Recommended Reading

For a selection of just the very best of Jim's list, read here.
For Jim's picks of the best business books of all time, check out The Classics.

Books are listed alphabetically by author.


Aaker, David A., Building Strong Brands

Aaker, David A., Managing Brand Equity

Abbey, Edward, The Monkey Wrench Gang

Abrashoff, Captain D. Michael, It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

Aczel, Amir D., Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market, and Just About Everything Else

Adams, Ansel, Ansel Adams: An Autobiography

Akerlof, George A., Robert J. Shiller, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism

Alighieri, Dante, The Divine Comedy

Ambrose, Stephen E., Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany

Ambrose, Stephen E., Pegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944

Ambrose, Stephen E., The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45

Ambrose, Stephen E., To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

Ambrose, Stephen E., D-Day June 6, 1944

Ambrose, Stephen E., Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

Anderson, Chris, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More

Aristotle, Ethics


Barrett, William, Irrational Man: A Study In Existential Philosophy

Berendt, John, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Berlin, Isaiah, The Hedgehog and the Fox

Berlin, Leslie, The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley

Bernstein, Peter L., Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

Birch, David, Job Creation in America: How Our Smallest Companies Put the Most People to Work

Bishop, Matthew, Michael Green, Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World

Bissinger, H.G., Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream

Boorstin, Daniel J., Cleopatra’s Nose

Boorstin, Daniel J., The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Boorstin, Daniel J., The Americans: The Democratic Experience

Boorstin, Daniel J., The Americans: The National Experience

Boorstin, Daniel J., The Discoverers

Bortz II M.D., Walter M., We Live Too Short and Die Too Long: How to Achieve and Enjoy Your Natural 100-Year-Plus Life Span

Bowen, Catherine Drinker, John Adams and the American Revolution (Harry Truman’s favorite book)

Bowen, Catherine Drinker, Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May to September 1787

Brande, Dorothea, Becoming A Writer

Breashears, David, High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places

Brown, Daniel James, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Bryson, Bill, A Short History of Nearly Everything

Buffett, Warren E., and Lawrence A. Cunningham, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

Burke, James, The Day the Universe Changed

Burns, Ken, The Civil War (PBS Video Series)

Burrough, Bryan and John Helyar, Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

Byrne, David, How Music Works


Campbell, Joseph, The Power of Myth

Camus, Albert, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

Camus, Albert, The Plague

Card, Orson Scott, Ender's Game

Caro, Robert A., Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Caro, Robert A., The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Caro, Robert A., Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Caro, Robert A., The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Catmull, Ed, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Cheney, Theodore A. Rees, Getting the Words Right: How to Revise, Edit and Rewrite

Chernow, Ron, Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Christensen, Clayton M., The Innovator's Dilemma

Churchill, Winston S., Closing the Ring: The Second World War Volume V

Churchill, Winston S., My Early Life: 1874-1904

Churchill, Winston S., The Gathering Storm: The Second World War Volumes I-VI

Churchill, Winston S., The Grand Alliance: The Second World War Volume III

Churchill, Winston S., The Hinge of Fate: The Second World War Volume IV

Churchill, Winston S., Their Finest Hour: The Second World War Volume II

Churchill, Winston S., Triumph and Tragedy: The Second World War Volume VI

Cialdini Ph.D., Robert B., Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Clavell, James, Shōgun

Connell, Evan S., Son of the Morning Star: Custer and The Little Bighorn

Conrad, Joseph, Heart of Darkness in conjunction with the movie Apocalypse Now

Conrad, Joseph, Lord Jim

Conroy, Pat, Beach Music

Conroy, Pat, My Losing Season: A Memoir

Conroy, Pat, The Prince of Tides

Conroy, Pat, The Lords of Discipline

Cosgrove M.D., Toby, The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence from One of the World's Leading Health Care Organizations

Covey, Stephen R., The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Crile, George, Charlie Wilson's War 

