“King Lear” by William Shakespeare
“Tristes Tropiques” by Claude Levi Strauss
“A Fortunate Man” by John Berger
“Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo
“The Courage To Be” by Paul Tillich
“The Tanach (Hebrew Bible)” BY J, P, D and Ezra the Scribe
“Lord Jim” by Joseph Conrad
“Essais” by Michel de Montaigne
“The Lonely Man of Faith” by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik
“I-Thou” by Martin Buber
“Ulysses” by Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Shooting The Elephant” and “The Politics of the English Language” by George Orwell
“Moby Dick” by Herman Melville
“Walden” by Henry David Thoreau
Various works of Emmanuel Levinas
“A Sense of the Future” by Jacob Bronowski
“Two Cultures” by C.P. Snow
“Zorba the Greek” by Nikos Kazantzakis
“The Bear” by William Faulkner
“Turing’s Man: Western Culture in the Computer Age” by J. David Bolter
“The Praise of Folly” by Desideras Erasmus
“Science and the Modern World” (or “Process and Reality”) by Alfred North Whitehead
“Gandhi’s Truth” by Erik Erikson
“Anti-Memoirs” by Andre Malraux
“David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens
“War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy

I recognize that there are no women on my list, but I had reached the limit, otherwise it would have included “The Second Sex” by Simone de Beauvoir, “A Room of Her Own” by Virginia Woolf, and the poetry of Muriel Rukeyser. Neither are people of color inconsequential, because “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin and “The Wretched of the Earth” by Franz Fanon should really be included. Also James Agee’s “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”. Fellini, Pasolini and Bergman flicks should be ther too.

Hey Peter,

Here are some of mine:

Karl Marx’s “Manifesto,” “Early Works,” and “Das Kapital.”

Teilhard de Chardin’s “The Phenomenon of Man”

C.W. Mills, “The Power Elite” and “White Collar”

Thorsten Veblen, ‘The Theory of the Leisure Class”

Boureau & Paseron, “Cultural Reproduction”

Berger & Luckman “The Social Construction of Reality”

Max Weber, “Protestant Ethic” and essays on Bureaucracy & Politics as Way of Life

Jared Diamond, “Guns, Germs, and Steel.”

Ralph Ellison, “Invisible Man.”

Thomas Moore, “The Care of the Soul.”

Barrington Moore, “Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World.”

Paulo Freire, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.”

Buckminister Fuller

The Poetry of Rumi and Hafiz

Various Playwrights of the Theater of the Absurd, e.g. Brecht, Albee


De Toqueville, “Democracy in America”

Karl Deutsch, “Nerves of Government”

Keuhn’s book on Paradigms


Lincoln’s “Gettysberg Address”

Lao Tsu


Achebe, “Things Fall Apart”

Joseph Cambell’s Works

Peter Drucker’s Works

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