The following summarize the writings that their authors feel have shaped our collective knowledge. I am impressed by the care the authors have taken to distill so many significant writings and present them lucidly for their reader's benefit.
Ideas that Changed the World
Best-Loved Short Stories of Nineteenth-Century America
Gems of the World's Best Classics
They Made America
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
This is My Best The Tyranny of Words
The Theory of Everything
The Meaning of Everything
A Short History of Everything
The New York Times Big Book of Science Questions and Answers
The New York Public Library Literature Companion
The Scientific 100
Literature -- The Evolving Canon
The Well-Educated Mind
The Well-Trained Mind
The Book of the Mind
Books That Changed The World
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written
A Handbook to Literature, sixth edition
Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus
Dictionary of American Writers
The Granta Book of the American Short Story
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume One
Anthology of American Literature, Volume Two
Great Americans In Their Own Words
Engineering and the Liberal Arts
Felipe Fernández-Armesto, DK, New York 2003
390 pp +8
[from the back cover] Authoritative, compelling, provokative: this book reveals how ideas have shaped humankind from the dawn of civilization to the present day. From warfare to time, magic to the afterlife, and canabalizm to genetic modifications, no radical theme escapes the attention of [the author.]
This fascinating, well-illustrated summary of several hundred topics includes links showing relationships.
Compilation copyright © 2003 by Barnes & Knoble, Inc.
33 short stories from many authors.
A collection of over 100 stories from 15 nations, selected from the works of 1200 recognized masters
Approved and Presented by Lowell Thomas
Copyright © 1931, 1937 and 1948 By
The Geographical Publishing Company
Essays and Short Stories, about 160 from many nations.
From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovation
Copyright © 2004 by Harold Evans Associates LLC
Little, Brown and Company
"Terrific and inspiring stories about the dreamers and doers who dared
to create the modern face of this great nation." -- Jack Welch
Selections from the 1755 work that defined the English Language
Edited by Jack Lynch
Copyright © 2002 Jack Lynch
First published in Great Britan in Hardback in 2004 by Atlantic Books
an imprint of Grove Atlantic Ltd.
E.D.Hirsch Jr., Joseph F. Kett, James Trefil
Copyright © Houghton Mifflin Company 2002
What Every American Needs to Know
Twenty-three chapters: The Bible; Mythology and Folklore; Proverbs; Idioms; World Literature, Philosophy, and Religion; Literature in English; Conventions of Written English; Fine Arts; World History to 1550; World History since 1550; American History to 1865; American History since 1865; World Politics; American Politics; Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology; Business and Economics; Physical Sciences and Mathematics; Earth Sciences; Life Sciences; Medicine and Health; and Technology.
Copyright © 2004 by Bookspan
Edited by Retha Powers
and Kathy Kiernan
Fifty-six Acclaimed QPB Authors Share Their Favorite Works
Fascinating compilation, most enjoyable
Copyright © 1938 by Stuart Chase
This book is an experiment. Is it possible to explain
words with words? Can some of the reasons why it is
so difficult for us to communicate with one another
by means of language be set forth in that same faulty
medium? It is for the reader to judge.
A FUNdamental guide to punctuation
Copyright © 2005 by Richard Leder and John Shore
A thorough field guide to the pesky little critters of the
punctuation forest. Lederer and Shore hit the marks! -- Bill Walsh
Copyright © 1988 by Stephen W. Hawking
from the big bang to black holes
Stephen W. Hawking
Copyright © 2002 New Millennium Press
The origin and fate of the universe
[from the back cover] clearly possesses a natural teacher's gifts
-- easy, good-natured humor and an ability to illustrate highly complex
propositions with analogies plucked from daily life. -- The New York Times
The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Copyright © Simon Winchester 2003 Oxford University Press
Bill Bryson, Broadway Books, 2003
[Author]"I didn't know what a proton was, or a protein ...
So I decided that I would devote a portion of my life -- three years, as it turns out, -- to reading widely and devotedly and, as necessary, finding saintly, patient experts prepared to answer a lot of outstandingly dumb questions. The idea was to see if it isn't possible to understand and appreciate -- marvel at, enjoy even -- the wonder and accomplishments of science at a level that isn't too technical or demanding, but isn't entirely superficial either.
That was my idea and hope, and that is what the book that follows is intended to be. .." from the introduction.
The book has six parts: Lost in the Cosmos, The Size of the Earth, A New Age Dawns, Dangerous Planet, Life Itself, and The Road to Us. Those parts contain thirty chapters.
