There are a handful of books our publisher has discovered over the years which have best helped him to understand life and its workings. He would like to share these.
How many years did I blunder about wondering how the arts business worked? It never occurred to me to consult a sociologist. You are luckier. Open you eyes wide.
You may have been raised to think Conservatives are people who just trudge along doing things as they have always been done. Actually, rather than attaching themselves to the next novel thought, the Conservative Mind judges each new proposal by all of history. It's a prodigious undertaking. Their depth of thought probes the depths of life.
De Jouvenal will help you to chart where your national politics sit and where they are tending neatly as you used to follow those dots on the TV screen as our astronauts orbited the earth. Neither Machiavelli nor Nietzsche paint as lucid and useful a picture as De Jouvenel. This is wheat. Most else you will read nowadays is chaff.
For poets, this is the best book on meter and versification I've read. Steele brings clarity to what can be and still remain baffling. Steele is clear and lively. For poets interested in wringing all that is available from the language - I'm tossing you a life ring here.
"Turn your ideas into money!" This is a great book for a younger person with fun motivational true-life examples. They will learn the basics of creating, building, and running their own business. This is an empowering tool that also provides a hands-on understanding of our free market system. Why find a job, when you can make one?
It's rather terrifying to realize how manipulated we are and how in error our opinions can be. Welcome to the ebb and flow of history as seen through the Overton window of acceptable discourse.