. Somervell
  • A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee – Abridgement of Volumes VII-X (1957), by D.C. Somervell
  • The World of Odysseus, by M. I. Finley (1965, Revised Edition)
  • The Elizabethan World Picture, by E.M.W. Tillyard (1943)
  • The Five Stages of Greek Religion, by Gilbert Murray (1935)
  • Total War and Historical Change: Europe 1914-1955, Edited by Arthur Marwick, Clive Emsley and Wendy Simpson (2001)
  • War and Social Change in the Twentieth Century – A Comparative Study of Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, by Arthur Marwick (1974)
  • The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis, by Carroll Quigley (1961) [D]
  • A Cultural History of the Modern Age, Volumes 1-3, by Egon Friedell (1930-1953) [D]
  • The Lessons of History, by Will Durant (1968) [D]
  • The Revolutions of Civilizations, by W.M. Flinders Petrie (1911/1922) [D]
  • The Great Transformation – The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, by Karl Polanyi (1944) [D]
  • New History of the Jews, by Eustace Mullins (1968) [D]
  • The Decline of the West – Form and Actuality, by Oswald Spengler (1926/1927) [D]
  • The Origins of the Second World War, by A.J.P. Taylor (1961) [D]


A History of the world; or of a contemporary nation from its origin.

  • Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari (2011)
  • The New and Revised Outline of History – Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind, by H.G. Wells (1920/1931)
  • What Happened in History, by Gordon Childe (1942, Revised Edition 1964)
  • The Pelican History of the World, by J.M. Roberts (1976, Revised Edition 1980)
  • World Prehistory – An Outline, by Grahame Clark (1961)
  • A History of Europe, by H.A.L. Fisher (1936)
  • General History of Civilization in Europe, by M. Guizot (1837 Translation)
  • A History of India, by John Keay (2000)
  • A History of Israel, by John Bright (Revised Edition 1972)
  • The Penguin History of the United States of America, by Hugh Brogan (1985)
  • History of England, by George Macaulay Trevelyan (1926, New and Enlarged Edition 1945)

Ancient (HISTORY)

History on anything prior to the Christian era; and including the works of ancient authors.

Egypt (HISTORY > Ancient)

  • Egyptian Ideas of the Afterlife, by E.A. Wallis Budge (1908, 3rd Edition)
  • Religion of the Ancient Egyptians, by Alfred Wiedemann (1897)
  • Life in Ancient Egypt, by Adolf Erman (1894)
  • Egyptian Religion – Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life, by E. A. Wallis Budge (1899)
  • The Legacy of Egypt, Edited by S.R.K. Glanville (1942)
  • Archaic Egypt, by W.B. Emery (1961)
  • The Splendour That Was Egypt, by Margaret A. Murray (1963, 1977)
  • The Dwellers of the Nile – The Life, History, Religion and Literature of the Ancient Egyptians, by E.A. Wallis Budge (1926)

Greece (HISTORY > Ancient)

  • A History of Greece, by J.B. Bury and Russell Meiggs (1975, Revised 4th Edition)
  • A History of Greece to 322 B.C., by N.G.L. Hammond (1967, 2nd Edition)
  • The Legacy of Greece, Edited by R. W. Livingstone (1921)
  • The Aegean Civilization, by Gustave Glotz (1925/1976)
  • History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides (Translated by Richard Crawley, 1876)
  • The Persian Expedition, by Xenophon (Translated by Rex Warner, 1949)
  • A History of My Times, by Xenophon (Translated by Rex Warner, 1966, 1979)
  • Memoirs of Socrates & The Symposium, by Xenophon (Translated by Hugh Tredennick, 1970)
  • The Histories of Herodotus, Translated by George Rawlinson (1858, One-Volume Edition 1910)
  • Plutarch on Sparta, Translated by Richard J.A. Talbert (1988)
  • Prehistoric Crete, by R.W Hutchinson (1962)
  • The Bull of Minos – The Story of the Great Archaeological Discoveries in Crete and Greece, by Leonard Cottrell (1953, Revised Edition 1955)
  • The Odes of Pindar (Translated by Richmond Lattimore, 1947)

Middle East (HISTORY > Ancient)

  • The Sumerians, by C. Leonard Woolley (1965)
  • The Sumerians – Their History, Culture, and Character, by Samuel Noah Kramer (1963)
  • History Begins at Sumer, by Samuel Noah Kramer (1961 Revised and Enlarged Edition)
  • The Canaanites, by John Gray (1964)
  • The Phoenicians, by Donald Harden (1962, Revised 1980)
  • The Hittites, by O.R. Gurney (1952, 2nd Edition Revised 1961)
  • Babylonian Life and History, by E.A. Wallis Budge (1884)
  • Ancient Iraq, by Georges Roux (1964, 3rd Edition 1992)

Rome (HISTORY > Ancient)

  • The Jugurthine War & The Conspiracy of Catiline, by Sallust (Translated by S.A Handford, 1963)
  • The Civil War, by Julius Caesar, together with The Alexandrian, African, and Spanish Wars (Translated by Jane F. Mitchell, 1967)
  • The Campaigns of Alexander, by Arrian (Translated by Aubrey De Selincourt, 1958, Revised and Enlarged Edition 1971)
  • The Early History of Rome – Books I-V of The History of Rome from its Foundation, by Titus Livius (Translated by Aubrey De Selincourt, 1960)
  • Rome and Italy – Books VI-X of The History of Rome from its Foundation, by Titus Livius (Translated by Betty Radice, 1982)
  • The War With Hannibal – Books XXI-XXX of The History of Rome from its Foundation, by Titus Livius (Translated by Aubrey De Selincourt, 1965)
  • Rome and the Mediterranean – Books XXXI-XLV of The History of Rome from its Foundation, by Titus Livius (Translated by Henry Bettendon, 1976)
  • The Battle for Gaul, by Julius Caesar (A New Illustrated Translation by Anne & Peter Wiseman, 1980)
  • Jewish Antiquities, by Flavius Josephus (Translated by William Whiston, 1737)

Eastern (HISTORY > Ancient)

  • The Story of Civilization, Part 1 – Our Oriental Heritage: A History of Civilization in Egypt and the Near East to the Death of Alexander, and in India, China and Japan … With an Introduction on the Nature and Foundations of Civilization, by Will Durant (1935)
  • The First Emperor – Selections from the Historical Records of Sima Qian (Translated by Raymond Dawson, 1994)
  • The Birth of Indian Civilization – India and Pakistan Before 500 B.C., Bridget and Raymond Allchin (1968)

