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Unread 01-02-2008, 02:31 PM   #1
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Most Influential Book(s) You've Read

What are the most influential books you have read?

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Unread 01-02-2008, 02:37 PM   #2
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Unread 01-02-2008, 02:51 PM   #3
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Ok, I'll be the serious one here... Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. That single book made more of an impact of how I approached my life and career than 100 of any other books I have read.

That book has probably saved many marriages and careers and gotten people living much closer to their potential than nearly any other book I can think of. For me, it was life changing. Once I picked it up at a friend's house in 1973, I couldn't put it down. I've re-read it maybe another half-dozen times since then... and it's time to read it again. There's nothing that surprising in it, it's really a common sense approach to how we think of relationships, and how we approach things in life. A very eye opening book, that is for sure.

By the way, I think it's the top selling book of all time, not including the Bible.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 02:53 PM   #4
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In all seriousness,
The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis. It made me think and look at things religiously slightly different.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 02:54 PM   #5
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"1984". Holy crap did that book open my eyes to the world around us.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 02:55 PM   #6
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Unread 01-02-2008, 03:03 PM   #7
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#1. The Bible. (of course)
#2. Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
#3. Hard to Believe by John McArthur
#4. The Good Life by Charles Colson
#5. The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

Those are the ones that come to mind as having a real IMPACT on my life.
I left off the ones that mearly entertained me.
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"On the Genealogy of Morality" by Friedrich Nietzsche.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 03:35 PM   #10
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
I liked Atlas Shrugged better, I think, but both are excellent.

I'll add Sun Tzu's Art of War to the list.

For a pure "never give up" moral boost, Papillion (fictional or not) is a great read.
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I liked Atlas Shrugged better, I think, but both are excellent.

I'll add Sun Tzu's Art of War to the list.

For a pure "never give up" moral boost, Papillion (fictional or not) is a great read.
I'm with you Atlas Shrugged!! Another quick read like "1984" is Ayn Rand's Anthem. Great book that takes about 45 minutes to read but it's powerful!
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South: The Endurance Expedition by Sir Ernest Shackleton

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No better survival story by a man I consider to be one of the best leaders this world has seen.
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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.... really made me think about what life was, and how little we actually matter.
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In no particular order:

Till We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis
The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade
Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell
The Bible
The Private Life of Helen of Troy, John Erskine

There are more but they tend to be on everyone's bookshelves so they're not worth mentioning again.
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