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100 Suns by Michael Light, Knopf 2003. A large-format depiction of American above-ground nuclear tests. 100 Suns is an artistic look at the testing of mass-destruction.
Beyond Good and Evil, by Nietzsche
The Case Against the Global Economy, and for a turn to the local, by various authors, 1996 Sierra Club. Excellent work that cohesively covers the issue of globalization and more importantly ways to combat it and improve life.
The Catechism of a Revolutionist by Sergei Nechayev, 1869. The hyperlink is to a local excerpt.
The Crowd - A Study of the Popular Mind, by Gustave LeBon 1895, Dover Publications 2002.
Dada art and anti-art, by Hans Richter, 1964, translated from the German by David Blitt, Thames & Hudson world of art, 2004 reprint. Informative and revealing look at the nihilism and nihilists active within the dada art movement as witnessed by one of the founding members.
The Dictionary of Modern Revolution  by Edward Hyams. a who's who of famous revolutionaries as well as groups and organizations you didn't know existed.
Ecclesiastes, Old Testament. Best book of the Bible, short yet concise.
Essential Works of Lenin, edited by Henry M. Christman, Dover publications, 1987.
An Introduction to Existentialism, by Robert G. Olson, 1962.
Freidrich Nietzsche, by H.L. Mencken. An entertaining and very readable translation with commentary.
God and the State, by Michael Bakunin. Where anarchism meets nihilism - covers religion as slavery, science in society and other topics.
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins, 2008. This is an easy-to-read book that carefully explains why God and religion are false and how such fantasies harm our collective well-being.
Going Local creating self-reliant communities in a global age, by Michael H. Shuman, 2000. Alternative economies and currencies plus much more.
Human Nature and Conduct by John Dewey, 1922, Dover publications.
The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore,  Oxford University Press 1999.
The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori, 1912, Dover Publications reprint 2002. Maria's book is profoundly enlightening, she takes Nietzsche's semi-mystical philosophy and turns it into a practical and constructive methodology, then by directing it at education she leverages this into measurable impacts that benefit not just the individual but society as a whole. Montessori defeats both the flaws of Ayn Rand social atomism and Nietzsche's abstractions and has the results to prove it. Truly an astounding work.
Notan The Dark-Light Principle of Design by Dorr Bothwell & Marlys Mayfield, Dover Publications, 1991. A philosophy and method of art and design that places equal consideration for the 'nothing' as well as the 'something', the dark as well as the light.
Persuasive Images, Hoover institution 1992. A collection of political and war propaganda posters covering about the last 100 years.
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, by A. Warhol, 1975.
Ragnar's Action Encyclopedia of Practical Knowledge and Proven Techniques, by Ragnar Benson 1995. An excellent volume for all your survival needs and then some. Covers everything from skip tracing to building your own claymore mines.
Report From Iron Mountain by Leonard C. Lewin 1967. Fake government document with a life of its own on why peace is un-profitable. Alternates between scary and funny.
The Revolution of Nihilism - A Warning to the West, by Hermann Rauschning 1939.
Ponzi Schemes Invaders from Mars & more Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Joseph Bulgatz 1992. This is one of my favorite books and has only been surpassed by LeBon's The Crowd when it comes to group-think analysis. 
Reconstruction in Philosophy by John Dewey 1920 & 1948. The famous human thought analyst discusses the origins of logic and philosophy, morality, the nature of thinking and other topics.
Religion Explained – The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought, by Pascal Boyer, 2001, Basic Books. In this anthropological and sociological study the author contends that religious beliefs and practices are a byproduct of the way the human brain processes and attempts to explain perceived events.
The Sacred Chain by Norman F. Cantor - A look at Jewish culture from the beginning to today and beyond with a philosophical viewpoint. Also full of historically enlightening information such as the Jewish origins of Las Vegas and modern Hollywood.
The SCUM Manifesto by Velerie Solanas 1967.
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins 1976. Puts biology and all of life in perspective. It's a genes world.
On The Social Contract by  Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1762 A vastly influential work, a 'Bible' for constitution and modern political science.
Timescale by Nigel Calder 1983. A 'big picture' view of time, history, and human events.
Uprising! by David Irving - The people of Hungary versus the Soviet Union. A great [true] urban guerilla warfare story but with a tragic ending.
Vietcong by Douglas Pike 1967. Cool book on VC / NVA agit-prop techniques, organization, motivations etc.
Weird History 101, by John Richard Stephens, 1997 Adams Media. Unusual perspectives on major historical events, eyewitness accounts, etc. Very interesting and amusing book.
The World Within The World by John D. Barrow, OUP, 1988. Covers enormous territory from philosophy of science to natural laws, what's fact what's fantasy? The author knows the material well and creates a readable product. More than any other book in a long time made me think and ponder and to be honest that's the only thing I really value - thought.
Zionism, Militarism, and the Decline of US Power, by James Petras, Clarity Press Inc. 2008. Petras delivers revealing insight into Israel’s control over US policy, starting wars around the world not for oil but for Zionism, and the consequential decline and collapse of freedom and the United States.

