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    Favorite Books of 2000:

Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ - Jose Saramago

Skeptics and True Believers - Chet Raymo

History as Mystery - Michael Parenti

Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell

American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World - David E Stannard

Dangerous Patriots: Canada's Unknown Prisoners of War - William and Kathleen Repka (shocking story of Canadian leftists, activists, labor and union leaders who were victims of the War Measures Act during World War II, locked up without any charges or access to legal counsel - some for as long as two years)

   Favorite Books of 2001:

 A Language Older Than Words - Derrick Jensen

The Gallant Cause: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War - Mark Zuehlke

The Poisonwood Bible -Barbara Kingsolver

Truth by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell

A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present - Ward Churchill (The hidden history of the genocide of indigenous peoples by the "good Christian white man from the time of Columbus) Interview with Ward Churchill

   Favorite Books of 2002:

'Tis - Frank McCourt

White Oleander - Janet Fitch

Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson

The Future of Moral Values - A. C. Grayling

The Meaning of Things - A.C. Grayling

A People's History of The United States - Howard Zinn (Updated Version).

   Favorite books of 2003:

The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy - Howard Zinn

You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Autobiography) - Howard Zinn

Another Century of War - Gabriel Kolko

The Reason of Things - A.C. Grayling

The Christ Conspiracy - Acharya S

Understanding Power - Noam Chomsky

Anarchism - Daniel Guerin

The Spanish Republic in the Civil War 1931-1939 - Gabriel Jackson

   Favorite books of 2004:

Meditations for the Humanist - A.C. Grayling

Nickle and Dimed  - Barbara Ehrenreich

What is Good? - A Search for the best way to live by A C Grayling

Idiot Proof: Deluded Celebrities, Irrational Power Brokers, Media Morons and The Erosion of Common Sense -  Francis Wheen

Under the Banner of Heaven - John Krakauer ( A well researched scathing indictment of Mormon fundamentalism)

The Philosophy Gym - Stephen Law

Life, Sex and Ideas - A C Grayling (An Anthology (2004) of short essays by one of the best public writers of philosophy since Russell)

The Corporation (The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power) - Joel Bakan (Based on Bakan's Documentary)

   Favorite books of 2005:

On Bullshit - Harry Frankfurt

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism - Susan Jacoby

How the Scots Invented the Modern World - Arthur Herman

King Leopold's Ghost - Adam Hochschild

The Heart of Things - A C Grayling

Without Guilt and Justice - Walter Kaufmann

On Anarchism - Noam Chomsky

Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements - George Woodcock

A Short History of Progress - Ronald Wright (2004 Massey Lecture)

Hidden Agendas - John Pilger

   Favorite books of 2006:

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason - Sam Harris [Sam Harris has a PhD in Philosophy from Stanford who is presently studying for his doctorate in Neuroscience. He has written a  long overdue riveting indictment of the absurdities and malignancies of faith and faith based religions, launching a "no holds barred"   frontal attack on both Christianity and Islam. You can read the Epilogue to the recent paperback edition here.]

Citizens of Empire, The Struggle to claim our Humanity - Robert Jensen

Jesusland [Formerly The United States of America}  by The Staff of www.landoverbaptist.org

(Outrageous satire of evangelism in the USA---this will have you laughing at every page)

Teacher Man - Frank McCourt

The Pig That Wants to be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher - Julian Baggini

Antonio Gramsci - Steve Jones

Why Truth Matters - Ophelia Benson & Jeremy Strangroom

Failed States - Noam Chomsky

New Rulers of the World - John Pilger

   Favorite books of 2007:

 The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

 The Culture of Make Believe - Derrick Jensen

The Spanish Civil War - Helen Graham

Anarchism - Colin Ward

Autobiography - David Suzuki

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything - Christopher Hitchens

Deer Hunting With Jesus - Joe Bageant

The Battle for Spain (The Spanish Civil War) - Antony Beevor

Orwell's Message - George Woodcock

American Fascists : The Christian Right and the War on America - Chris Hedges (a must read)

   Favorite books of 2008:

Contrary Notions - Michael Parenti

The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge - Paul Preston

Irreligion - John Allen Paulos

The Atheist Manifesto - Michel Onfray (translated from the French by Jeremy Leggatt)

Neither Wolf nor Dog - Kent Nerburn

The Form of Things: Essays on Life and Liberty in the 21st Century - A C Grayling

The Happiness Myth - Jennifer Michael Hecht

The Reason Driven Life - Robert M Price (skewering of the preposterous Purpose Driven Life by fundamentalist Baptist Pastor Rick Warren. By "purpose", Warren means "accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior").