Western (HISTORY > Ancient)

  • The Story of Civilization, Part 2 – A History of the Greek Government, Industry, Manners, Morals, Religion, Philosophy, Science, Literature and Art from the Earliest Times to the Roman Conquest, by Will Durant (1939)
  • The Story of Civilization, Part 3 – Caesar and Christ: A History of Roman Civilization and of Christianity from their Beginnings to A.D. 325, by Will Durant (1944)
  • The Story of Civilization, Part 4 – The Age of Faith: A History of Medieval Civilization—Christian, Islamic, and Judaic—from Constantine to Dante, A.D. 325-1300, by Will Durant (1950)
  • Carthage, by B.H. Warmington (1960)
  • The History of the Church, by Eusebius (Translated by G.A. Williamson)
  • The Druids, by Stuart Piggott (1968)
  • The History of the Franks, by Gregory of Tours (Translated by Lewis Thorpe, 1974)

Medieval (HISTORY)

  • A Distant Mirror – The Calamitous 14th Century, by Barbara W. Tuchman (1978)
  • The Black Death, by Philip Ziegler (1969)
  • The Anglo-Saxons, Edited by James Campbell (1982)
  • The Story of Civilization, Part V: The Renaissance – A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304-1576, by Will Durant (1953)
  • The Story of Civilization, Part VI: The Reformation – A History of European Civilization from Wyclif to Calvin 1300-1564, by Will Durant (1953)

Modern (HISTORY)

War (HISTORY > Modern)

  • The Thought They Were Free – The Germans 1933-45, by Milton Mayer (1955)
  • The Proud Tower – A Portrait of the World Before the War 1890-1914, by Barbara TuchmN (1962)
  • August 1914 – The First Month of the First World War, by Barbara Tuchman (1962)
  • History of the First World War, by B.H. Liddell Hart (1930, Enlarged Edition 1934, 1992)
  • The Fugu Plan – The Astonishing Untold Story of the Jews in Wartime Japan, by Marvin Tokaywr and Mary Swartz (1979)
  • The Theory and Practice of Hell – The Nazi Horror Camps and How They Worked, by Eugen Kogon (1950)
  • Wartime – Britain 1939-1945, by Juliet Gardiner (2004)
  • America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-2000, by Walter Lafeber (1967, 9th Edition 2002)

Britain (HISTORY > Modern)

  • A Night to Remember – How the Titanic Went Down, by Walter Lord (1956, Revised Illustrated Edition 1976)
  • The Neophiliacs – A Study of the Revolution in English Life in the Fifties and Sixties, by Christopher Booker (1969)
  • Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970’s, by Alwyn W. Turner (2008)
  • Bang! A History of Britain in the 1980’s, by Graham Stewart (2013)
  • A Classless Society – Britain in the 1990’s, by Alwyn W. Turner (2013)
  • The Fall of Scotland Yard, by Brian Cox, John Shirley, Martin Short (1977)
  • MI5, by Nigel West (1983)

Revolution (HISTORY > Modern)

  • The French Revolution, by J.M. Thompson (1944 2nd Edition)
  • Ten Days That Shook The World, by John Reed (1926, 1977)
  • The Weimar Rublic – The Crisis of Classical Modernity, by Detlev J.K. Peukert (1987)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer (1959, 1964)

Europe (HISTORY > Modern)

  • Europe Since 1870 – An International History, by James Joll (2nd Edition 1976)
  • A History of Prussia, by H.W. Koch (1978)
  • A History of the Twentieth Century, Volume One: 1900-1933, by Martin Gilbert (1997)
  • A History of the Twentieth Century, Volume Two: 1933-1951, by Martin Gilbert (1998)
  • A History of the Twentieth Century, Volume Three: 1952-1999, by Martin Gilbert (1999)
  • Spain, 1808-1975 (The Oxford History of Modern Europe), by Raymond Carr (1966, 2nd Edition 1982)
  • The Low Countries (The Oxford History of Modern Europe), 1780-1940, by E. H. Kossmann (1978)

Persecution (HISTORY > Modern)

  • All Waiting to be Hanged: Iraq Post Six-Day War Diary, by Max Sawdayee (1974/2011) [W]
  • Warrant for Genocide – The Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, by Norman Cohn (1967)
  • The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 – An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Parts I-II (Vol.1), by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn(1973)
  • The True History of the Elephant Man, by Michael Howell and Peter Ford (1980)


Study of the mind (mechanisms) and behavior (personality).


Examination of an aspect of the mind, within a general context.

  • A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, by Leon Festinger (1957)
  • Art and Illusion – A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation, by E.H. Gombrich (1977, 5th Edition)
  • The Child’s Conception of the World, by Jean Piaget (1929)
  • Art and Visual Perception – A Psychology of the Creative Eye, by Rudolf Arnheim (1954)
  • The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, by Carl G. Jung (1968, 2nd Edition)
  • Self-Deception, by Herbert Fingarette (1969)
  • The Psychology of Interpersonal Behaviour, by Michael Argyle (1978, Third Edition)
  • Straight and Crooked Thinking, by Robert H. Thouless (1930, Revised and Enlarged 1953)
  • The Psychology of Perception, by M.D. Vernon (1962)
  • The Anatomy of Self – The Individual Versus Society, by Takeo Doi, M.D. (1985)
  • The Anatomy of Dependence, by Takeo Doi, M.D. (1971/1981)
  • The Psychology of Superstition, by Gustav Jahoda (1969)
  • The Anatomy of Judgement – An Investigation inot the Processes of Perception and Reasoning, by M.L.J. Abercrombie (1960)
  • Patterns of Growth in Personality, by Gordon W. Allport (1937, 1963)
  • The Growth of Personality, from Infancy to Old Age, by Gordon R. Lowe (1972)
  • The Undiscovered Self, with Symbols and The Interpretation of Dreams, by Carl G. Jung (1957)
  • Man and His Symbols, Conceived and Edited by Carl Jung (1964)
  • Primitive Mentality, by Lucien Levy-Bruhl (1923) [D]
  • The Psychology of Religious Experience, by Edward Scribner Ames (1910) [D]
  • The Psychology of Suggestion – A Research into the Subconscious Nature of Man and Society, by Boris Sidis (1898/1919) [D]
  • Listen, Little Man! by Wilhelm Reich (1948/1974) [D]
  • Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences, by Abraham Maslow (1964) [D]

Specialized (PSYCHOLOGY)

Psychology on a theme, but circumscribed within a particular context.

