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Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You’ll Ever Read Paperback – November 2, 2010
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“[Book groups] would be well advised to bypass the best-sellers in front of bookstores and libraries and pick up this clever (and useful) reading guide. This book’s authors have an eye for offbeat and unappreciated classics […and] taste that spans the highbrow-lowbrow cultural divide.” (Chicago Tribune Books)
“Sometimes the biggest problem a book discussion group faces is finding a book that everyone wants to read. Here’s the solution: get a copy of Read this Next...open it to a page at random, and read whatever book is discussed on that page.” (Bob Etier, Technorati.com)
“[A] brisk and often funny guide, bristling with snap judgments, the snappier the better.” (Wall Street Journal)
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Everyone who loves to read should have this book--especially if you are, as I am, constantly disappointed by the recommendations of friends and the constant barrage of houses telling me "what's hot" and what I should be reading. This book will help every reader make better choices. I know it helped me!
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What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg is a suggested read in the Work and Money category of books. Here is question one: "Is there anything admirable about Sammy Glick? Do you ever wish you could squash people without remorse? Did you ever just go ahead and squash people without remorse? Do you think it's really necessary to do this in order to advance rapidly in the world?"
The problem is, I've not read enough of the books on his list, yet. I'm putting it next to my desk so that the next time I need a book, or need some commentary on the book, Mittelmark's book will be there, fully of short, quick and insightful commentary, without too much depth or weight.