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My 25 (+1) Favorite Non-Fiction books/collections.
Mark J. Mattia
The list author says: "I have read more non-fiction than fiction so I may be more qualified to offer a list in this area. More to go of course but so far here they are.."
American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964
"This was surprising to me.. It not only makes the list but tops my list."
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
"I thought this was the finest math oriented book that i had read..until The Strangest Man."
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
"One of the top two math/physics books to make the list."
"After the tough first 100 pages the rest just flows."
A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age
"I was not reading much in the early 90's and this book got me going again..and of course it is William Manchester."
Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein
"Well, you need to like Math and Physics to like Pais i think. The author always delivers."
The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination
"This booked fired my interest in reading fiction again."
Men of Mathematics (Touchstone Book)
"My list is of my favorites..not necessarily the best books ever written. Like many others this book inspired me to go to grad school and to never lose my love for math."
Byzantium (I): The Early Centuries
"The first volume and the best of the three."
A History of the Crusades Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (Volume 1)
"All three volumes hold my interest. I am fascinated by medieval history in any case. This set is readable with some depth."
The First World War
"Top notch military history."
Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time
"If you like depth and biography this is the book for you. This volume is the 900 page abridged version of the 5 volume set."
Goodbye, darkness: A memoir of the Pacific War
"You cannot let go of this book."
Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881
"The fifth volume of the five volume set this book contains all the details that the abridged version has to gloss over ( I use the term gloss over loosely here). The last volume alone is 750 pages."
Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics
"A really solid book about a great 20th century physicist."
Byzantium: The Apogee
"Norwich usually delivers and he does here as well."
The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages
"The author is Harold Bloom not Golding..I use this as my guide through the world of fiction. I have only scratched the surface of the canon, however. I appreciate his honesty if not his infatuation with Shakespeare."
Civil War Volumes 1-3 Box Set
"It just deserves a spot."
The First Century: Emperors, Gods and Everyman
"I found this book to be interesting, different and concise."
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932
"One cannot have too many Manchester books on a list. Both volumes were very good. Too bad he did not get to the 3rd volume."
A Short History of Nearly Everything
"A very good short history of nearly everthing. I even learned a little geology."
"Not as detailed as one would like (see Frank's life of Doystoevsky for instance). Nevertheless it is entertaining."
Niels Bohr's Times,: In Physics, Philosophy, and Polity
"Another great Pais book. I would have added Inward Bound..but so far that book has proven to be too difficult for me."
The Civilization of the Middle Ages: A Completely Revised and Expanded Edition of Medieval History
"A great survey."
Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds
The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View
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