Item of Interest

In Northern California over the radio one evening the announcer asked the question, "If you could save only three of the world's best books from destruction, which three would you choose to save?"

The speaker for this regular program answered the station announcer's question: "Unquestionably there are three superlative books in existence, but what one person has the infallibility to make a just selection? I am afraid that my own judgment in this matter would not meet with your approval, so I am going to ask you—all of you—regardless of age, education, or station in life—to write an answer to this question."

Of course, the answers were to be mailed to the station. The speaker explained: "The purpose behind this request goes further than idle curiosity. It may act as an incentive to read better books and to delve into literature with which you are now unfamiliar. No one believes that this voting contest will enable us to reach a just and final conclusion, which, in itself, is unimportant. But it is important that all of us should know more about good books, and by reading them, find that inspiration which is necessary to every well-ordered life."

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