Which book has changed how you view the world permanently?
For me, On the Wealth and Poverty of Nations,
>inb4 edge lord
The Zeroes by Patrick Roesle
Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism, by Vladimir Lenin. It's not a masterpiece of analysis or some perfect economic tract, but it did a great job of getting a much younger me to think "hang on why does the world economy of World War One sound just like today's that doesn't seem like a very good omen".
No problem. I actually bought a book recently called "Essays and Aphorisms" by Arthur Schopenhauer (published by Penguin Classics in hard cover) and it's a collection of all of Schopenhauers shorter works. I recommend it.
Cool, well, enjoy. If you're a feminist you can feel free to skip "On Women." I usually like to parade /lit/ proclaiming how Schopenhauer is right about everything and his essay on women is completely and undeniably true but I disagree with him about some things.
>On the Wealth and Poverty of Nations
That book made sense when I started reading it, but it was so wrong about every country whose economic history I am familiar with that now I can't trust the rest of its contents
elaborate? South America and the African countries suffer from over glossing, but the main histories actually seem to be quite thorough. I think he over-depends on culture but other than that not too bad.
Could you elaborate on what you mean that it was invalid?
What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
The Globalization of Poverty by Michael Chossudovsky
>inb4 someone accuses me of being some hippy buddhist/socialist/anti-globalist/edgy/etc
It was just interesting to be exposed to articulately-explained points of view I was unaware of.
Guns, Germs and Steel.
It taught me that black people will never be hold accountable for their own actions or lack thereof.
Also, zebras can't be tamed.
800 pages in and it has affected me a lot.
Even though the political theory is nothing short of garbage in most cases, and Rand's boner for rich blonde guys cringe-worthy, I have been affected by the concept of self-attainment so widely touted in the novel. I don't think that everyone should fend for himself, however, I do think that on a personal level it is incredibly important to take action if you want to achieve your goals.
A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge — Berkeley
And you skipped the Greeks, you filthy pleb; try The Outlines of Pyrrhonism — Sextus Empiricus
>also, the above are my books for OP's inquiry
Self-Insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself
Everything That Rises Must Converge
Being and Time by Heidegger made me understand the world around me better and be more critical and engaged in my thought. That and to stop dismissing my history and my nationality. Also the Nazi issue made me think long and hard about how important the author is in a work more seriously. I concluded that you couldn't really and it just made me less judgemental in the end.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being has made obsessed with maturity and Europe. Kundera's earlier work made me lose all confidence in communism and left me unwillingly apolitical.
Tropic of Capricorn showed me the true meaning of élan and a sensitivity which isn't pathetic. They've really given shape to me.