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    Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    What is the most influential book you have ever read? Or your favorite? Could be anything from The Bible or Koran or what-have-you, to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, to Fifty Shades of Grey.

    My favorite books are numerous, I even more have favorite authors than anything. JD Salinger is probably my favorite overall, with Catcher in the Rye being not only one of my two favorite books (along with Pride and Prejudice), but also one of the most influential. Kurt Vonnegut is my other favorite author.

    Other than Catcher, I would choose The Bible​. (Let's not discuss religion in this thread, though, so it can stay out of the Cave. Thanks!)


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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    Mine is Dennis Rodman's "Bad As I Wanna Be."

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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    I think my last favorite book that read, which was in college, was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.



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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    I have a couple. Like Angie I'm a big Vonnegut fan, but I'd also include The Brother's Karamazov and Atlas Shrugged.


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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    A few books I read in grade school come to mind:

    To Kill a Mockingbird (All time fav)
    The Chosen
    One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest



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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    Really depends on how each influenced me:

    Politically

    Animal Farm by Orwell (along with 1984)

    Watership Down by Richard Adams

    Spiritually

    The Bible

    Motivational

    Awaken the Giant within by Anthony Robbins



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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    I'd have to go with the Bible New Testament as far as trying to lead my life a certain way. I have been influenced to some degree by "Das Energi" by Paul Williams, "A Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren, and the Carlos Castaneda books about his encounters with Don Juan. Also, "The Prince" By Niccolo Machiavelli and "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu have (perhaps negatively) influenced me on life's realities. Still, I try to see the good in people.


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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    I would say the books that most influenced my world view would be "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity" by John Stossel, "Somebody's Gotta Say It" by Neal Boortz, and "Freakonomics" by Steven Levitt. I have, of course, read more "classic" books on Liberty and Libertarianism since then, but those are the books that steered me in that direction.



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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Really depends on how each influenced me:

    Politically

    Animal Farm by Orwell (along with 1984)

    Watership Down by Richard Adams

    Spiritually

    The Bible

    Motivational

    Awaken the Giant within by Anthony Robbins
    Watership Down is way, way up there for me. Fantastic book.


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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    I'd like to say the book that influenced me most was a classic, but unfortunately I'm just not that cool.

    Robert A. Heinlein "Starship Troopers" Yes, I know that the chapters about Juan Rico's History & Moral Philosophy class were just Heinlein preaching his thoughts and values, but I believe whole-heartedly that someone who has signed up to give his life to serve his country (or hers, let's not be sexist) is someone who has earned his citizenship. I wish more people knew more about their duty than about their rights.


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    Think Oscar Wilde when he said, "every saint has a past, every sinner has a future." But also think Neil Young: the fork in the road, light a candle. Instead of cursing the darkness, let's light a candle for where we're going. This was fantastic for the world. We are better people for having been here. It was absolutely incredible. I'm inspired. I don't know when I'll ever sleep again.

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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    I couldn't help multi-quoting...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    Mine is Dennis Rodman's "Bad As I Wanna Be."

    Errrr....
    I actually read that. Jeremy had it when we were growing up, and I figured I'd give it a shot. Rodman is an interesting man.

    Quote Originally Posted by MLawrence View Post
    I think my last favorite book that read, which was in college, was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
    I've never read any Wilde, or any Truman Capote. I love classic lit, though, and have heard great things.

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneNorth View Post
    I have a couple. Like Angie I'm a big Vonnegut fan, but I'd also include The Brother's Karamazov and Atlas Shrugged.
    I read both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. My personal philosophy is different than Rand, but she's an incredibly well-written woman. Only Dostoevsky I've read was Crime and Punishmen, the summer of my 10th grade year, but it was fantastic.

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    A few books I read in grade school come to mind:

    To Kill a Mockingbird (All time fav)
    The Chosen
    One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
    Never read The Chosen​, but the other two are fantastic.


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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    The Power of Now. By Robert Tolle.



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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    Some GREAT books in this thread.


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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    I just know that somebody is going to say Madonna's "Sex" book was their most influential.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Walton
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    Re: Your Most Influential/Favorite Book

    From a political/ideology stand point, I'd say A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

    Also LOTR, of course.



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