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Top Three Books of All Times

Updated on September 7, 2016

My Top Three Books...

In H.G. Wells's classic book "The Time Machine", at the end of the story, the professor picked 3 books from his personal library and went into the future to start a new civilization. The big question was which 3 books did he choose. This has peaked my curiosity and my thinking of "what if?"

What if I was given that choice, what three books of all times would I choose. It is a philosophical question and one that really does not have any practical use. Never the less, it forces one to think.

-Jul. 2007

Gutenberg Bible

My Reasons...

Here are my reasons for selecting these three books. I wanted to pick a book with spiritual guidance and moral behavior, a book with political philosophy that champions freedom and human rights, and finally a book that provides the economic framework that has led to the most successful country in the whole history of mankind - the USA.

The Christian Bible is the most printed and published book of all times. It has been translated to over 200 languages. It has been the spiritual guides for Billions of people worldwide. It is full of parables and wisdom and prayers. It is the basis for many denominations of Christian churches. It is the source of inspiration for me in my darkest hour.

The US Constitution is a short document by any standard and yet is an ideal framework for a democratic government. The proof is in the history of our nation. For over 200 years, America has followed our Constitution and in so doing became the most powerful and prosperous nation in all of history. We are the only Super power that has kept freedom alive and we are that shining city on the hill as described by President Ronald Reagan. It would make an excellent start for any civilization.

Finally, the Wealth of Nations was the new economic theory at the beginning of the 18th century. It was the basis for our free market enterprise economic model. Since then, it has been proven again and again that it is the best form among all the various economic / political theories. It is by no means perfect but it is the best.


I have presented my top three choices. It is hard to limit to just 3 books. This is a philosophic exercise worth thinking about. It forces us to make the tough choices and decide what is really important.

So, What's your top three? Please append to Comments below.

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      EelKat13 10 years ago

      I like the idea of this lens. I have no idea which three I would choose, but now that you've brought it up, I think I will ponder on this and create my own "top 3 books" lens, once I figure out what my answer would be.

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      Margaret Schaut 11 years ago from Detroit

      For a Catholic Bible, either the NRSV or the Douay Rheims are far better translations, but they aren't used in liturgy, at least for now. The Douay Rheims has the beauty in the language that the KJV does, with more accuracy, and the NRSV is the most accurate in a scholarly sense. Great Lens!

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      Jack Lee 11 years ago from Yorktown NY

      I debated about the version of the Bible but I am a Catholic and decided to go with the Catholic version. The King James would be a good alternate.

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      Allan R. Wallace 11 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign


      Great choices. I would substitute a King James or NIV Bible, but It would be hard to find anything more important than those three.