There is a saying that those who don’t read are no better off than those who can’t. Looking back on my life, the books I read have had a lasting impact in my life. I would also say that the nonfiction books especially tend to stay with me.
When I was a teen, I wanted to find out how glass was made. I checked a book on glass out of the library. It was a thorough book; that was over twenty years ago, and I can still remember that glass is a meta-stable compound that is too cold to freeze. That glass is a unique category of liquids. And that you can make glass out of any material.
That stuck with me. The fiction I have read was fun, and I enjoyed it, but reading about real things and real people has made a distinct difference in my life. I've learned about game theory (the mathematical concept), game design, business management, investing, professionalism, writing, sloth, the history of the Federal Reserve, and
what actual espionage is like from reading nonfiction books. I also learned about life during World War II, the Post-Civil War South, and the world of computer animation, from reading biographies of people who were there.
I would suggest that this next month you go to the library and check out a book on some topic that interests you, whether it is as serious as dealing with ISIS or something as light as the history of the Miami Dolphins. Read it. You might learn something! And what’s more, you’ll probably enjoy it.
I asked the VCS staff for some nonfiction book recommendations to help you get started:
Creativity Inc. -- The History of Pixar from the manager’s Perspective.
Me, Myself, and Bob -- The Autobiography of Phil Vischer: Creator of Veggie Tales
Gulag Archipelago -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s classic work on communist Russia
Guest of the Ayatollah -- History of the Iran Hostage Crisis
The Creature from Jekyll Island -- The History of the Federal Reserve
Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas -- Autobiography of the Abolitionist Fredrick Douglas
The Hiding Place -- Autobiography of Corrie Ten Boom’s life in WWII.
The Explicit Gospel -- A Bible Study on sharing the Gospel definitively.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
From Good to Great -- Research discussion on how good businesses are built.
The Richest Man in Babylon -- Money Management Tips put into Parable Form
They Call Me Coach -- The Autobiography of John Wooden, coach at UCLA