Recommended Books

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Biographies

Alex Haley
Autobiography of Malcolm X*

Bob Spitz
The Beatles

H. W. Brands
TR: The Last Romantic

Howard Bryant
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron

Keith Richards
Life

Lenny Bruce
How to Talk Dirty and Influence People; An Autobiography

Madison Smartt Bell
Toussaint Louverture: A Biography

Philip Freeman
Alexander the Great
Julius Caesar

Stacy Schiff
Cleopatra: A Life

Stephen Davis
Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga

Ulysses S. Grant
Personal Memoirs

Historical and Political Fiction & Non-Fiction

Alan C. Guelzo
Fateful Lightning
Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America
Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America*

Arthur Koestler
Darkness at Noon*

Barbara Ehrenreich
Nickel and Dimed; On (Not) Getting By in America

Catherine Drinker Bowen
Miracle at Philadelphia*

Bob Woodward & Scott Armstrong
The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court

Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
All the President’s Men

David Fromkin
Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started The Great War In 1914?

David D. Thornburg, Ph. D.
Campfires in Cyberspace*

Eric Jager
The Last Duel

Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972
Hells Angels

James L. Nelson
Benedict Arnold’s Navy

Jaspar Ridley
The Freemasons

Jeff Shaara
Gods and Generals
The Last Full Measure

Michael Shaara
Killer Angels

Robert Ferguson
The Vikings: A History

Roger Shattuck
Forbidden Knowledge

Stephen E. Ambrose
To America
Nothing Like It in the World*
Undaunted Courage

Thomas Friedman
The World is Flat*

William Manchester
The Glory and the Dream

Fiction

Unknown
Beowulf*
The Nibelungenlied
Gilgamesh*

Ambrose Bierce
Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce

Edgar Allen Poe
Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe

Franz Kafka
The Castle
The Metamorphosis and Other Short Stories
The Trial

Gogol
Dead Souls

Hans Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen
The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus

Homer
The Iliad*
The Odyssey*

Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Joseph Heller
Catch-22

J. R . R. Tolkien
The Hobbit*
The Fellowship of the Ring*
The Two Towers*
The Return of the King*
The Silmarilion

Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions
Sirens of Titan
Slaughter House Five
Welcome to the Monkey House
Player Piano

Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull*

Virgil
The Aneid*

 


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