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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 Friday, February 23, 2018 there are 27 books in the suggested reading list that start with I. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • I Am That : Talks With Sri Nisargadatta by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Zachary Vogt...and Zachary has this to say about the book: ""The only book on spirituality worth reading.""
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  • I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Dorothy Sladicka...and Dorothy has this to say about the book: "This book brings us back to the simple times of life,and reminds us what is important. That less is best,and we should only take what we need and leave the rest for the others because we are not seperate and we are definately the same we just happen to look different."
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  • Illusions by Richard Bach has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Timothy Morey...and Timothy has this to say about the book: "It teaches that we are only limited by the limitations that we choose to impose upon ourselves"
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  • Illusions, The Story Of A Reluctent Messiah by Richard Bach has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Samuel Sampson...and Samuel has this to say about the book: "This is a great book about human reality. We have got ourselves stuck in a world where everyone stands alone waiting for someone to lead the way. Here is someone who takes the job and then quits. No one would believe him as he tried to teach them that he wasn't anyone special. Everyone had it in them to be like he was. Read."
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  • Illusions: Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach has been suggested by Ishmael Network member roof exit...and roof has this to say about the book: "Richard Bach's "Illusions: Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" calls into question the way people live and believe, and challenges one to think differently about their role in the universe."
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  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Emily Blagden...and Emily has this to say about the book: "This book tells the story of a biplane pilot who meets a real messiah who has relenquished his messiah-hood. Through him he begins to study the teachings in a handbook for messiah's, and begins to recognise the illusions of his society. This book focusses on illusions and truth."
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  • Immediatism by Hakim Bey has been suggested by Ishmael Network member B. H....and B. has this to say about the book: "Hakim Bey's focus is to help lay the ground work for a new type of existence. If you liked Beyond Civilization, it is a must read."
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  • In Defense of Hunting by James Swan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jon-Michael Sherry...and Jon-Michael has this to say about the book: "Environmentalist and psychologist James Swan defends the practice of hunting and gives insightful, animistic views of our relation to the world. Whether you're for or against the hunting of animals, this is a must read in order to get a better understanding of this subject, and ourselves."
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  • In Search of Nature by E.O. Wilson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jonathan Cohen...and Jonathan has this to say about the book: "A fantastic biological and philosphical companion to "Ishmael," and a great introduction the author's work, through various essays."
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  • In Search of the Primitive: A Critique of Civilization by Stanley Diamond has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Xavier Sonnerat...and Xavier has this to say about the book: "Despite some passages where Diamond spends a little too much time defining what anthropology should be, this book is truly wonderful and one of its kind. An absolute must-read."
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  • In The Abscence Of The Sacred: The Failure of Technology and The Survival of the Indian Nations by Jerry Mander has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Carl Cole...and Carl has this to say about the book: "Look at the title. Arguments for the failure of how "takers" interact with the enviroment. Discussion on how "leaver" culture differs from this doministic viewpoint."
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  • In the Absence of the Sacred. The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations by Jerry Mander has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Becky Hatton...and Becky has this to say about the book: "I read this book before reading Daniel Quinn's ideas. It really shook me up. It takes on our cultural belief that technology is a neutral tool that can be well used or misused. It is a book that makes us look more closely at cost of the technologies we think we benefit from."
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  • In the Spirit of the Earth: Rethinking History and Time by Calvin Luther Martin has been suggested by Ishmael Network member John Weiland...and John has this to say about the book: "Explores the relationship between civilization building and the worship of 'sky gods' in the generation of human insanity."
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  • In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Cera Marshall...and Cera has this to say about the book: "this is the sweetest utopian story i have ever read -- brautigan creates a world (on the outskirts of the "forgotten works" where the remnants of an old civilization lurk and where the undesirable parts of the story originate) where the characters love one another and live harmoniously everyone should read this book once or twice at least to be able to say that they have read something that has the full title of "In Watermelon Sugar the Deeds Were Done and Done Again as My Life is Done in Watermelon Sugar"."
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  • Ingwe by M. Norman Powell has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kevin Jarvis...and Kevin has this to say about the book: "Nature is our Teacher."
