Some people have had their lives influenced or changed by reading a book or two. Don’t fool yourself, we humans live–and, sometimes, die–by and for our ideas and dreams. For me, it was two books, about six months apart.
In the late Fall of 1963, a friend gave me a copy of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. My mind and imagination were captured by the ideas it contained. Do I think she got every nuance correct? No, but she hit a lot of targets dead on. It continues to influence my life today.
I enlisted in the USMC in March, 1964 with a 120 day delay before beginning active duty; my reporting in date was 15 July 1964. In June, I read Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. It was the first–and, perhaps only–moral expression I’ve read of why a military is necessary and valuable. It also describes a “Timocracy,” rule by the worthy who’ve earned the right to vote. Again, many great ideas.
What books have influenced your life?