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Story of Language by Charles Laurence Barber1
The Greek World by Hugh Lloyd-Jones2
The Decipherment of Linear B by John Chadwick3
Makers of mathematics by Alfred Hooper4
The Sleepwalkers by Arthur Koestler5
The Life of Isaac Newton (Canto original series) by Richard S. Westfall6
The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London by Lisa Jardine7
The Lunar Men: The Friends Who Made the Future by Jenny Uglow8
In Search of the Big Bang by John Gribbin9
The Universe: A Biography by John Gribbin#10
E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis#11
Charles Darwin (Very Interesting People) by Adrian Desmond#12
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design by Richard Dawkins#13
The Meaning of Evolution by George Gaylord Simpson#14
Evolution in Action by Julian Huxley15
How We Got Here: From Bows and Arrows to the Space Age by C. R. Hallpike#16
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared M. Diamond#17
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond#18
The Gates of Hell by Calder Willingham#19
The Magic Christian by Terry Southern#20
The Secret History by Donna Tartt#21
I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel by Tom Wolfe#22
End as a Man by Calder Willingham23a
Burr by Gore Vidal23.2
1876 by Gore Vidal23.3
Empire by Gore Vidal23.4
Hollywood by Gore Vidal23.5
The Golden Age by Gore Vidal23.6
Mr. Lincoln's Army by Bruce Catton24.1
Lincoln by Gore Vidal24.2
Glory Road by Bruce Catton24.3
A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton25
The Centennial History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton26
Sunrise to Sunset by Samuel Hopkins Adams27
The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene Victor Debs by Ray Ginger28.1
Songs of the workers to fan the flames of discontent by Industrial Workers of the World28.2
Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow29
Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow30
The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos31.1
1919 by John Dos Passos31.2
The Big Money: Volume Three of the U.S.A. Trilogy by John Roderigo Dos Passos31.3
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck32.1
The Grapes of Wrath [1940 film] by John Ford32.2
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck32.4
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow33
A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe34
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller35.1
Good as Gold by Joseph Heller35.2
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer36
I Married a Communist by Philip Roth37
American Pastoral by Philip Roth38.1
The Anatomy Lesson by Philip Roth38.2
Operation Shylock: A Confession by Philip Roth38.3
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather39
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson40
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner41
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell42
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren43
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams44.1
A Streetcar Named Desire [1951 film] by Elia Kazan44.2
Welcome to Hard Times by E. L. Doctorow45.1
McCabe & Mrs. Miller [1971 film] by Robert Altman45.2
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: And A Man Called Horse, The Hanging Tree, Lost Sister by Dorothy M. Johnson46
The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations That Made the American People by Oscar Handlin47
The Great Hunger : Ireland 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith48
How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev49
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith50
Studs Lonigan by James T. Farrell51
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy52
Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill53
World of Our Fathers by Irving Howe54
The Chosen by Chaim Potok#55
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok#56
Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers by Tom Wolfe#57
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe#58
Diary of a Mad Housewife: A Novel by Sue Kaufman#59
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole60
The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward61.1
Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song by David Margolick61.2
Killers of the Dream by Lillian Smith62
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story by Martin Luther King, Jr.63.1
Letter from the Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.63.2
Black Education: Myths and Tragedies by Thomas Sowell64
The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen65
Patterns of Culture by Ruth Benedict#66
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller#67
Generation of Vipers: newly annotated by the author by Philip Wylie#68
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut#69
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut#70
Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut#71
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West#72
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West#73
The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth#74
The end of the road by John Barth#75
The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein76
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald#77
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene#78
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond#79
Best Short Stories of Jack London by Jack London#80
Children of Sanchez by Oscar Lewis#81
A New Time for Mexico by Carlos Fuentes#82
The Mission [1986 film] by Roland Joffé#83
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder#84
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett#85
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa#86
Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life by Adam Feinstein#87
The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda#88
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende#89
My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey through Chile by Isabel Allende90
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez91.1
Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel García Márquez91.2
The Middle Passage by V. S. Naipaul92
The Saxon and Norman Kings by Christopher Brooke93.1
Politics and the Nation, 1450-1660: Obedience, Resistance and Public Order by D. M. Loades93.2
Church and People: England, 1450-1660 by Claire Cross93.3
Roman Britain by Malcolm Todd93.4
England and its Rulers, 1066-1272: Foreign Lordship and National Identity by M. T. Clanchy93.5
Politics without Democracy: England 1815-1918 (Blackwell Classic Histories of England) by Michael Bentley93.6
Crown and Nobility: England 1272-1461 by Anthony Tuck93.7
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens94
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens95.1
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens95.2
Fame is the Spur by Howard Spring#96
The Reason Why by Cecil Woodham-Smith#97
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara W. Tuchman#98
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman#99
The Acquisitive Society by R. H. Tawney#100
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell#101
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh102.1
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh102.2
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh102.3
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh102.4
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh102.5
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh102.6
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis103
Changing Places by David Lodge104
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan#105
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn#106
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark#107
The Masters by C.P. Snow#108
The Light and the Dark by C.P. Snow#109
A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell#110
An Autobiography: the Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi111
Kim by Rudyard Kipling#112
The Somme by A.H. Farrar-Hockley#113
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks114.1
Bertrand Russell : the spirit of solitude, 1872-1921 by Ray Monk115.1
Bertrand Russell : the ghost of madness, 1921-1970 by Ray Monk115.2
A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell#116
Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell#117
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan by Aldous Huxley#118
Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley#119
Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley#120
Island by Aldous Huxley#121
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman#122
The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque#124
Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque#125
A Time to Love and a Time to Die by Erich Maria Remarque#126
Spark Of Life by Erich Maria Remarque#127
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann#128
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann#129
Defying Hitler: A Memoir by Sebastian Haffner#130
Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood#131
Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood#132
Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi#133
Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada#134
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo#135
The Kill by Émile Zola#136
Germinal by Émile Zola#137
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert#138
Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert#139
Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb#140
The Plague by Albert Camus141
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth#142
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy#143
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy#144
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol#145
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev#146
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov#147
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler#148
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn149
The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn#150
The Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz#151
The Joke by Milan Kundera#152
The Russians by Hedrick Smith#153
Goodnight, Mister Lenin by Tiziano Terzani#154
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky#155
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky#156
The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimler157
The Heretic by Miguel Delibes#158
La desheredada by Benito Pérez Galdós#159
La de Bringas by Benito Pérez Galdós#160
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell#161
1984 by George Orwell#162
Animal Farm by George Orwell#163
The Family of Pascual Duarte by Camilo José Cela#164
The Hive by Camilo José Cela#165
Shanghai Nights by Juan Marse#166
Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi167
The Path to the Spiders' Nests by Italo Calvino168
The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante#169
Miss Julie by August Strindberg#170
Smiles of a Summer Night [1955 film] by Ingmar Bergman#171
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen#172
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton#173
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe#174
A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe#175
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie#176
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie#177
A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul178
China: Tradition and Transformation by John King Fairbank#179
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang#180
The Past and the Punishments: Eight Stories (Fiction from Modern China) by Yu Hua#181
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li182
Please Don't Call Me Human by Wang Shuo#183
Japan: Tradition and Transformation by Edwin O. Reischauer#184
The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi#185
Some Prefer Nettles by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki#186
Runaway Horses by Yukio Mishima#187
Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima#188
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro189
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie190.1
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie190.2
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth#191
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry#192
India: A Wounded Civilization by V. S. Naipaul#193
Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey by V. S. Naipaul#194
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East by Robert Fisk#195
The Real Jesus: Then and Now by Géza Vermes#196
A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson197.1
Wanderings: History of the Jews by Chaim Potok197.2
The King of the Fields by Isaac Bashevis Singer198.1
Satan in Goray by Isaac Bashevis Singer198.2
The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer199
The Family Moskat by Isaac Bashevis Singer200
Where Have All the Liberals Gone?: Race, Class, and Ideals in America by James R. Flynn#064a
The Man without a Country by Edward Everett Hale077a
The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes#080a
The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes#080b
The Years with Laura Díaz by Carlos Fuentes#080c
Man of Straw by Heinrich Mann#127a
Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man: The Early Years by Thomas Mann#128a
The Truce by Primo Levi#133a
No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre#141a
The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin#146a
James Thurber: 92 Stories by James Thurber#147a
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 : an experiment in literary investigation {Volume One, Parts I-II} by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn#148a
Fortunata and Jacinta by Benito Pérez-Galdós#160a
Boxwood by Camilo José Cela#165a
Lizard Tails by Juan Marsé#165b
The Garden of Secrets by Juan Goytisolo#166a
Forbidden Territory and Realms of Strife: The Memoirs of Juan Goytisolo by Juan Goytisolo#166b
Living's the Strange Thing by Carmen Martín Gaite#166c
The Man of Feeling by Javier Marías#166d
A Heart So White by Javier Marías#166e
Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago#166f
The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago#166g
Paradis by Philippe Sollers#166h
Fontamara by Ignazio Silone#166i
Margherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni#168a
Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante#169a
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen#172a
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen#172b
Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe#177a
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver#177b
Man Alone by John Mulgan#178a
Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame#178b
Plumb by Maurice Gee#178c
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden#186a
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami#188a
An Area of Darkness by V. S. Naipaul#192a
India: A Million Mutinies Now by V. S. Naipaul#193a
Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples by V. S. Naipaul#194b