  • The Myth of Mental Illness, by Thomas S. Szasz, M.D. (1974, Revised Edition)
  • The Nazi Doctors – A Study in the Psychology of Evil, by Robert Jay Lifton (1986)
  • Battle for the Mind, by William Sargant (1957)
  • The Protean Self – Human Resilience in an Age of Fragmentation, by Robert Jay Lifton (1993)
  • The People of the Lie – The Hope for Healing Human Evil, by M. Scott Peck, M.D. (1983)
  • Synchronicity – An Acausal Connecting Principle, by Carl G. Jung (1955)
  • The Mask of Sanity – An Attempt to Clarify Some Issues About the So-Called Psychopathic Personality, by Hervey  Cleckley (1941, 5th Edition 1988) [D]
  • Masochism In Modern Man, by TheodorReik (1941) [D]
  • The Divided Self, by R.D Lang (1959/1990) [D]
  • No More Mr Nice Guy! [a.k.a. “Nice Guy Syndrome”] by Robert Glover (2000) [D]
  • The Psychopath’s Bible, by Christopher S. Hyatt (1999) [D]
  • Schizophrenia, by Richard Warner & Giovanni de Giromalo, World Health Organization (1995) [D]
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl (1946, 4th Ed. 1992) [D]
  • War Stress and Neurotic Illness, by Abram Kardiner & Herbert X. Spiegel (1947) [D]


Contemplation and/or investigation of the nature of being, towards the development of knowledge and wisdom (understanding).


Works written by philosophers in the pre-Christian era.

Eastern (PHILOSOPHY > Ancient)

  • Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu (1963 Translation)
  • Confucius – The Analects (1910 Dover Edition)
  • Wisdom of the Buddha, Translated and Edited by F. Max Muller (1900)
  • The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, and The Book of Lord Shang (Wordsworth Edition, 1998)
  • The Book of Chuang Tzu, Translated by Martin Palmer & Elizabeth Breuilly (1996)
  • A Buddhist Bible, by Wordsworth Classics of World Literature, with an introduction by Richard P. Hayes (2009)

Western (PHILOSOPHY > Ancient)

  • The Complete Works of Plato, Volume 1 of 2 (Benjamin Jowett Translation, 1871)
  • The Complete Works of Plato, Volume 2 of 2 (Benjamin Jowett Translation, 1871)
  • The Basic Works of Aristotle, Edited by Richard McKeon (1941)
  • Early Greek Philosophy, Selected and Translated by Jonathan Barnes (1987)
  • Hippocratic Writings, Edited by G.E.R. Lloyd (1978)
  • The Complete Fables of Aesop (Translated by Olivia and Robert Temple, 1998)
  • On the Nature of the Universe, by Lucretius (Translated by Ronald Latham, 1951)
  • The Ten Books on Architecture, by Vitruvius (Translated by Morris Hicky Morgan, 1914)
  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius (Translated by George Long, 1862)
  • Dialogues and Letters of Seneca, Edited and Translated by C.D.N. Costa, 1997)
  • The Discourses of Epictetus: The Handbook, Fragments, Edited by Christopher Gill, Revised Translation by Robin Hard (1910/1995)


Works written by philosophers since the Renaissance.

  • Happy – Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine, by Derren Brown (2016/17)
  • Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes (1651, Edited with Introduction and Notes by J.C.A. Gaskin, 1996)
  • The Philosophical Works of Descartes, Volume 1 (1628-?, Translated by Elizabeth S. Haldane and G.R.T. Ross, 1911)
  • Maxims, by La Rouchefoucauld (1665, 1949 Translation)
  • The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli (1532)
  • The Book of Life – Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti (from the works of Jiddu Krishnamurti, Published 1995)
  • The Krishnamurti Reader, Edited by Mary Lutyens (1954, 1970)
  • The Second Krishnamurti Reader, Edited by Mary Lutyens (1973)
  • Commentaries of Living – The First Series, From the Notbebooks of J. Krishnamurti, Edited by D. rajagopal (1956, 1985)
  • On Living and Dying, from the works of J. Krishnamurti (1992)
  • The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell, by Aldous Huxley (1954 & 1956)
  • The Crisis of the Modern World, by Rene Guenon (1946/2004) [D]
  • Dialogue In Hell Between Machiavelli And Montesquieu, by ANON (1864) [D]
  • To Have Or To Be? by Erich Fromm (1976/1997) [D]
  • The First and Last Freedom, by Jiddu Krishnamurti (1954) [D]

Historified (PHILOSOPHY)

Account of the development of Philosophy; or of a specific philosophy.

  • The Passion of the Western Mind – Understanding the Ideas that have Shaped Our World View, by Richard Tarnas (1991)
  • The Story of Philosophy – The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers, by Will Durant (1926)
  • The Oxford Illustrated History of Western Philosophy, Edited by Anthony Kenny (1994)

Analytical (PHILOSOPHY)

An interpretive examination of a particular philosophy.

  • Preface to Plato, by Eric A. Havelock (1963/1998) [D]
  • Primitive Man As Philosopher, by Paul Radin (1927) [D]
  • Before Philosophy, by Henry & Mrs Frankfort, John A. Wilson and Thorkild Jacobsen (1946)
  • The Perennial Philosophy, by Aldous Huxley (1946)


System of belief and/or worship (religion); and ancient traditional story of gods or heroes—especially offering an explanation for a fact or phenomenon (mythology).


Original texts of a religion or mythology.

  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Complied & Edited by W. Y. Evans-Wentz (1957, 3rd Editon)
  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead (1899 E.A. Wallis Budge Translation)
  • The Odyssey of Homer (1965 Richmond Lattimore Translation)
  • The Iliad of Homer (Translated by Richmond Lattimore, 1951)
  • Jason and the Golden Fleece, by Apollonius of Rhodes (Translated by Richard Hunter, 1993)
  • The Aenid of Virgil, Translated by Rolfe Humphries (1951)
  • The Metamorphoses, by Ovid (Translated by A. D. Melville, 1986)
  • Buddist Scriptures, Selected and Translated by Edward Conze (1959)
  • King James Bible (400th Anniversary Editon)


Collected descriptions of religious characteristics or mythical stories of a particular people or type.

