Thursday, November 03, 2016

I like to think of myself as fairly well read

but actually I'm not:

This is a list of the top 10 books assigned by each of the top 10 colleges combined into one list  out of the 84 separate books I have read 16 and dabbled in a few others:

Count
Text
Author
106
The Clash of Civilizations
Huntington, Samuel
88
Republic
Plato
87
Leviathan
Hobbes, Thomas
87
The Prince
Machiavelli, Niccolò
76
The Elements of Style
Strunk, William
69
Leadership without Easy Answers
Heifetz, Ronald
60
Letter from the Birmingham Jail
King, Jr., Martin Luther
57
Principles of Corporate Finance
Brealey, Richard
52
Wealth of Nations
Smith, Adam
51
The Communist Manifesto
Marx, Karl
44
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Kahneman, Daniel
43
A Primer for Policy Analysis
Stokey, Edith
43
A Theory of Justice
Rawls, John
40
The Metaphysics of Morals
Kant, Immanuel
39
Thank You for Arguing
Heinrichs, Jay
37
On Liberty
Mill, John Stuart
36
Quarterly Review
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
33
Macroeconomics
Blanchard, Olivier
32
Confessions
Saint Augustine
32
The Social Contract
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
31
Learning and Teaching
Sheridan, Harold James
28
Lectures on Macroeconomics
Blanchard, Olivier
28
The Politics
Aristotle
27
“The Problem of Social Cost”
Coase, R. H.
27
Calculus: Early Transcendentals
Stewart, James
27
Capital
Marx, Karl
27
Introduction to Econometrics
Stock, James
27
Oedipus
Sophocles
26
A Short Guide to Writing About Art
Barnet, Sylvan
26
Civilization and its Discontents
Freud, Sigmund
26
Heart of Darkness
Conrad, Joseph
25
Economics
Krugman, Paul
25
Japanese, the Spoken Language, Part 1
Jorden, Eleanor Harz
23
Ethics
Aristotle
23
The Evolution of Cooperation
Axelrod, Robert
23
The Tragedy of the Commons
Hardin, Garrett James
21
Autobiography
Franklin, Benjamin
21
Econometrics
Hayashi, Fumio
21
Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle
21
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Kuhn, Thomas
20
The Art and Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent
Harle, J. C.
19
Analytical Politics
Hinich, Melvin
19
Canterbury Tales
Chaucer, Geoffrey
19
Globalization and its Discontents
Stiglitz, Joseph
19
Statistics with Stata 3
Hamilton, Lawrence
18
Cyborg Citizen
Gray, Chris Hables
18
Persuasion
Austen, Jane
18
The Logic of Congressional Action
Arnold, R. Douglas
17
Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing
Manning, Christopher
17
Macroeconomics
Barro, Robert
17
Public Finance
Rosen, Harvey
16
Code and other Laws of Cyberspace
Lessig, Lawrence
16
Macroeconomic Theory
Sargent, Thomas
16
The Learning Center
Brown, Robert
16
The Technological Society
Ellul, Jacques
16
The Transparent Society
Brin, David
15
“Creative Writing”
Stegner, Wallace
15
Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
Schumpeter, Joseph Alois
15
Diplomacy
Kissinger, Henry
15
Office Hours
Foster, Norm
15
The Peloponnesian War
Thucydides
14
A Social History of American Technology
Cowan, Ruth Schwartz
14
Ethnic Groups in Conflict
Horowitz, Donald
14
Frankenstein
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
14
Illuminations
Benjamin, Walter
14
Robinson Crusoe
Defoe, Daniel
14
Simulations
Baudrillard, Jean
14
The Discourses
Machiavelli, Niccolò
14
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Weber, Max
14
To End a War
Holbrooke, Richard
14
Understanding Media
McLuhan, Marshall
13
Artificial Intelligence
Russell, Stuart
13
Rethinking the Public Sphere
Fraser, Nancy
13
The Control Revolution
Beniger, James
12
Two Treatises of Government
Locke, John
10
Invisible Man
Ellison, Ralph
10
The Odyssey
Homer
9
Anthropology
Boas, Franz
9
Democracy in America
Tocqueville, Alexis De
9
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Agee, James
9
Zapata and the Mexican Revolution
Womack, John
8
The Anti-Politics Machine
Ferguson, James
8
The Iliad
Homer

If you look at just the 10 most assigned books I do a little better - I have read 5 of 10 there.  Now whether I actually understood any of what I read is a matter for debate.


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