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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Ms. Madeline,

    Interesting, "Page not Found."

    Are you saying billionaires don't have time to read?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post


    Yes, read it.
    Ms. Madeline,

    Good theme, concept, horrible book. Kinda like "Atlas Shrugged." Rand tended to go off on tirades. Such as at the cocktail party in Shrugged, D' Aconia is asked "isn't money the root of all evil?" and 100 pages later, he is still talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    Is this a billionaire-only bookstore? Does it have a golden toilet?
    I know a tower where you're likely to find one....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post


    Not I; this is a title I am unfamiliar with.
    You absolutely MUST read the Foundation series! As classic as they come. The original three (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Founation) were originally short stories, that were later compiled into these three novels. Later, Asimov penned Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth, and other authors (following Asimov's death) added to the history.

    Oh, and you should also read the robot short stories and novels (the novels being Caves of Steel; The Naked Sun; Robots of Dawn; and Robots and Empire), all of which take place in the same universe.

    Then there are other novels also occurring in the same universe: The Stars Like Dust; Currents of Space; and Pebble in the Sky.

    Those should keep you busy for a couple days.

    (Did I miss any?)
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    I was expecting The Art of War to be on this list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    I was expecting The Art of War to be on this list.
    That's a manual, not a novel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnotaFrayed View Post
    So, what exactly does being a billionaire mean, with regard to why anyone should care what they are or are not reading, compared to one's next door neighbor.....

    Just curious Madeline. My only thought being, I see these sorts of things all the time, yet billionaires, just as millionaires, middle class and poor people, come in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and motivations, but they all share one thing.....they are human beings.

    My first thought in reading your OP title was.......Bernie Madoff was a billionaire, Donald Trump is a billionaire.........so are Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.......While they all might have (or had) billions...and some seem to share some traits, while others do not, I don't know if their reading choices signals something specific to their being billionaires.

    Again, just curious and commenting, not criticizing you, if I might be being critical of what sometimes seems a proliferation of "association" things........Trump, it is said.....is not much of a reader, if a reader, at all, aside from news feeds and his own tweets and that which we all need to do to run a household.

    It is interesting to contemplate......does the reading make the reader or the reader choose the reading.....based on who the reader, already is, billionaire or not? I don't know...


    If you have not already read the following, you might find some of them interesting....










    None are super recent, but all represent situations that require one to think and put one's self in the position of others, perhaps the main spark for empathy and consideration of others, discovered from reading, if not innate in one's soul
    The billionaire readers, which obviously and very sexist-ly excluded Oprah as well as other female billionaires, are not interesting because they have money. The 5th generation of DuPonts has money. Most are less interesting than a potted plant.

    And where is Tyler Perry? Shonda Rhimes? Stephen Speilberg? The entertainment industry is not going to lose its potency as a shaper of our futures.

    These people made money, and did it without stealing, a la Bernie Madoff, Carl Ichan and Donald Trump. They are shaping the future of humanity, so their breadth of vision is worth seeing.

    But money is only one way to measure influence. It might be more interesting to know what Banksy reads.

    I'd love to know LeBron's list of most influential novels.
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    And yes. It is more important to me to know what you read, @KnotaFrayed. I have respect for your POVs.

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    My most influential novels?

    1. The Cancer Ward, by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn.

    2. Catch 22, Joseph Heller

    3. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein

    4. Stormy Weather, Carl Haissen

    5. Exodus, by Leon Iris

    6. Contagion, by Robin Cooke

    And

    7. Postmortal, by Drew Magary

    And most of Stephen King's novels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    My most influential novels?

    1. The Cancer Ward, by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn.

    2. Catch 22, Joseph Heller

    3. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein

    4. Stormy Weather, Carl Haissen

    5. Exodus, by Leon Iris

    6. Contagion, by Robin Cooke

    And

    7. Postmortal, by Drew Magary

    And most of Stephen King's novels.
    Ms. Madeline,

    I don't know if you call it inspirational, but ones that stuck with me:

    1. "A Garden of Sand" Earl Thompson

    2. "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "100 Years of Solitude" Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    3. "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "Still Life with Woodpecker" Tom Robbins

    4. "Siddartha" Herman Hess

    5. "Manhattan Transfer" and the "America" trilogy by John Dos Passos

    6. "Breakfast of Champions" Kurt Vonnegut

    7. "Droll Stories" Balzac

    8. "The Decameron" Baccaccio

    9. "The Death of Artemio Cruz" Carlos Fuentes

    and one I read that was just fun:

    10. "Dona Flor and her Two Husbands" Jorge Amado

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