Read a Book This Week

Read a Book This Week


Okay. It’s been a few weeks and as promised, I am
going to recommend some books to you. Read a book this week. Last week I actually got a ton of reading
done and I’ve got some stuff to recommend to you as always, David pakman.com/recommendations
okay. All of my recommendations from this week and
prior weeks and months and years are listed there. If you use the links there to buy these books,
we get a little bit of a cut. We get, as Andrew Yang likes to say, a slice
of an Amazon transaction. You will be slicing off a piece of your transaction
if you buy these books or any others that I recommend by going through the links at
David pakman.com/recommendations okay. First, a nonfiction recommendation. I have owned this book for a long time and
finally got around to reading it in cold blood by the great Truman Capote thing. This is a nonfiction, uh, but it’s really
the, it’s literary prose of the highest level, but it is really a sort of police following
a police investigation of a, a series of horrible murders that happened in Holcomb, Kansas. It is Kansas, right? I hope I’m saying that correctly. It is a top notch. Truman Capote [inaudible]. It is an extraordinary story that is all the
more horrible because it is real and it simultaneously follows and then weaves together the story
of those who were murdered. The story of the murderers and the story of
the multi-agency investigation that took place in the late fifties and it is also interesting,
just know the, it’s the background of this is Kansas society in the middle of the 20th
century and that is also really, really interesting to look at a culturally, so I highly recommend
this book in cold blood by Truman Capote. I have two fiction recommendations for you
today. Now the first one, this may come as a shock
to some people because I don’t typically recommend this type of thing. I had never read anything by Stephen King
in my life until a few months ago, and I posted on Twitter, I want to read something by Stephen
King. A lot of the recommendations were his older
stuff, but a lot of people said, read his new book, newish book, the outsider. And I got it and I read it and it is a really
enjoyable read and now I don’t think I’m spoiling anything. When I say I liked the book more until a supernatural
element entered the story, I’ll just say that to avoid ruining it for everybody, uh, because
I’m just not really in I, I like PSI Phi, but I’m not into sort of like fantasy elements,
although magical realism I do like. Um, but in any case, it’s a quick read despite
being nearly 600 pages or something like that, 500 pages. It is a relatively quick read. It was enjoyable and it would probably get
me to read another Stephen King book, um, in a year or something like that. That is one recommendation. Here is another fiction recommendation and
this is one of my, I would say one of my favorite new fiction books. What year is this from? From the last couple of years. This is from, it’s from 2018 okay. In any case, this book is the Knicks by Nathan
Hill. Okay. This is a book, I don’t even know how to describe
this book, but it weaves together like a present day ish story with a path story earlier in
the 20th century in the United States. It combines elements of a suspenseful, a suspenseful
thriller with literary fiction. And I don’t really want to tell you much more
about the story other than to say it crosses genres and I think that almost any reader
of good fiction would enjoy this book. The Nicks by Nathan Hill. Do I want to say anything else about it? Um, I guess not. I mean it’s just, it’s really one of my favorite
new fiction books, non Saifai new fiction of the last couple of years. Three recommendations for you. Read one of them, read all of them, read something
else from my list of [email protected]thatanythingyoubuythatistoatdavidpakman.com slash
recommendations we get a slice of it and uh, you’re supporting the work that we do, so
make sure to check that out.

68 thoughts on “Read a Book This Week”

  • Good idea, always good to slow down and read actual books instead of the constant stream of digital content we’re all inundated by

  • Wow, the early comments are probably the people that often discourage him from doing these recommendation segments! Chill out, little children, and stop being little bitchy snowflakes!

  • In Cold Blood is such a good book. So nice to get an insight into Youtubers, but not in a weird too personal way that feels intrusive. I love hearing what people I watch for other reasons are into culturally.

