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December 17, 2009

A reading list for the holidays

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At the Nuclear Precipice: Catastrophe or Transformation?

  1. At the Nuclear Precipice: Catastrophe or Transformation? - By Richard Falk and David Krieger, Palgrave Macmillan: New York., 2008 -- Includes essays by Richard Falk, Alice Slater, Daniel Ellsberg, Jacqueline Cabasso and others.
  1. The World Bank:  A Critical Primer – By Eric Toussaint, Pluto Press and Between the Lines: Toronto, 2008.
  1. Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning - By George Monbiot, Doubleday Canada, 2006.
  1. Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic - By James Gilligan, Vintage: New York, 1997 -- A public health approach, eloquently writes of psychological and socio-economic causes of violence and how it can be wholly prevented.
  1. Late Victorian Holocausts:  El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World - By Mike Davis, Verso: New York, 2002 – A brilliant historical analysis -- confluence of British imperialism, environment, malevolent use of technology.
  1. The Invention of the Jewish People - By Shlomo Sand, Verso, 2009 -- Explores the ethnic and the Judaic legitimacy of Zionism.
  1. Contemporary Islamic Conversations; M. Fethullah Gülen on Turkey, Islam, and the West - By Nevval Sevindi, State University of New York Press, 2008 -- This book is edited with an introduction by Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi’ and translated by Abdullah T. Antepli.
  1. Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People - By Jack G. Shaheen, Media Education Foundation, 2007, A Documentary DVD. Link:
  1. The Power of Israel in the United States - By James Petras, Clarity Press (Atlanta) and Fernwood Books (Halifax), 2006.
  1. The Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World - By Mohammed Ayoub, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008 -- A concise, readily accessible and stimulating overview of the use of Islam in the politics of the Muslim world.
  1. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen - By Christopher McDougal, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009 -- A compelling story of Mexico's Tarahumara people and their encounter with a collection of quirky American runners; read this and you will never fall for the marketing ploys of expensive running shoe manufacturers again.
  1. Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters - By Omid Safi, New York: HarperOne, 2009 -- A frank discussion of the historical Muhammad, the Muhammad of faith and the spiritual Muhammad down to contemporary times; a wonderful introduction for those still wondering about the cartoon controversy and the like.
  1. What would Keith Richards do? Daily affirmations from a Rock 'n' Roll Survivor - By Jessica Pallington West, New York, London: Bloomsbury, 2009 -- You may not associate the Rolling Stones with serious philosophy but the title alone is certain to provide some amusement.
  1. The Britannica Guide to Climate Change, 2008 -- An unbiased guide to the key issue of our age - 460 pages.
  1. The Suicidal Planet; How to Prevent Global Climate Catastrophe - By Mayer Hillman with Tina Fawcett and Sudhir Chella Rajan, Thomas Dunne Books, 2007 - A must-read for anyone even slightly concerned about our future on this planet.
  1. Lost History, The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists - By Michael Hamilton Morgan, National Geographic, 2007 --"[It] delivers the achievements of Muslim civilization and its influence on East and West." President Jimmy Carter.
  1. How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? The 2008 American Book Award winner - By Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi, Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York -- Why eight years after 9/11 Muslims are still paying a heavy price?
  1. In Canada, A Photo Journey Among Muslims - By Karl Griffiths-Fulton, Judith Miller and Mohamed Elmasry, Pandora Press, 2008 --  the award winner ex-BBC photographer Karl Griffith-Fulton travels with his camera across Canada to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener and Waterloo to produce the first book about Canadian Muslims, a collector item.
  1. Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time - By Karen Armstrong, Harper, 2006 -- A fascinating portrait of the founder of a religion that changed the course of world history.
  1. The Qur'an: 365 Selections for Daily Reading - By Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, Pandora Press, 2003 -- "My aim and purpose throughout has been to make each reading able to stand alone,” said Elmasry.
  1. Divine Love - By Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, Pandora Press, 2005 --- Inspired by Rumi and other Muslim artists who wrote poetry about the Divine, the Egyptian-born engineer/academic expresses his love for the Almighty.
  1. The Fight for Canada, 2nd edition - By David Orchard, -- An outstanding and unique history of Canada and its relationship with its powerful and expansionist neighbor.
  1. Hoodwinked: The Myth of Free Trade (DVD, 90 min.) - Since we signed the free trade agreement with the U.S. (FTA in 1989, NAFTA in 2004), our standard of living has gone down, foreign ownership is reaching unprecedented levels, wealth is more concentrated in the hands of a few and several noxious clauses severely endanger our sovereignty. This documentary shows how "free trade" has not paid off for Canadians. With valuable historical footage, narrated by Laurier LaPierre, the film has interviews with Dalton Camp, Stephen Clarkson, Shadia Drury, David Orchard, Jim Stanford, John Turner and Peter Urmetzer.
  1. The dismantling of Yugoslavia - By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson -- A study in in-humanitarian intervention and a Western liberal-left intellectual and moral collapse.
  1. Media cleansing: Dirty reporting. Journalism and tragedy in Yugoslavia- By Peter Brock, Foreword by David Binder, GM Books, 2006.
  1. How America gets away with murder: Illegal wars, collateral damage and crimes against humanity- By Michael Mandel, Pluto Press, 2004.
  1. Fools’ crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western delusions - By Diana Johnstone, Monthly Review Press, 2002.
  1. Humanitarian imperialism - By Jean Bricmont, Monthly Review Press, 2006.
  1. Small Beneath the Sky; a prairie memoir - By Lorna Crozier, Greystone, 2009.
  1. Enough to Be Mortal Now - By Rienzi Crusz, (poems), TSAR Publications, 2009.
  1. At Large and At Small - By Anne Fadiman, Giroux, 2007.
  1. The Gift, By Lewis Hyde, Vintage Books, 2007.
  1. Anam Cara; a Book of Celtic Wisdom - By John O’Donohue, Cliff Street Books, 1997.
  1. Picture book stories for young children:
    1. The Mitten - By Jan Brett, Putnam, 1989.
    2. Room on the Broom- By Julia Donaldson, Macmillan, 2000.
    3. The Stick Man - By Julia Donaldson, Macmillan, 2009.
    4. Stella, Queen of the Snow - By Marie-Louise Gay, Douglas and McIntyre, 2000.
    5. Any version of The Night Before Christmas.
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