David Brooks' Summer Reading Picks

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David Brooks' Summer Reading Picks

David BrooksAuthor David Brooks shared with his readers some of his favorite titles for summer reading in the New York Times column, "Really Good Books." How many of these books have you read? Need a challenge this summer: read them all! 

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Really Good Books, Part I:

George Orwell, A Collection of Essays

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Michael Oakeshott “Rationalism in Politics” (the library doesn't have this book, but check out Oakeshott's, On Human Conduct)

Robert Penn Warren, All the Kings Men

F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby

Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Ford Maddox Ford, The Good Soldier

Brooks Picks Display

Really Good Books, Part II:
Thucydides, The Peleponesian Wars

Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton

Edmund Morris’ biography of Theodore Roosevelt

My Early Life by Winston Churchill

W.H. Auden’s poem, “Leap before you look”

St. Augustine, Confessions

Joseph Soloveitchik, Lonely Man of Faith

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Scott Spencer, Endless Love

George Eliot, Middlemarch