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You all know what I'm talking about--your secret (or not-so-secret) list of books that you would shove someone's face into if it was possible because, This Book Must Be Read. For a better society, as an eye-opener, as a high point in a genre, or just because this author deserves some credit and by-god they somehow haven't gotten it.
Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, And Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.s. Meat Industry by Gail A. Eisnitz
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Scar Night by Alan Campbell
Why We Hate Us by Dick Meyer
Behindlings by Nicola Barker
Yes Man by Danny Wallace
The Weapon by Michael Z. Williamson
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt
There are so many other books that are already well-known: Ishmael, The Lucifer Effect, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez... I'm talking about books/authors that haven't gotten the kind of publicity they should.
That's my list. What's yours?
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I've given away 4 copies of Gavin de Becker's "The Gift of Fear" to various friends and family members. The guy is a little self-promoting, but the book is full of great information on how to tell if someone intends harm or violence toward others. It's largely aimed at women (how to tell if a boyfriend will be abusive, how to deal with an ex who won't go away), but the section on workplace violence and how to fire someone who might turn ugly should be on every manager's shelf.