What are the best books that smart people should read?

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    #1One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.


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    Sean Elliott
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "One Hundred Years of Solitude is a really difficult story to read because of its old style of writing but once you get used to it its very good. There are some really wonderful stories that are good for sharing with others around a campfire."
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    #2War and Peace

    War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.

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    Joan Reed
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Everyone has heard of War and Peace! This is a 'classic' for a reason: it's a popular book. It's a good book! Be aware, this paperback version is over 1000 pages, but you'll come out feeling like you've really accomplished something by finishing this classic!"
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    #3Atlas Shrugged

    Atlas Shrugged
    Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical novel by Russian author, Ayn Rand. It tells the story of Dagny Taggart and John Galt, the "Destroyer." The Destroyer has encouraged important people to go on a strike and make a new society of their own.

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    Gregory Stephens
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book is only suitable for smart people or it will be hard to keep your attention. The book was quite an educational experience, but there was no humor whatsoever. It really ties into current affairs, and really makes you think about your existence in this world."
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    #4The Decline of the West

    The Decline of the West
    The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler is a philosophical and historical work divided into two volumes (published in 1918 and in 1923). The author talks about the meaning of history, the different cultures and civilizations, the role of religion and other topics.


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    Ethan Nichols
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Very good historical work and it has two volumes of it"
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    #5Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.

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    Judy Woods
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I am of the opinion that Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a book suitable for anybody to read. If you are smart, you should definitely read this book. There are so many deep elements to this story that it takes a certain person to get all of the ideas and themes."
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    #6Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.


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    Christian Bryant
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book is a classic and is a must to read for anyone who wants to broaden and expend their knowledge of literature and stimulate their thinking. It shows a rich dynamics of human relationships, psychology, romance, and life drama. It's a brilliant literary master piece that will definitely challenge and stimulate one's brain and emotional world!"
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    Confessions is an autobiographical book written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and published in 1782. In this book, the novelist and philosopher explains the story of his life, from his formative years to the achievement of international fame.

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    Andrew Owens
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Rousseau's "Confessions" is often considered a must-read. If you don't read it in high school, you probably will in college, if you're at all interested in philosophy or even classic literature. Rousseau's story is interesting and inspiring, and I recommend it for anyone who hasn't read it yet."
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    #8The Sorrows of Young Mike

    The Sorrows of Young Mike

    The Sorrows of Young Mike is a philosophical novel by John Zelazny. It tells the story of Mike, who embarks on a journey to prove that Earth really is s sphere. It is a spoof of Goethe's work, The Sorrows of Young Werther.


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    Deng Qian
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Is the Earth a sphere? Follow the journey of Mike who attempts everything to prove that the Earth is in fact a sphere. I really enjoyed this one!"
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Ishan Pillai
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Such an inspirational book. If you are curious about learning more about Steppenwolf, then this is the book to read!"
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    #10Phenomenology of Spirit

    Phenomenology of Spirit
    Phenomenology of Spirit is a nonfiction classic philosophical book written by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and translated by A.V. Miller. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 1976 by Oxford University Press.

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    Christine Carr
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book is definitely for smart people...and/or people with a lot of patience. It takes a lot to understand. But Hegel is a classic. I feel there may be better books to spend your time with, but some people just love the classics!"
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    #11The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.


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    Gerald Reed
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The pursuit of happiness or the thing we call happiness and yearn for it. It is the fundamental question of life that we humans will probably never find out. But somehow, our brain is wired in a way that finds itself in constant search of this phenomena. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil, has literally conveyed and described my entire thoughts and feelings as I am filled with them. I found myself to be completely in-line and indulged with the character named Ulrich. While reading, it gave me a sense that I am that person and he is the complete representation of my thoughts. Even though, i could not get all the complete answers, which i think will never will, the book took me to a great thought adventure and contemplation"


Best What are the best books that smart people should read
1One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 27 Paid
2War and PeaceBooks 25 Paid
3Atlas ShruggedBooks 24 Paid
4The Decline of the WestBooks 23 Paid
5Gone with the Wind Books 21 Paid
6Jane EyreBooks 20 Paid
7ConfessionsBooks 20 Paid
8The Sorrows of Young MikeBooks 18 Paid
9SteppenwolfBooks 17 Paid
10Phenomenology of SpiritBooks 3 Paid

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