10 Books Every American NEEDS To Read

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ragnar, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Ragnar
    Offline

    Ragnar <--- Pic is not me

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Messages:
    3,271
    Thanks Received:
    800
    Trophy Points:
    153
    Location:
    Cincinnati, OH
    Ratings:
    +843
    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. :lol:
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  2. Quantum Windbag
    Offline

    Quantum Windbag Gold Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2010
    Messages:
    58,308
    Thanks Received:
    5,014
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Ratings:
    +5,221
    Yep, it is hard. Moby Dick is one of the worst pieces of writing ever published, the only thing I ever read that was worse than that was Billy Budd.

    Everyone should Read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein, you will add it to your Top 10 list
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  3. uscitizen
    Offline

    uscitizen Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    45,941
    Thanks Received:
    4,791
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    My Shack
    Ratings:
    +4,807
    I did not see the Cat in the hat in there anywhere.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 2
  4. Ragnar
    Offline

    Ragnar <--- Pic is not me

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Messages:
    3,271
    Thanks Received:
    800
    Trophy Points:
    153
    Location:
    Cincinnati, OH
    Ratings:
    +843
    Is your list the exact same as mine then, minus Moby Dick and plus The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by wassname? :eusa_whistle:

    On edit: Do you prefer the HuffPo list that included the ghastly farce Silent Spring?
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2012
  5. Oddball
    Offline

    Oddball BANNED Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Messages:
    41,428
    Thanks Received:
    8,397
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Drinking wine, eating cheese, catching rays
    Ratings:
    +8,409
    I say the same about Atlas Shrugged.

    I'd replace it with Road to Serfdom.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  6. Peach
    Offline

    Peach Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2009
    Messages:
    17,179
    Thanks Received:
    1,708
    Trophy Points:
    175
    Ratings:
    +1,965
    Read all of them except all of The Anti Federalist Papers; ok, skimmed through a couple, read the rest. I liked Anthem better than Atlas Shrugged. The Communist Manifesto was as realistic as The Great Gatsby to me, i.e., not very.
     
  7. Douger
    Offline

    Douger BANNED

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2009
    Messages:
    12,323
    Thanks Received:
    915
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Not fucking there !
    Ratings:
    +915
    I recommend hiring a Meskin to read it to them.
     
  8. Peach
    Offline

    Peach Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2009
    Messages:
    17,179
    Thanks Received:
    1,708
    Trophy Points:
    175
    Ratings:
    +1,965
    Moby Dick is an insomnia cure for me. :lol:
     
  9. Peach
    Offline

    Peach Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2009
    Messages:
    17,179
    Thanks Received:
    1,708
    Trophy Points:
    175
    Ratings:
    +1,965
    Add The Iceman Cometh, and The Grapes of Wrath. One play to go with one book of poetry, and always one Steinbeck.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  10. Ragnar
    Offline

    Ragnar <--- Pic is not me

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Messages:
    3,271
    Thanks Received:
    800
    Trophy Points:
    153
    Location:
    Cincinnati, OH
    Ratings:
    +843
    I'm patiently looking forward to other USMB members lists. lol

    Remember it's not your top ten books but the top ten books you think American's ought to read.
     

Share This Page