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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 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 there are 880 books in the suggested reading list. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • Elements of Refusal by John Zerzan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member michael pergola...and michael has this to say about the book: "this book,like Ishmael,questions the " givens " in todays civilization. The preface reads "Everyone can feel the nothingness, the void, just beneath the surface of everyday routines and securities " and the book is a collection of the author's writings. A wonderful book."
    Check out and/or Order Elements of Refusal from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Elk Heart by David Petersen has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Tom Whiston...and Tom has this to say about the book: "Thoughts from a true Elkheart. Reminded me of B's description of the Deer People."
    Check out and/or Order Elk Heart from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Josh Marinko...and Josh has this to say about the book: "Six years after being overwhelmed by such a large amount of truth, I still have had trouble ajusting to everyday life. No pills just yet, this book was a big help."
    Check out and/or Order Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Gus Steeves...and Gus has this to say about the book: " Tells the story of McPhee's travels with former Sierra Club "Archdruid" David Brower as Brower faces a key government dambuilder, Southeastern developer, and Northwestern mine engineer. Interesting comparisons of how an eco-activist's mind and his companions' minds interpret seeing the same things... and some may surprise you."
    Check out and/or Order Encounters with the Archdruid from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Ender's Game by Orson Card has been suggested by Ishmael Network member audie timms...and audie has this to say about the book: "read it and find out...i'm not gonna give it away at all!"
    Check out and/or Order Ender's Game from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Endgame by Derrick Jensen has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Brian Kern...and Brian has this to say about the book: "It gives, in detail, the reasons civilization is destroying our planet and why we need to bring it down. It seems like Ishmael's non-fiction brother."
    Check out and/or Order Endgame from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Energy, Society & Heriarchy by Jeff Vail has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jeff Vail...and Jeff has this to say about the book: "This article examines the link between patterns of energy useage and the cage of civilization. What energy issues do we have to address in our creation of an alternative vision? Read the article online for free at: http://www.directactionjournal.org/energy.html"
    Check out and/or Order Energy, Society & Heriarchy from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Essays by Michel De Montaigne has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Pamela Shapiro...and Pamela has this to say about the book: "His essays, "On Cannibals" and "On experience" explore the nature of people's relationship to the world and the necessity of examining all of our existence, including our relation to the physical world and the knowledge we gain from that."
    Check out and/or Order Essays from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Europe and the Prople without History by Eric Wolf has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Dave Dellatore...and Dave has this to say about the book: "it gives an account of the somewhat early european history. explains how others used to live before however it is we do it now. not quite the easiest read i've ever experienced but a good book indeed."
    Check out and/or Order Europe and the Prople without History from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Evasion by A. nonymous has been suggested by Ishmael Network member kerry rose...and kerry has this to say about the book: "Evasion is a sort of travel journal of a 22 year old vagrant. the author describes how he squatted, dumpstered, and stole his life back. the book inspired me to drop out of college and stop participating in the economy. i recommend it to anyone who doesnt know what to do and doesnt want to support our society by working. i especially recommend it to young folk who don't want to be in school or get a job, but don't think there is anyone out there who has succeeded without doing so."
    Check out and/or Order Evasion from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mary Peterson...and Mary has this to say about the book: "If you are looking for new ways to see the world and life in general, Tom Robbins is the man to give them to you!"
    Check out and/or Order Even Cowgirls Get the Blues from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Ever Since Darwin by Stephen J. Gould has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Edrich...and Michael has this to say about the book: "Very good on evolutionary theory and its history. A good insight into the way our Taker vision has tried to blur our perception of evolution, and justify its own ends by it."
    Check out and/or Order Ever Since Darwin from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Evolutionary Architecture by Eugene Tsui has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jane Thanx...and Jane has this to say about the book: "Living in harmony with our own nature and the nature surrounding us."
    Check out and/or Order Evolutionary Architecture from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Evolution's End by Joseph Chilton Pearce has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Robin Green...and Robin has this to say about the book: "Fascinating look at how our mind shapes and is influenced by reality. Contains "possibilities for the next step in human evolution.""
