8 Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read According to Neil deGrasse Tyson

king_james_bible7The Bible

“To learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it,” stated Tyson in a 2011 Reddit chat.


The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

Tyson encourages individuals to read this book in order to “learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world.”

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  1. This is a crying shame. A SO-CALLED BLACK MAN SUGGESTS NO AFROCENTRIC BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WHAT ABOUT: Destruction of Black Civilization by: Dr. Chancellor Williams, The Isis Papers by Dr. Francis Cress Wesling, Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization by Tony Browder, Black Labor White Wealth by Dr. Claud Anderson, THE BOOKs HE NEEDS TO READ THE MOST: Yurugu by Marimba Ani and Stolen Legacy by George G. M. James.

  2. Benjamin Attwell says:

    Why does he have to suggest anything Afrocentric? The books he recommends speak of universal truths and many of hundreds if not thousands of years old. Does anyone deny the greatness of books written by black men and women by virtue of these towering works of literature? Of course not.

  3. Julia Clarke says:

    The bible was written by Black men read "A call to the Hebrews," by Mawuvi.Powerful book ,it can be researched on the black history site.

  4. Aljah Muhammad says:

    I have read and own only two out of the eight here…The Bible and Art of War.

  5. Aljah Muhammad says:

    It is a shame, but if you have ever listened to him speak you will gather that he not into that type of reading.