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The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Best book I've ever read!
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Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Perfect book about the rebirth of a man, forgiveness and love.
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The Secret Agent
Joseph Conrad
Great early spy novel that takes place in London. Precursor to John LeCarre, Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh.
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Moby-Dick
Herman Melville
The best book I have ever read about The Sea and man's struggle against nature.
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Jude the Obscure
Thomas Hardy
The most powerful and impactful drama/tragedy I have ever read. I think about this book often.
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The Mayor of Casterbridge
Thomas Hardy
Fantastic drama with several unforgettable vignettes and plot twists.
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Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge
Roger Ebbatson
Fantastic drama with several unforgettable vignettes and plot twists.
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The Magus
John Fowles
Riveting and surreal book where reality and fantasy merge. Great read.
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The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler
Love this book. Great description of Los Angeles in the mid-twentieth century.
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Agatha Christie
Fantastic plot twist. Will just leave it at that.
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The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
Surreal, fast past thriller where you are never quite sure what is happening.
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The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett
The quintessential, American hard-boiled crime story.
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The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith
Excellent story and well told.
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The Killer Inside Me
Jim Thompson
I don't know why, but for me this is the perfect book. Fast-based, well-written, believable, and terrifying. Took me 50 years, but think I found my favorite author.
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I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54
Robert Graves
Brilliantly written and riveting tale about palace intrigue during the Roman Empire.
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In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
A non-fiction book that read like a top-notch crime thriller.
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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
E.B. Sledge
E.B Sledge's experiences in the Pacific with the U.S. Marines during WW2. One of the best war-biographies I've ever read along with "We Were Soldiers Once and Young", "Storm of Steel", and U.S. Grant's Memoirs.
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Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
U.S. Grant's "coup d'oeil of the battlefield is second to none. Grant is a humble, honest narrator and writes about his war time experiences in the Mexican War and the American Civil War as well as his interwar years in California. Best war-time biography out there.
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Storm of Steel
Ernst Junger
Ernst Junger's WW1 biography about combat on the Western Front is harrowing counterpart to All Quiet on the Western Front. Junger was wounded numerous times and led his small band of soldiers through hell. Great biography.
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