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Another Self-Indulgent List

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Whenever I listen to Tom Palmer [2] lecture – as I did last week in Romania – I’m impressed with how many books I should have read that I have yet to read. So here, in my chagrin, I submit to the world my current list of the top ten books that I should have read by now in my career but that I haven’t yet read:

10. Erasmus’s In Praise of Folly [3]

9. Boswell’s Life of Johnson [4]

8. Alfred Marshall’s Principles of Economics [5]

7. Cervantes’s Don Quixote [6]

6. Eli Heckscher’s Mercantilism [7]

5. Aristotle’s The Nicomachean Ethics [8]

4. The Odyssey [9]

3. The Iliad [10]

2. The King James version of The Bible [11] (cover to cover; I’ve read large chunks of it)

1. Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [12]

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