Thought Provoking Non-Fiction Books--for good discussion

A Listmania! list by Carol Ryan "Right Now Is Perfect" (Sacramento, CA)
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The list author says: "This is a list of non-fiction books I enjoyed reading, thinking about, and discussing."
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
1.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The list author says:
  "This book will remind you just how far we’ve come as a society by recounting the stories involved in bio-medical research, the use of human cell/tissue cultures in that research, doctor/patient relationships, and the treatment of blacks during the past 60 years of history."
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The Discoverers
2.  The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin
The list author says:
  "I read this treasure while sailing across the Pacific and even though all the books I read seemed marvelous at the time, this book remains an all time favorite.  It is chuck full of interesting information that we should all, already know!"
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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
3.  Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
The list author says:
  "All about memory.  How to improve your own and the history of memory.  All told as a novel of the author's attempt to compete in a memory challenge."
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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
4.  Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
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  "Some good evidence for why first impressions can be correct, SOMETIMES."
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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
5.  The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
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  "A fascinating tale of the origins of the Oxford English dictionary."
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
6.  Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
The list author says:
  "It's the question so many of us wonder about even if the question remans unarticulated:  why have some societies excelled materially while others don't?  This book provides some interesting theories.  Some seem likely, others maybe.  In any case you'll be ready for the next high caliber cocktail party after reading this."
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Freedom at Midnight:  How Britain Gave Away an Empire
7.  Freedom at Midnight: How Britain Gave Away an Empire by Larry Collins
The list author says:
  "A good look into the birth of modern India and Pakistan.  There is a lot of background on the personalities involved in the split with England.  It helps to understand news from the sub-continent."
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The Passionate Mind: A Manual for Living Creatively with One's Self
8.  The Passionate Mind: A Manual for Living Creatively with One's Self by Joel Kramer
The list author says:
  "Convincing arguments for the importance of seeing things as they really are, living in the moment etc."
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What was the "Take-Away" for you? 11 Nov 30, 2010
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The product of circumstance. 6 Oct 1, 2009
Leadership is no "blinking" matter 1 Aug 6, 2009
Obnoxious -- presents theory as fact. 3 Mar 21, 2007
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