The New Lifetime Reading Plan
This is more a roadmap and a compass than a book. I've owned the original for more than 20 years and I have to admit that it's every bit as intimidating today as it was on the day that I first found it. It's a list (with wonderful descriptions) of the important books a person should read during his or her lifetime. Here you will find the core reading of Western Civilization. I never had the opportunity to get a classical education when I was young. This book has been the guide to my continuing education as I've grown older. To be realistic, I never expect to finish it. The late, great Clifton Fadiman is one very demanding (and scary!) professor. Working through the books on his list is a daunting task, and one that will take a lifetime. It's not for everyone, but WELL worth the time for some.