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What are your "Must Read" books

Posted on 10/01/2010 8:36:26 PM PDT by MNDude

Everyone's opinion, what would be three books that every adult should read?

How about three books every kid should read?

(besides the Bible, since that's a given for most)


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1 posted on 10/01/2010 8:36:28 PM PDT by MNDude
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Federalist Papers

Will and Ariel Durant's Story of Civilization (book series, I know. But I'm a rebel.)

Anything by Mark Helprin but I'm partial to “A soldier of the Great War” I wanted a fiction book in the three.

2 posted on 10/01/2010 8:41:16 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: MNDude

Adults:

“A Republic, Not an Empire”
- Pat Buchanan

Kids:

“Animal Farm”
- George Orwell


3 posted on 10/01/2010 8:41:21 PM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: MNDude

Atlas Shrugged


4 posted on 10/01/2010 8:42:03 PM PDT by Salvey
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Atlas Shrugged
One Second After
The Elegant universe
Jefferson and His Times (All 6 volumes)
Undaunted Courage
Nothing Like it in the World
Pillars of the Earth
World Without End


5 posted on 10/01/2010 8:42:23 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: MNDude; retrokitten

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


6 posted on 10/01/2010 8:43:15 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 619 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: MNDude
1. Democracy in America (1835) by Alexis de Tocqueville

2. Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (2009) by Mark Levin

3. The Conscience of a Conservative (1860) by Barry Goldwater

7 posted on 10/01/2010 8:43:19 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: MNDude

I would go with Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, the major works of Shakespeare ( I know that is cheating) and the Summa Theologica of Aquinas.

Sursum Corda


8 posted on 10/01/2010 8:44:10 PM PDT by Sursum Corda
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To: MNDude

One book I always like to read and re-read is Knowing God by J I Packer.


9 posted on 10/01/2010 8:45:14 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: MNDude

Herodotus.The Histories.
Ayn Rand.Atlas shrugged.
William Gibson.Neuromancer.


10 posted on 10/01/2010 8:45:24 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: MNDude

Atlas Shrugged, The Road to Serfdom, The Prince


11 posted on 10/01/2010 8:45:31 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: MNDude

War and Peace, Lolita, Heart of Darkness.


12 posted on 10/01/2010 8:46:18 PM PDT by Borges
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To: MNDude

For both adults and older children

Return With Honor, George E. Day, Medal of Honor Recipient

A personal hero of mine

mrs


13 posted on 10/01/2010 8:47:13 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (Vacation Mr. President? Really?)
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To: MNDude

The South was Right - James Kennedy


14 posted on 10/01/2010 8:48:07 PM PDT by Ammo Republic 15
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To: MNDude
"The Road to Serfdom" - F.A. Hayek

"The Vision of the Anointed" - Thomas Sowell

15 posted on 10/01/2010 8:49:00 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Help stamp out political correctness.)
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To: MNDude

The Bible

Atlas Shrugged/Ayn Rand

Wild Swans/Jung Chang


16 posted on 10/01/2010 8:49:15 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: MNDude
Federalist Papers

Mere Christianity, CS Lewis

Civil War, Shelby Foote

17 posted on 10/01/2010 8:49:48 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: MNDude
How about three books every kid should read?

Tom Sawyer

The Stand

Ender's Game

The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit

Every Louis L'amour book you can find

The Great Brain

18 posted on 10/01/2010 8:50:09 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: MNDude
Every adult should read:

#1 The Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin

#2 Lucifer's Hammer by Niven & Pournelle

#3 The Green Beret Survival Manual By Myke Hawke

Kids should read:

I'm going to cheat a bit here and call a compendium of books as a single entity.

#1 The Chronicles of Narnia

#2 Left Behind The series By LaHaye & Jenkins

#3 All books written by Robert A. Heinlein

19 posted on 10/01/2010 8:52:23 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Zombie Hunters: We make dead things deader.)
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To: MNDude

...in no particular order
The Boy Scout Handbook 5th edition
“Democracy in America” de Tocqueville
“The Great Gatsby” F Scott Fitzgerald


20 posted on 10/01/2010 8:52:46 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: MNDude

I’d have to think about it to figure out 3 but “The Last Stand Of The Tin Can Sailors” would be one if them.


21 posted on 10/01/2010 8:53:06 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: MNDude
For anyone over the age of 21 -
The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B...J.D. Donleavy.

I read it every 2 years. I have read it since first buying it in 1975.
22 posted on 10/01/2010 8:54:40 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: MNDude

The Mind of the Maker / Dorothy L. Sayers


23 posted on 10/01/2010 8:54:56 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: MNDude

Flyboys
Flags of our Fathers
Fighter Pilot
Gone For Soldiers
War and Peace
State of Fear


24 posted on 10/01/2010 8:55:52 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: MNDude

Red Horizon by Ian Mihai Pacepa


25 posted on 10/01/2010 8:56:47 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: MNDude

Atlas Shrugged
Vision of the Anointed
Road to Serfdom


Honorable mention:

Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal
The New Left: the Anti-Industrial Revolution
Wealth & Poverty


26 posted on 10/01/2010 8:57:14 PM PDT by Hoodat ( .For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: MNDude
The Growth of the American Republic by Morison, Commager, and Leuchtenburg

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Welcome To The Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut

27 posted on 10/01/2010 8:57:25 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: MNDude

The future.

