Sheffield named his six favorite books for The Week magazine. One title on the list:
Representative Men by Ralph Waldo EmersonRead about another book on Sheffield's list.
An eccentric tour of historic crackpots—Shakespeare, Montaigne, Napoleon. Emerson writes about them as if they were rock stars, reflecting his own mad genius. Every time I stumble across an Internet flame war, I think of Emerson’s wise words: “’Tis of no importance what bats and oxen think.”