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Best book for every year since you were born.

I enjoyed doing this with movies so wanted to try it with books.
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yeah this one would be hard, especially as I don't read that many new books...

Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? And….it’s the football, that’s the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim
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Reza, stop with the 1971 bs
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1983: Critique of Cynical Reason (Sloterdijk) seems appropriate
1984: City of Glass (Auster)
1985: The Mantle of the Prophet - Religion and Politics in Iran (Roy Mottahedeh)
1986: When the Shooting Stops, the Cutting Begins
1987: Hollywoood from Vietnam to Reagan (Robin Wood)
1988: Elephant and other stories (Raymond Carver)
1989: Hitchcock's films revisited (Wood)
1990: Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (David Hackett Fischer)
1991: Making Meaning (David Bordwell)
1992: Sick Societies (Edgerton)
1993: Understanding Comics (McCloud)
1994: The Bell Curve (Murray/Hernstein)
1995: The Romantic Generation (Charles Rosen)
1996: Alien Nation (Brimelow)
1997: A history of the American people (Paul Johnson)
1998: Nationalism and modernism (Anthony D. Smith)
1999: The Rings of Saturn (Sebald)
2000: Culture Matters (ed. Harrison/Huntington)
2001: The China Threat (Bill Gertz)
2002: Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire (Cannadine)
2003: Mexifornia - a state of becomming (Victor Davis Hanson)
2004: The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America (Eric P. Kaufmann)
2005: The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (New edition)(Charles Rosen)
2006: For Lust of Knowing (Robert Irwin)
2007: Horizons West, 2nd ed. (Kitses)
2008: Out stealing horses (Per Petterson)
2009: A History of Histories (John Burrow)
2010: Deutschland schafft sich ab (Thilo Sarrazin)
2011: My Struggle (Knausgĺrd)
2012: The Party - the secret world of Chinas communist rulers (MacGregor)
2013: Lee Kuan Yew (Allison/Blackwill)
2014: An intimate war - An oral history of the Helmand conflict (Mike Myers)
2015: Submission (Houellebecq)
2016: Againt nature (Espedal)
2017:

Most new-ish fiction and poetry I've read tends to be in Danish, most of it not translated.

Probably slanted towards recent or current interests.

I made some Andy shortcuts when it comes to publication date, since there isn't one "quicksource" like imdb and most are out in severeal editions and translations, which makes it hard/tiring to browse your memory for nominees.

It occurs to me how little I remember now from those books. All a waste of time I guess.
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Wow. Impressive Mori. Didn't think anyone would do a list.

OK, you don't have to watch Lain anymore. I forgive you.
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The lack of women and nonwhites wasn't intentional btw.

One openly homosexual (Wood) and one Iranian... Though plenty of jews, I guess Harold Bloom would've approved.
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I've only HEARD of two of those books...and read only one (City of Glass).

I'm sure many of those are worth checking out though.

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The lack of women and nonwhites wasn't intentional btw.

One openly homosexual (Wood) and one Iranian... Though plenty of jews, I guess Harold Bloom would've approved.
The lack of women and nonwhites is unavoidable in every open list of best books.