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism - Susan Jacoby

Age of American Unreason - Susan Jacoby

Renegades: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War - Michael Petrou (New (2008) scholarly book on Canadian participation in the "great cause" of the Spanish Civil War - fascinating

read!)

   Favorite books of 2009:

Undercover Philosopher - Michael Philips

Philosophers Without Gods - Louise M. Antony, ed.

Empire of Illusion - Chris Hedges

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life - John Lee Anderson

Don't Get Fooled Again: A Skeptics Handbook - Richard Wilson

Real Band of Brothers: British Survivors of the International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War - Max Arthur

Bullshit and Philosophy - Gary L Hardcastle & George A Reisch, eds.

The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America - James Wilson

Journey to the End of the Night - Louis Ferdinand Celine

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - John Perkins

Terror and Civilization: Christianity, Politics and the Western Psyche - Shadia B. Drury

   Favorite books of 2010:

A Fair Country - John Ralston Saul

Endgame - Derrick Jensen

Native American History - Judith Nies

Columbus and other Cannibals - Jack C Forbes

The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers - Jack Bowen

Survival at Auschwitz - Primo Levi

First Tragedy, Then Farce - Slavoj Zizek

God's Problem - Bart Ehrman

More Money than Brains - Laura Penny

Rainbow Pie - Joe Bageant

We Saw Spain Die - Paul Preston

Fighters Against Fascism - Max Arthur

Hopes and Prospects - Noam Chomsky

Heroic Voices of the Spanish Civil War - Peter Darman

The Duck that Won the Lottery - Julian Baggini

Viva Le Revolution - Mark Steel

Death in the Haymarket - James Green

   Favorite books of 2011:

Fifty Voices of Disbelief: Why we are Atheists - Russell Blackford & Udo Schuklenk, eds.

How to be a Good Atheist - Nick Harding

Drawing the Line Again: The Anarchist Writings of Paul Goodman - Paul Goodman

God and his Demons - Michael Parenti

Bright Sided - Barbara Ehrenreich

Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian Hating - Richard Drinnon

The Anti-American Manifesto - Ted Rall

The Atheist Camel Chronicles and The Atheist Camel Rants Again - Dromedary Hump (aka Bart Centre)

The Anatomy of Fascism - Robert O Paxton

Not a Conspiracy Theory (How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy) - Donald Gutstein

What Does the Ruling Class do When it Rules?- Goran Therborn

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class - Owen Jones

In Defense of Lost Causes - Slavoj Zizek

Living in the End Times - Slavoj Zizek

Griftopia - Matt Taibbi

Econned - Yves Smith

Ill Fares the Land - Tony Judt

Why America Failed - Morris Berman

The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin - Corey Robin

The Trouble with Billionaires - Linda McQuaig

The Face of Imperialism - Michael Parenti

Favorite books of 2012:

How are we to Live - Peter Singer

Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century - Tony Judt

Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary - Bernard M. Patenude

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology - David Graeber

Revolutions in Reverse - David Graeber

The Spanish Civil War - Francisco J. Romero Salvado

To End all Wars - Adam Hochschild

Half the Way Home - Adam Hochschild

Thieves of Bay Street - Bruce Livesey

Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World - Nicholas Shaxson

The Great Depression - Pierre Berton (a must read for all Canadians)

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt - Chris Hedges

Fidel Castro - Volker Skierka

A People's History of Sports - Dave Zirin

Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists - Dan Barker

Thinking of Answers: Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life - A C Grayling

God and the Folly of Faith - Victor J Stenger

Why Marx was Right - Terry Eagleton

Speed of Light - Javier Cercas

Soldiers of Salamis - Javier Cercas

The Tenant and The Motive - Javier Cercas

Anatomy of a Moment - Javier Cercas

Favorite books of 2013:

Natural Atheism & Atheism Advanced - David Eller

Indian Country & In the Spirit of Crazy Horse - Peter Mattheissen

Empire of the Summer Moon - S. C. Gwynne

Zombie Capitalism - Chris Harman

Devil in the White City - Erik Larson

In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson

Red Scare: Memories of the American Inquisition - Griffin Fariello (Read this book and the one below for accounts of a very dark period of American History a country that lovingly refers to itself as a "democracy")

