Charles Clanton Rogers

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A proposed list of essential  publications which promotes cultural literacy for an informed person of the Twenity-first Century.  This is a “living list”.

I solicit your nominations of authors, titles and your ideas regarding  ranking on the list.

1. The Torah :  “Plant a tree, have a child and write a book.”

2. Book of Micah, Chapter 6:8, Hebrew Bible

3. Book of Job, Hebrew Bible

4. Beatitudes, The Sermon on the Mount, Book of Matthew, Christian New Testament

5. Mangala Sutra from Bhagavad Gita

6. Hippocratic  Oath, Hippocrates, 5th Century BC, “First of all do no harm!”

7. The Socratic Dialogues, Plato and Xenophon, Fourth Century B C

8. Sapiens, A Brief History of  Humankind, Yuval Harai

9. The Art of  War, Sun Tzu, Sixth Century, B C,

10. A History of Warfare, John Keegan

11.  The Rise and Fall of Alexandria, Howard Reed and Justin Pollard

12. The Crime of Galileo, Giorgio Santillana

13. The Adventure of English, Melvin Bragg

14 Shakespeare: The World as Stage, Bill Bryson

15. The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson

16. The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln

17. The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean (The Elements and the Periodic Table)

18. Descent With Modifications and Natural Selection, Charles Darwin

19. Principes of Heredity, GregorMendal

20. Betraying Spinoza, Rebecca Goldstein

21. Walden, Henry David Thoreau

22. Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis

23. Dreamers off the Day, Mary Doria Russell

24. The Winds of War, Herman Wouk

25. War and Remembrance, Herman Wouk

26. The Life of a Cell, Lewis Thomas

27. DNA, Andrew Berry and James Watson

28. Genome, Mark Ridley

29. The Blue Marble Soliloquy, Carl Sagan

The challenge is on. Now, waiting for the echo.



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