at least 90% of high culture is created by white/jewish males, fact

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1983: Critique of Cynical Reason (Sloterdijk) seems appropriate
1984: City of Glass (Auster)
1985: The Mantle of the Prophet - Religion and Politics in Iran (Roy Mottahedeh)
1986: When the Shooting Stops, the Cutting Begins
1987: Hollywoood from Vietnam to Reagan (Robin Wood)
1988: Elephant and other stories (Raymond Carver)
1989: Hitchcock's films revisited (Wood)
1990: Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (David Hackett Fischer)
1991: Making Meaning (David Bordwell)
Bordwell is one of the leading film scholars ever. The book countains the history of film criticism, sort of.
1992: Sick Societies - Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony(Edgerton)
UCLA anthropologist in sort of a scholarly polemic against the notion of adaptivism in anthropology - that primitive societies are happy and healthy, their seemingly weird or barbaric practices simply the best way for them to adapt to the circustances. Not entirely convincing of course (because who the hell knows, right?), but the book gives lots of interesting examples or cases.
1993: Understanding Comics (McCloud)
Amazing book which tells the history of comics, explains how they "work", the aestetics, etc. All written as a comic book (McCloud's a comic book artist himself).
1994: The Bell Curve (Murray/Hernstein)
Infamous book about intelligence, IQ, the social implications of it. Hernstein is dead, but Murray is still frequently disinvited by SJW institution because of it. Though only a small part of the book really deals with more touchy subjects such as group differences re race and gender.
1995: The Romantic Generation (Charles Rosen)
Book about the generation of composers post-Beethoven, from one of the leading writers on classical music.
1996: Alien Nation (Peter Brimelow)
The Bell Curve of immigration. Ann Coulter basically rewrote this book 20 years later in a more tabloid fashion (Adios America).. Trump picked up Coulter's book, and the rest is history.
1997: A history of the American people (Paul Johnson)
The conservative popular historian PJ's answer to Howard Zinn, which means this is mostly a history of big men and their accomplishments. Contains possibly as many errors as Zinn's book.
1998: Nationalism and modernism (Anthony D. Smith)
The zar of nationalism studies, has written a ton of good books. Sort of a historiography of nationalism - is it a modern invention? how does it relate to ethnicity? and so on.
1999: The Rings of Saturn (Sebald)
One of the great novelists
2000: Culture Matters (ed. Harrison/Huntington)
2001: The China Threat (Bill Gertz)
Well known Washington DC journalist writing about secret intelligence for decades. Doesn't like the Clinton administration one bit and the way it dealt with China - part gullible, part bribeable. He seems to have good sources, though he's slightly paranoid. A funny thing is it was published right around 9/11 so focus obviously shiftet.
2002: Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire (Cannadine)
A new(ish) take on the British empire along with some historiography. That is, how did scholars and others (such as Edward Said) view the empire.
2003: Mexifornia - a state of becomming (Victor Davis Hanson)
Classics professor, who also runs a family farm near Fresno, California, writes anecdotally about the effects of immigration there.
2004: The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America (Eric P. Kaufmann)
How WASP culture came to dominate in the US, reaching its zenith mid-century, to then give way to multiculturalism. Not an especially polemical work, more matter of fact like. Birkbeck professor.
2005: The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (New edition)(Charles Rosen)
Rosen again, first edition came in the 70s, the gold standard of writing on classical music.
2006: For Lust of Knowing (Robert Irwin)
Historiography again. The history of Orientalism - that is Europeans studying Asia and especially the Middle East. A liberal scholar, not a conservative firebrand by any means, but he really doesn't like Edward Said. Great book
2007: Horizons West, 2nd ed. (Kitses)
First came out in 1969 as one of the first extended studies of the Western film genre. Structuralist, that is dealing with myths and archetypes and so on, in the films of John Ford, Antony Mann, Sam Peckinpah and others. Great one.
2008: Out stealing horses (Per Petterson)
Depressed Norwegian, great books.
2009: A History of Histories (John Burrow)
Historiography lol. From his armchair this professor from Oxbridge writes about the most famous Western historians, from the greeks and romans to medieval munks to Gibbon to the late 20th century. Great book.
2010: Deutschland schafft sich ab (Thilo Sarrazin)
Famous politician and economist trying to ruin his reputation (like Peter Brimelow did) by writing on immigration. Supposedly the number one bestseller in Germany since the founding of BRD, and yet it hasn't been translated into English (or Danish).
2011: My Struggle (Knausgĺrd)
6 volumes of autofiction
2012: The Party - the secret world of Chinas communist rulers (McGregor)
Great book.
2013: Lee Kuan Yew (Allison/Blackwill)
Acutally this is one more book not written by a white dude, since its basically a set of interview. Answers given in the familiar LKY didactic style, usually somewhat non-PC.
2014: An intimate war - An oral history of the Helmand conflict (Mike Myers)
Based on a ph.d thesis Myers did when he came home.. he had been a translator in the British army. Basically explains how the British (and others before them) were fooled by different clans and tribes throughout, because they didn't understand the place.
2015: Submission (Houellebecq)
I'm sure you heard of it.
2016: Againt nature (Espedal)
Another gloomy Norwegian
2017:

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I've only HEARD of two of those books...and read only one (City of Glass).

I'm sure many of those are worth checking out though.

That's the trouble compared to the film thread... I guess the bookmarket is much more diversified.

I thought you'd have heard of both Knausgĺrd and Petterson though. I remember you wrote about Dag Solstad and he's sort of their precurser. Also, Submission..

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Yes, City of Glass and Submission.

I've probably heard the names of these Norwegians, but haven't read anything nor could name a single book of theirs.

Ok, to think about it I'm pretty sure I've read about Knausgard's My Struggle some years ago and thought I should check this out but never did.

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apparently the first 2 books of the series have been translated into Estonian and published here last year

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2010: Deutschland schafft sich ab (Thilo Sarrazin)
Famous politician and economist trying to ruin his reputation (like Peter Brimelow did) by writing on immigration. Supposedly the number one bestseller in Germany since the founding of BRD, and yet it hasn't been translated into English (or Danish).
hardly the #1 bestseller, Dan Brown and Frank Schätzing among others are ahead of him, but at least he got past Hitler well, they share some thoughts about juice and their supposed genetics

however, why no love for my bro-der Henryk?

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_M._Broder

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Yeah, the Sarrazin number I heard was probably highest in some subcategory.

I don't really know Broder.

I actually enjoyed Die Deutschen und ihre Mythen by Herfried Münkler, considered it for 2009 entry, tuough I may have missed some of the finer points (hasn't been translated either). He was already a eurofederalist though, and has gone completely off the rails after the refugees crisis and wir schaffen das.

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Broder is a brilliant troll, as Andy Christ would say

you should really read some of his stuff.

anyway, you studied political science or something similar? or why are you into that kind of subject much? (well, I did as one of my Nebenfachs ages ago but couldn't care less about it these days lol)

what's your stand on Claude Lévi-Strauss and Michel Foucault, just out of curiosity. I know, the former isn't really a pol-sci dude, but still, had some interesting views generally on human behaviour and all.

Münkler has some links with my university, although a decade later, I heard he refused to take a professory there lol
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