    Check out and/or Order Evolution's End from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Expendable by James Alan Gardner has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Lloyd Shannon...and Lloyd has this to say about the book: "A wonderful and highly humourous sci-fi adventure as only Gardner can do it. "... there is no war, little crime, and life is sacred...unless you're an Explorer." Far in the future, psychologists would discover that humans are less bothered by the deaths of their companions if they are ugly or deformed. These results would be put into use by the military, who would use these people as Explorers - expendable crew members, sending them into dangerous missions because no one cares if they die."
    Check out and/or Order Expendable from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Eyes of Horus by Joan Grant has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Raederle Phoenix...and Raederle has this to say about the book: "Joan Grant shows how Egypt broke free of its chains, like we today need to break free of ours."
    Check out and/or Order Eyes of Horus from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Faces in the Smoke by Douchan Gersi has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Myra Lou Harris...and Myra Lou has this to say about the book: "Details number of so-called "primitive" societies in touch with knowledge and abilities we have long forgotten."
    Check out and/or Order Faces in the Smoke from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jess Moloughney...and Jess has this to say about the book: "Fahrenheit 451 shows inevitable conclusion to our society if we do not change the way things are now."
    Check out and/or Order Fahrenheit 451 from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Alex Brown...and Alex has this to say about the book: "Fahrenheit 451 is the story of a man's search for truth in the future in a negative-utopian world that is strikingly similar to our own. yeah."
    Check out and/or Order Fahrenheit 451 from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Family of Light by Barbara Marciniak has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Clark Harris...and Clark has this to say about the book: "It talks about creating a new reality based in love, and how it is within each and every one of us to change the fear based lifestyle in which we find ourselves living."
    Check out and/or Order Family of Light from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Fateful Harvest by Duff Wilson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Bob Tompkins...and Bob has this to say about the book: "Totoalitaria Agricluture run amok! Investigative reporting on the practice started in 1954 to the present: chemical, steel, aluminum, uranium etc. manufaturers world-wide disposing of leftover hazardous waste with excessive concentrations of lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, beryllium, dioxins, flourans and other wonderful things by paying agricultural fertilizer manufacturers to remove it from their sites and thus avoid the hazardous waste disposal laws. They are even encouraged to recycle by government. The fertilizer corporations include it in their products without testing for levels or listing them on the labels of their fertilizers. These are sold world-wide to commercial farmers and home gardeners for their crops."
    Check out and/or Order Fateful Harvest from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Fatherland by Robert Harris has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Lucas Costa...and Lucas has this to say about the book: "That book shows how people can abdicate of their primal right and accept without thinking what the government says as truth, and that such people are as prisoner as the subversive arrested by the SS. Este livro mostra como as pessoas podem abdicar de seus direitos basicos e aceitar, sem refletir, o que o governo fala como verdade, e que tais pessoas estao tao aprisionadas quanto o subversivo preso pela SS"
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  • Fences and Windows by Naomi Klien has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ryan Leach...and Ryan has this to say about the book: "It does a good job of pointing out problems indicated in Daniel Quinn's books and points out ideas and examples for decentralized, more tribal (but not necessarilly tribal) ways of living."
    Check out and/or Order Fences and Windows from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Tillman...and Michael has this to say about the book: "The main character's vision is of a tribal rebirth of 'civilization', although that's not the focus of the book. The focus of the book is waking up to the fact that 'society' isn't taking us anywhere we want to be."
    Check out and/or Order Fight Club from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jon Borchardt...and Jon has this to say about the book: "Read it and decide for your self. :-)"
    Check out and/or Order Fight Club from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • First North Americans Series by Michael and Kathleen Gear has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Pax Rolfe...and Pax has this to say about the book: "This wonderful series of fiction is written by a pair of archeologists who try and in my opinion succeed in painting a picture of what life was like before the great forgetting. No grunting cavemen here, these characters speak in complete sentances and view the world and its wonders much as we do sans modern technology. The ultimate vision of pure tribal society."
    Check out and/or Order First North Americans Series from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Flashbacks by Timothy Leary has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Joshua Chosay...and Joshua has this to say about the book: "Within Leary's shamelessly self-congratulatulatory autobiography, there is a blueprint for how a single man at the right time with the right resources started a revolution in consciousness. It also gives clues as to why this revolution failed and to what Leary himself would have done differently. He shows an alternative to political and social revolution, which is personal evolution. In other words, Leary shows us how to say, "Fuck It.""
