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The Ishmael Network Reading List

    These resources are suggested by readers. Ishmael Network members can add their suggested readings by logging into their record here... Please note that this list is neither compiled nor reviewed by Daniel Quinn. It should not be assumed, therefore, that he either endorses these books or agrees with the comments made about them. This statement holds true for the Ishmael Webmaster as well.... As of Sunday, February 25, 2018 there are 880 books in the suggested reading list. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • The Active Side of Infinity by Carlos Castaneda has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Isidoro Baltazar...and Isidoro has this to say about the book: "this book offers an explanation as to why man began and continues civilization that is supported by Quinn's ideas."
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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jeremy Resnick...and Jeremy has this to say about the book: "This novel relates to Quinn's vision because it too deals with a central figure (narrator of 'Ishmael' and Huck) who find themselves trapped or imprisioned in a society that they do not totally understand, yet on some instinctual level they know is not quite right. However, Huck finds himself derided on his quest for a better way to live by the epitome of a Taker culture (Tom) and any progress Huck made on his voyage is seemingly lost. However, I think if you carefully re-read the last chapter, you will see that Twain does offer a glimmer of hope in what Huck calls "the Territory"."
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  • The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kloburn Lundquist...and Kloburn has this to say about the book: "The first and best logical argument against 'revealed' religion. An introduction to morality without God and Deism the bastard son of Animism."
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  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Rachel Nishan...and Rachel has this to say about the book: "This book is a terrific compendium to Quinn's Ishmael books because it gives a sense of reality to the concept of saving the world YOURSELF. The Alchemist asserts that if a person chooses to listen to and follow his or her personal destiny, the universe will do everything possible to help him or her. Anything is possible."
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  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jeff Angelovich...and Jeff has this to say about the book: "It is a fable about following your dream. And if your dream is related to Ish, then this book can only add to your inspiration...."
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  • The Alphabet Versus the Godess by Leonard Shlain has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Len Friedland...and Len has this to say about the book: "This book helps track the insanity and confusion that developed after the Great Forgetting. Also studied are hierarcal systems and their tragedies."
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  • The Aquarian Conspiracy by Marilyn Ferguson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Rebecca Harrington...and Rebecca has this to say about the book: "Explains the nature of change and provides hope that our culture can be changed."
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  • The Aristos by John Fowles has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Marika Olson...and Marika has this to say about the book: "It's a related way of thinking, presented more in the form of Beyond Civilization. I think it really goes well with the mode of vision set out by DQ's books."
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  • The Arrogance of Humanism by David Ehrenfeld has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kirk Knighton...and Kirk has this to say about the book: "I was directed to this book a couple of years before Ishmael came out. Though not a novel (and hence not as enjoyable to read) this book is definitely in league with Daniel Quinn's ideas - and it is very well written. The author is a regular contributer to Orion magazine. He really keys in on the mythology of our human arrogance, much like the Taker idea presented by Daniel Quinn. I regard this as one of my ten most important books."
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  • The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of Self by Charles Eisenstein has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Shane Hunt...and Shane has this to say about the book: "The Ascent of Humanity is about the history and future of civilization from a unique perspective: the evolution of the human sense of self. The Ascent of Humanity is about Separation: its origins, its evolution, its ideology, its effects, its consummation and resolution, and its cosmic purpose. More than anything, The Ascent of Humanity is about how to create the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible."
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  • The Awakening Of Intelligence by J. Krishnamurti has been suggested by Ishmael Network member David Cloyd...and David has this to say about the book: "Krishnamurti suggests that only you hold the answers to the ending of suffering. his teachings may not hold the key, but they do hold a key to understanding the way the mind works, and offers you tools to observing it."
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  • The Axemaker's Gift : A Double-Edged History of Human Culture by James Burke Robert Ornstein has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Alan Durham...and Alan has this to say about the book: "The BOOK'S argument is that the technological geniuses among us, "axemakers (or Takers)," improved our lives but also "redefined the way we thought, the values by which we lived, and the truths for which we died." We were given the world "in exchange for our minds." How? By valuing over all other human capacities the precise, sequential thought processes required to "cut-and-control" nature, each axemaker gift (arrowheads to microprocessors)--from prehistoric times to the postmodern global economy--has, at least on some levels, reinforced caste distinctions between people permitted by nature and/or nurture to be "axemakers" and all other human beings. After sketching generation upon generation of the axemakers' short-term technological solutions and their unintended consequences, the authors paradoxically see hope in a new axemaker gift: information available in a "webbed" (rather than sequential) format on decentralized computer networks could empower non-axemakers (Leavers) to find more holistic, long-term approaches to our species'--and the planet's--problems. For example: THIS WEBSITE!!!"
