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If You Could Get Everybody to Read Just One Book, What Would it Be?


On social media last week, I asked this simple but difficult question,

If You Could Get Everybody to Read Just One Book, What Would it Be?

Here are the first couple of hundred answers received – I hope it might open your eyes to a book you have never read before.

It would be great if you would add your own answer to the list too – it’s always satisfying when you can persuade someone to read a book that you believe is life-changing. Add your answer on Twitter here, on Facebook here, or in the comments section below.

I know that I should give my own answer to the question. I’d like to complain, first of all, that it’s a ridiculously impossible question! Having moaned at myself, and allowing myself only to choose one, I will go for a book that really helped me get a better oversight of where everyone and everything fits together in the world. It’s a book I try to re-read every five years or so:

The Penguin History of the World by JM Roberts

To see the list of people’s book suggestions, click either on the Tweet or the Facebook post below (depending on whose opinion you rate more highly – Tweeters or Facebookers… 😉)

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  1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
    I’d give a reason why but it’d sound trite. Read it and you’ll see. When you’ve read it, read it again.

  2. John Campbell Posted

    Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez

  3. Mike Stroud – survival of the fittest.
    He’s an anthropologist, doctor and adventurer who’s crossed the Antarctic unsupported with Ranulph Fiennes and it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read!



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