In June NAS issued a comprehensive study of the trend to assign a single book to students outside the context of the regular curriculum. “Beach Books: What Do Colleges Want Students to Read Outside Class?” endorsed the principle but faulted colleges for politically biased choices and for picking lightweight contemporary works.
The new NAS list ranges from Plato to William Least Heat-Moon, and includes
“We hope colleges will consult our list as they make their picks for 2011,” said Peter Wood, president of the NAS. “The opportunity to read any one of these books is a gift. Our aim was to find writers who unsettle clichés and who can inspire students to think seriously about things of permanent importance.”
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Peter Wood, President, NAS: 609-683-7878; [email protected]