i'm surprised we haven't come up with a thread for book recommendations... let's keep this to simple book suggestions, and leave discussion of particular books (if that happens) to their own threads? here's some political/social books i've read in the last 2 years that i'd recommend, and a brief blurb Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law, and Endangers Your Health - Dan Fagin pretty self explanatory. focuses mainly on 4 chemicals found throughout products used here in the usa. really makes you realize how useless the epa has been... Stupid White Men - Michael Moore most people (who care) probably know about this book already, but what i found the most striking is the trashing of the democrats. how spinless they've been. and how they talk the talk, and then screw you over, whereas the republicans just tell you they're going to screw you... Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic - John de Graaf an awesome book about the consumer mindset of our country. references a ton of other books that i now want to read. a must read for anyone who is leaning towards trying to simplify their lives... Fast Food Nation - Eric Schlosser i was a vegetarian before i read this book, but if i hadn't been, i would be now anyways. if nothing else, it should open peoples' eyes to the screwy factory farming system that exists in our country, as well as the ridiculous power that fast food companies wield over industry.... one thing i learned is that it's better to work to make mcd's demand improvements from the meat/potato industry, rather than merely boycotting them.... though, i still try not to go there. currently reading a book by howard zinn (possibly Writings on Disobedience and Democracy- i forget the title exactly)... it's an essay in response to a justice of the supreme court's thoughts on civil disobedience, non violent activism, etc... it's from the time of the vietnam war, and it's striking how much applies directly to the current situation in our country. a short book, though not as easy to read for me as a fast food nation or affluenza... a little more heady.. some books i have waiting... reefer madness - schlosser dude, where's my country? - moore silent spring - rachel carson living downstream - sandra steingraber and a variety of nader books (both by and about)..