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The Things They Carried Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

Based in part on Tim O'Brien's firsthand experience in the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried  weaves several loosely connected stories into an intoxicating tapestry of moral ambivalence and the repercussions of war.

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On the Genealogy of Morals: A Polemic (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780141195377
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2014

Likely one of the most influential works of philosophy in the last 200 years, if not ever. Through its 3 essays, Friedrich Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals examines almost the entirety of human history and pinpoints the origins of many aspects of human culture. Essential reading for anyone looking into philosophy.  

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The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song from Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed Cover Image
By Shea Serrano, Ice-T (Foreword by), Arturo Torres (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419718182
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Published: Abrams Image - October 13th, 2015

A fascinating book that charts not only the brief history of hip hop as a musical genre, but also the changing cultural tides of America over the last fourty years. Filled with hilarious illustrations and deep insight, this book is an excellent addition to the array of brilliant music history books already available.

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062464316
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Published: Harper - February 21st, 2017

A quasi-philosophical, scientifically sound prognosis of humanity's next century and beyond. The book is filled with a considerate amount of historical minutia that works well in supporting the author's central claims.