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  • The Baby Book : Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by William Sears has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Laura Bouma...and Laura has this to say about the book: "This is the best overall parenting and baby information book I have seen. Very good resource book, a little information about everything. Includes attachment parenting, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby health info, etc..."
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  • The Best of The Nation by Victor Navasky has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Andy Gillette...and Andy has this to say about the book: "This book is perhaps the most difinitive reference for American independent politics available. It is an important testament to the barrage of ideals and policies that arise from a collapsing culture. It can also provide and important starting point fo people who are interested in changing he world. While there are no groups, aside from this one, that I am aware of that share exactly the same opinions, there are several organizations working to understand and fight the same effects."
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  • The Betrayal of the self by Arno Gruen has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Brian Tidbury...and Brian has this to say about the book: "Presents a theory that, in the western world, we do not learn to become our true selves. Instead we become inauthentic, and as children we end up living in a sick society they never made feeling much as the inhabitants of an occupied country feel toward the occupiers. As adults we continue to live in a diminished society to avoid helplessness by participating in power, and the humiliating knowledge of our original decision to submit to power. "
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  • The Biggest Secret by David Icke has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Taylor Barker...and Taylor has this to say about the book: "David Icke delivers powerful evidence of a world wide conspiracy against the human race for thousands, if not millions of years. Warning! It gets out there- his philosophies talk about sprirituality, the aliens out there and among us, the human condition. The views of Daniel Quinn and David Icke are similar in their effort to change peoples vision of life. They both stand alone as world wide figures in their world wide subject matters. Icke has been called "the most controversial author and speaker in the world.""
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  • The Black Sea by Neal Ascherson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member mihal eliav...and mihal has this to say about the book: "for anyone seeking to expand their understanding of the meeting between settled and nomadic cultures, chapter two of this work is invaluable."
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  • The Blind Watchmaker - Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveales a Universe Without Design by Richard Dawkins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member John Willis...and John has this to say about the book: "This book, for me, helps to explain the interconectednes that man shares with his planet. Evolution, from simple to complex, and all the tiny steps in-between that have made us who we are, are explained in full in this easy to read book by Dawkins."
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  • The Body of God by Sally McFague has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Nadav Tanners...and Nadav has this to say about the book: "This book is an excellent reconciliation of Christianity with a Leaver-like, environmentally inspired spirituality. Suggesting that the universe be viewed as "God's body" and identifying the environment as "the new poor," McFague suggests a way in which Christian theology can be used to create a vision of the world, not as a resource to be exploited, but as a sacred area to be revered and adored."
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  • The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Melissa French...and Melissa has this to say about the book: "I read this book for a class about Educational Perspectives. A month or so later I read My Ishmael in my free time. The two or three chapters in which Ishmael and Julie discuss the education system brought back flashing memories of Smith's theories. To put it simply, Smith believes that real learning, or classic learning is effortless and permanent, a completely natural exprience that is more hindered than helped by a formal school environment. Concise and easy to read, it is a worthwhile read for all interested in a revolutionary view of education."
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  • The book of Mirdad by MIKHAIL NAIMY has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Shanti Frigge...and Shanti has this to say about the book: "Stunning tale of a teacher confronting the spiritual status quo."
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  • The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Bill Mason...and Bill has this to say about the book: "Daniel Quinn answers the question, "who are we?" Alan Watts answers the question, "who am I?""
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  • The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matthew Paulus...and Matthew has this to say about the book: "If we are to start living in a different way, a tribal way, then we will have to look to renewable alternative fuel sources for cooking our food and heating out homes. This book give information on using wood fired ovens for baking bread. But these techniques could be adapted to cooking many kinds of foods that require "baking". In addition, the techniques of bread baking shown in Bread Builders speaks of a different rythme of life, in deed a different way of living. One not so rushed, or hurried, or frantic, but liesurely. Also I believe that a hearth loaf bakery is an excellant modern application of Daniel's advice on running a business tribally. Hearth loaves and artisan bread are enjoying a revival in popularity both for taste and for health reasons. This book may just provided some of you with a jumping off point for a successful, tribally run bakery."
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  • The Buddha In Your Mirror by Woody Hochswender et al has been suggested by Ishmael Network member S. D. Yana Davis...and S. D. Yana has this to say about the book: "This presentation of Nichiren Buddhism shows how the philosophy and concepts of Mahayana Buddhism, and specifically the Tendai-Nichiren schools, exactly parallel "animism" as defined by Daniel Quinn. This is important, I believe, because it shows that at least one spiritual movement, although it arose within "Taker" culture many centuries ago, grasped the same fundamentals that Mr. Quinn presents as "animism." Essentially, Nichiren Buddhism and "animism" say the same things, using different terminology. Mr. Quinn is quite right to include Hinayana Buddhist teachings with monotheistic religions in his writings. However, the Mahayana schools generally, and the Tendai-Nichiren schools quite specifically, are radically different, and, as noted, parallel "animism" as defined by Quinn. There are other books related to Nichiren Buddhism available in English, but this one is a good introduction."