  • The Beginning – Creation Myths Around the World, by Maria Leach (1956)
  • Primitive Religion, by Robert H. Lowrie (1925)
  • Mythology – Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, by Edith Hamiliton (1940)
  • The Library of Greek Mythology, by Apollodorus (Translated by Robin Hard, 1997)
  • Crete & Pre-Hellenic (Myths and Legends), by Donald A. Mackenzie (1917)
  • Myths from Mesopotamia – Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh and Others (Translated by Stephanie Dalley, 1989)
  • The Gods of the Greeks, by C. Kerenyi (1951)
  • The Heroes of the Greeks, by C. Kerenyi (1959)
  • Hindu Myths – A Sourcebook Translated from Sanskrit, by Wendy O’Flaherty (1975)
  • Christian Mythology, by George Every (1970)
  • Ancient Art and Ritual, by Jane Ellen Harrison (1913) [D]
  • Primitive Religion, by Paul Radin (1937) [D]
  • Phallic Worship: A History of Sex and Sex Rites in Relation to the Religions of All Races from Antiquity to the Present Day, by George Ryley Scott (1941) [D]
  • The Seven Deadly Sins, by James Stalker (1901) [D]


Account of Religion or a particular religion.

  • The Gods of Prehistoric Man, by Johannes Maringer (1956)
  • The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe, by Marija Gimbutas (1974, New and Updated Edition 1982)
  • Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1964)
  • The Religious Experience of Mankind, by Ninian Smart (1969)
  • A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1 – From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries, by Mircea Eliade (1978)
  • Judaism, by Isidore Epstein (1959)


Examination of a religion or mythology, or Religion/Mythology, with specific design to an interpretation.

  • The Golden Bough – A Study in Magic and Religion, by Sir James Frazer (1922 Abridgement)
  • The Myth of the Eternal Return, or, Cosmos and History, by Mircea Eliade (1954)
  • Myth and Reality, by Mircea Eliade (1963)
  • The Sacred and the Profane – The Nature of Religion, by Mircea Eliade (1957)
  • Myths, Dreams & Mysteries, by Mircea Eliade (1957)
  • The Masks of God, Volume 1: Primitive Mythology, by Joseph Campbell (1959)
  • The Hero – A Study in Tradition, Myth, and Drama, by Lord Raglan (1936)
  • Parallel Myths – A Fascinating Look at the Common Threads Woven Through the World’s Greatest Myths, and the Central Role they Have Played Through Time, by J.F. Bierlein (1994)
  • Introduction to Mythology, by Lewis Spence (1921)
  • An Introduction to Homer, by W.A. Camps (1980)
  • An Introduction to Virgil’s Aenid, by W.A. Camps (1969)
  • Religion and the Rise of Western Culture, by Christopher Dawson (1948) [D]
  • Habu – The Innovation of Meaning in Daribi Religion, by Roy Wagner (1972) [D]


Conveyance of meaning (communication) and mediums of transmission (media).


Study of symbols, in their various forms (including language).

  • The Lost Language of Symbolism – The Origins of Symbols, Mythologies & Folklore, Volume 1 of 2, by Harold Baley (1912)
  • The Lost Language of Symbolism – The Origins of Symbols, Mythologies & Folklore, Volume 2 of 2, by Harold Baley (1912)
  • The Labyrinth – Symbol of Fear, Rebirth, and Liberation, by Helmut Jaskolski (1994)
  • Semiotics: The Basics, by Daniel Chandler (2002, 2006)
  • Language and Myth, by Ernst Cassirer (1946/1953) [D]
  • Myth and Meaning, by Clause Levi-Strauss (1978/1995) [D]
  • Intentions in Architecture, by Christian Norberg-Schulz (1961) [D]
  • Occult Geometry: Interprets and Explains Symbols, Natures Universal Language – Shows how God Geometrizes to Produce the Universe and Man and that in Understanding Himself, Man Understands the Big Universe, by Albert Sidney Raleigh (1932) [D]


Examination of communication and/or media in its relation to society and/or individual perception.

  • War and Peace in the Global Village, by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore (1968)
  • The Mechanical Bride – Folklore of Industrial Man, by Marshall McLuhan (1951/1967)
  • The Gutenberg Galaxy, by Marshall McLuhan (1962)
  • From Cliche to Archetype, by Marshall McLuhan (1970)
  • Understanding Media, by Marshall McLuhan (1964)
  • The Medium is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan and Qunetin Fiore (1967)
  • The Silent Language, by Edward T. Hall (1959)
  • Empire and Communications, by H.A. Innis (1950) [D]
  • Empire of Signs, by Roland Barthes (1982/1992) [D]
  • Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, by Roland Barthes (1981) [D]
  • The Mystery of Banking, by Murray N. Rothbard (1987/2008) [D]
  • Political Propaganda, by F.C. Bartlett (1940/1942) [D]
  • Counterblast, by Marshall Mcluhan (1954/2011) [D]
  • Abstraction and Empathy, by Wilhelm Worringer (1908/1997) [D]
  • At War with Metaphor: Media, Propaganda, and Racism in the War on Terror, by Erin Steuter and Deborah Wills (2008) [D]
  • Picture This: World War I Posters and Visual Culture, by Pearl James (Ed.) (2009) [D]


Concerning the social and/or psychological significance of art.

  • The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher, by Bruno Ernst (1976)
  • Ways of Seeing, by John Berger (1972)
  • Art and Technics, by Lewis Mumford (1952)
  • All Consuming Images – The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture, by Stuart Ewen (1988, 1999 Revised Edition)
  • The Story of Art, by E.H. Gombrich (1984, 14th Edition)
  • BLAST, by Wyndham Lewis (1915) [D]


Concerning knowledge attained by observation and experiment.

Biological (SCIENCE)

Study or modification of the body or brain.

