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|"1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die"||
Really? That many economics and management books? This list IS lacking, but at least it attempts to pinpoint books that speak about something larger than just getting ahead in the corporate world. When someone in his old age is nearing death I doubt he's going to think "Oh, I wish I had read 'Management of Information Systems'" or "I'd better read another economics textbook."
I agree with some of your other picks and like your inclusion of books from outside the Western world, but The Da Vinci Code and Atlas Shrugged...don't really have a whole lot of substance. Especially the Da Vinci Code. In a few years no one will be talking about this book anymore because the characters are two-dimensional and the plot is ridiculous. As for Atlas Shrugged, people will probably be talking about this for a long time. But that is not to say that it is a good book. Ayn Rand writes bad prose--a fact which should alone exclude her from the list--but her philosophy is annoyingly preachy and sophomoric. Unfortunately most people feel the need to trudge through her ridiculously long books and make believe they LIKE her vile philosophy in order to come off as an intellectual. I once did too. But most real intellectuals (those that are university-affiliated) dismiss her novels and philosophy.