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88 books that shaped America, at the Library of Congress

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  1. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    Some glaring holes, but the list isn't too bad:

     
  2. Hudson

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    Read 56....
     
  3. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    Holy shit, dude. I've read six of those. I do believe you get a internet cookie. I think that was more than anyone posted on Fark too.
     
  4. Hudson

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    I read a lot as a kid and had to read a lot in high school, still do. Emily Dickinson is my favorite Poet.,...is it cheating that I majored in English and History (3 credits short of a degree in Political Science)? The rest I read..well a bunch of what I read in college that I didn't need .to read was done in an effort to get laid more. I will say Atlas Shrugged gave me more headaches than reading Canterbury Tales and Milton's Paradise Lost (which I did my thesis on), in their origonal texts.
     
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    I think I've read like 11 or 12 of those, not many by choice.
     
  6. whiskeyguy

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    I've read 10 of those, most by choice (reread a lot of the "classics" since high school), and I'm about 35% through Moby Dick which would be the 11th.

    Obviously the list would be much different if you didn't specify American authors.
     
  7. Party Rooster

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    I think I've read about a quarter of those. Was kinda shocked to see Cosmos in there, although I'm glad it was. Most of those are public domain books you can get for free in many formats.
    http://www.gutenberg.org/
     
  8. Kugzilla

    Kugzilla Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.

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    About 30 or so. Pretty interesting list.
     
  9. Awful Me

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    13 for me. Looks like I've got some catching up to do.
     
  10. LiddyRules

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    Where's Dreams from My Father?

    I read "A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America." It's only one page. "Despite my repeated atympts to acquire ansvars from the well-trod paffs, they provide the author of these pagghes with naught! Hark! I feeleth like Sir Russell of Brandington!"

    Booo.
     
  11. Norm Stansfield

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    I've read maybe a dozen, if we include the ones I didn't actually finish. And I've read hundreds of novels.
     
  12. whiskeyguy

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    While all lists are arbitrary, artofmanliness.com has a list of "100 books every man should read" which I have been using as a rough guideline to stuff I wouldn't otherwise think of, and it's a pretty decent list. A lot of these books carry over, obviously.
     
  13. Absolutely

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    Where's "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"???
    I thought everyone's mom owned that book...

    I've read 18, I think most of them forced in HS
     
  14. Norm Stansfield

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    Much better list. I like that Dostoevsky gets his well deserved three spots, and everyone else gets one. Good.
     
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    Silent Spring.

    Disease inducing fiction. That book has killed more people than any other short of the Bible/Koran.
     
  16. whiskeyguy

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    Yeah that list has been a great guide... I just copies all the titles to an Excel spreadsheet, and have been mixing them in with other reading.

    I think this fall when I have more time to read I'm going to organize my reading list by # of words per book and, starting with the shortest, knock out as many as I can. Then the list won't be as intimidating. I was able to finish Animal Farm and Call of the Wild in two nights when I was working out in the woods last month, and that's kind of nice.
     
  17. Hudson

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    I dunno what book I would buck, but "Two Years Before The Mast" by RH Dana Jr. should be in there......Real life story about a guy on a whaling ship 10 years before Moby Dick.
    The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter is one too.
    Wondering why Hemingway is not there more.
     
  18. DrewDown

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    Where is Kurt Vonnegut? Slaughter-House Five should be on that list.
     
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    THE FEZ MAN as a matter of fact i dont have 5$

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    ive read a few, im betting that heads are spinning with "unsafe at any speed"
     
  20. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    Not a big reader. I'm sure I read a few of those (or the Cliff Notes version :icon_cool) in school for book reports and stuff.
     
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    No "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" or "Kitchen Confidential"?
     
  23. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    How about the Book of Mormon? Or Dianetics?
     

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