  • The Nervous System, by Peter Nathan (1969, 2nd Ed. 1982)
  • Future Man – Brave New World or Genetic Nightmare? by Brian Stableford (1984)
  • The Living Brain, by W. Grey Walter (1953)
  • The Second Genesis – The Coming Control of Life, by Albert Rosenfeld (1969)
  • The Ghost in the Machine, by Arthur Koestler (1967)
  • A Short History of Medicine, by Charles Singer (1928)
  • The Forbidden Game – A Social History of Drugs, by Brian Inglis (1975)
  • The Mneme, by Richard Wolfgang Semon (1921) [D]
  • The Body Electric – Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, by Robert O. Becker & Gary Selden (1985) [D]
  • Electromagnetism and Life, by Robert O. Becker & Andrew A. Marino (1982) [D]

Geoscientific (SCIENCE)

Study of the planet(s).

  • Biography of the Earth – It’s Past, Present, and Future, by George Gamow (1962, Revised Editon)
  • The Stars in Their Courses, by J.H. Jeans (1931)
  • Worlds in Collision, by Immanuel Velikovsky (1950/1969)

Technological (SCIENCE)

Study of technologies or scientific techniques.

  • Human Robots in Myth and Science, by John Cohen (1967)
  • Weapons Grade – Revealing the Links Between Modern Warfare and Our High-Tech World, by David Hambling (2005)
  • Computer Power and Human Reason – From Judgement to Calculation, by Joseph Weizenbaum (1976/1984)
  • Turing’s Man – Western Culture in the Computer Age, by J. David Bolter (1984)
  • The Nature of Time, by G.J. Whitrow (1972)
  • Nano! by Ed Regis (1995)
  • You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto, by Jaron Lanier (2010) [D]
  • The Singularity Is Near – When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil (2005) [D]
  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, by Michio Kaku (2011) [D]
  • Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution, by Eric Drexler & Chris Peterson with Gayle Pergamit (1991) [D]
  • Nanotechnology: Molecular Speculations on Global Abundance, Ed. by BC Crandall (1996) [D]
  • Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea, by Mark Ratner & Daniel Ratner (2002) [D]
  • Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology, by Eric Drexler (1986) [D]
  • The Age of Spiritual Machines – When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, by Ray Kurzweil (1999) [D]
  • The Symbiotic Man: A New Understanding of the Organization of Life and a Vision of the Future, by Joel De Rosnay (2000) [D]


Revelation of events (activities of particular people).

Historified (EXPOSÉ)

Concerning events preceding the 20th century.

  • Fingerprints of the Gods – A Quest for the Beginning and the End, by Graham Hancock (1995)
  • The Morning of the Magicians, by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier (1960)
  • The Elixir and the Stone – Unlocking the Ancient Mysteries of the Occult, by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh (1997)
  • The Secret Destiny of America & America’s Assignment with Destiny, by Manly P. Halll (1944 & 1951)

Modern (EXPOSÉ)

Concerning events of the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • Millennium – Winners and Losers in the Coming World Order, by Jacques Attali (1991)
  • The New World Order, by H. G. Wells (1940) [D]
  • Dope Inc. – Britain’s Opium War Against The U.S., by U.S. Labor Party Investigation Team (1978) [D]
  • Wall Street and the Bolshevick Revolution, by Antony C. Sutton (1974) [D]
  • Wall Street and FDR, by Antony C. Sutton (1975) [D]
  • Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, by Antony C. Sutton (1976) [D]
  • Report from Iron Mountain – On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace, by ANON (1967) [D]
  • The Story Of The Committee Of 300, by John Coleman (1991) [D]
  • Seduction of the Innocent – The Influence of Comic Books on Today’s Youth, by Fredric Wertham (1953) [D]
  • The Open Conspiracy, by H.G. Wells (1928) [D]
  • Crystallizing Public Opinion, Edward Bernays (1923) [D]
  • Messengers of Deception – UFO Contacts and Cults, by Jaques Vallee (1979/2008) [D]
  • Jack the Ripper – The Final Solution, by Stephen Knight (1976)
  • Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy, by Henry A. Kissinger (1957)
  • Spy Catcher, by Peter Wright with Paul Greengrass (1987)
  • By Way of Deception – The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer, by Victor Ostrovsky (1990)
  • Stasiland – Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall, by Anna Funder (2003)
  • Low Intensity Operations – Subversion, Insurgency and Peacekeeping, by Frank Kitson (1971)
  • Earth Rising: The Revolution – Towards a Thousand Years of Peace, by Dr. Nick Begich & James Roderick (2000)
  • Acres of Skin – Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison: A True Story of Abuse and Exploitation in the Name of Medical Science, by Allen M.Hornblum (1998) [D]
  • Seeds of Deception – Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, by Jeffrey M. Smith (2003) [D]
  • Physical Control of the Mind, by Jose M. Delgado (1969) [D]
  • Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsary Schooling, by John Taylor Gatto (1992/2005) [D]
  • King Kill 33, by James Shelby Downard with Michael A. Hoffman II (1998) [D]
  • You Can Trust The Communists (to be Communists), by Fred C. Schwarz (1960) [D]
  • The Mind Stealers: Psychosurgery and Mind Control, by Samuel Chavkin (1978)
  • Russia’s Political Hospitals: Abuse of Psychiatry in the Soviet Union, by Sidney Bloch & Peter Reddaway (1978)
  • Geoengineering: Planetary Sabotage & Human Extermination, by Mark M. Rich (2014) [D]
  • New World War: Revolutionary Methods for Political Control, by Mark M. Rich (2011) [D]
  • Forbidden Gates [Series Version], by Thomas R. Horn (2010) [D]
  • How to Tame a Demon – A Short Practical Guide to Organized Intimidation Stalking, Electronic Torture, and Mind Control, by Robert Duncan, BA, MS, MBA, PhD (2014) [D]
  • The Matrix Deciphered, by Robert Duncan (2010) [D]
  • The Hidden Evil (State-Sponsored Terror Campaigns), by Mark M. Rich (2006) [D]
  • Organized Stalking, by Eleanor White (2011) [D]
  • The New Satanists, by Linda Blood (1994) [D]
  • The Satanic Bible, by Anton Szandor LaVey (1968) [D]

Sociological (EXPOSÉ)

Revelation of events and/or techniques, with emphasis on societal repercussions (distinct social influences of particular groups on recent or contemporary society).

