Brian Eno’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization
Twenty books suggested by Long Now’s Founding Board Member Brian Eno were the very first in a series of lists additions to our Manual for Civilization collection. This library will eventually include 3,500 books that can help sustain or rebuild civilization.
Here are Brian Eno’s recommendations:
Seeing Like a State by James C Scott
The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art by David Lewis-Williams
Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti
The Wheels of Commerce by Fernand Braudel
Keeping Together in Time by William McNeill
Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich
Roll Jordan Roll by Eugene Genovese
The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstein
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander et al
The Face of Battle by John Keegan
A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
Contingency, Irony and Solidarity by Richard Rorty
The Notebooks by Leonardo da Vinci
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Confidence Trap by David Runciman
The Cambridge World History of Food (2-Volume Set) by Kenneth F. Kiple & Kriemhild Coneè Ornelas
The Illustrated Flora of Britain and Northern Europe by Marjorie Blamey & Christopher Grey Wilson
Printing and the Mind of Man by John Carter & Percy Muir
Peter the Great: His Life and World by Richard Massie
Our thanks to Brian, it is an honor and privilege to be able to share this list of some of the books that are most important to him with the world.
We have many more book lists from this project that you can see including selections by founding Long Now board members Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly; plus list by authors Neal Stephenson, George Dyson, David Brin, Bruce Sterling, Violet Blue, and Daniel Suarez; archivists Megan and Rick Prelinger; artist Mark Pauline, and many more.
This list is an excerpt of the 3,500 book crowd-curated Manual For Civilization library which we are compiling to back up the essential knowledge of civilization. More than 800 titles are already available online at The Internet Archive.
Originally published at blog.longnow.org on February 28, 02014.