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The Well-Read Man Project Has Ended

Thank you for visiting the Well-Read Man Project. The project began in 2011 with a quest by author Tim Patrick to read fifty of life's most important books in one year. When that was done, he committed himself to understanding the great ideas of life by reading what others had written, including books from the past as well as modern works.

Not content to simply read, Tim spent a few years using what he had read to write regular essays on modern events, including politics, religion, technology, and even a bit of humor. The project came to an end in 2018.

The original list of fifty books from the project appears below. You can contact Tim Patrick by email at tim@timaki.com, or view a list of the books he's written.

The Fifty Books

Here is the entire list of the fifty books Tim Patrick read for the Well-Read Man Project.

The Art of War
Book 1
The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Book 2
The Epic of Gilgamesh
by Anonymous
The Analects
Book 3
The Analects
by Confucius
The Republic
Book 4
The Republic
by Plato
Meditations on First Philosophy
Book 5
Meditations on First Philosophy
by Rene Descartes
Bhagavad Gita
Book 6
Bhagavad Gita
by Anonymous
The Confessions
Book 7
The Confessions
by Augustine of Hippo
The Qur'an
Book 8
The Qur’an
by Mohammed (dictated)
The Divine Comedy
Book 9
The Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri
Revelations of Divine Love
Book 10
Revelations of Divine Love
by Julian of Norwich
The Prince
Book 11
The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavelli
Leviathan
Book 12
Leviathan
by Thomas Hobbes
Communist Manifesto
Book 13
Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
Max Havelaar
Book 14
Max Havelaar
by Multatuli
The Road to Serfdom
Book 15
The Road to Serfdom
by Friedrich Hayek
All the King's Men
Book 16
All the King’s Men
by Robert Penn Warren
Frankenstein
Book 17
Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Moby-Dick
Book 18
Moby-Dick
by Herman Melville
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Book 19
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
The Red Badge of Courage
Book 20
The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane
The Catcher in the Rye
Book 21
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
The Jungle
Book 22
The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair
Cry, the Beloved Country
Book 23
Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton
Invisible Man
Book 24
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Book 25
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Book 26
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
by John Le Carre
Oedipus Rex
Book 27
Oedipus Rex
by Sophocles
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Book 28
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
by William Shakespeare
The Misanthrope
Book 29
The Misanthrope
by Moliere
Wilhelm Tell
Book 30
Wilhelm Tell
by Friedrich von Schiller
The Crucible
Book 31
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
Leaves of Grass
Book 32
Leaves of Grass
by Walt Whitman
The Origin of Species
Book 33
The Origin of Species
by Charles Darwin
The Logic of Scientific Discovery
The Vicar of Wakefield
Book 35
The Vicar of Wakefield
by Oliver Goldsmith
Ivanhoe
Book 36
Ivanhoe
by Sir Walter Scott
Wuthering Heights
Book 37
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
Vanity Fair
Book 38
Vanity Fair
by William Makepeace Thackeray
Middlemarch
Book 39
Middlemarch
by George Eliot
Possession
Book 40
Possession
by A. S. Byatt
Kokoro
Book 41
Kokoro
by Natsume Soseki
The Bridge on the Drina
Book 42
The Bridge on the Drina
by Ivo Andric
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Book 43
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Midnight's Children
Book 44
Midnight’s Children
by Salman Rushdie
The Metamorphosis
Book 45
The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka
To the Lighthouse
Book 46
To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
The Stranger
Book 47
The Stranger
by Albert Camus
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Book 48
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
by Hunter S. Thompson
Neuromancer
Book 49
Neuromancer
by William Gibson
War and Peace
Book 50
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy

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