Monday, March 22, 2010

Ten Books and More

Matthew Continetti on ten books that shaped his world.

My own list of more than ten [hardly all-inclusive and the Bible is a given]:

  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Modern Times by Paul Johnson
  • Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
  • The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (Yes, I know it's a play)
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  • Free to Choose by Milton and Rose Friedman
  • The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
  • The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Churchill by Lord Moran
  • Paris in the Terror by Stanley Loomis
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

    What is on your list?


Joe said...

Hi Michael,

Your list should be required reading to graduate from college!

If you like Man's Search for Meaning, check out Dr. Alex Pattakos's book, Prisoner of our Thoughts.

Michael Wade said...


Thank you for your comments and thanks for the recommendation of the Pattakos book.


John said...

My list is among the comments at Barkley Rosser's post at Econospeak.

Michael Wade said...


That's a very good list. "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "The Hobbit" are among my favorites.


Wally Bock said...

I love the criteria, "ten books that shaped his world," and so I had to think a lot. I decided not to include fiction. Here's my list.

The Effective Executive/Managing for Results – Peter Drucker
(I alWAYS think of these as two parts of the same book)

The Seven Cultures of Capitalism ~ Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner

The Science of Success ~ Charles Koch

Only the Reckless Survive – Melvin Konner

The Web of Life – Fritjof Capra

Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis

Luther's Small Catechism

Strategy – BH Liddell Hart

The Social Life of Information ~ John Seely Brown and Paul Duiguid

Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony – Lewis Thomas

The Land was Everything – Victor Davis Hanson

In Search of Excellence – Peters and Waterman

Michael Wade said...


I appreciate the thought that went into that impressive list. You have definitely added to my reading stack.