Books which have influenced me most
1. Answer to Job, Carl Jung
2. The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
These two books somehow liberated me and let me feel much more comfortable in my own skin.
3. The Incredible Bread Machine
Just as with Tyler, this was the first book about economics I read and it got me very interested. Then I took principles of micro and didn't come back to economics again for 3 years.
4. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Charles Beard.
This got me thinking about how economics could be applied broadly to other fields.
5. Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt
People, here is where I learned about the broken window fallacy. This was the second economics book I read.
6. A book whose title and author I cannot remember about the history of the relations between the US Government and Native Americans. This mystery book really shook my faith in government ***UPDATE*** The book in question has been determined to be Custer Died for your Sins, Vine Deloria Jr.
7. The Logic of Collective Action, Mancur Olson
8. The Calculus of Consent, Buchanan & Tullock
9. An Economic Theory of Democracy, Anthony Downs
Something in these books made me change my mind in grad school and decide to become an academic (my original plan was to be a macro forecaster!) and to focus on political economy.
10. Hard Boiled Wonderland & The End of the World, Haruki Murakami
This novel changed the type of fiction that I read and opened up a lot of pleasure for me going down a new (to me) literary path.
This post updated to correct the spelling of Hazlitt!