    Check out and/or Order Flashbacks from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Food of the Gods : The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge by Terence McKenna has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Bill M...and Bill has this to say about the book: "As Artist Alex Grey suggests, "In the twilight of human history, McKenna's prescription for salvation is just so crazy it might work.""
    Check out and/or Order Food of the Gods : The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Food of the Gods: The search for the original tree of knowledge: A radical history of plants, drugs and human evolution by Terrence McKenna has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Colette Claassen...and Colette has this to say about the book: "I think that if we combine Daniel Quin's ideas with Terrence McKenna's we are almost ready for the new future, the tribal future of mankind."
    Check out and/or Order Food of the Gods: The search for the original tree of knowledge: A radical history of plants, drugs and human evolution from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Fool on the Hill by Matt Ruff has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Raven Rose...and Raven has this to say about the book: "It will certainly make a person think...."
    Check out and/or Order Fool on the Hill from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • For-Giving: A Feminist Criticism Of Exchange by Genevieve Vaughan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Donna Barthuley...and Donna has this to say about the book: "This book risks contradicting Mother Culture's message that says there is no other way but "exchange economy". A very Leaver solution to a problem"
    Check out and/or Order For-Giving: A Feminist Criticism Of Exchange from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Four Arguments For the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander has been suggested by Ishmael Network member John Frusciante...and John has this to say about the book: "Not solely focused on television, Mander uses his experience and knowledge (plus a vast amount of research) to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that television is unhealthy and is just another one of the many unnecessary excesses of our society. He also expounds (inadvertantly, I'm sure) on many of the issues raised in Ishmael. I would almost call it a companion piece to Ishmael."
    Check out and/or Order Four Arguments For the Elimination of Television from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Fourteen Day Herbal Cleansing: A Step by Step Guide to All Natural Inner Cleansing Techniques for Increased Energy, Vitality and Beauty by Laurel Vukovic has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Harry Lotus...and Harry has this to say about the book: "We have to take care of ourselves to be able to spread the message . . . ."
    Check out and/or Order Fourteen Day Herbal Cleansing: A Step by Step Guide to All Natural Inner Cleansing Techniques for Increased Energy, Vitality and Beauty from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kelly McGillvray...and Kelly has this to say about the book: "I believe it paralells how Mother Culture goes about assimilating, or trying to assimilate Leaver societies into Taker culture."
    Check out and/or Order Frankenstein from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt Stephen J. Dubner has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Beal...and Michael has this to say about the book: "Freakonomics is a study done by an economist that has nothing to do with the economy. The two co authors take data from all over the world and show connections between things that many people couldn't see. He asks questions and finds answers much like Daniel Quinn. Most importantly he discusses crime and it's relationship with population, and how hard those in power want to cover it up. "
    Check out and/or Order Freakonomics from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Free at Last: The Sudbury Valley School by Daniel Greenberg has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Scott Gray...and Scott has this to say about the book: "Sudbury Valley is a community that rejects the concept of a cirriculum. Sudbury Valley has long noted that humans not needed grades, classes, or tests to learn in the past 3000000 years."
    Check out and/or Order Free at Last: The Sudbury Valley School from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Free the Animals! by Ingrid Newkirk has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Melissa Reyes...and Melissa has this to say about the book: "This book is about the ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT (ALF) and it's founder "Valerie". If you don't already know about the Animal Liberation Front this is the book to read... ALF members risk their lives in daring rescues to save tortured animals and expose the horrifying abuse that surround labratory animals every day"
    Check out and/or Order Free the Animals! from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Free to be human, an intellectual self defence in an age of illusions by David Edwards has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Per Silén...and Per has this to say about the book: "This book discusses and puts into clear context how market forces distorts factual circumstances, it is scary reading on how everyone control eachother, what subjects we should and should not discuss, what is okay to say, wich views are accepted, wich books will sell, wich movies will be veiwed, and so on. Wich people, opinions and events will be filtered and silenced in media. Eye opening and essential to better see what is actually going on inside taker culture."
