1) Estimate the total number of books you've owned in your life. Lord....I have a library of at least 1,200 books presently. At least 500 more than that.
2) What's the last book you bought? Light Before Day. Christopher Rice. His first two books were on clearance at Unabridged Books in Chicago a few weeks ago when I was there. I bought them for the hell of it. I read A Density of Souls and was hooked. He's a great writer.
3) What's the last book you read? Light Before Day is complicated, somewhat flawed, but a great story with wonderful characters and fascinating subject matter, the crystal meth trade and epidemic in California.
4) List 5 books that mean a lot to you. This is difficult!!!
1. The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk. An amazing survey of western conservative thought. It literally gave birth to serious American conservatism. I was fortunate enough to become a friend of Dr. Kirk and his family.
2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. There is so much about Objectivism with which I disagree, but much that attracts me as well. Atlas Shrugged is a work of pure genius, whether you believe it to be evil genius or a guide for how to live as a human being.
3. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn. My interest in American history is primarily an interest in ideas, not battles, names, dates, and places. This book was the origin of that interest. This seminal work by a brilliant Harvard historian changed the course of the study of the ideas that animated the Founding Fathers. Bailyn is a brilliant teacher, too. I was fortunate to take his class at Harvard on the American Revolution. This is what the study of history should be. Baylin contends that the common pre-Revolution American was highly attuned to the ideas that brought about the rebellion.
4. Principle-Centered Leadership by Steven Covey You may love him or hate him, but this is the best leadership book I've read.
5. Lots of books about Lincoln that I can't decide how to rank. David Donald's Lincoln is incredible, and so is the author, another professor of mine.
Part of a meme is to flag 5 others to answer the same questions. I don't know who reads this, but, if you do: Ross, Teri, Lois, Jason, and John J.