The list author says: "There is nothing better than the surprise of finding something fantastic by an author you've never heard of. These books span the gamut of fame to obscurity in every genre, but they have one thing in common: the human element. Each book reveals the honest, and often dark, heart of humanity."
"You may have seen the movies made from Graham Greene's books - "The Third Man", "Orient Express", and even "The Quiet American", but nothing compares to his great writing, the deep soul searching of his characters. Of his many fantastic books, this is his best."
"Perhaps the best war book ever written. Mowat is best known for his nature books such as "Never Cry Wolf", but this autobiographical work is by far the most haunting. What makes it all the more realistic is his de-evolution through the fires of war, one aspect that even modern books fail to portray."
"The dark dream of Prague comes to life in this fantastic fiction. Steeped in Eastern European and Jewish mysticism, this book was written at the height of European spiritualist fervor when the nature of man, god, and the other world were very much in question."
"The most frightening book of fiction I have ever read. The author writes "No matter where you are, you'll watch yourself dismantle every assurance you ever lived by." Don't start it late at night, and don't start it if you have something else to do in the next 48 hours, because you won't do it. You'll be reading and slowly losing your mind."
"Although a rare and obscure science fiction book, I have re-read it nearly every year for twenty years. Each time I find something now to appreciate. Although set in outer space, the truths spoken here are universal about war, love, fame, accomplishment, religion, and empire. Star Wars is for kids. This book is better."