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Below is every recommendation I've received in the past four years. I haven't read or watched anything on this list, so if you're offended by a selection, I take no responsibility. The names of the recommenders have been omitted. "Must" means the recommender nearly slapped me for having been so ignorant as to not have read the book or watched the movie. "Should" means the recommender just thought I was being an uneducated bumpkin for the same.

Must Read

Nicholas and Alexandra
The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes
When Johnny Got His Gun
Ender's Game
Truth Machine, James Halperin
The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson
Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose
The Portable MBA
Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer
The Prison Meditations of Father Alfred Delp
Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
The Illuminatus Trilogy, Robert Anton Wilson
Schroedinger's Cat, Robert Anton Wilson
Into the Mouth of the Cat
Lord of the Flies
Fatal Conceit, Friedrich Hayek
The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith
The Winds of War
The Divine Comedy, Dante
War and Peace
Jane Eyre
Oedipus Rex

Must Watch

Apocalypse Now
Bladerunner (both cuts)
Blue Movie
Das Boot (both cuts)
Gods and Monsters
Interview with Andrei
Higher Learning
Lord of the Flies
The Princess Bride
AOG/Tom Hanks Presents: Return with Honor
The Wind and the Lion

Should Read

The Chosen, Chaim Potok
Lucifer's Hammer
The News Business, John Chancellor and Walter Mears
Built to Last
The Gutenberg Elegies
Bulfinch's Mythology
Heavy Weather, Bruce Sterling
Snowcrash, Neal Stephenson
Zodiac, Neal Stephenson
Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
Personal Magnetism, Andrew J. DuBrin
Charisma, Tony Alessandra
Where's the Rest of Me?, Ronald Reagan
An American Life, Ronald Reagan
anything by Stephen Bury
anything by Alexander Pope
anything by Philip K. Dick
anything by William Gibson
anything by Tom Robbins
biographies of Archimedes, Newton, Descartes, Leibniz

Should Watch

Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Altered States
American Graffiti
The Beach
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cider House Rules
Dangerous Beauty
Full Metal Jacket
Ghost in the Shell
James Bay: The wind that keeps blowing
Kama Sutra
Mad Max
Michael Collins
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Murphy's Romance
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Raising Arizona
Red, White, and Blue
The Red Violin
Requiem for a Dream
Run Lola Run
Thin Red Line

last updated 9.22.2002