Copyright © 1997 by the New York Times
Copyright © 2001 by The Stonesong Press, Inc.
and The New York Public Library
ISBN 0-684-86890-3 Editor in chief Anne Skillion
Copyright © 1996 John Simmons
A ranking of the most influential scientists, past and present
A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds
Harold Bloom, Warner Books, 2002
"Our most valuable critic...Harold Bloom reminds us what matters -- Boston Globe"
Shakespeare comes first; Ralph Waldo Emerson is last.
Sven P. Birkerts
Copyright © 1993 by Allyn and Bacon
Copyright © 2003 by Susan Wise Bauer
W.W.Norton & Company
A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had
Some books are to be tasted,
others are to be swallowed,
and some few are to be chewed and digested. -- Francis Bacon
A guide to the Classical Education at Home
Revised and Updated
Copyright © 2004, 1999 by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer
Prologue: The story of a classical home education -- 2 topics
Part I. The grammar stage: Kindergarten through fourth grade -- 10 parts + epilogue
Part II. The Logic Stage: fifth grade through eighth grade -- 10 parts + epilogue
Part III. The Rhetorical S6age: Ninth grade through twelfth grade -- 11 parts + epilogue
Part IV. Coming Home: How to educate your child at home -- 13 parts
Appendices: Taking an oral history, Home-Educatin Organizations,
National Science Competitions, Sources, Selected Biography, Index
Key writings on the mind form Plato and the Buddha
through Shakespeare, Descartes, and Freud to the latest
discoveries of neuroscience.
Copyright © 2003 by Stephen Wilson
"Perhaps there is nothing in Nature mroe pleasing than the
study of the human mind..." Sections on:
Perception: 8 sections
Memory: 8 sections
Emotion: 13 sections
Thought: 11 sections
Consciousness: 11 sections
Self: 11 sections
Acknowledgements, Bibliography, Index
Robert B. Downs 1953, a Mentor Book revised 1983
Library of Congress 83-61330 336 pp +16
From ancient times to the twentieth century, a brilliant examination of the great works that revolutionized our ideas about the universe and ourselves.
There are twenty-seven subject selections, some with examples from several authors.
A most engaging book -- I so enjoyed it that I have given seven copies to family and friends.
The History of Thought From Ancient Times to Today
Martin Seymour-Smith, copyright 1998, Citadel Press
"These are the books that have most shaped our political, economic, and social lives -- for better or for worse. .. All of these entries are a testament to the genuine power of the written word."
This book shares just 20 choices with Books that Changed the World.
Copyright © 1992 by Macmillan Publishing Company
Earlier editions copyright © 1936 and 1960 by Odyssey Press, Inc
copyright © 1972 and 1980 by Bobbs-Merrill Company, inc.
Contains an alphabetical list of literary terms.
Outline of Literary History -- world and from the sixteenth centurary separate British and American in separate columns
Index of Proper Names
For the writer in everyone; more than 200 mini-essays by noted writers. Includes more than 300,000 synonymns and 10,000 antonyms, This should be the first book you turn to when you need the right word at the right time.
Merriam-Websters compilation of over 1600 articles on writers, literary works and movements.
Copyright © 2001 by Merram-Webster, Inc.
The companion volume to "American Writers: A Journey Through History
The C-Span program.
Richard Ford, Editor
First published in Great Britain by Granta Books © 1992
A selection of the best works of American short fiction
published in the last fifty years.
Copyright © 1994 D.C.Heath and Company
Prior edition copyright © 1990 by D.C.Heath and Company
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Colonial Period to Emergence of the American Poetic Voices
Copyright © 1989 Macmillan Publishing Company
Earlier editons © 1974, 1980 by George McMichael
Realism to the Present
Copyright © 1990
Arrangement by The Octopus Goup Limited
ISBN 0 702 45359 X
Extracts by 20 Heroic Men and Women
Benjamin Franklin 18
George Washington 10
John Adams 18
Ethan Allen 18
Abigail Adams 22
David Crockett 25
Ralph Waldo Emerson 13
Robert E. Lee 13
Abraham Lincoln 26
Margaret Fuller 10
Horace Greeley 8
Harriet Beecher Stowe 15
Louisa May Alcott 12
Mark Twain 14
Frances E. Willard 6
Henry James 13
Booker T. Washington 11
Theodore Roosevelt 7
Stephen Crane 11
Helen Keller 9
A technologist's guide to history, literature, philosophy, art, and music
Samuel C. Florman, P.E.
Copyright © 1968 by McGraw-Hill
I have recently gained much insight from what I have read and continue to read. I summarize my readings in Book Reviews on many subjects.