And about two other books in related categories:
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A Certified Important Book you haven't read:
The list is so long. I've never read Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. I'd like to, although it's a lot to take on. My tastes run to fiction.
The book you want your kids to read:
Shakespeare, especially The Merchant of Venice, because there's the ethnic hook. Once you learn to decode him, you enter a realm of unbelievable wisdom and power.