Books That Shaped America 2012

TOP 25: Favorites in 2012

  1. Ayn Rand (1905–1982). Atlas Shrugged, 1957
  2. Harper Lee (1926−2016). To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
  3. Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835–1910). The Adventures of Huckleberry, 1884
  4. Thomas Paine (1737–1809). Common Sense, 1776
  5. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896). Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, 1852
  6. The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, 1788
  7. Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). The Jungle, 1906
  8. J. D. Salinger (1919–2010). The Catcher in the Rye, 1951
  9. John Steinbeck (1902–1968). The Grapes of Wrath, 1939
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism, 1939
  11. Ray Bradbury (1920–2012). Fahrenheit 451, 1953
  12. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940). The Great Gatsby, 1925
  13. Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). Little Women; or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, 1868
  14. Margaret Mitchell (1900–1949). Gone With the Wind, 1936
  15. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel, 1904–1991). The Cat in the Hat, 1957
  16. Rachel Carson (1907–1964). Silent Spring, 1962
  17. Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862). Walden; or, Life in the Woods, 1854
  18. Jack Kerouac (1922–1969). On the Road, 1957
  19. Betty Friedan (1921–2006). The Feminine Mystique, 1963
  20. L. Frank Baum (1856–1919). The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900
  21. Herman Melville (1819–1891). Moby-Dick; or, the Whale, 1851
  22. Dale Carnegie (1888–1955). How to Win Friends and Influence People, 1936
  23. Joseph Heller (1923–1999). Catch-22, 1961
  24. Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass, 1855
  25. Benjamin Spock (1903–1998). The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, 1946