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Discover which books made a difference in the early lives of the most eminent achievers of our times.

Here, in their own words, are the answers to the question, "What book did you read when you were young that most influenced your life?" The answers reflect the wonderfully varied power of books, and remind us of some neglected classics and other works we may want to take into our own lives.

The Academy of Achievement believes the family library is a great silent force in American education. The love of books and the habits of book-buying and book-reading should be instilled early. The books that inspire us when we are young can remain our friends for a lifetime.



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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
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Recommended by:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Basketball Scoring Champion


R.E. Lee, A Biography by Douglas Southall Freeman
R.E. Lee, A Biography
by Douglas Southall Freeman
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Recommended by:
Stephen Ambrose
Biographer and Historian


The Little Grey Men by B.B. (Denys Watkins-Pitchford)
The Little Grey Men
by B.B. (Denys Watkins-Pitchford)
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Recommended by:
Julie Andrews
Legend of Stage and Screen


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne
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Recommended by:
Robert Ballard
Discoverer of the Titanic


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Recommended by:
A. Scott Berg
Pulitzer Prize for Biography


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
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Recommended by:
Jeff Bezos
Founder and CEO, Amazon.com


Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
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Recommended by:
Sergey Brin
Founding President,
Google Inc.


A Study of History by Arnold J. Toynbee
A Study of History
by Arnold J. Toynbee
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Recommended by:
J. Carter Brown
Director Emeritus
National Gallery of Art


Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
by James Agee
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Recommended by:
Jimmy Carter
Nobel Prize for Peace


The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler
The Third Wave
by Alvin Toffler
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Recommended by:
Steve Case
Co-Founder, America Online


Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis
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Recommended by:
Francis Collins
Presidential Medal of Freedom


The Two-Ocean War by Samuel Eliot Morison
The Two-Ocean War
by Samuel Eliot Morison
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Recommended by:
Tom Clancy
Best-Selling Author


Miss Susie Slagle's by Augusta Tucker
Miss Susie Slagle's
by Augusta Tucker
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Recommended by:
Denton Cooley
Pioneer of Heart Transplants


A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
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Recommended by:
Francis Ford Coppola
Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter


Edmund Dulac's Picture Book by Edmund Dulac
Edmund Dulac's Picture Book
by Edmund Dulac
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Recommended by:
Olivia de Havilland
Legendary Leading Lady



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