  • The Brotherhood – The Secret World of the Freemasons, by Stephen Knight (1984)
  • The Hidden Persuaders, by Vance Packard (1957)
  • The People Shapers, by Vance Packard (1978)
  • Subliminal Seduction, by Wilson Bryan Key (1972)
  • Media Sexploitation, by Wilson Bryan Key (1976)
  • The Cult Explosion – An Expose of Today’s Cults and Why They Prosper, by Dave Hunt (1978)
  • America – The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice: The Rise of New Age Shamanism, by Dave Hunt (1988)
  • Occult Invasion – The Subtle Seduction of the World and Church, by Dave Hunt (1998)
  • The Grand Chessboard – American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, by Zbigniew Brzezinski (1997) [D]
  • Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare, by Michael A. Hoffman II (2001) [D]


Examination of literature, in its various aspects.


Examination of the structure and/or function of forms and/or genres.

  • Reading for the Plot – Design and Intention in Narrative, by Peter Brooks (1984)
  • Narratology – Introduction to the Theory of Narrative, by Mieke Bal (1985)
  • Poetry – The Basics, by Jeffrey Wainwright (2004)
  • Narrative Fiction, by Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan (1983, 2nd Edition 2002)
  • Fairy Tales – Allegories of the Inner Life, by J.C. Cooper (1983)
  • The Uses of Enchantment – The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, by Bruno Bettelheim (1975)
  • Science Fiction (The New Critical Idiom), by Adam Roberts (2000)
  • Begat – The King James Bible and the English Language, by David Crystal (2010)
  • The Sense of an Ending – Studies in the Theory of Fiction, by Frank Kermode (1966/2000) [D]
  • How to Read Donald Duck – Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic, by Ariel Dorfan  and Arand Mattelart (1971/1975) [D]
  • Fiction and The Reading Public, by Q.D. Leavis (1939) [D]
  • Thinking in Circles – An Essay on Ring Composition, by Mary Douglas (2007) [D]
  • War, Politics and Superheroes – Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film, by Marc DiPaolo (2011) [D]

Historified (LITERARY STUDY)

Account of or guide to literature, circumscribed by time, place, or genre.

  • Ancilla to Classical Reading, by Moses Hadas (1954)
  • The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, Edited by Pat Rogers (1987)
  • Trillion Year Spree – The History of Science Fiction, by Brian Aldiss with David Wingrove (1973, 1986)
  • The Shape of Future’s Past – The Story of Prediction, by Chris Morgan (1980)


Information towards betterment in a particular aspect of oneself.


Information for effective personal or interpersonal behavior.

  • In the Forest Fields – A Unique Guide to Personal Prayer, by Rabbi Shalom Arush (2009)
  • The Garden of Emuna – A Practical Guide to Life, by Rabbi Shalom Arush (2006, 3rd Edition 2008)
  • Strengthen Your Emunah – Developing a Meaningful Relationship with Hashem, by Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer (2017)
  • Working on Yourself Doesn’t Work, by Ariel & Shya Kane (2009)
  • Unleash the Warrior Within – Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence, and Courage You Need to Achieve Unlimited Goals, by Richard “Mack” Machowicz (2000, Revised Ed. 2008)
  • The Broken Mirror – Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder, by Katherine A. Phillips, M.D. (2005, Revised & Expanded Edition)
  • How To Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie (1936, Revised Edition 1981) [D]
  • The New Psycho-Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz (2002) [D]
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey (1989) [D]
  • How To Talk To Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships, by Leil Lowndes (1999/2003) [D]
  • The Fine Art of Small Talk, by Debra Fine (1997) [D]
  • Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers (1987/2007) [D]
  • Feeling Good About the Way You Look – A Program for Overcoming Body Image Problems, by Sabine Wilhelm, PhD (2006) [D]
  • The Body Image Workbook – An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks, by Thomas F. Cash, PhD (2nd Edition, 2008) [D]
  • How to Make a Complete Map of Every Thought You Think, by Lion Kimbro (2005) [D]
  • The Ultimate Book of Mind Maps, by Tony Buzan (2005/2012) [D]
  • How to Take Smart Notes, by Sönke Ahrens (2017) [D]


Information towards the understanding of health and disease; and for improving one’s physical wellbeing.

  • A New IBS Solution: Bacteria – The Missing Link in Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome, by Mark Pimentel, M.D. (2006)
  • Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet, by Elaine Gotfschall (1994/2004) [D]
  • In Tune with the Infinite, by Ralph Waldo Trine (1897) [D]
  • Nature Cure: Philosophy & Practice Based on the Unity of Disease & Cure, by Henry Lindlahr, M.D. (1913) [D]
  • Discourses on a Sober and Temperate Life, by Lewis Cornaro (1558) [D]
  • Therapeutic Fasting, by Arnold Devries (1963) [D]
  • The Miracle Results of Fasting – Discover the Amazing Benefits in Your Spirit, Soul, and Body, by Dave Williams (1973/84) [D]
  • Mucusless-Diet Healing System, by Arnold Ehret (1922/1953) [D]
  • Toxemia Explained, by J.H. Tilden (1926/1935) [D]
  • Rational Fasting – Regeneration Diet and Natural Cure for All Diseases, by Arnold Ehret (1910) [D]
  • Chronic Constipation, by Arnold Ehret (1922) [D]
  • The Philosophy of Fasting, by Edward Earle Purinton (1906) [D]
  • The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Through History for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Rejuvenation, by Paul Bragg (1980/2005) [D]
  • Lectures on the Science of Human Life, by Sylvester Graham (1839) [D]
  • Nature Cure: Philosophy & Practice Based on the Unity of Disease & Cure, by Henry Lindlahr (1913) [D]
  • Return to Nature – The True Natual Method of Helaing and Living and the True Salvation of the Soul, by Adolf Just (1903) [D]
  • Science of Human Life, by W.R. Dunham (1910) [D]
  • The Hygienic System, Volume III: Fasting and Sunbathing, by Herbert M. Shelton (1934/1950) [D]
  • The Hygienic System, Volume IV: Orthopathy, by Herbert M. Shelton (1939) [D]
  • The New Science of Healing, or the doctrine of the Oneness of all Diseases, by Loise Kuhne (1891) [D]
  • The True Science of Living, by Edward Hooker Dewey (1895) [D]
  • Vitality, Fasting and Nutrition, by Hereward Carrington (1908) [D]
  •  Impaired Health – Its Cause and Cure: A Repudiation of the Conventional Treatment of Disease, Vol.1, by J.H. Tilden (1921/1960) [D]


Information directly concerning the nature of the spirit, including its afterlife.

