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Recommended Reading: Ten Books That Shaped Your World (UPDATED)

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3:14 PM, Mar 19, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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Recommended Reading: Ten Books That Shaped Your World (UPDATED)

Books do furnish a room.

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No matter how this weekend's vote turns out, we're going to need to take a break from health care reform. Like government spending, health care has crowded out the market for political discussion. Glance at the news, and you would have no way of knowing that other things are happening.

Among the topics subsumed by the health care debate? A fascinating discussion over the 10 books that have influenced one's world view. Tyler Cowen got the ball rolling with his list. Read some follow-ups here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. As a card-carrying nerd, I love book lists, and picked up some new titles from the various recommendations. (One note: Most of these guys are econ bloggers, so their picks lean heavily in that direction.)

The exercise got me thinking about what my list would look like. You'll find it under the fold, in no particular order, and without commentary:

1. Republic.

2. Cosmos and The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.

3. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison.

4. Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk.

5. Wealth of Nations.

6. Reflections on the Revolution in France.

7. The Conservative Mind from Burke to Eliot by Russell Kirk.

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