FICTION

1984 by George Orwell. A classic but bleak story of future authoritarian dystopia.
The Assassination Bureau, Ltd by Jack London. Great book, shows London's nihilistic side.
The Country of The Blind, one of the most powerful short stories ever written, H.G. Wells shows among other things that the phrase "in the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king," may not be so accurate after all.
Fathers and Sons, by Turgenev. It's a running narrative written in a typically Russian way but not overly long. Turgenev romanticizes the role of the Nihilist to create an entertaining novel.
The Iron Heel, by Jack London. The story of a turn of the century socialist / working-class revolution in America. 
Mind Over Matters, by Michael J. Nelson, 2002. A smart, funny book of short stories on everything from pop-culture to philosophy. Mike Nelson is the thinking man's Dave Barry.
The Trial by Franz Kafka. A novel of the individual being ground down and persecuted by the weight and capricious whim of the system.
The War of the Worlds, (unabridged/ complete version) by H.G. Wells. Poignant tale of the realization that man and in this case the British Empire is not the God or apex of evolution people take it to be. Original and imaginative for its day although in some ways the battle fails to live up to modern cinematically influenced expectations " This isn't a war," said the artilleryman. "It never was a war, any more than there's a war between man and ants."

FILM

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) is a classic and influential anti-war film made in response to the unbelievable slaughter of World War I. The film was banned in several countries because it directly challenged the myths of nationalism and heroic warfare used as crutches for authoritarian regimes.
Baraka (1993) I think it has a nihilistic quality in the way it tries to show things as they naturally are without any overt bias or propagandistic twists. Baraka is a very anti-Hollywood movie, it doesn't even have a script or any kind of story arc.
The Battle of Algiers, La Battaglia di Algeri, (1965). Vivid recreation of the Algerian resistance to the dirty tricks and mass-repression characteristic of imperial authority (France in this case), with relevance to current events.
Bloody Sunday, (2002) by director Paul Greengrass. Intensely realistic recreation of the 1972 protests and violent military response that served as the trigger for civil war in Northern Ireland.
Bus 174 (2004) is a documentary of a bus hijacking that explores the causes and consequences of violence, poverty and social injustice in urban Brazil. The Bus 174 hijacking forced the Brazilian public to confront issues they would otherwise prefer to ignore such as police corruption, a culture of violence and the power of the camera to distort as well as record events.
City of God, Cidade de Deus, (2002) in Portuguese with English subtitles. City of God is based on real events and portrays a young photographers view of life (and plenty of death) in the very violent gang controlled Brazilian slum of Cidade de Deus.
Cosmos, (2013) a fascinating science tour of Earth and space hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Carl Sagan's version from 1980 is definitely worth watching too, but doesn't range as far and sticks with astrophysics and space-exploration.
Danger: Diabolik  (1968)
Eraserhead by David Lynch (1976) A Kafka-esque classic.
Falling Down (1993) Features the delightfully unappealing Michael Douglas as one angry dude pushed way past his limit and set against an inhospitable society.
Dr. Strangelove 'or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb' (1964) By Stanley Kubrick, a classic Cold War satire.
Hearts and Minds (1974) by Peter Davis. Eye opening look at America's involvement in Vietnam.  It's all there: the brutality and the subterfuge, the lying politicians, the dying soldiers. Sadly,  still profoundly applicable to current events and easily one of the best documentaries about the Vietnam conflict.
Koyaanisqatsi 'Life out of balance' (1983), changes your viewpoint and alters your perception of life events which leads to a better understanding of both; a very enlightening movie.
One Day in September, (1999) directed by Kevin MacDonald. A dramatic documentary about the 1972 Munich Olympic games where members of the Black September terrorist group held Israeli athletes hostage, thereby capturing the attention of the entire world.
Satyricon (1969) by Federico Fellini. A fantastic, bizarre and outrageous trip through the culture and myths, decadence and violence of the Roman Empire.
Sledge Hammer! (1986) TV series on DVD. David Rasche plays Sledge Hammer, a renegade cop and self-described nihilist who talks to his revolver, uses the wall of his apartment for target practice, drives to the scene of the crime in a bullet-hole riddled car and generally acts as destructive and over-the-top as possible.
Touching the Void (2003) directed by Kevin McDonald.
Triumph of the Will (1935) by Leni Riefenstahl. A better title might be Triumph of Propaganda but whatever you think of the politics behind it the film itself is a masterpiece in visual form and easily exceeds its intended objective.
Unknown Pleasures, Ren Xiao Yao, (2003). Portrays the apathy and alienation that pervades contemporary Chinese youth in the decaying remnants of state run industry and ideology.
The Weather Underground (2002) This informative documentary examines the past and present of the SDS and the Weather Underground revolutionary group as well as its ideas and actions. Directed by Bill Siegal.
Z (1969) directed by Costa-Gavras. Takes place in Greece and presents a credible example of what a revolution is really like, and the corrupt people and institutions that will do anything to stop it.
Zardoz, (1974) with Sean Connery, written, produced and directed by John Boorman.

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You can't control your own life until you start to think for yourself. – Freydis

   

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Updated: December, 2016
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