Twenty-five years ago, when he was asked to assemble a list of the "Ten Books That Shaped the American Character," critic Jonathan Yardley summoned the works of the great ones: Thoreau and Whitman, Twain and Hemingway, Thorstein Veblen and W.E.B. Du Bois. And standing next to them in this pantheon of the nation's literary giants, he also placed the man who once told America to read his work "with a crayon, pencil, pen, magic marker, or highlighter in your hand. When you come across a suggestion that you feel you can use, draw a line beside it."
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