Being Red - Howard Fast

Two Cheers for Anarchism - James C Scott

The World as it Is - Chris Hedges

We Are All Apocalyptic Now - Robert Jensen

Revolutionary Suicide - Huey P Newton

Memoirs of a Revolutionary - Victor Serge

The Case of Comrade Tulayev - Victor Serge

The Life and death of Leon Trotsky - Victor Serge

Attack of the Theocrats - Sean Faircloth

Leon Trotsky - Irving Howe

Weapons of Mass Instruction - John Taylor Gatto

Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kids Life - Michael Parenti

The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought - Susan Jacoby

Favorite books of 2014:

The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin - Adam Hochschild

The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey - Adam Hochschild

Thinking the Twentieth Century - Tony Judt

War is a Lie - David Swanson

Conscience - Louisa Thomas

The Inconvenient Indian -Thomas King

The Truth About Stories - Thomas King

Imperialist Canada - Todd Gordon

The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and the Willful Blindness of Stephen Harper's Canada - Chris Turner

The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws in an Obsolete System - Jerry Mander

Capitalism: A Structural Genocide - Garry Leech

The Cancer Stage of Capitalism - John McMurtry

Victor Serge: A Political Biography - Susan Weissman

Kill Anything that Moves: The Real War in Vietnam - Nick Turse

The Belief Instinct - Jesse Bering

Diamonds. Gold and War: The British. the Boers and the Making of South Africa - Martin Meredith

God and the Fascists: The Vatican Alliance with Hitler, Mussolini, Franco and Pavelic - Karlheinz Deschner

No Meek Messiah: Christianity's Lies, Laws and Legacy - Michael Paukovich

Atheism and the Case Against Christ - Matthew S. McCormick

Western Terrorism from Hiroshima to Drone Warfare - Noam Chomsky & Andre Vitchek

Civilization and Barbarity - Gabriel Jackson

What's my Name Fool: Sorts and Resistance in the United States - Dave Zirin

Welcome to the Terrordome - Dave Zirin

Favorite books of 2015:

An Indigenous People's History of the United States - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (This book should be required reading in every school's high school history curriculum)

Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

An Autobiography - Angela Davis

Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Why There is No God - Armin Navabi

Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies - Michael Parenti

Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of over 300 Logical Fallacies - Bo Bennett

The Extreme Centre - Tariq Ali

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson

On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation

Subterranean Fire: History of Working Class Radicalism in the United States - Sharon Smith

Granny Made me an Anarchist - Stuart Christie

The Utopia of Rules - David Graeber

Because We Say So - Noam Chomsky

Power Systems - Noam Chomsky

Philosophy for Militants - Alain Badiou

The Book of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa

The Immortalization Commission - John Gray

Year One of the Russian Revolution - Victor Serge

Anarchists Never Surrender - Victor Serge

A Very British Coup - Chris Mullin

Live From Death Row - Mumia Abu Jamal

Red Victory: A History of the Russian Civil War - W. Bruce Lincoln

Favorite books of 2016:

Exposing the Lies of Empire - Andre Vltchek

White Niggers of America - Pierre Vallieres

God and Human Beings - Voltaire

Voltaire's Revolution: His Campaign to Free Laws from Religion - G. K Noyer, ed.

The Soul of the Marionette - John Gray

The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men - Eric Lichtblau

In Defense of the Terror: Liberty or Death in the French Revolution - Sophie Wahnich

What Kind of Creatures are We? - Noam Chomsky

A People's History of the World - Chris Harman

Awakening to World Disorder and Climate Change Realities - Michael Clarke (This is a remarkable book written in 2008 by a Chilliwack, BC writer)

The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror and Empire at the Dawn of  the American Century - Scott Miller

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in all Fiction - Dan Barker

The God Problem - Howard Bloom

Travels with Herodotus - Ryzard Kapuscinski

Spain in our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War - Adam Hochschild 

A Rebel's Guide to James Connolly - Sean Mitchell

A Rebel's Guide to Leon Trotsky - Esme Choonara

The Indian - Jon Gnarr

Gnarr! How I became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World - Jon Gnarr

Emma Goldman - Vivian Gornick

Freedom Next Time - John Pilger

Tell Me no Lies - John Pilger

Heroes - John Pilger

Hidden Agendas - John Pilger

A Secret Country - John Pilger

 

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