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    Posted: 08 Mar 2011 at 02:02

Which are, in your opinion, the most important (or at least potentially important) book or books that have been written in the last decade or decades?

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Just to take a couple of very important, or at least potentially very important books:
 
Edward O Wilson: Biodiversity. A book that explains what biodiversity is and how important it is to preserve and uphold it here on our planet. Author astronomer and philosopher Peter Nilsson wrote about Wilsons book: I want to believe that we in the future will be able to say that this is one of the books that saved mankind. Also important and good is Wilsons more recent book, The Future of Life.
 
Richard Wilson and Kate Pickett: The Spirit Level. Also an important book that explains how an unequal society increases social problems and make life worse for all groups on all levels in society.


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A book that was rather important in its own way was Swedish anthropologist Lars Perssons De dodsdomda indianerna (The Doomed Indians) about the persecution and opression against Latin Americas native populations. Here in Sweden (and also in other countries) it woke people up for this problem that until then had not gained so much attention. Lars Persson also was among the founders of the humanitarian group IWGIA (International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs).

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Noone else that read some book or books from the last decades that you find important?
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What is this a monologue with Hamlet as the Scandinavia prince confusing fiction for reality?
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I bet the main caracter on that novel is Gaia.
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If "decades" is admitted, I would suggest that this book by Desmond Morris, was and still is important, it is entitled "The Naked Ape!" To me, at least, it does more to describe how "mankind" came into being, and adjusted to nature!
Of course I could also name numerous Sci-Fi novels that would qualify, such as the first "short story" and then, I think a novella, both entitled, "Flowers for Algernon!", and later the book and movie, entitled "CHARLIE!" ot possibly "CHARLY?"
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Both books you mention are excelent!
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I think in this modern world where publishing and mass media are around. You can get info about anything on the internet or a college library that a "most" influential book would be a tall order. Now a days books about anything can be written.

to list a few it could be

History about WW2(there was a spike of interest in the 1990s)
The Harry Potter Series
The Twilight series
The Dexter series
Science books
 

we could go on and on where in the past theres only a few that stick out either because of their continued appreciation or sheer luck like the bible, the odyssey,the Koran, anything by Suetonius or Plutarch and so on.  A case could be made that almost every adventure book or movie is derived from the The Odyssey. Movies like due date or books like fear and loathing. No matter how far apart the stories are the core is still "an adventure".

If i had a vote of a favorite book over the past "decades" it'd be fear and loathing in las vegas. Totally amazing book. hunter is a genius and the the story in amazing.


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Originally posted by Joe Joe wrote:

If i had a vote of a favorite book over the past "decades" it'd be fear and loathing in las vegas. Totally amazing book. hunter is a genius and the the story in amazing.
 
How did you like the film made from it (by Terry Gilliam and with Jonny Depp and Benicio del Toro in the leading roles)?
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One of the most influential history books of the past decade would have to be Tony Judt's 'Postwar', an important re-evaluation of the postwar economic and political consensus in Europe.

It is too soon to gauge the importance of the various novels written in the past 20 years. Chances are if your grandchildren are reading Harry Potter in their Oxford English Literature course... well then... Who knows. Dickens was considered both populist and common back in the day by critics and the well read public so...
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Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:

Originally posted by Joe Joe wrote:

If i had a vote of a favorite book over the past "decades" it'd be fear and loathing in las vegas. Totally amazing book. hunter is a genius and the the story in amazing.
 
How did you like the film made from it (by Terry Gilliam and with Jonny Depp and Benicio del Toro in the leading roles)?

I thought the film was a bit of a mess.
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Actually if I'd hadn't watched the movie I'd have never read the book and I liked both equally; so i can't pick and choose but i've watched the movie more times than I've read the book. Harry Potter is definitely at the top of the list though. Its gonna be a symbol of the 1990s-2000s. Hundreds of millions have read the books and even more have watched the movies.


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Originally posted by Parnell Parnell wrote:

One of the most influential history books of the past decade would have to be Tony Judt's 'Postwar', an important re-evaluation of the postwar economic and political consensus in Europe.

It is too soon to gauge the importance of the various novels written in the past 20 years. Chances are if your grandchildren are reading Harry Potter in their Oxford English Literature course... well then... Who knows. Dickens was considered both populist and common back in the day by critics and the well read public so...
 
And your opinion of Dickens is based on what exactly? Dickens was the first living superstar author of the English language that was actually really good. Usually an excellent novelist had to die first (Jane Austen) or had powerful publicity despite his mediocre talent (James Fenimore Cooper) before he/she actually achieved something. Only some 20th century revisionists questioned him but those were dismissed quickly by the mainstream.
 
As for my choice for most influential book, it has to be The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. Although published in 99 I knew the book from the 2003 PBS documentary and the 2006 Arabic translation before I got the english version and it was really good.
 
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I wanted to apologize for not giving proper attribution to the author of;
 
 
The wonderful Daniel Keyes!
 


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Well, I am sure most books have their own significant value and depending on each ones needs they are relatively important.

Personally, I would pick D. W. Antony's "The horse, the wheel and language" as an essential book for understanding Europes (and central Asias) language prehistory. Why this specific one? Because, linguistics are almost chaos theory and this book makes things easier to understand for everyone, without reducing the quality and depth needed to analyse complex issues.
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Flipper wrote above;
 
"Why this specific one? Because, linguistics are almost chaos theory and this book makes things easier to understand for everyone, without reducing the quality and depth needed to analyse complex issues."
 
A very good answer, and I agree most whole heartedly!  The words "chaos theory" really hit the problem on the head, as I am one of those who like to play with "linguistics", which some persons consider the domain of one.  As some great writer once said about the posterior of people and animals, "As_-Holes, are like people, every one has one!", or words to that effect.Confused
 
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Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

What is this a monologue with Hamlet as the Scandinavia prince confusing fiction for reality?
 
Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

I bet the main caracter on that novel is Gaia.
 
Hmmm, the usual sarcastic remarks from the usual suspects. You would do much better if you contributed with ideas about which you think are the most important book(s) of the last decade(s).
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Gaia is a religion, you know.
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Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

Gaia is a religion, you know.
Well, your opinion about Gaia is not so relevant for this thread. Have you read some books from the last decades that you find important?
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Of course I have, and many.
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Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

Of course I have, and many.
 
Perhaps you can give us some example?
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Certainly. But what you mean by "more important"? Do you want classics?
The books that have influenced me more are:
essays: Cosmos, the handbook of the perfect idiot, The nude monkey, and a hundred more.

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The books Biodiversity and The Spirit Level is so important that they ought to be compulsory reading in schools.
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Sorry. We don't need the Inquisition comes back to schools. We don't need to brainwash the mind of children, particularly when the authors of those books come from countries that don't like children.
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Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

Sorry. We don't need the Inquisition comes back to schools. We don't need to brainwash the mind of children, particularly when the authors of those books come from countries that don't like children.
 
I did not know that Americans or Brits do not love children. I do not think that they dislike children more than Chileans do.
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