Cronkite, Walter, A Reporter’s Life

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Currey, Mason, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work


Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

Darwin, Charles, The Origin of Species

Dawkins, Richard, The Blind Watchmaker (especially Chapter 3)

Deming, W. Edwards, Out of the Crisis

DePree, Max, Leadership Is an Art

Diamond, Jared, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Diamond, Jared, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Didion, Joan, The Year of Magical Thinking

Dillard, Annie, The Writing Life

Dixit, Avinash K. and Barry J. Nalebuff, Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, Crime and Punishment

Douglas, John and Mark Olshaker, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

Drucker, Peter F., Managing for Results

Drucker, Peter F., Managing in a Time of Great Change

Drucker, Peter F., The Effective Executive

Drucker, Peter F., The End of Economic Man: A Study of the New Totalitarianism

Drucker, Peter F., The Practice of Management

Drury, Allen, Advise and Consent

Durant, Will, The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization Volume II


Ebenstein, Lanny, Milton Friedman: A Biography

Ehrenfeld, Tom, The Startup Garden

Ellis, Joseph J., Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation


Faulkner, William, Go Down, Moses (especially “The Bear”)

Faulkner, William, The Sound and the Fury

Feiler, Bruce, Abraham - A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths

Fisher, Roger and William Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, The Great Gatsby

Forster, E. M., A Passage to India

Fouts, Roger, Next of Kin: My Conversations with Chimpanzees

Fox, Michael J., Lucky Man: A Memoir

Frank, Robert H., and Philip J. Cook, The Winner-Take-All Society

Frankl, Viktor E., Man’s Search for Meaning

Freedman, David A., Robert Pisani and Roger Purves, Statistics

Friedman, Milton, and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

Friedman, Thomas L., The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century

Friedman, Thomas L., From Beirut to Jerusalem


Gardner, John W., On Leadership

Gardner, John W., Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society

Gates, Robert M., Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Gergen, David, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership Nixon to Clinton

Gerstner Jr., Louis V., Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise Through Dramatic Change

Gilbert, Daniel, Stumbling on Happiness

Gladwell, Malcolm, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference

Gleick, James, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

Gleick, James, Chaos: Making A New Science

Goldhill, David,  Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think About Health Care Is Wrong

Goldratt, Eliyahu M., and Jeff Cox, The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

Goleman, Daniel, Emotional Intelligence

Goodwin, Doris Kearns, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

Goodwin, Doris Kearns, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Goodwin, Doris Kearns, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

Goodwin, Doris Kearns, Wait Till Next Year

Gould, Stephen Jay, Questioning the Millennium: A Rationalist's Guide to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown

Gould, Stephen Jay, Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History

Gould, Stephen Jay, Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History

Gould, Stephen Jay, Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History

Gould, Stephen Jay, Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History

Gould, Stephen Jay, Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History

Gould, Stephen Jay, The Flamingo’s Smile: Reflections in Natural History

Gould, Stephen Jay, The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History

Gould, Stephen Jay, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

Graham, Katharine, Personal History

Grant, Ulysses S., Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Graves, Robert, I, Claudius

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Greenspan, Alan, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

Grove, Andrew S., Only the Paranoid Survive: How To Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company


Halberstam, David, Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made

Halberstam, David, The Education of a Coach

Halberstam, David, The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for An Olympic Gold Medal

Hamilton, Alexander, et al., The Federalist Papers

Hammett, Dashiell, The Maltese Falcon

Hansen, Morten, Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results

Hawken, Paul, Growing a Business

Hebrew Bible, The Book of Job

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, and Walter Kaufmann (Translator), Hegel: Texts and Commentary

Heller, Joseph, Catch-22

Hemingway, Ernest, The Sun Also Rises

Hemingway, Ernest, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea

Hesse, Hermann, Siddhartha

Hillenbrand, Laura, Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Hillenbrand, Laura, Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Hoffman, Edward, The Right to Be Human

