What are the best books for Year 1 in the Great Conversation list?

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    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 

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    Gabriel Valadez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "one of the best pieces of literarture"
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    #2The Communist Manifesto

    The Communist Manifesto
    The Communist Manifesto is an influential political document written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels originally published in 1848. This work summarises the authors' theories about the nature of society and politics, considered as a continuous class struggle.

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    William Estrada
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "So I was looking up a book for this and I think The Communist Manifesto is just what you are looking for. It has a lot of great information which you probably would not know without reading this book. I highly recommend it. "
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    #3The Wealth of Nations

    The Wealth of Nations

    The Wealth of Nations is a classical economical financial book about political thought written by Adam Smith. First published in 1776, this book is published in 2003 by Bantam Classics. This has over 1,000 pages.


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    Raymond Franklin
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I'll be honest, this isn't an easy read. But it's surprising how many economic ideas still carry over even two centuries later. I would recommend it to someone who works with money for a living."
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    #4What Is Life?

    What Is Life?
    What Is Life?: with "Mind and Matter" and "Autobiographical Sketches" is a philosophical and investigative book written by Erwin Schrodinger with contribution and a foreword from Roger Penrose.

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    Justin Aguilar
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "What Is Life? is a pretty good book. It is a philosophical yet psychological book. It wasn't the greatest written thing by any means, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who wants some easy reading."
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    #5The Social Contract

    The Social Contract
    The Social Contract is written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and translated by Maurice Cranston was originally published in 1762. This book about French revolution tackles the Origin of Inequality and Political Economy.

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    Marie Bishop
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I am not very familiar with the authors work honestly or even the topic at hand. I would say this is only a decent one to pick up judging by the few reviews it has on the site. I also feel like there are a lot more worth picking up and more widely know books compared to this one."
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    #6The Prince

    The Prince
    The Prince is a 16th-century political analysis written by Niccolò Machiavelli. This book explains the different types of states, how to acquire and maintain political power and the character and behavior a good prince has to have in order to rule his territory properly.

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    Paul Gomez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I'm not going to deny that this is a good book and a well written one by Machiavelli. However, I must admit it also didn't grab me like some others have managed to do and that's fine - that's art! It doesn't always resonate with you. That being said, if you're familiar with his work and the topic looks good to you, it's most likely worth the read."
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    #7St. Augustine Confessions

    St. Augustine Confessions

    St. Augustine's Confessions is Henry Chadwick's English translation of the famous biography written by St. Augustine himself. It is about the saint's life, from his childhood as a farm boy in Algeria to a powerful clergyman in Milan.


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    Joe James
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The classic addition of the timeless confessions of St. Augustine is a great read,i remember my mother insisted i read it as a child and to this day my high level is of reading is do to this book,great for teens to adults!"
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    #8The Republic

    The Republic
    The Republic is one of the most famous works of the Greek philosopher Plato. Written around 380 BC, the book is a Socratic dialogue in which an ideal state is defined. Is considered one of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory.

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    Víctor Chávez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I found this book amazing. It was awesome to read what Plato was thinking. It was a good view of the man and his thoughts. I would strongly suggest this book to anyone trying to learn more about Greek history or Plato. "
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    Lysistrata is an ancient comedy play written by Aristophanes and translated by Sarah Ruden. The story revolves around one woman who forced other Greek women to withhold sex from their husbands in an effort to stop the Peloponnesian war.


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    Phillip Carroll
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A great comedy book set in Greece. A Greek woman forces other Greek woman to withhold sex."
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    #10The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon is a non-fiction novel published in 1776. This book follows the history of the Western Civilization during the peak of the Roman Empire's power and influence.

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    Michael Morris
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Very informational. Great read. If you like this subject then you've got to read this book. Great for any history buff especially of this era."
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    #11Gargantua and Pantagruel

    Gargantua and Pantagruel
    Gargantua and Pantagruel is a classic cultural France fiction novel written by François Rabelais, translated by M.A. Screech. With over 1,000 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Penguin Classics.

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    Laura Perry
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is classic comedy. The translator gets in the way of the hunir at times with his arrogance, but overall a great read."


Best What are the best books for Year 1 in the Great Conversation list
1HamletBooks 23 Paid
2The Communist ManifestoBooks 20 Paid
3The Wealth of NationsBooks 19 Paid
4What Is Life?Books 18 Paid
5The Social ContractBooks 17 Paid
6The PrinceBooks 16 Paid
7St. Augustine ConfessionsBooks 14 Paid
8The RepublicBooks 14 Paid
9LysistrataBooks 13 Paid
10The Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpireBooks 7 Paid

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