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So I watched the Time Machine this past weekend. . . .


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The 1960s one, love the FX and the costuming and the treatment of the source material wasn't bad.  Near the end of end of it, George (known as the time traveler in HG Wells' novel upon which the film was based) vanishes once again into the future with three books.  So here is my question to you.  What three books would you recommend everyone read to either improve themselves, improve society, or just gain a better grasp of the world we are in and how it came to be.  There are truly no wrong answers here.  Just three books.  Also, for each one tell us why you chose that book.  

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Since I bet most people will choose overtly political books, let me recommend something that reveals it's political beliefs through historical fact/fiction.

My favorite series of books all time.

If you want to be a smarter person when you're finished...

Patrick O'Brian's "Master & Commander" series.

Brilliant beyond belief...


The Aubrey–Maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels—20 completed and one unfinished—by English author Patrick O'Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centring on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, a physician, natural philosopher, and intelligence agent. The first novel, Master and Commander, was published in 1969 and the last finished novel in 1999.[1] The 21st novel of the series, left unfinished at O'Brian's death in 2000, appeared in print in late 2004. The series received considerable international acclaim, and most of the novels reached The New York Times Best Seller list.[1] These novels comprise the heart of the canon of an author often compared to Jane Austen, C. S. Forester and other British authors central to English literature.[2][3][4][5]

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