  • Define reality David
    check out The God Series by Mike Hockney, or The Truth series by Dr. Thomas Stark, specifically Euler’s Formula and Special Relativity: The Deep Origin of Space and Time. These are all books that have been secretly written by the Illuminati and seeded throughout the world so that only the most intelligent synth minds may find this information and understand. Once again, if you are looking for the details of ontological mathematics you must read the above books.

  • I cant watch this rn (in the library with no headphones) but i swear to god I said this to myself today. I was like "Holy shit, i've never read a book in my life, i reay need to start reading. im going to pick something up today" (still havent picked up a book). Maybe I'll sneak into the bathroom and watch this video, then see if anything david says inspires me to pick up a specific book.

  • Hey there. If any of you folks are interested, we have a non-socialist left-wing Discord server. Mostly social democrats, liberals, and everything in-between. If you're interested take a look. Link: NN6MQQz

  • Right now I'm reading “General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century” by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. I first read Proudhon's “What is Property?” about five years ago and found it pretty interesting, so I decided to take a look at another of his works. Though I'm less favorably disposed toward Mutualism now than I was in the past, and despite the fact that there's actually a decent amount with which I disagree with him, Proudhon still remains a major influence on my political evolution, and I do feel deserves to be examined fairly as a major historical figure on the Left who's somewhat fallen into obscurity nowadays.

    The full book can be downloaded freely here:
    https://libcom.org/files/Proudhon%20-%20General%20Idea%20of%20the%20Revolution.pdf

  • “ In Cold Blood” One of the rare occasions when the film’s as nerve wrecking as the book. ( compare to the filming of Forsyth’s “The Day of the Jackal”)

    Must read before death: “Ulysses”’James Joyce and “ In Search of Lost Time ” Marcel Proust.

  • If anybody is wanting to get back into reading, I HIGHLY recommend Stephen King. He is such an artist and his writing is accessible. His stories ALWAYS pay off.

    Salem’s Lot will keep you on the edge of your seat, if you like horror.
    Also, the Dark Tower series is a totally wild, action-packed adventure story.

    There are 2 great movie adaptations of his books on Netflix right now.
    Namely 1922, and Gerald’s Game,
    The latter I highly recommend.

  • Most of our citizens born and schooled here through the 12th grade cannot understand the English language above the 5th grade reading level. Could you recommend appropriate reading material for them David?

  • You should read "the education of an idealist" by Samantha Power. It gives great insightes about the Obama years and many foreign policy decisions he made

  • or you can just read one crazy article…
    Here's why the left, the Democrats, Hollywood, the commies in our schools and colleges, Antifa, etc. are all screwed.
    infowars.com/25-mind-blowing-things-likely-to-happen-if-dems-succeed-in-removing-trump-from-office/
    If only 10% of 100 million armed Americans believe everything in that article.. that's still 10 million armed Americans who are going to be gunning for any leftist in sight, if the Soviet style closed door manipulation and propaganda tactics the Democrats are using succeed in removing Trump from office. Most Americans aren't as fringe as Alex Jones, but they know someone shouting 'The emperor (Democrats) has no clothes!' when they see it. Surely at least 64 million most likely armed Americans will never put up with Democrats in the White House or majority power again, ever, because Democrats promote racist identity politics, censorship, disarmament of the law abiding, murder of the unwanted, and big government control over individual liberties. If this civil war comes, because of the actions of Democrats, you'll miss the days when the light switches worked, fuel was available at the gas station, and grocery stores existed. Forget working hospitals or law enforcement. America, in the end, will prevail, but if this country devolves into civil war, you know who else wins? The Chinese Communists and other foreign interests who helped foment this thing.

    If you want to read a book, read 'Nixonland'. It's heavy reading, but you'll find that, while Nixon had his personal issues.. the Democrats and the left used the same dirty tricks back then they have used the last several years.

  • I haven’t read The Outsider yet but that’s usually how Stephen King’s books are. You might like Misery because it’s one of his only books without a supernatural element.

  • Utopia for realists and life 3.0 – both are essentials for the modern progressive (I was checking out your list and was shocked that they are not on there.)