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"In this heartfelt favorites list, American political scientist Flynn (Defend Humane Ideals), who is based in New Zealand, waxes nostalgic about reading for pleasure, which, he’s observed, is a waning practice among his students. Originally from a poor Irish-American family of self-educated book lovers, including his uncle Ed—who read by torchlight on a naval ship during WWI—Flynn wants to guide readers through books that will expand their minds, educate as well as entertain, and ultimately lead to self-liberation. The fiction and nonfiction titles are separated into broad categories, such as science and early civilization, American history, the human condition, and European history. The discussion of each title is brief—in one memorable case, referring readers to a Wikipedia entry—and Flynn’s list skews noticeably towards older titles, few of which were written by women. Flynn’s sometimes curmudgeonly tone charms, and his exhortation to teach children to love reading as a lifelong gift is touching, but it’s hard to understand who the audience for this book would be; though he promises “this book will set your feet on the way to the kind of education no university offers,” the selection feels too outdated and the commentary insufficient to meet these goals. (Nov.)"--Publishers Weekly.
(looks like a bad review -- so who wrote the reviews below? the author, the publisher, ...?)

"The definitive list: 200 works so wonderful to read and so revealing about times and places, they make learning enjoyable and effortless."

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"A brilliant road map for discovering history, science, civilization, and the human condition, this engaging record recommends must-read books: those so revealing about times and places that they take the reader beyond day-to-day concerns into a magic realm of knowledge and imagination. From Arthur Koestler’s take on the universe and Barbara Tuchman’s view on 14th-century life to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s impressions of American morality and Robert Fisk’s analysis of the West’s history of intervention in the Middle East, this engaging account is an idiosyncratic and endlessly interesting tour of the world through literature."

This a list, not an honor/award. <-- True, but this falls under the same category as "1001 Books to Read before You Die", so please leave this up.

The actual list sometimes has multiple books under a single entry, hence "198.1" and "198.2" whenever the books were originally published separately.

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