Vintage Reading: From Plato to Bradbury: A Personal Tour of Some of the World's Best Books

Vintage Reading brings eighty of the world's most unforgettable books out from behind the high castle walls, lowers the drawbridge, and welcomes readers inside. With lively and concise commentary, award-winning author Robert Kanigel throws an arm around the reader and becomes the tour guide to classics, best-sellers, lesser-known greats, and everything in-between.

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Tags: books confessions bible english stories charles dickens essays hitler hamilton smith night old testament freud wright an essay on the principle of population thomas malthus ecclesiastes h l mencken mein kampf forster machiavelli jane austen pride and prejudice gilgamesh ray bradbury white alice in wonderland orwell death be not proud darwin twain bierce austen madison plato lewis dickens mark twain james tacitus longfellow wonderland james madison elie wiesel bronte flatland bradbury rudyard kipling wolfe adams hilton hardy alexander hamilton george orwell william james my life analysis duncan babylonian faulkner lewis carroll alices adventures in wonderland malthus charles darwin aldous huxley look homeward angel thomas wolfe the portrait of a lady henry james as i lay dying william faulkner wuthering heights emily bronte kim kipling carroll justine lawrence durrell durrell oliver twist a passage to india e m forster my antonia willa cather cather madame bovary gustave flaubert flaubert dorothy parker parker the prince niccolo machiavelli the devils dictionary ambrose bierce adolf hitler nana emile zola zola john reed reed ten days that shook the world native son richard wright montaigne dialogues the wealth of nations adam smith the decline and fall of the roman empire edward gibbon gibbon the origin of species the histories herodotus the federalist papers jay john jay the annals of imperial rome the peloponnesian war thucydides democracy in america alexis de tocqueville de tocqueville only yesterday frederick lewis allen allen microbe hunters paul de kruif de kruif selected works cicero coming of age in samoa margaret mead mead the outermost house henry beston beston the amiable baltimoreans francis f berine berine what to listen for in music aaron copland copland gods graves and scholars c w ceram ceram the stress life hans selye selye the greek way edith hamilton a journal of the plague year daniel defoe defoe the doors of perception huxley elective affinities johann wolfgang von goethe von goeth homage to catalonia civilization and its discontents sigmund freud arrowsmith sinclair lewis roughing it a study in scarlet arthur conan doyle doyle the song of hiawatha h w longfellow the rise of david levinsky abraham cahan cahan java head joseph hergesheimer hergesheimer mr pottermacks oversight r austin freeman freeman a bell for adano john hersey hersey the martian chronicles gentlemans agreement laura z hobson hobson the ten books of architecture vitruvius the lives of the most eminent italian architects painters and scholars giorgio vasari vasari the seven lamps of architecture john ruskin ruskin the nude a study in ideal form kenneth clark clark the elements of style strunk a room of ones own virginia woolf woolf the american language mencken the little prince antoine de saint exupery de saint exupery the education of henry adams henry adams edwin a abbott abbott their eyes were watching god zora neal hurston hurston a mathematicians apology godfrey h hardy isadora duncan the structure of scientific revolutions thomas kuhn saint augustine the golem gustav meyrink meyrink the razors edge w somerset maugham maugham the seven storey mountain thomas merton merton gunther john gunther lost horizon james hilton the bhagavad gita sanskrit wiesel the varieties of religious experience
About Robert Kanigel

Robert Kanigel is a winner of the Grady-Stack award for science writing, and winner of Author of the Year honors in 1998 by the 1200-member American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). He is also a National Book Critics Award finalist and a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. His The One Best Way was one of four finalists for the Global Business Book Award for biography, co-sponsored by the Financial Times of London and the management consulting firm of Booz-Allen. The Man Who Knew Infinity is now in its fifth paperback printing. His fourth book, High Season: How One French Riviera Town Has Seduced Travelers for Two Thousand Years, was published in June 2002 by Viking Press, and his fifth, Faux Real: Genuine Leather and 200 Years of Inspired Fakes, was published in 2007.

His articles and essays have been published in magazines such as The Sciences, American Health, and The New York Times Magazine. His book reviews have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Psychology Today. For many years, he taught writing in the Publications Design Program at the University of Baltimore. Since September 1999, Kanigel has been a professor of science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and administrator of its new Graduate Program in Science Writing. A Kanigel talk on Vintage Reading was broadcast on C-Span's "About Books" in August 1998.

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