Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Books That Swimmers Read

First off, yes the tape on my toenail held for practice again today. Okay, now that we're past that update...

Bill Dawson found me yesterday morning at Borrone and told me that a bunch of swim folks have been meeting there and compiling a list of books they have read that "have changed the attitude, opinion, or life of the reader".

Excellent. I love life-changing books. So, here is Bill's compiled list, and below I've added my own life-changing books (not necesarrily the same as "most fun books to read" of course. Have to do that list soon too). Please add your own list and refer back to this one when you need a good book!

(Oh, and the workout today was basically long free and backstroke :).

Bennet, Anne and Dick

A Town Called Alice, Shute
African Genesis, Ardrey
Amazon, Walker
Atlas Shrugged, Rand
Bel Canto, Patchet
Collapse, Diamond
Complexity, Waldrop
Corellis Mandolin, de Berneires
Cultural Literacy, Hirsch
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Wells
Earth Abides, Stewart
Ex Libris, Fadiman
First Wives Club, Goldsmith
Food In History, Tannahill
Gamesmanship, Potter
Getting Well Again, Simonton
Guns, Germs and Steel, Diamond
Hawaii, Mitchener
How Can One Sell the Air, Chief Seattle
Influencing with Integrity, Laborde
Managing the Commons, Hardin
Miracle at Midway, Prange
Modern Times, Johnson
Mother Daughter Revolution, Debold
My Sisters Keeper, Picouldt
One Upmanship, Potter
Out of Africa, Dineson
Pioneer Women, Stratton
Practicing History, Tuchman
QED, Feynman
Rescue Pilot, McKinnon
Sandeagozer, Jenner
Spending, Gordon
The Tipping Point, Gladwell
The Bridges of Madison County, Waller
The Origins of Consciousness, Jaynes
The Notebook, Sparks
The Road from Coolrain, Conway
The Vision of the Annointed, Sowell
The Wonderful Country, Lea
The House on the Strand, du Maurier
The Territorial Imperative, Ardrey
The Future Assumption, Harris
The Girl Within, Hancock
The Cost of Rights, Holmes
The Bourbaki Gamit, Jerassi
The Clash of Civilizations, Huntington
The All True Travels & Adventures of Liddie Newton, Smiley
The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway
The Red Tent, Diamant
The Old Man and the Boy, Ruark
Time Travelers Wife, Wiffenegger
Winters Tale, Helprin
Women Who Made a Difference, Forbes
Womens Ways of Knowing, Waldorf

Dawson, Bill
A Sense of Where You Are, McPhee
A Passage to India, Forster
Assembling California, McPhee
Aubrey/Maturin Series, OBrien
Don Quixote, Cervantes
Endurance, Lansing
Free to Choose, Friedman
Henderson the Rain King, Bellow
Intellectuals, Johnson
Islam, Smith
My Young Years, Churchill
Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck
Out of Africa, Dineson
The Fate of the Earth, Schell
The Art of War, SunTzu
The Death of Socrates, Stone
The Divine Comedy, Dante
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence
The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Rhodes
The Captive Mind, Milosz
What Went Wrong, Lewis

Mortenson, Carl
1984, Orwell
Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky
Burmese Days, Orwell
Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard
Gift of the Jews, Cahill
Guns, Germs, & Steel, Diamond
Heart of Darkness, Conrad
Moby Dick, Melville
Moral Man and Immoral Society, Niebuhr
Mountains of California, Muir
On Liberty, Mill
On War, Clausewitz
The Captive Mind, Milosz
Typhoon, Conrad

Sulzbach, John
The God Particle, Lederman
The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus, Gray

Eisner, Sarah
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, McCullers
Anna Karenina, Tolstoy
Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky
Housekeeping, Robinson
Jesus Land, Scheeres
The Fountainhead, Rand


Haim said...


Without a doubt any one of the many, many, many books I have read to my kids. These same books are likely responsible for my 20 point IQ loss since their birth ;)


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