    Two more fiction books: the Swarm (well researched Science (Fiction) thriller) by Frank Schätzing and Blood of elves (and the other witcher books, too) by andrzej sapkowski

    Oh and I saw that you recommend Dune, 2001, and others but not The Foundation by the Sci-fi grandmaster Isaac Asimov. Is there a reason why or is it just random chance?

  • The fiction I am reading is a scifi; Pandora's Star by Peter Hamilton. The nonfiction is Mindfulness, a great book about medical relaxation and meditation. Great books, check them out.

  • I like the idea that people can connect with ideas in fictional novels and that the good they may do in those novels may affect the future. I resent the idea that people may not choose to leave this fictional setting whenever they desire. I suspect that to do the right thing already destroys the world, and so, how defeatist is that for the machinations of the well-intentioned? If you discovered that doing the right thing would destroy everything, would you do it anyway?

  • I’m already reading several good books this week. Just finished Elizabeth Warren’s This Fight Is Our Fight, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Shout, Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill, Wexler’s The Knowledge Gap, Rachel Maddow’s Blow Out, and a bunch of others. (Met my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 100 books for 2019 a couple of weeks ago.)
    In the next couple of days I’ll finish The Autobiography of Malcolm X (which I last read in 1970) and Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin.

  • I wish i could read an average length book in a week. In Cold Blood is a masterpiece. You will not regret the time put into it.

  • David — John Fish has some similar videos, like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r–wz576ke0&t=138s
    He talks a lot about reading skills. He is on gap year from Harvard working in Montreal. Maybe you could interview him — esp. if he makes a weekend trip back to Harvard… His approach to this is quite interesting and consistent over many videos. I'm an Amazon with non-fiction ("do ask do tell" series, 3 books, most recent in 2014).

  • Books make people feel inferior.
    Books make people feel sad.
    Books create divisions between "the good people".
    Can't we just burn them, instead ?

  • David, if you like suspense without anything supernatural, check out Misery by Stephen King. Thanks for your recommendations.

  • The Dark Tower Series is Steven Kings magnum opus. Best series of books I've ever read, though I'm not sure David would like them as much lol.

  • But David, what about The Art Of The Argument by one of modern day's most profound intellectuals, Stefan Molyneux? I hear that even the most senior of academics are big fans of this work too. LOL

  • I’m reading Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill. It’s disturbing to see him expose the entire machinery behind the coverup of sexual assault and rape committed by powerful men. But it’s compelling.

  • I'm doing NaNoWriMo this month, but still finding time to explore. Enjoying Biased (Uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think, & do) by Jennifer L Eberhardt, phd

  • That’s funny. I’ve had ‘in cold blood’ on my shelf for years and I always avoided it cause I thought it was more for a younger audience. I guess I’ll have to give it a go.

  • I love that you are using an image from the Stockholm City Library 🙂. Also thanks for the recommendations, I’m probably going for the Capote.
    Regards from Sweden.

  • The "slice" is the diabolic trick of Amazon. They keep getting bigger and bigger, still don't pay their fair share of taxes.
    Link to other online stores.

  • "Our Guys" about an affluent community that excused and enabled a group of high school jocks to rape a girl. Non-fiction.

  • Not that it will hurt anyone in any way but I don't see the benefit of reading Stephen King over reading meaningless stuff on the internet. He might be entertaining to some and that's not a bad thing by any means but there really is nothing to be learned or gained from reading him other than passing the time doing something that doesn't require any mental activity. Unless reading is a challenge to you.

  • I really like this segment and thanks for the recommendations. The Nix sounds interesting I'll check it out.
    I'm currently reading A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Almost at the end now. It's very good and fun. It has old school sci-fi tv-series feeling (like Firefly) but it feels still fresh and new.

  • I love your book recommendations! Thanks for introducing me to Neal Stephenson; I’ve read about 5 of his books now because of your recommending Seveneves. Do you read Chuck Palahniuk at all?

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