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Don't Eat This Book written by Morgan Spurlock influenced me the most. This book opened my eyes to the corporate evils of the fast food industry and the history of it. I was not bored while reading it because it doesn't read like a text book. What amazes me is how much of a threat people like Spurlock are to the fast food industry. There was even a counter doc released after "Super Size Me" came out. Great book, I read it 3 years ago and I think I might read it again.

 

FYI a major fast food company would like to remind everyone that Morgan Spurlock is not a licensed physician lulz

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I'm sure the books that will influence me a lot I've not read them yet. I'm sure some books could have a great impact on my life and I will look for some of the books listed in this thread. I've read many books when I was around 18 but then I stopped I don't know why. Many books that I liked but I wouldn't say they changed my life drastically. Books about life, I liked some books by Henry Miller, and "Martin Eden" by Jack London is probably my favorite novel yet. Concerning nutrition and health I liked Herbert Shelton stuff like "Superior Nutrition" and also Douglas Graham's "the 81/10/10 Diet" both these books for the way it criticizes society and medecine and offering a new conception and new standards for health and nutrition.

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"Lullaby" by Chuck Palahniuk - It's a fiction book, but the character, Oyster, was the straw that broke the camel's back in my decision to give up meat.

 

"The Engine 2 Diet" by Rip Esselstyn - A study by a Firefighter Captain in San Antonio, TX, who is a vegan, and convinced me that I should be as well.

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- Gary L. Francione - "Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog" - best book on veganism I've ever read (instead of listing dubious advantages of a plant-based diet to the environment, health, etc. it presents a very strong ethical case)

- Ray Bradbury - "Dandelion Wine" - probably my favorite book of teenage years

- George Orwell - "1984", "Animal Farm", "Down and Out in Paris and London"

- Aldous Huxley - "Brave New World", "The Doors of Perception"

 

Currently reading: Francoise Sagan - "Sunlight on Cold Water"

 

Many more to come.

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- Ray Bradbury - "Dandelion Wine" - probably my favorite book of teenage years

- George Orwell - "1984"' date=' "Animal Farm", "Down and Out in Paris and London"

- Aldous Huxley - "Brave New World", "The Doors of Perception"

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As a child who was voracious reader and a sci-fi fan I poo-pooed those books when I read them as not being hard sci-fi. Years later I remember what a great writer Bradbury was. I saw him speak when I was in college and he is a hell of a guy. I still remember and enjoy thinking about many of his stories.

 

1984 and Brave New World are also forever burned in my brain. I often find myself, even decades after reading them, seeing what those authors had to say in daily reality.

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"Meditations on Violence" by Rory Miller (Who is/was a prison guard/sergeant on the CERT team, Martial Artist, etc for 20+ years)

 

I haven't finished this yet, but all I can say is "Holy Shit!"

 

This book came highly recommended by my Wing Chun Sifu, who is also very much a realist when it comes to violent encounters.

 

I know I lose credibility because I don't threaten to crush people on here, but I also highly recommend this book to ANY of you who are into martial arts. It's a total reality check! It really puts you back in your place, and reinforces lessons such as "Don't judge a book by its cover" and reminds you that literally anything can happen if someone wants to hurt you bad enough. It doesn't matter how much you know or how hard you train. I think all of us who practice martial arts really need to be humbled once in a while, and this book definitely does that.

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the jungle

Ishmael

the story of B

my Ishmael

fast food nation

a language older than words

1984

rant

ultra marathon man

 

 

Daniel Quinn, Chuck Palahniuk, Upton Sinclair, Jack Kerouac, George Orwell, Edgar Allen Poe, David Wellington, Ray Bradbury, Ann Rice, James Patterson, H. G. Wells, Chomsky, graphic novels....The Sandman Series, Maus, Y: The Last Man, The Walking Dead. Daniel Quinn.

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Robert Calasso

Skinny Bitch - say what you will about it, it drove me from dietary to lifestyle vegan

The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle

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I've just bought Skinny Bitch yesterday at a VegFest in Vienna, I'll read it today.

The recipes I've seen so far seem great [A bit too much vegan cheese in my opinion, but I make a great "cheese" sauce that I use for most recipes that call for vegan cheese...]

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I've just bought Skinny Bitch yesterday at a VegFest in Vienna, I'll read it today.

The recipes I've seen so far seem great [A bit too much vegan cheese in my opinion, but I make a great "cheese" sauce that I use for most recipes that call for vegan cheese...]

 

Given how often cheese is cited as a reason for not being able to go vegan, I don't blame them for including it. I know that I personally was lost without substitutes and once I was weaned from my addiction to cheese I did okay.

 

But reading that book convinced me giving up dairy voluntarily was the right thing to do. My original reason wasn't--I can't digest casein. Awful GI issues I won't even go into but in any event, once I read that book, I no longer had any qualms about being vegan.

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Oh I just realized, that I bought the cookbook. It sounds great, though!

 

Well I loved cheese as a kid, but stopped eating cheese as a vegetarian because of the rennet and never missed it. In 1 1/2 years of veganism I've bought vegan cheese only once. It's just too expensive, artificial and fatty in my opinion.

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