Governor Scranton’s Reading List

42 Great Books From A Life Well Read


Former Governor William W. Scranton was a reader. No matter where his career took him – the State Department, Congress, the Governor’s Mansion or the United Nations – he remained a student at heart, and considered books his most important possessions.


In an interview he once said, “”Most people in the world are interested in learning, in being educated, in broadening their lives, and that’s what books do. They help us to understand other people, to understand other worlds, to understand other lives.”


Some years ago the former governor shared a list of his favorite books with his friend and fellow reader James W. Reid, recently named the “William W. Scranton Library Laureate” by the Lackawanna County Library System. Reid thought that the list should be shared with world.


Here, then, is a list of the 42 books that Bill Scranton loved most.


The Canadians, Andrew Malcolm

Breaking with Moscow, Arkady Shevchenko

The Collected Stories of Peter Taylor

The Caravaggio Conspiracy, Peter Watson

Of America East and West, Paul Horgan

Growing Up, Russell Baker

In the Land of Israel, Amos Oz

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci, Jonathan D. Spence

The Discoverers, Daniel Boorstin

At Ease, Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Russians, Hedrick Smith

The Japanese, Edwin O. Reischauer

The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Jonathan D. Spence

The Riddle of the Sands, Erskine Childers

Jerusalem, Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

The Israelis: Founders and Sons, Amos Elon

The Path Between The Seas, David McCullough

Old Glory: An American Voyage, Jonathan Raban

West With the Night, Beryl Markham and Sara Wheeler

The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945, John Toland

Freedom At Midnight, Larry Collins Dominique Lapierre

Villages, John Updike

American Caesar, By William Manchester

A Bridge Too Far, Cornelius Ryan

Everything We Had, Al Santoli

The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk

The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat

How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn

Miracle At Philadelphia, Katherine Drinker Bowen

Coming Into The Country, John Mcphee

In Search Of History, Theodore White

The Last 100 Days, John Toland

Is Paris Burning, Larry Collins Dominique Lapierre

A Bell For Adano, John Hersey

The Long Ships, Frans Gunnar Bengtsson

Storm Warning, Jack Higgins

The Great Himalayan Passage, Michel Peissel

Eye Of The Needle, Ken Follett

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

Day Of Trinity, Lansing Lamont

Adventures Of A Bystander, Peter Drucker

The Italians, Luigi Barzini

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