List of Influential Books



In accordance with my predominantly scholarly role*, I’m making a list of the sources of my information in my life. This is a list of some of the books I either have read or am reading, in no particular order. If I’ve listed any of the ISBN codes as 10 digit numbers, the full code is always preceded by 978 unless stated otherwise:

  • * 7 Personality Types: Discover Your True Role in Achieving Success and Happiness (Elizabeth Puttick, 1401924560) – Special note: read the book itself, not any websites based on the book. There’s one thing the book mentions that none of the websites do: no-one is only 1 personality, most are a mix of at least 2.9780141979458 £10
  • 365 Black: Nuggets of Wisdom for Each Day of the Year (Lathardus Goggins, 0966397258)
  • A Quick Read (compiled by C.A.Simonson, 1508835448)
  • The Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. DuBois, 0486280411)
  • The Joy Of Sin (Simon Laham, 1849016421)
  • White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America (Don Jordan & Michael Walsh, 1845961930)
  • Unlimited Power: A Black Choice (Joseph McClendon III & Anthony Robbins, 0684838729)
  • The Hindus: An Alternative History (Wendy Doniger, 0199593345)
  • Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a changing Arab World (Shereen El Feki, 0099526384)
  • The Origins of the World’s Mythologies (E.J. Michael Witzel, 0199812851)
  • Let’s Talk: About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends (Robie Harris, 1406306061)9780099575139
  • Back to Africa: A Journey (Ferdinand Dennis, 0340579625)
  • Aborigine Dreaming: An Introduction to the Wisdom and Thought of the Aboriginal Traditions of Australia (James Cowan, 0007145462)
  • Thorsons Principles of Paganism (Vivianne Crowley, 1855385074)
  • The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Self (Julia Cameron, 0330343580)
  • The Vein of Gold: A Journey to your Creative Heart (Julia Cameron, 0874778794)
  • The Mahabharata (translated by Bibek Debroy, 0143100164)
  • Patrick Holford’s New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind (Patrick Holford, 0749927852)
  • What Being Black Is And what Being Black isn’t (Jacob Whittingham & Biscuit, 1906190305)
  • Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body (Armand Marie Leroi, 0006531644)
  • Men in Love: Men’s Sexual Fantasies – the Triumph of Love over Rage (Nancy Friday, 0099462389)
  • A Deeper Shade of Sex: The best in black erotic writing (Reginald Martin PhD, 1562015046)
  • Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty (Alain Mabanckou, 1846685842)
  • Black Star: The African Presence in Early Europe (Runoko Rashidi, 0956638021)
  • Vagina: A New Biography (Naomi Wolf, 1844086895)IMAG0749
  • God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis (Tom Hickman, 0224095536)
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (Eben Alexander, 0749958790)
  • When We Ruled: The Ancient and Medieval History of Black Civilisations (Robin Walker, 0993102004)
  • Affluenza (Oliver James, 0091900115)
  • Sex and Destiny: the Politics of Human Fertility (Germaine Greer, 0330285513)Ann summers £8 9781405332972
  • Evangelising Hate: Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) (report by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain)
  • Enemies Not Allies: The Far-Right (report by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain)
  • No Sex in the City (Randa Abdel-Fattah, 0863567118)
  • Curvology: the origins & power of female body shape (David Bainbridge, 1846275500
  • Autohypnosis: A Step-by-Step Guide to Self-Hypnosis – Left Brain-Right Brain Techniques for releasing Creative Energy (Ronald Shone, 0806977906)
  • Sellout: The politics of racial betrayal (Randall Kennedy, 0307388421)
  • Fire with Fire: The New Female Power and how It will change the 21st Century (Naomi Wolf, 0099329611)
  • The Invention of Jesus: How the Church rewrote The New Testament (Peter Cresswell, 1780285467)
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich teach their Kids about Money that the Poor and Middle Class do not! (Robert Kiyosaki, 1491517824)IMAG0605
  • The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War (James Hider, 0552775495)
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (Joy Angela DeGruy, 0985217200)IMAG0573
  • Women on Top: How Real Life has changed Women’s Sexual Fantasies (Nancy Friday, 0099462392)
  • Infidel: My Life (Ayaan Hirsi Ali, 1416526242) – Ironically, I read that a long time before I stopped being a Muslim!
  • Epicurus: The Art of Happiness (translated by George K. Strodach & foreword by Daniel Klein, 0143107217)
  • Cherub: The Recruit (Robert Muchamore, 0340881538)
  • Shame (Jasvinder Sanghera, 0340924624)
  • Daughters of Shame (Jasvinder Sanghera, 0340962070)IMAG0751
  • Shame Travels: A Family Lost, A Family Found (Jasvinder Sanghera, 0340962089)
  • Desert Dawn (Waris Dirie, 1844080080)
  • Y: The Descent of Men (Steve Jones, 0349113890)
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privilieged Son (Tim Wise, 1593764258)IMAG0681
  • Money: The Unauthorised Biography (Felix Martin, 0099578522)
  • The African Origin of Civilisation: Myth or Reality? (Cheikh Anta Diop, 1556520727)
  • They Came before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America (Ivan van Sertima, 0812968174)
  • Sex & Punishment: 4000 Years of Judging Desire (Eric Berkowitz, 1908906106)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Solomon Northup, 1499118120) – my friend was right; the film is complete shite compared to the book.9781850772736

