Education: The Compleat Book Bag

The purpose of the game — to brighten some of the weighty thinking on the preceding pages — is to reduce everything to a little list. What five books should every educated person have read?

Some of the intellectuals approached by TIME resolutely refused to play. 'Tm against it," said Garry Wills, author, columnist and professor of American culture and public policy at Northwestern. "I think it's profoundly uneducated to frame the question in terms of lists." Others were willing to play but mistrusted the rules. "Very few books stand on their own," said...

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