Re: if one book, which and why?
Sat, 10 Oct 1998 10:04:58 EDT

I don't think I could ever recommend just one book . . . I've thought about it since this thread started and simply can't accept the premise -- even though the exercise is useful. I agree that Hofstadter's _Goedel, Escher, Bach_ comes close to meeting this standard, though. I DO have "most recommended" books, though. Over time GEB is on this short list, as is Persig's _Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance_ and Howard Buss' _The Evolution of Desire_. Recently, I've been pushing Steven Pinker's _How the Mind Works_ pretty strongly.

BTW, I keep an annotated bibliography of every book I read (how obsessive!) on the web at:
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