  • Glimpses of the Beyond: The Extraordinary Experiences of People Who Crossed the Brink of Death and Returned, by Jean-Baptiste Delacour (1974)
  • The Life After Death, by Charles W. Leadbeater (1912) [D]
  • Through the Gates of Death [Excerpts], by Dion Fortune (1930) [D]
  • The Life Beyond Death, by Yogi Ramacharaka (1912) [D]


Storytelling, in its various forms.

Classic (FICTION)

Stories written prior to the 20th century.

  • The Romance of Tristan, by Beroul (1100s, Translated by Alan S. Fedrick, 1970)
  • The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri (1308—1320, Translated by C.H. Sisson, Introduction & Notes by David Higgins 1981/93)
  • Piers the Ploughman, by William Langland (c. 1370–90, Translated by Frank Goodridge 1959, Revised Ed. 1966)
  • The Ship of Fools, by Sebastian Brant (1494/1944 Edwin H. Zeydel Translation)
  • Utopia, by Sir Thomas More (1516, Translated by Robert M. Adams, 2nd Edition 1992)
  • Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe (1719)
  • Evelina, by Fanny Burney (1778, Edited by Edward A. Bloom 1968)
  • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (1816)
  • The Chouans, by Honore De Balzac (1829, Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford 1972)
  • Scarlet and Black, by Stendhal (1830, Translated by Margaret R.B. Shaw 1953)
  • The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, by Victor Hugo (1831)
  • Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy’s Progress, by Charles Dickens (1837-9)
  • Barry Lyndon, by William Thackeray (1844, 1908)
  • The Count of Monte Christo, by Alexandre Dumas (1844, Edited by David Coward 1990)
  • Coningsby, or The New Generation, by Benjamin Disraeli (1844)
  • The Double, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1846)
  • North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1854)
  • Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert (1857, 1995)
  • Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope (1857)
  • House of the Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1860-2)
  • Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (1862, Translated by Lee Fahnestock and Norman Macafee 1991)
  • Notes from the Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1864)
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll (1865)
  • Peer Gynt, by Henrik Ibsen (1867, Translated by Peter Watts 1966, 1970)
  • Theresa Raquin, by Emile Zola (1868, Translated by Leonard Tancock 1962)
  • Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll (1871)
  • Boubard and Pecuchet, by Gustave Flaubert (1881, Translated by A.J. Krailsheimer 1976)
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy (1886)
  • The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane (1895)
  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker (1897)
  • The Classic Fairy Tales, by Iona and Peter Opie (1974)

Modern (FICTION)

Stories written in the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • Philip Dru: Administrator, by Edward Mandel House (1912) [D]
  • The Devil’s Advocate, by Taylor Caldwell (1952)
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell (1945)
  • The Trial, by Franz Kafka (1925)
  • Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann (1902, translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter 1924)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum (1908)
  • Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie (1911)
  • Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter (1913)
  • Parade’s End, by Ford Madox Ford (1924-1928)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie (1926)
  • We the Living, by Ayn Rand (1936)
  • Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler (1941)
  • The Screwtape Letters – Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil, by C.S. Lewis (1942)
  • Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming (1953)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey (1962)
  • A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess (1962)
  • Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf (1981)
  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho (1992) [D]

Science Fiction (FICTION > Modern)

Stories often generated from ideas and concerns of its contemporary science; often set in the future.

  • Journey to the Centre of Earth, by Jules Verne (1864)
  • Erewhon, by Sameul Butler (1872, 1970)
  • Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future, by Olaf Stapledon (1930)
  • Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited, by Aldous Huxley (1932 & 1960)
  • The Shape of Things to Come, by H.G. Wells (1933)
  • Lest Darkness Fall, by L. Sprague de Camp (1939/49)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell (1949)
  • Foundation, by Isaac Asimov (1951)
  • Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov (1952)
  • Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov (1953)
  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (1953)
  • The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester (1953)
  • The Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov (1954)
  • Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein (1959)
  • Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes (1959)
  • Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison (1966)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
  • The Guardians, by John Christopher (1970)
  • Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem (1970)
  • What Dreams May Come, by Richard Matheson (1978)
  • The Third World War – A Future History, by General Sir John Hackett and others (1978)
  • Neuromancer, by William Gibson (1984)
  • The Sensitives, by Herbert Burkholz (1987)

Graphic Novel (FICTION > Modern)

Comic-book-story compilations; or original comic-book-style novels.

  • Batman: Year One, by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli, with Richrd Lewis (1986/2005)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth, by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean (1989, 15th Anniversary Ed. 2004)
  • Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986)
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, by Frank Miller, with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley (1986, 1997)
  • V For Vendetta, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (1988)


Plays of various length (few are book-length); includes collections of plays.

  • The Complete Plays of Sophocles (Translated by Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb)
  • Oresteia, and Other Plays, by Aeschylus (Translated by Christopher Collard, 2002)
  • The Trojan Women, and Other Plays, by Euripides (Translated by James Morwood, 2000)
  • Prometheus Bound, and Other Plays, by Aeschylus (Translated by Philip Vellacott, 1961)
  • King Lear, by William Shakespeare (1606)
  • The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, by William Shakespeare (1599-1602)
  • The Crucible, by Arthur Miller (1953 Play)
  • No Exit, by Jean-Paul Sartre (1944)
  • Rhinoceros, by Eugène Ionesco (1959)
  • The Rise of Arturo Ui, by Bertolt Brecht (1958)
  • The Clouds, by Aristophanes (423 BC)
  • The Knights, by Aristophanes (424 BC)
  • The Tempest, by William Shakespeare (1610-11)

Short Stories (FICTION)

Stories of various length (none are book-length); includes collections of stories.

  • Labyrinths – Selected Stories and Other Writings, by Jorge Luis Borges (Edited by A. Yates and James E. Irby, 1962)
  • The Man Who Would Be King, by Rudyard Kipling (1888)


Concerning audio/visual media, including commonly broadcasted events.


Examination of cinematic and televisual form and/or content.

Analytical (ENTERTAINMENTS STUDY > Film & Television)

Examination of form, genre, or specific film or TV content.

