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What books have inspired you?

I'm looking into adding some books to my collection and wanted to ask the TED community :

What books have inspired you? (from science to classic novels, whatever!)

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    Jun 5 2011: "The Glass Bead Game / Magister Ludi" by Hermann Hesse
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    Jun 4 2011: The Fountainhead; Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    The Bible by various
    Some poems, usually about Love... Byron, Kukai, Auden etc
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    Jun 3 2011: "Curious George"
    written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey

    essential in any collection
  • Jun 3 2011: Plato's "Republic"
    Homer's "Iliad"
    Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov"
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    Jun 2 2011: Basically all of Malcolm Gladwell's books have inspired me to think differently about things and to realize that things are not always what they seem. He's also an incredibly entertaining writer and speaker. Check out "Outliers" and "Blink," you will not regret it.
  • Jun 2 2011: "the blind watchmaker", of Dawkins.
    "the meme machine", of Blackmore.
    "neurophilosophy", of Churchland.
  • Jun 7 2011: Augusten Burroughs' books really expanded the way I see the world. I read 'Magical Thinking' when I was ten. It was the first adult book I had ever read. It's that book that reignited my passion for reading, actually. I guess I read it and said, 'HEY! Books don't have to be boring!'