Monday, July 13, 2009

Chris Dodd's best books

Chris Dodd is the senior U.S. senator from Connecticut and author of Letters From Nuremberg, a tribute to his father, who was one of the lead prosecutors in the Nazi war-crime trials.

Last year he named a best books list for The Week. One title on the list:
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Every time I read this endlessly fascinating novel it’s a completely new book. Today, I see Melville’s classic as a warning against obsessive pursuit of a personal and subjectively defined notion of “evil.”
Read about another book on Dodd's list.

Moby-Dick also appears among Jane Yolen's five most important books, Augusten Burroughs' five most important books, Norman Mailer's top ten works of literature, David Wroblewski's five most important books, Russell Banks' five most important books, and Philip Hoare's top ten books about whales.

--Marshal Zeringue