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  • The Careless Society by john McKnight has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Chris Drury...and Chris has this to say about the book: "McKnight offers a critique of the professionalized service industry that nicely compliments Quinn's own arguments about how we create programs to deal with cultural problems. McKnight shows how competent communities have been invaded and colonized by professionalized services- with often devestating results. Simply stated, it is an illustration of what works and what doesn't when dealing with collective problems."
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  • The Case Against Lawyers by Catherine Crier has been suggested by Ishmael Network member David Castro...and David has this to say about the book: "It reveals the degree to which our culture has failed and how bad our laws really are."
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  • The Case against the Global Economy and for a Turn toward the Loca by Jerry Mander has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ruth Amundsen...and Ruth has this to say about the book: "A great series of essays by various powerful thinkers on how today’s globalized corporations are creating an untenable situation"
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  • The Cassini Division by Ken MacLeod has been suggested by Ishmael Network member david bowen...and david has this to say about the book: "Scottish Trotskyite Libertarian Ken MacLeod writes Hard SF (science fiction) that is VERY radical. In his fourth book, he presents an Earth that his come out of a dark century brought on by eco-fascist Greens in Europe. It's 2303 and the whole Inner Solar system is socialist: no monetary system, shared products, eco-industry like aquaculture and bionanotech. Sure, it's utopian in all its eco-luxury (no social repression or wasteful, decadent consumption, mind you!), but there's the threat of virtual post-humans emerging in Jupiter's atmosphere and a wormhole that leads to a world where the last remnants of capitalism exist in all its cathartic hedonism and dirty tech. These problems explore avenues of competition and cooperation in life systems and society, even touching on the awareness of memes changing human society constantly and rapidly. See also Iain (M) Banks, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ursula LeGuin, Peter Watts and Bruce Sterling's last novels before heading up the VIRIDIAN MOVEMENT!!"
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  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Noah Cooper...and Noah has this to say about the book: "this book gives a vision of what could be, a beautiful new world, an inspiration to continue to strive to create change and make a difference where you can"
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  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mary Marks...and Mary has this to say about the book: ""The Celestine Prophecy" creates an entire path to follow in regards to a contemporary change in attitude, that is starting to sweep over the earth. Harmony and balance are stressed, as are inner-growth and contributions to help save world, and mankind, before it's too late."
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  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kodi Wolf...and Kodi has this to say about the book: "This is the book that brought me to a new level of awareness of, and thankfulness for, the sacred and divine around me. It eventually led me to Ishmael, which led me to The Story of B, which has now led me to My Ishmael."
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  • The Celestine Prophecy : An Adventure by James Redfield has been suggested by Ishmael Network member STEVEN WALKER...and STEVEN has this to say about the book: "Like The Story of B,it has a great storyline and also teaches a great message."
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  • The Chalice & The Blade by Riane Eisler has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Julie Ann Thayer...and Julie Ann has this to say about the book: "A look at agrarian leaver cultures, proof from our past (ignored by those in whose ears Mother Culture croons too loudly) that agriculture need not be totalitarian, and that high civilizations need not be warlike, heirarchichal, or destructive! I found this in one of Quinn's books. It provides very useful and compatible additions to Ishmael's ideas, if it doesn't always agree with his version of 'the way we got this way' ("there is no one right way...")."
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  • The Chalice and The Blade by Riane Eisler has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Josie Kraft...and Josie has this to say about the book: "Explores in great detail our history prior to the agricultural revolution from a new perspective - Eisler's Dominators equate to Daniel's Takers, and her Partnership Society is the same as his Leaver Society. Provides enormous evidence of the existence and success of the Partnership societies, how they embraced the "female" ideals, worshipped the Goddess, and lived in harmony with the earth for some 30,000 years. Gives evidence that has been hidden or overlooked by traditional Taker historians and should be on every single high school history class reading list."
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  • The Choice: Evolution or Extinction?: A Thinking Person's Guide to Global Issues by Ervin Laszlo has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Xavier Sonnerat...and Xavier has this to say about the book: "A brief factual overview of the bad things gone worse in the 20th century. Unfortunately, Laszlo's idea to make things better is driven by a need to keep up with our mad technological race."