28 posted on 10/01/2010 8:58:10 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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Beg pardon - glasses on...make that:
The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B...J.P.Donleavy.
29 posted on 10/01/2010 8:58:48 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: MNDude

Reflections on the Revolution in France — Edmund Burke.

Roots of American Order — Russell Kirk

Witness (50th Anniversary Edition) — W. Chambers

A Conflict of Visions — Thomas Sowell.


30 posted on 10/01/2010 9:00:40 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: MNDude

Bible
Pilgrims Progress
Federalist Papers


31 posted on 10/01/2010 9:03:22 PM PDT by coincheck (Vote 'em all out!!)
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To: IrishCatholic

Atlas Shrugged should definitely be on the list.


32 posted on 10/01/2010 9:06:10 PM PDT by cgchief
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To: MNDude

Witness, by Whittaker Chambers
Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises
Christianity and Liberalism, by J. Gresham Machen


33 posted on 10/01/2010 9:07:20 PM PDT by TIElniff (Autonomy is the guise of every graceless heart.)
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To: cgchief
Atlas Shrugged should definitely be on the list.

I learned all I needed to know about sexual relationships from Atlas Shrugged.

34 posted on 10/01/2010 9:09:06 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: MNDude

Last of the Breed - Louis L’Amour
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Men in Black - Mark Steyn


35 posted on 10/01/2010 9:10:53 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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To: MNDude

For the kids (and adults):

The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis


36 posted on 10/01/2010 9:11:11 PM PDT by BraveMan
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Last of the Breed - Louis L’Amour
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Correction, typing too fast:
Men in Black - Mark Levin


37 posted on 10/01/2010 9:12:07 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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To: MNDude

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl


38 posted on 10/01/2010 9:14:15 PM PDT by LifeChoice
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Adults:

“The Anti-Federalist” - various anonymous

“The Art of War” - Sun Tzu

“The War with Hannibal” - Livy

Children:

“Anthem” - Ayn Rand

“Treasure Island” - Robert Louis Stevenson

“Narnia Chronicles” - C. S. Lewis


39 posted on 10/01/2010 9:15:17 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Detente with the GOP nomenklatura - trust, but verify.)
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I liked it as well as The Fountainhead. I usually reply to Willie Green's railroad posts here as Dagney Taggert not liking his nationalizing the rails plan.

But, while I like them, they aren't well written. The page after page after page of speeches grind you down. Plus, there is some really twisted personal relationships in her writing that indicate she should have gotten some help.

They are up there, but not the top three. Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Quo Vadis leave them far behind in the dust.

40 posted on 10/01/2010 9:15:32 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: gorush

I believe it was 6 or 7 years ago I received Flyboys as a Christmas present. It was a really good read if perhaps a bit graphic.


41 posted on 10/01/2010 9:16:04 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: MNDude

The True Believer—Eric Hoffer


42 posted on 10/01/2010 9:16:38 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Borges

“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.
Love that book up there with Joyce..


43 posted on 10/01/2010 9:17:45 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: MNDude

The Stand.
One Second After.
War Day.
On The Beach.
Seven Days In May.
The Manchurian Candidate,


44 posted on 10/01/2010 9:20:25 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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One Second After

The Real George Washington


45 posted on 10/01/2010 9:29:46 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: gorush

Undaunted Courage and Nothing Like it in the World are very good.

I would add: Pegasus Bridge

D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944 - May 7, 1945


46 posted on 10/01/2010 9:30:05 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: MNDude

I’ll go with Walden, Lord of the Rings triology, and Will and Ariel Durants history series.


47 posted on 10/01/2010 9:37:06 PM PDT by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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Atlas Shrugged by Rand
Lucifer’s Hammer by Niven & Pournelle
Stranger in a Strange Land by R.A. Heinlein

While Rand’s book is the most important; it must not be the FIRST of these to be offered to younger folk, or new neighbors.


48 posted on 10/01/2010 9:40:02 PM PDT by PizzaDriver ( on)
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Mere Christianity-CS Lewis

The Road to Serfdom-Frederick Hayek

Replay - Ken Grimwood


49 posted on 10/01/2010 9:40:18 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (Our President-A modest man, who has much to be modest about.)
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To: MNDude

Vince Flynn Novels-All
Unintended Consequences-Ross
The Virginian-Wister (the best ever)


50 posted on 10/01/2010 9:43:48 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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