Assorted links about influential books

1. Peter Suderman's "most influential" book list.

2. E.D. Kain's book list.

3. Arnold Kling's book list.

4. Michael Martin's book list.

5. Niklas Blanchard's book list.

6. EconJeff's book list.

7. Bryan Caplan's book list.

If you've tried this, and I missed you, my apologies — please leave the link in the comments.

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You missed yourself...

David Henderson's: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2010/03/my_top_books.html

I'm going to start asking this question of applicants in job interviews. If anyone mentions Ayn Rand, they automatically go in the reject pile. That's a legal form of discrimination.

I'm going to start asking this question of applicants in job interviews. If anyone mentions Ayn Rand, they automatically go in the reject pile. That's a legal form of discrimination.

But you aren't going to add Julian "copper can be made from other elements" Simon to the list?!?!

lol, i like how peter suderman alone gets "most influential" in quotes.

When is Robin Hanson going to do a list? I want to see the metaphysics novels he likes.

The Kling list can be serious

@ Lord Baldanus
You and all the other lazy GMU-educated obnoxious young libertarian hothead fascists need to put your Harry Potter books away in the nursery. Go read Hayek and get civilized.

I think all these lists are a signal of intelligence. No one has the three little pigs, the bible, the odyssey or other fairy stories anywhere on their list. I think it is more a books you use in debates list than ones that actually most effected how you think.

http://liveatthewitchtrials.blogspot.com/2010/03/influential-books.html

A few folks have probably already mentioned this. But, Tyler, what do you think these lists tell us? None of us are so naive to think the lists are raw glimpses at the person's inner intellectual life. There has got to be lots of signaling.

So, given that the listers know that we know that..., what do we learn? (I'm NOT suggesting we don't learn anything, by the way.)

Like Jacob, here's mine.

When it came time to compose my list, I realized that I hadn't read most of the books that I considered influential; I had read extensively about them.

My own, rather bizarre list:

1. Margaret Thatcher: The Downing Street Years
2. Luther's Small Catechism
3. Ship of the Line, by CS Forester
4. The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom
5. The Rules of the Game, by Andrew Gordon
6. Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle
7. A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula LeGuin
8. Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens
9. Der Herr der Ringe, von J.R.R. Tolkien
10. Sea of Glory, by Nathaniel Philbrick

Mine, http://oftherealm.blogspot.com/2010/03/formative-books.html

Penthouse Letters, Vol I-IX.

related--therapists' favorite therapy books

nominees:
http://www.wheretheclientis.com/2010/01/05/best-ever-therapy-books-the-lists/

winners:
http://www.wheretheclientis.com/2010/03/08/best-ever-therapy-books-the-results/

Here's mine:

http://jaltcoh.blogspot.com/2010/03/12-books-that-have-influenced-me-most.html

1. The View from Nowhere by Thomas Nagel.

2. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume.

3. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant.

4. Upheavals of Thought by Martha Nussbaum.

5. What's It All About? by Julian Baggini.

6. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

7. The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell.

8. The Moral Animal by Robert Wright.

9. Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel.

10. The Mysterious Flame by Colin McGinn.

11. Rationality in Action by John Searle.

12. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer.

Explanations at the link.

Here's my list:

http://leeinhaiti.com/2010/03/top-10-influential-books/

This is a great idea, thanks for starting this.
Here's mine.

Boston Public Library
100 Most Influential Books of the Century
Booklists for Adults
http://www.bpl.org/research/AdultBooklists/influential.htm

This is a great idea, thanks for starting this.
Here's mine.

I am glad to see that there still are people who care about books.It is shame to let the books disappear.I guess there should be more people and articles approaching books and knowledge.fake diploma

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