Essential Books

          Let's push up the cultural level a little bit higher. Traveling is the most beautiful and incredible experience you can live but, it's so much more deeper if you understand the places you roam. Here is our Essential Book List that will help you to see the world with a keen eye. It's all about archeological, historical, sociological, political and religious basic knowledges, accessible to everyone to keep your mind aware. Check out this list and if you liked any of these books, look for the author's others works. We're talking about high quality content.

Man Makes Himself Childe In the top of this list, let's start with this amazing work of Australian archeologist, Vere Gordon Child, where he explains simply, for all public, how the civilization has raised since Man start controlling fire and stone tools to help him survived till nowadays. The book traces his development as a food producer, the emergence of cities and states, the rise of foreign trade, and the urban revolution. A MUST READ that will make you realize of how long and how hard Man has been trying things to become what we are now. Clear, fascinating and a good introduction to archaeological books.




Mutual Aid Kropotkin
Walden Thoreau Here the kind of philosopher that actually ACTS, not just thinking. H.D.T. known as well for its Civil Disobedience (1849) describe here his life living in a tiny woods home closed to the Walden Pond, not so far of his family living in Concord, Massachusetts. Not a novel, neither a biopic, the book is a kind of lampoon criticizing the occidental modern world. The book is still a master piece in the U.S and inspired a lot "Alexander Supertramp" (Into The wild) and many travelers who wanna quit the city to get back closer to nature. A keen classic !



The Odyssey Homer

Homer's epic poem The Odyssey recounts the 10-year journey of Odysseus from the fall of Troy to his return home to Ithaca. It's considered with The Iliad the oldest book in European literature and it is for sure an important marker of European spirit.



Las Venas Abiertas Galeano The book is hard, deep and it's a classic un Latin America. The Uruguayan journalist, writer and poet Eduardo Galeano analyzes the history of the Americas as a whole, from the time period of the European settlement of the New World to contemporary Latin America, describing the effects of European and later United States economic exploitation and political dominance over the region. A must read if you travel in the continent.

Hagakure

Here we got something special and interesting if you go to Japan. Hagakure is a a practical and spiritual guide for samurai classes and the book records Tsunetomo's views on bushido, the warrior code of the samuraiHagakure is sometimes said to assert that bushido is really the "Way of Dying" or living as though one was already dead, and that a samurai must be willing to die at any moment in order to be true to his lord. His saying "the way of the warrior is death" was a summation of the willingness to sacrifice that bushido codified.


















So here is Exit Stamp Essential Book List to get a general overview on the planet earth through stories and history. Tell us if you know a special book that must be in the list and we'll have a look on it ! Let's have cultural awareness !