011: The List of Books by Raphael and McLeish
011: Raphael, Frederic and Kenneth McLeish. The List of Books. New York: Harmony Books, 1981. 154 pp. ISBN 0-517-540177.
- 000: Computer science, Knowledge, and General Works
- 010: Bibliography
- 011: Bibliographies
Let us say you are building a private library. Let us also say that you want to read in a large variety of subjects but suffer from a crippling inability to either do a lot of research or make wise decisions. Well, Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McLeish, with their List of Books, can come to your rescue. In this slim volume, they collect what they believe to be the best and key books in various fields, summarize them briefly, and organize them for your collecting pleasure. With over 3,000 books in 35 different fields, you would be hard-pressed not to find something here that didn’t pique your interest.
The List of Books is organized, curated, and marked rather well. There are symbols telling you if the book is a major work by the author, if it’s a little dense but worth the effort, if the book is good for beginners in the field, or if the book may just change the way you think. There are also symbols denoting good illustrations or a good bibliography. The lists here are seemingly thorough without being overwrought. The book is a little dated, that’s for sure, but the books listed here, I believe, can stand the test of time. Happy collecting!