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    A nice library list

    I have frequented a sight called the art of manliness and read the book the art of manliness on that website there is a list of great books that everyone should read. Not just for men but woman too (although there are a few woman may not like) I think these books would be great additions to any reading list. I have read a few and am currently reading The rise of Theodore Roosevelt (weather you like him as a president or not he was a great man) and the picture of dorian gray.

    1. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    2. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
    3. Slaughter-house Five - Kurt Vonnegut
    4. 1984 - George Orwell
    5. The Republic - Plato
    6. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    7. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
    8. The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith
    9. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
    10. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
    11. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    12. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    13. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
    14. The Call of the Wild - Jack London
    15. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt - Edmund Morris
    16. The Swiss Family Robinson - Johann D. Wyss
    17. The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
    18. The Iliad and The Odyssey - Homer
    19. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
    20. Walden - Henry David Thoreau
    21. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    22. The Master and the Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
    23. Bluebeard - Kurt Vonnegut
    24. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
    25. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
    26. Another Roadside Attraction - Tom Robbins
    27. White Noise - Don DeLillo
    28. Ulysses - James Joyce
    29. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
    30. Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond - Denis Johnson
    31. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    32. Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse
    33. The Book of Deeds, of Arms, and of Chivalry - Christine de Pizan
    34. The Art of Warfare - Sun Tzu
    35. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
    36. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
    37. The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
    38. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
    39. Rough Riders - Theodore Roosevelt
    40. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
    41. Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes
    42. The Thin Red Line - James Jones
    43. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
    44. Politics - Aristotle
    45. Boy Scouts Handbook (Original Edition) - Boy Scouts of America
    46. Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand
    47. Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
    48. The Crisis - Winston Churchill
    49. The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer
    50. Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
    51. Animal Farm - George Orwell
    52. Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche
    53. The Federalist Papers - Alexander Hamilton
    54. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    55. Essential Manners for Men - Peter Post
    56. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    57. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    58. The Boys of Summer - Roger Kahn
    59. A Separate Peace - John Knowles
    60. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
    61. The Stranger - Albert Camus
    62. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
    63. The Pearl - John Steinback
    64. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
    65. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
    66. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
    67. Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
    68. The Great Railway Bazaar - Paul Theroux
    69. Fear and Trembling - Soren Kierkegaard
    70. Undaunted Courage - Stephen Ambrose
    71. Paradise Lost - John Milton
    72. Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
    73. The American Boy's Handy Book - Daniel Carter
    74. Into Thin Air - John Krakauer
    75. King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard
    76. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    77. A River Runs Through It - Norman Maclean
    78. The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
    79. The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X
    80. Theodore Rex - Edmun Morris
    81. The Counte of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
    82. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
    83. The Red Bage of Courage - Stephen Crane
    84. Lives - Plutarch
    85. The Strenuous Life - Theodore Roosevelt
    86. The Holy Bible - Various
    87. The Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
    88. The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
    89. The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler
    90. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    91. The Dangerous Book for Boys - Conn Iggulden
    92. The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
    93. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin
    94. The Histories - Herodotus
    95. From Here to Eternity - James Jones
    96. The Frontier in American History
    97. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
    98. Self-Reliance and Other Essays - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    No top 100 list will ever be perfect, but I think that is a nice list overall. It's obviously lacking. I couldn't create a top 100 list without The Origin of Species or one of Stephen Hawkings books.

    There's also not a single Charles Dickens novel in that list. The Once and Future King would trump several books in that list, for me. Also, while it has The Iliad and The Odyssey, it is missing the Aeneid, which for me is like having only 2 out of 3 parts of the holy trinity of epic poems.

    Every list is going to be influenced by whoever created it. I would have the essays of Michel De Montaigne in mine, Gargantua and Pantagruel, and others.

    There are a ton of great books in that list though.

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    Great men are notable historical figures. Genghis Khan, Saddam Hussain etc et-bleeding-cetera. I suppose being a notable bear-killer and border-stretcher gets the cove into the club. Seonaidh Neill mor 'an Neill now was not a great man but I would prefer his company.

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    Odd that Rand is the only female author on the list. Where are Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Shelley, etc.?

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    Mary Shelley and Harper Lee are on the list too......

    Four Steinbecks, two Hemingways, two Orwells, two Kerouacs, two Vonneguts, two Krakauers - but only one Shakespeare. Hmm - so that's what it takes to be manly?

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    Clinging to Douvres rocks Gilliatt Gurgle's Avatar
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    Nice list.
    A few additional that should be considered
    Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
    The RA Expeditions Thor Heyerdahl
    Flags of Our Fathers James Bradley
    The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
    Kill It and Grill It Ted Nugent
    "Mongo only pawn in game of life" - Mongo

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    All are at the crossroads qimissung's Avatar
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    Lost in the bell's curve
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    "Kill it and Grill it" I think we need a womanly list! Let me get a pen and paper...
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    I just want to read. chrisvia's Avatar
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    An admirable and admittedly skewed list, but I'd applaud anyone for reading any of these books--male, female, or otherwise.
    "J'ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage."
    - Rimbaud

    "Il est l'heure de s'enivrer!
    Pour n'être pas les esclaves martyrisés du Temps,
    enivrez-vous sans cesse!
    De vin, de poésie ou de vertu, à votre guise."
    - Baudelaire

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