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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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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
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Recommended by:
Vincent Scully
Architectural Historian and Teacher


Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
Arrowsmith
by Sinclair Lewis
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Recommended by:
Glenn Seaborg
Discoverer of Plutonium


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
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Recommended by:
Hilary Swank
Two Oscars for Best Actress


Forever by Pete Hamill
Forever
by Pete Hamill
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Recommended by:
John Sexton
Education & Law


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.  Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
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Recommended by:
Amy Tan
Best-Selling Novelist


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Recommended by:
Bernie Taupin
Songwriters Hall of Fame


The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
The Waste Land
by T.S. Eliot
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Recommended by:
John Updike
Two Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction


Miss Pickerel Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGregor
Miss Pickerel Goes to Mars
by Ellen MacGregor
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Recommended by:
Bert Vogelstein
Cancer Researcher


The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony and Other Stories
by Franz Kafka
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Recommended by:
Elie Wiesel
Nobel Prize for Peace


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
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Recommended by:
Oprah Winfrey
Entertainment Executive


Studs Lonigan by James T. Farrell
Studs Lonigan
by James T. Farrell
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Recommended by:
Tom Wolfe
America's Master Novelist


All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
All the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren
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Recommended by:
Bob Woodward
Investigative Reporter


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