10 Books Every American NEEDS To Read Not a terribly impressive list IMHO, however a decent argument could be made for all of the above minus Silent Spring. In the interest of full disclosure I haven't read Uncle Tom's Cabin or Gone With the Wind. I think both I and most of the members of USMB could make a better list than Huff did so here is your chance. The difficulty factor is limiting the list to ten of course. Below, in no particular order, is my list. (subject to changes due to memory lapses, future reading and whimsey) Remember this is not a top 10 list for greatness, history or literature but per Huff Po's guidelines, a list of the 10 books every American's should read. The Federalist Papers - Hamilton, Madison, Jay The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates - Ralph Ketcham Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave - Frederick Douglass A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain Moby Dick - Herman Melville The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand The Communist Manifesto - Marx, Engels Harder than it looks.