Homer, Iliad

Hosseini, Khaled, The Kite Runner

Hugo, Victor, Les Misérables

Huntford, Roland, Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole


Isaacson, Walter, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Iverson, Ken, Plain Talk: Lessons from a Business Maverick


Jackson, Phil and Hugh Delehanty, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

Jones, Quincy, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones

Junger, Sebastian, War

Junger, Sebastian, The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea


Kabat-Zinn Ph.D., Jon, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind

Kahneman, Daniel, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Kanigel, Robert, The One Best Way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency

Katzenbach, Jon R., and Douglas K. Smith, The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization

Keneally, Thomas, Schindler’s List

Kennedy, John F., Profiles in Courage

Kennedy, Paul, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Kennedy, Robert F., Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Kidder, Tracy and Richard Todd, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction

Kidder, Tracy, Mountains Beyond Mountains

Kidder, Tracy, House

Kidder, Tracy, Old Friends

Kidder, Tracy, The Soul of a New Machine

Kierkegaard, Søren, The Sickness unto Death

Kierkegaard, Søren, Fear and Trembling

King, Gilbert, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

King, Stephen, 11/22/63: A Novel

Kirkpatrick, Andy, Psychovertical

Kissinger, Henry, On China

Koestler, Arthur, Darkness at Noon

Kopp, Wendy, A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All

Kopp, Wendy, One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph Of Teach For America And What I Learned Along The Way

Kotter, John P., The General Managers

Krakauer, Jon, Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

Krakauer, Jon, Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

Kübler-Ross M.D., Elisabeth, On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families

Kuhn, Thomas S., The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Kushner, Rabbi Harold S., When Bad Things Happen to Good People


Lamott, Anne, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Lansing, Alfred, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Larson, Erik, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

Larsson, Stieg, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Larsson, Stieg, The Girl Who Played with Fire

Larsson, Stieg, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Lavie, Peretz, The Enchanted World of Sleep

Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird

Levitt, Theodore, Thinking About Management

Lewis, Brad Alan, Assault on Lake Casitas

Lewis, Michael, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Lewis, Michael, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

Lewis, Michael, The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

Lewis, Michael, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Lord, Walter, A Night to Remember

Ludlum, Robert, The Bourne Supremacy

Luttrell, Marcus,  Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10


Machiavelli, Niccolò, The Prince

Maclean, Norman, Young Men and Fire

Maguire, Gregory, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Malone, Michael S., Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company

Manchester, William, A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age

Manchester, William, American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

Manchester, William, Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

Manchester, William, The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-1972

Manchester, William, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940 (The preamble—“The Lion Caged”—presents the best 35 pages of biographical prose I’ve ever read.)

Manchester, William, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932

Mandela, Nelson, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Maraniss, David, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi

Markopolos, Harry, No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

Martel, Yann, Life of Pi

McClusky, Mark, Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes - and We Can Learn from Them.

McCullough, David, 1776

McCullough, David, The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

McCullough, David, John Adams

McCullough, David, Truman

McFeely, Willam S., Grant: A Biography

McGregor, Douglas, The Human Side of Enterprise

McNamara, Robert S. with Brian VanDeMark, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

McPhee, John, A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton

McPhee, John, Levels of the Game

McPhee, John, The Control of Nature

McPherson, James M., For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

Melville, Herman, Moby Dick

Michener, James A., Centennial

Michener, James A., The Novel

Michener, James A., The Source: A Novel

Michener, James A., The World Is My Home: A Memoir

Miller, Merle, Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman

Morita, Akio with Edwin M. Reg Reingold & Mitsuko Shimomura, Made in Japan: Akio Morita and Sony

Morris, Edmund, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Moyers, Bill, A World of Ideas

Moyers, Bill, Genesis: A Living Conversation


Nayak, P. Ranganath, and John M. Ketteringham, Breakthroughs!: How Leadership & Drive Create Commercial Innovations That Sweep the World