  • Inside Black Mirror, by Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones, & Jason Arnopp (2018)
  • How to Read a Film – Movies, Media, Multimedia, by James Monaco (2000, 3rd Edition)
  • Superhero Movies, by Liam Burke (2008)
  • Visible Fictions – Cinema, Television, Video, by John Ellis (1982, Revised Edition 1992)
  • Film Studies (Teach Yourself), by Warren Buckland (1998)
  • Anatomy of the Film – An Illustrated Guide to Film Appreciation, by H.H. Wollenberg (1947)
  • The Making of Feature Films – A Guide, by Ivan Butler (1971)
  • Studying Contemporary American Film – A Guide to Movie Analysis, by Thomas Elsaesser and Warren Buckland (2002)
  • Alien Zone – Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema, Edited by Annette Kuhn (1990)
  • Children and Television – A Semiotic Approach, by Bob Hodge and David Tripp (1986)
  • Hitchcock’s Films – Revisited, by Robin Wood (1989)
  • Seinfeld and Philosophy – A Book About Everything and Nothing, Edited by William Irwin (2000)
  • Seven (BFI Modern Classics), by Richard Dyer (1999)
  • Pursuits of Happiness – The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage, by Stanley Cavell (1981) [D]
  • The Photoplay – A Psychological Study, by Hugo Munsterberg (1916) [D]
  • Film As A Subversive Art, by Amos Vogel (1974) [D]
  • Hard Core – Power, Pleasure and the “Frenzy of the Visible”, by Linda Williams (1989) [D]

Socio-Historified (ENTERTAINMENTS STUDY > Film & Television)

Account of the development of the art or industry; and/or its relation to society.

  • Pastiche – Cultural Memory in Art, Film, Literature, by Ingeborg Hoesterey (2001)
  • The History of Cinema – From its Origins to 1970, by Eric Rhode (1976)
  • Movies and Conduct, by Herbert Blumer (1933)
  • The Stars – An Account of the Star-System in Motion Pictures, by Edgar Morin (1957)
  • Empire of Their Own – How the Jews Invented Hollywood, by Neal Gabler (1988)
  • Life: The Movie – How Entertainment Conquered Reality, by Neal Gabler (1998)
  • Playing with Power in Movies, Television, and Video Games, by Marsha Kinder (1991) [D]
  • Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America, by Scott Beekman (2006) [D]


Concerning the composition and execution of artistic sound.


Examination of the nature and effect of music.

  • Noise – The Political Economy of Music, by Jacques Attali (1977)
  • Music and the Mind, by Anthony Storr (1992)
  • The Rest is Noise – Listening to the Twentieth Century, by Alex Ross (2007)
  • Introducing Music, by Otto Karolyi (1965)
  • Bjork (Icons of Pop Music), by Nicola Dibben (2009)


Critical storytelling of a musician or aspect of the music industry.

  • A Brief History of Album Covers, by Jason Draper (2008)
  • Altered State – A Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House, by Matthew Collin (1997, Updated 2nd Edition 1998)
  • Prince – A Pop Life, by Dave Hill (1989)
  • Prince, by Matt Thorne (2012)
  • Radiohead – The Ultimate Music Guide (New Collector’s Edition), by Uncut Magazine
  • Exit Music: The Radiohead Story, by Mac Randall (2000)
  • Bjork: Wow and Flutter, by Mark Pytlik (2003)


Concerning competitive and physical recreation (games).

Sociological (ENTERTAINMENTS STUDY> Sport)

Examination of Sport, or a particular sport, in its relation to society.

  • War Without Weapons – The Rise of Mass Sport in the Twentieth Century, and its Effect on Men and Nations, by Philip Goodhart M.P. & Christopher Chataway (1968)
  • The Soccer Tribe, by Desmond Morris (1981)


Critical storytelling concerning a sport; with degrees of technical information.

  • I Am the Secret Footballer – Lifting the Life on the Beautiful Game, by Anonimous (2012)
  • How to Watch Football, by Ruud Gullit (2016)
  • Morbo – The Story of Spanish Football, by Phil Ball (2001, New Edition, Revised and Updated 2003)
  • Inverting the Pyramid – A History of Football Tactics, by Jonathan Wilson (2008, Fully Revised and Updated 2014)
  • Burning Rubber – The Extraordinary Story of Formula One, by Charles Jennings (2010)


Concerning electronic audio/visual games.

Analytical (ENTERTAINMENTS STUDY > Video Games)

Examination of videogames and videogaming, in its sociological and/or psychological effects.

  • Doom: Scarydarkfast, by Dan Pinchbeck (2005) [D]
  • Visual Digital Culture – Surface Play and Spectacle in New Media Genres, by Andrew Darley (2000/2001) [D]
  • Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture, by Alexander R. Galloway (2006) [D]
  • Silent Hill: The Terror Engine, by Bernard Perron (2006) [D]

Socio-Historified (ENTERTAINMENTS STUDY > Video Games)

Account of the development of Videogames, in its relation to society.

  • Trigger Happy – Video Games and the Entertainment Revolution, by Steven Poole (2000/2007) [D]
  • Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World, by David Sheff (1999) [D]
  • Revolutionaries at Sony: The Making of the Sony Playstation and the Visionaries Who Conquered the World of Video Games, by Reiji Asakura (2000)


Being a dictionary, encyclopedia, or guide on a subject or theme.

  • The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought, edited by Alan Bullock, Oliver Stallybrass, and Stephen Trombley (1977, 2nd Edition 1988)
  • Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction,edited by Jeff Prucher (2009)
  • EMPIRE Movie Miscellany – Hundreds of Amazing Film Facts, by Kim Newman, Ian Freer, and Oliver Richards (2007)
  • The Devil’s Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce (1906/2003)
  • 100 Banned Books – Censorship Histories of World Literature, by Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret Bald & Dawn B. Sova (1999)


Being composed of a diversity of writings: of multiple authors (Anthologies) and of a single author (Collections).


Books for which I have skipped the entries that didn’t interest me; as well as any entries that I think are best to read having first read other books—hence, ‘selective reading’.

  • The Oxford Book of Essays, Chosen and Edited by John Gross (1991)
  • The Penguin Essays of George Orwell (1968)
  • Profiles of the Future – An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible, by Arthur C. Clarke (1962, Millennium Edition 1999)
  • Deeper into the Movies, by Pauline Kael (1969/1973)

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