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  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Bubba Roberts...and Bubba has this to say about the book: "it doesn't relate to what Daniel Quinn writes about, but it's a good book"
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  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Lyndsae Raleigh...and Lyndsae has this to say about the book: "This heart-wrenching novel will grab you and pull you in. It explores many of the topics introduced in "Ishmael" - war, human relationships, material wealth, and personal choice. Set your political baggage aside and let yourself fall in love with the characters. This story left me thinking long after I finished reading it, much the same way that "Ishmael" did. I hope that it does the same for you. Please write to me and tell me what you think of it."
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  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Peter Gray...and Peter has this to say about the book: "I'm not sure they do relate but, they are great to read regarless."
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  • The Collapse of Globalism by John Ralston Saul has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Harvey Latumeten...and Harvey has this to say about the book: "Saul has provided a vital analysis of why globalisation (like many Taker ideoligies) was never inevitable and always destined to fail."
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  • The Color of Distance by Amy Thomson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Deborah Atkinson...and Deborah has this to say about the book: "Amy Thomson creates an intelligent alien species that lives in complete harmony with its world. The members of this species are not only Leavers, but active Contributors to the ecology of their world."
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  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker has been suggested by Ishmael Network member William Rosebrook...and William has this to say about the book: " This is a superb novel that relates the hardships of life faced by a people who are caught in a system, (in this case, the book deals with the south) a way of life, and don't realize that they have the power to make real changes in thier life and surroundings. Once this knowlege is established, just as a caged animal may discover and see the bars of it's cage, then and only at that time, can a step toward true life changes be made."
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  • The Commanding Self by Idries Shah has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Zachary Vogt...and Zachary has this to say about the book: "How to conquer the competitive realm (Mother Culture) on a personal and spiritual level."
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  • The Complete Book Of Cordwood Masonry Housebuilding: The Earthwood Method by Rob Roy has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matthew Paulus...and Matthew has this to say about the book: "The main idea of the earthwood building method is to take the most strip-mined, god-forsaken, blasted, wasted, inhospitable, un-livable stretch of land you can find and not only construct a home using natural materials, but restore the stretch of land back to, or as close as possible to, it original pristine natural state. Definitely a start to living in a different way, or at least learning to respect the world, even heal it a little, instead of making war on it."
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  • The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Elizabeth Braun...and Elizabeth has this to say about the book: "If you want to know what you can DO read this book. The author lived with and observed a Leaver society and came to realize that the way we raise children in western culture has a lot to do with where we are now as a society. I send this book to anyone I know who has or is going to have a baby. It changed the way I look at our world."
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  • The Corporation by Joel Bakan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Candice Zawoiski...and Candice has this to say about the book: "Corporations are considered to be legal persons under our law. This book asks if the corporation is a person, what kind of person is it, and finds it to have the same personality as a psychopath. Great insight into the nature of the most powerful institution in our Taker culture."
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  • The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jeremy Resnick...and Jeremy has this to say about the book: "Narby draws a connection between DNA and the "fire" that animates every living thing as outlined in Quinn's "Providence"...by studying the cultures living in the rain forest Narby hypothesizes that knowledge of the natural world may be obtained through hallucinogenics because they interact with out DNA which might have sentience. An intriguing read whether you believe it or not."
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  • The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby has been suggested by Ishmael Network member robert McElwee...and robert has this to say about the book: "Truth beyond our dualsitic conditioning. Revelations about who "we" are."
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  • The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby has been suggested by Ishmael Network member heather whitlow...and heather has this to say about the book: "Follow this "out of the box" thinking anthropologist on a journey into the Amazon Rain forest of Peru. Here, the author delves deeply into the rituals of ayahuasca and becomes forever changed by their deep understanding and harmony with their environment. It dispells many western biological myths and blindspots in 'taker' methods of study. A fascinating and truly unique adventure into the origins of knowledge."
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  • The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life by Parker J. Palmer has been suggested by Ishmael Network member T. gilsmith...and T. has this to say about the book: "A thought-provoking book that has something to say to all of us, not just teachers, about learning and reclaiming self-identity and integrity. After quoting Vaclav Havel in the introduction, Palmer says: "Havel helped the Czech people reclaim their hearts by reminding them who they, and all of us, are: not victims of external forces but persons possessed of an inner power that cannot be taken from us, though we can and do give it away. Remembering ourselves and our power can lead to revolution, but it requires more than recalling a few facts. 'Re-membering' involves putting ourselves back together, recovering identity and integrity, reclaiming the wholeness of our lives. When we forget who we are, we do not merely drop some data. We 'dis-member' ourselves, with unhappy consequences for our politics, our work, our hearts." Palmer has insights into the "great forgetting" and ways to rethink and re-member a new community of learning."
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  • The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Zack Hayhurst...and Zack has this to say about the book: "well, this book explains how man came to be dominant not only over the rest of the world, but it mainly focuses on man's domination of the female sex, and how it came to be that way."
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