Nietzsche, Friedrich, and Walter Kaufmann (Editor & Translator), The Portable Nietzsche

Nocera, Joseph, A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Joined the Money Class


Paulos, John Allen, A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Peck M.D., M. Scott, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

Pendergrast, Mark, For God, Country & Coca Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It

Peters, Thomas J., Robert H. Waterman, Jr., In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies

Pfeffer, Jeffrey, Competitive Advantage Through People: Unleashing the Power of the Work Force

Pfeffer, Jeffrey, Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations

Pirsig, Robert M., Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: And Inquiry Into Values

Plato, The Socratic Dialogues

Plous, Scott, The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making

Porter, Michael E., Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors

Prejean, Sister Helen, Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate


Rand, Ayn, Atlas Shrugged

Ray, Michael, and Rochelle Myers, Creativity in Business

Remarque, Erich Maria, All Quiet on the Western Front

Rhodes, Richard, The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Ricardo-Campbell, Rita, Resisting Hostile Takeovers: The Case of Gillette

Rich, Ben R., and Leo Janos, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

Rogers, Everett M., Diffusion of Innovations

Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter series


Sandburg, Carl, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years

Sapolsky, Robert M., Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Schlender, Brent and Rick Tetzeli, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

Schlosser, Eric, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Schlosser, Eric, Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

Schumpeter, Joseph A., Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy

Schwarzenegger, Arnold, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

Sebold, Alice, The Lovely Bones

Seligman Ph.D., Martin E. P., Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

Senge, Peter M., The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

Shaara, Michael, The Killer Angels

Shirer, William L., Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941

Shirer, William L., Gandhi: A Memoir

Shirer, William L., The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

Simonton, Dean Keith, Greatness: Who Makes History and Why

Simpson, Joe, Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival

Smith, Jean Edward, Eisenhower in War and Peace

Sobel, Dava, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Stack, Jack with Bo Burlingham, The Great Game of Business: The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company

Stanley, Thomas J., and William D. Danko, The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

Stegner, Wallace, Crossing to Safety

Stegner, Wallace, Angle of Repose

Steinbeck, John, The Grapes of Wrath

Stockdale, Jim, and Sybil Stockdale, In Love and War: The Story of a Family's Ordeal and Sacrifice During the Vietnam Years

Stone, Brad, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Stone, Irving, Love Is Eternal

Stone, Irving, Men to Match My Mountains

Stone, Irving, The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

Stone, Irving, The Origin: A Biographical Novel of Charles Darwin

Summitt, Pat and Sally Jenkins, Sum It Up: 1098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

Surowiecki, James, The Wisdom of Crowds


Taleb, Nassim Nicholas, Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Taylor, Jill Bolte, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

Taylor, John, Storming the Magic Kingdom: Wallstreet, the Raiders and the Battle for Disney

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Thompson, Hunter S., Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

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Tolkien, J. R. R., The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Tolstoy, Leo, War and Peace

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Tufte, Edward R., Visual Explanations

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Vaillant, George E., Adaptation to Life

Vance, Ashlee, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future


Waal, Frans de, Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes

Wallerstein, Judith S. and Sandra Blakeslee, The Good Marriage: How & Why Love Lasts

Walsh, Bill with Glenn Dickey, Building a Champion: On Football and the Making of the 49ers

Walton, Sam with John Huey, Made in America: My Story

Ward, Geoffrey C., A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt 1905-1928

Watson, Jr., Thomas J. and Peter Petre, Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond

Watson, Jr., Thomas J., A Business and Its Beliefs: The Ideas that Helped Build IBM

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Wells, H. G., The War of the Worlds

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White, Theodore Harold, In Search of History: A Personal Adventure

Wills, Garry, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America

Winchester, Simon, Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Winters, Major Dick, with Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

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Wolfe, Tom, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

Wolfe, Tom, The Bonfire of the Vanities

Wolfe, Tom, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Wolfe, Tom, The Right Stuff

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Zinsser, William, On Writing Well

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