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  • Initiation by Elizabeth B. Jenkins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Hummer Pleshe...and Hummer has this to say about the book: "Dan's works center on "there is no one right way" The Incas and their predecessors and descendants, by focusing on energy have lived a facinaringly different cosmology for millenia. Jenkins focuses on a specific Andean process (that of an initation into the Andean priesthood) but to explain the process she and her mentor, Juan Nunez del Prado, give fascinating illustrations from the culture of the Inca. Energy is not "good" or "bad" but finer or denser. Their society was based around the small group in tens and multiples of ten, called "ayllu". They interacted on the basis of "ayni" or reciprocity and taught and cared for each other. And still do. Different; not good/bad, not dominating; not "Taking" for the sake of greed. Recirocity. (I have more at http://humrhums.livejournal.com)"
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  • Inner Work by Robert A. Johnson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Josie Kraft...and Josie has this to say about the book: "Explains "conscious living" - how to access our unconscious and how doing so relates to our overall being. Explains how the glaring negligence in this area in today's Taker society has caused so many of our problems, and how inner work can change one's life forever. Explains why and how the "Leaver" societies were and are successful and so much more complete. I believe it is essential to become "conscious" and be at peace with one's Self before significant changes can be made in others around us."
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  • Intimate Nature The Bond Between Women and Animals by Linda Hogan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Miranda Laufenberg...and Miranda has this to say about the book: "This book includes essays from many women from many different cultures. An exerpt of the intro states: "In recent years, according to Earth-Time, humans have lost their more intimate relationships with animals as peers, teachers, and kindred allies. For centuries now, male priests, doctors and scientists have declared animals a territory to be approached with objectivity and detachment. And in these last centuries we have become increasingly deperated from animals and the natural world. We've been taught to see them as creatures who have no soul, no capacity for pain, emotion, intelligence, or worth. In Claude Bernard's 'Physiology' he states that 'Aman of science no longer hears the cry of animals, the blood that flows....he sees only his ideas.'" The book continues in the form of essays written by women on how they connect with the animal world and how the white-man (as a population-not individual) has, in my words, royally screwed things up. For me, it articulates the same message Ishmael does, but it does so in what we call a non-fiction way."
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  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer has been suggested by Ishmael Network member jonathan k...and jonathan has this to say about the book: "gives the story of someone who finds pyramid building intollerable."
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  • Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Sue Hayes-McQueen...and Sue has this to say about the book: "Like Ishmael et al., Permaculture is a way to work with the earth that makes sense. It is realistic and achievable for most of us, and has changed my life as much as Ishmael."
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  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino has been suggested by Ishmael Network member David Cloyd...and David has this to say about the book: "I just think this book is amazing in terms of the creation of dream worlds that sound so impossible, but that you can find anywhere you look."
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  • Irrational Man by William Barrett has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Richard McGuire...and Richard has this to say about the book: "a history of the philosophy of existentialism. the world we create is based on our beliefs."
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  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn has been suggested by Ishmael Network member William Morgan...and William has this to say about the book: "This is the first step to an open mind."
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  • Ishtar Rising : Or, Why the Goddess Went to Hell and What to Expect Now That She's Returning by Robert Anton Wilson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Evan Sarver...and Evan has this to say about the book: "All of Robert Anton Wilson's works might be of interest to a reader of Daniel Quinn's books, but this one in particular might strike a chord. As with all Wilson's writings, he takes you on a deep and often humorous journey through the human mind, leaving you with a new paradigm by the end of the book. Beware to those who have very STRONG opinions, as Wilson will certainly challenge them in ways that might enrage. Wilson is one of those authors that you either love or hate, and most of his books are this way too. Ishtar Rising provides valuable insights into the divine female and the earthly female."
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  • Island by Aldous Huxley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Bill Clary...and Bill has this to say about the book: "Huxley's last novel is his vision of a better way to live. Its chief benefit is showing how one can conceive of a different way to live."
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  • Isle of Woman by Piers Anthony has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Becky Robare...and Becky has this to say about the book: "Isle of Woman is the first in a series of novels of human history, which includes Shame of Man, Hope of Earth, and Muse of Art. A picture of human history is offered, from the beginning of genetic humans, to the beginning of agriculture, and to the present and future, where the lifestyle determined by this culture has been broken completely. Different visions are offered of humanity's future journey, but all agree on one point: that a continuance of the present way will literally mean the end of the world as we know it."
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  • ismael y la salvacion de la tierra by daniel quinn has been suggested by Ishmael Network member ramiro iturbe...and ramiro has this to say about the book: "yes"
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