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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 Reason Why by Cecil Woodham-Smith
The Reason Why
by Cecil Woodham-Smith
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Recommended by:
David Halberstam
Pulitzer Prize for Journalism


The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Warlord of Mars
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Recommended by:
Sir Edmund Hillary
Conqueror of Mt. Everest


The Name Above the Title by Frank Capra
The Name Above the Title
by Frank Capra
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Recommended by:
Ron Howard
Oscar for Best Director


Moby-Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville
Moby-Dick, or The Whale
by Herman Melville
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Recommended by:
John Irving
National Book Award


The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
The Origin of Species
by Charles Darwin
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Recommended by:
Donald Johanson
Discoverer of Lucy


The Republic by Plato
The Republic
by Plato
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Recommended by:
Philip Johnson
Dean of American Architects


Roughing It by Mark Twain
Roughing It
by Mark Twain
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Recommended by:
Chuck Jones
Animation Pioneer


The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Song of Hiawatha
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Recommended by:
James Earl Jones
National Medal of Arts


Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell
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Recommended by:
Anthony Kennedy
Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court


Escape From Freedom by Erich Fromm
Escape From Freedom
by Erich Fromm
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Recommended by:
Henry Kravis
Financier and Investor


My Name is Aram by William Saroyan
My Name is Aram
by William Saroyan
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Recommended by:
Charles Kuralt
A Life On the Road


The Meaning of Relativity by Albert Einstein
The Meaning of Relativity
by Albert Einstein
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Recommended by:
Leon Lederman
Nobel Prize in Physics


The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner
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Recommended by:
Wynton Marsalis
Pulitzer Prize for Music


Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
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Recommended by:
Craig McCaw
Pioneer of Telecommunications


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
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Recommended by:
Frank McCourt
Pulitzer Prize for Biography


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