    Check out and/or Order Free to be human, an intellectual self defence in an age of illusions from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Freedom from the Unknown by Jiddu Krishnamurti has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Victor Lopez...and Victor has this to say about the book: ""Order imposed from without always breeds disorder." Freedom from the Unknown by Jiddu Krishnamurti. Listen to the beat of your own drum, it will tell you which way to go. The truth is seen from the inside-out,"
    Check out and/or Order Freedom from the Unknown from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Full House by Stephen Jay Gould has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mark Meritt...and Mark has this to say about the book: "An insightful analysis, demonstrating why the notion of humans-as-Earth's-dominant-lifeform is invalid. Written by a scientist and author whose basic attitude, like Carl Sagan, has much in common with Quinn."
    Check out and/or Order Full House from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Future Primitive by John Zerzan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Karl Hlavinka...and Karl has this to say about the book: "John Zerzan is an anarchist writer who critques symbolic culture (time, art, language, number) along with agriculture and its many arms."
    Check out and/or Order Future Primitive from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • GAIA: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine by James Lovelock has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Brett Potts...and Brett has this to say about the book: "Lovelock describes his "theory" that our planet is a single living organism which he has termed Gaia after the ancient Greek Earth Goddess, and like all biological organisms, what affects one part of the body has repercussions for the rest of the body. Lovelock explaines the different components, or organs, of the planet and examines its current condition. From the blurb: "Gaia has taken some knocks in the past, but recovery has always been complete. Now, Gaia is sick, and it's serious. Humanity seems to be a part of the problem." Small understatement, hey?"
    Check out and/or Order GAIA: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Anthony Olivari...and Anthony has this to say about the book: "To quote the back cover: "...America's master satirist looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry-and all that is worth saving.""
    Check out and/or Order Galapagos from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships by Eric Berne, MD has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Dameon Launert...and Dameon has this to say about the book: "The author describes many of the subtle manipulations, or games, people may play in place of autonomous interaction."
    Check out and/or Order Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World by Alan Weisman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Terry Shistar...and Terry has this to say about the book: "In 1971, a group of Colombian visionaries and technicians established a village in the harshest environment in the country--the barren, rain-leached savannahs or llanos of eastern Colombia. They made their living inventing appropriate technology that would keep them alive and also provide others with sustainable energy sources, medicinal crops, and technology to provide clean potable water. The village of Gaviotas consists of scientists, artisans, rural peasants, ex-urban street kids, and Guahibo natives. Not only did they invent and live by their environmentally friendly tools, but they also grew (or regrew) a rainforest. Somehow, they have managed to persist in a country ravaged by the violence and social destruction of drug wars. It's a message of hope, and I think, an example of the "new tribalism"."
    Check out and/or Order Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Generation X by Douglas Coupland has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kristin Oliver...and Kristin has this to say about the book: "Gen X is about three people who have, for different reasons, chosen to leave the 'Taker' culture, although it's not articulated that way. How ever, it is a humorous exploration through the disenchanted, highly observant eyes of a young man who wants nothing more than to be given an animist blessing (read the last two chapters and tell me if I'm wrong). Imagine a Quinn book written in 'Mother Culture's own tounge. It will lull you awake :)"
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  • Getting to the Source: Readings on Sustainable Values by William McCluney has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Dr. Ross McCluney...and Dr. Ross has this to say about the book: "Supplements it and includes a Quinn essay, "The New Renaissance""
    Check out and/or Order Getting to the Source: Readings on Sustainable Values from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Gifts of unknown things by lyall watson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member brett Sillers...and brett has this to say about the book: "people respecting nature and in turn understanding it better without western science"
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  • Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Cera Marshall...and Cera has this to say about the book: "A wake-up call for Generation X. Contrasts the need to ask "why?" with the reality of life in suburbia."
    Check out and/or Order Girlfriend In A Coma from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Global Mind Change by Willis Harman has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Hummer Pleshe...and Hummer has this to say about the book: "Dr. Harman, of late of the Institute of Noetic Scineces (He died in '97, just before the revised edition was published), has, in the last part of the book, answered many of my, and perhaps ou, questions about "what to do". Wow! One quote from the Introducation: "This small volume explores the hypothesis that a change is taking place at the most fundamental level of the belief structure of Western industrial society.""
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