The list this week for Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie a.k.a. whatever you want. One of things that has grated on my nerves during my short life is the constant feeling that my state education was pretty shoddy. Looking back to the past, writers often boasted of speaking Latin and reading all these great writers. So, I am on a quest in life to teach myself what I feel like I should be taught at some point in my life. This is my TBR list for my quest to 'expand my mind'. Any recommendations for non-fiction books you think I should read, especially history, would be throughly appreciated.
1. Freud - The Freud Reader
Reason: a go-to staple who provokes a lot of influence/reaction, positive and negative, in writers.
2. Foucault - Madness and Civilisation
Reason: discusses what it means to be 'mad' and how society/civilisation defines it.
3. Sartre - Existentialism & Humanism
Reason: argues for existentialism as a way of life, as well as presumably explaining what 'existentialism' means.
4. Germaine Greer - The Female Eunuch
Reason: a modern feminist classic
5. John Berger - Ways of SeeingReason: although I really didn't enjoy my Philosophy of Perception lectures, but this one addresses the issue of perception in the context of art
6. Oscar Wilde - De Profundis
Reason: a discussion of his homosexuality written during his time in prison
7. Henry David Thoreau - Walden
Reason: a window into a simpler way of life
8. Hannah Arendt - Eichmann in Jerusalem
Reason: as well as reporting on Eichmann's trial, it also delves into psychological and philosophical questions about evil (The Eichmann Show is well worth a watch too)
9. Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Reason: Machiavelli seems to be everywhere, even in some of Terry Pratchett's writings, what does it really mean to be a Machiavellian character?
10. Frantz Fanon - The Wretched of the Earth
Reason: this is an in-depth look at the consequences of imperialism on the individual and Africa
Honourable MentionsCarl Jung
Daniel Goleman - Emotional Intelligence
Ben Goldacre - Bad Pharma
Stephen Hawkings - A Brief History of Time
Simon Sebag Montefiore - Jerusalem The Biography
Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Owen Jones - The Establishment