1. The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg, which gave me conviction that the Soviet Union would break up and that freedom would spread throughout Europe and Asia. At least for a few years.
2. Currency Wars, along with its followup books by Jim Rickards. Someone who was able to read the tea leaves better than the people who get on television too often.
3. Barbarians at the Gate, because it told an inside story of the life I was experiencing in real life while it happened. Alas, I was not as successful as the people who were in the book. Which leads to...
4. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. Followed by all the other books he wrote.
5. Two of a Kind: The Case of the Hillside Stranglers, by my former university professor, Darcy O'Brien. O'Brien's university roommate at Princeton was Geoffrey Wolfe, brother of the aforementioned Tom, and an author in his own right.
6. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut.
7. Slaughterhouse Five, also by Kurt Vonnegut.
8. Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock and