Truman Capote's breakthrough novel, In Cold Blood. If you're a lover of literary arts, than this book should be on your home book shelf somewhere. In this one story, Capote literally changed the way writers wrote about real life events...that in and of itself, makes this "must read" worthy.
History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling the author's ambitious claim that the work "was done to last forever." The conflicts between the two empires over shipping, trade, and colonial expansion came to a head in 431 b.c. in Northern Greece, and the entire Greek world was plunged into 27 years of war.
Book Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: A George Smiley Novel by John le Carré - This is a slow burn. No fast action, bed hoping James Bond. Smiley is a middle aged, over-weight, short spy. His tools are his mind and perceptions, not his looks and his physique. Smiley was forced into retirement but is sought out to figure out who the moles is in the British spy network. This is a confusing tangled book well worth reading. Click through for the longer review.
Simo Häyhä in 1940 with his jaw deformed due to injury from an enemy bullet.Simo Häyhä (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsimɔ ˈhæy̯hæ]; December 17, 1905 – April 1, 2002), nicknamed "White Death" (Russian: Белая смерть, Belaya Smert; Finnish: valkoinen kuolema; Swedish: den vita döden) by the Red Army, was a Finnish sniper. Using a modified Mosin–Nagant in the Winter War, he has the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills – 505 – in any major war.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This may be my new favorite book. I never read it in high school and I'm sort of glad. It's so beautifully written and the characters are charismatic. It is a love story, a story of wealth and ideals and the future.