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Books That Shaped America 2012-Which Books Shaped America the Most? Library of Congress Survey
Library of Congress ^ | 9-18-12 | TurboZamboni

Posted on 09/18/2012 5:39:04 AM PDT by TurboZamboni

Please look over this inaugural list of Books That Shaped America, as determined by the Library of Congress. These books were written in America by Americans, and had a profound impact on our nation. Which THREE of these books do you think shaped America the most profoundly?

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vote away!
1 posted on 09/18/2012 5:39:09 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

2012???? Isn’t it a little early? My book, “A Patriot’s History of the Modern World to 1945” hasn’t even come out yet (Oct. 11) so how can anyone vote for it?


2 posted on 09/18/2012 5:44:26 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: TurboZamboni

Oddly enough I felt compelled to put The Joy of Cooking in for both the general effect and for me personally. Truthfully that really has been the universal cookbook for generations of people.

For the book to be added, I submitted Free to Choose by Milton Friedman.


3 posted on 09/18/2012 5:45:06 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: drbuzzard

great choice to add.


4 posted on 09/18/2012 5:47:32 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

I did!


5 posted on 09/18/2012 5:51:37 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: cajungirl

For book to be added, All the Presidents Men, said it made journalism the aim of people who wanted to be politicians, made it glamourous to destroy a president and led to the divisions in our country inflamed by hacks. I guess I am worried about the country. And No Bible listing.


6 posted on 09/18/2012 5:54:14 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: cajungirl

For book to be added, All the Presidents Men, said it made journalism the aim of people who wanted to be politicians, made it glamourous to destroy a president and led to the divisions in our country inflamed by hacks. I guess I am worried about the country. And No Bible listing.


7 posted on 09/18/2012 5:54:17 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: cajungirl

I added “Patriots” by John Wesley Rawles and said that it is an eyes-open account of what we will need to do when the government succeeds in destroying the economy.


8 posted on 09/18/2012 6:07:25 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: TurboZamboni

On that list, and of the entire list I thought that the most influential on our society was Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” about the Chicago Stockyards. That book was influential in the creation of the FDA IIRC.


9 posted on 09/18/2012 6:11:22 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: TurboZamboni

“The Institutes of Christian Religion” by John Calvin


10 posted on 09/18/2012 6:14:19 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: TurboZamboni
John Locke “Second Treatise of Government”

Adam Smith “The Theory of Moral Sentiments”

Adam Smith “The Wealth of Nations”

Are not on the list but all had profound influence on the founders of this nation. To read them it's a good idea to have a good hard copy (non-malulable) dictionary at hand as the education level in those days was far higher than today, without public schools.

11 posted on 09/18/2012 6:38:47 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again")
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To: Bryanw92

I agree, however, too few have heard or read it. In that same catagory would be Atlas Shrugged. Finally, Unintended Consequences by John Ross should be a must and sadly almost impossible to get a copy.


12 posted on 09/18/2012 6:53:48 AM PDT by vortec94
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To: TurboZamboni

Where is the Bible?


13 posted on 09/18/2012 6:59:25 AM PDT by MrKatykelly
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To: vortec94

Atlas Shrugged was already on the list. It was one of my 3 and the one that most influened me personally (since the Bible was not on the list). I know that very few have read it, but I wanted to make sure it got into the database of suggestions.


14 posted on 09/18/2012 7:00:29 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: MrKatykelly

It wasn’t written by an American. That was one of the criteria.


15 posted on 09/18/2012 7:01:48 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: TurboZamboni

The ever-salacious Starr Report has to make it in there somewhere.


16 posted on 09/18/2012 7:14:56 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (It's Nakoula's fault.)
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To: LS
2012???? Isn’t it a little early? My book, “A Patriot’s History of the Modern World to 1945” hasn’t even come out yet (Oct. 11) so how can anyone vote for it?

How can you expect to compete with Goodnight Moon or The Cat in the Hat?

Seriously, of the ones on that list nothing (not even your books, Larry) can compete with the Federalist Papers. I also picked Common Sense and Uncle Tom's Cabin.

I was tempted to pick Atlas Shrugged just to poke my thumb in the eye of statists, not because I really think it is in the top three.

I would have considered Rules for Radicals if it had been on the list, but only because it affected America in such a negative way. I was also tempted to pick Silent Spring for the same reason.

17 posted on 09/18/2012 7:22:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Government is the only thing that we all belong to"=implicit repeal of the 13th amendment for all.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
The ever-salacious Starr Report has to make it in there somewhere.

Would you settle for Leaves of Grass as Bill Clinton's "gettin' some" gift?

18 posted on 09/18/2012 7:24:32 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Government is the only thing that we all belong to"=implicit repeal of the 13th amendment for all.)
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To: KarlInOhio

yeah, just a joke


19 posted on 09/18/2012 7:36:27 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: MrKatykelly

it wasn’t written in America by Americans


20 posted on 09/18/2012 8:23:03 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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I was thinking of several influential books, but there was the limitation of “written by an American” that chopped them off. Picking one I went with Free to Choose, even though Economics in One Lesson is also quite worthy, as are several Sowell books.


21 posted on 09/18/2012 8:40:36 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: Bryanw92

While I sympathize with his views, the book was really, really badly written. At times it read like a survival manual, at other times it read like bad fiction from a fifth grader.

Heck, I’m a big fan of Unintended Consequences, but even that is no fiction masterpiece. However it is worlds better than Patriots.


22 posted on 09/18/2012 8:42:48 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: TurboZamboni

There can’t possibly be any question or doubt about it - the books that have most shaped 2012, and the past four years, are “Das Kapital” by Marx, and “The Communist Manifesto” for their influence on the White House.

Third place goes to Mao’s “Little Red Book” for inspiring the OWS.

Meanwhile, the periodical that has most reflected the times in which we’re living is Mad Magazine. Alfred E. Neuman was way ahead of his era.


23 posted on 09/18/2012 9:12:34 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: LS

Oddly, I noticed that my book wasn’t listed either.


24 posted on 09/18/2012 5:05:23 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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