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The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien This definitive fantasy epic illustrates, to a greater extent than any other book, what I take to be most deeply true, good and beautiful about the human condition and the wider world we find
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Visions Michio Kaku The first book I checked out from my high school library. Its optimism about the power of science to create a better future was infectious, and motivated me to study physics and mathematics for the
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Stories of Your Life and Others Ted Chiang The most engaging, thought-provoking stories I have ever read. The last in particular, "Hell is the absence of God" is the Book of Job for the 21st Century.
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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion David Hume Every believer who wants to call himself rational must wrestle with Hume's devastating challenge to religion: that human reasoning may be too weak to gain secure knowledge of transcendent reality.
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The Revolution: A Manifesto Ron Paul I was an unthinking liberal when I read this, and it converted me to a broadly libertarian political worldview. It convinced me once and for all that the way to greater prosperity and security is
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