Below is a list of books I’ve not read but intend to:

  • Jesus the Terrorist (Peter Cresswell, 1846942748)
  • The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene (Simcha Jacobovici, 1605986100)
  • Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins (Onyeka, 0953318214)
  • Nigger: the strange career of a troublesome word (Randall Kennedy, 0375713712)
  • Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters (Susan Forward, 0062204363)
  • How not to F*** Them up: Why embracing your own parenting style is best for you and your kid (Oliver James, 0091923938)
  • I Shot Daddy (Stacey Lannert, 0099558170)IMAG0757
  • Hide and Seek: Jewish Women and Hair Covering (Lynne Schreiber, 9657108758)
  • Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East needs a Sexual  Revolution (Mona Eltahawy, 0297609001)
  • Recovering the Female Voice in Islamic Scripture: Women and Silence (Georgina Jardim, 1472426376)
  • The Mis-Education of the Negro (Carter Godwin Woodson, 1612930206)
  • True Myth: Black Vikings of the Middle Ages (Nashid al-Amin, 1466960035)
  • Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (Michelle Wallace, 1781688212)
  • The Iceman Inheritance: Prehistoric Sources of Western Man’s Racism, Sexism and Aggression (Michael Bradley & John Henrik Clarke, 1879831007)
  • The Ancient Black Hebrews and Arabs (Anu M’bantu & Gert Muller, 1490339221)
  • The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 BC to 2000 AD (Chancelllor WIlliams, 0883780305)
  • The Madness of Adam & Eve: how Schizophrenia shaped Humanity (David Horrobin, 0552999304)
  • The Yezidis: The History of a Community, Culture and Religion (Birgül Açıkyıldız, 1784532161)
  • Oriṣa: Yoruba Gods and Spiritual Identity in Africa and the Diaspora (Toyin Falola & Ann Genova, 1592213740)
  • The Complete Martial Artist: Developing the mind, body and spirit of a champion (Willie “The Bam” Johnson, 9780736031073)
  • Ancient and Modern Britons: Volume 1 (David Mac Ritchie, 1592322263)
  • Ancient and Modern Britons: volume 2 – A Retrospect (David Mac Ritchie, 1592322255)
  • Rethinking Intervention in Racism (Reema Bhavnani, 1858562520)IMAG0788
  • Loving You Wasn’t Enough (Fatima Warsame, B00LCRF0C8 – could only find the ASIN, no ISBN)
  • New World Mythology: Myths and Legends of Oceania and the Americas (Global Book Publishing, 1740480222)IMAG0759

One important thing I’ve learned from doing this list is that I generally love works that give in-depth facts & opinions that differ from the norm of 21st century England (and by extension the Americanised world). Also, subtitled books are a bloody nuisance to type out! LOL



7 thoughts on “List of Influential Books”

      1. You listed some really interesting books. The books I’d like to check out are:
        What Being Black Is And what Being Black isn’t 
        The Ancient Black Hebrews and Arabs 
        Rethinking Intervention in Racism 
        Enemies Not Allies: The Far-Right
        Oriṣa: Yoruba Gods and Spiritual Identity in Africa and the Diaspora 

        The books I actually have that are on your list:
        The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 BC to 2000 AD 
        The Iceman Inheritance: Prehistoric Sources of Western Man’s Racism, Sexism and Aggression
        They Came before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America 
        The African Origin of Civilisation: Myth or Reality?
        When We Ruled: The Ancient and Medieval History of Black Civilisations
        Black Star: The African Presence in Early Europe 
        I actually had the pleasure of meeting Runoko Rashidi about three years ago. I got the chance to sit and have lunch with him after a lecture. He was really a down to earth brother.

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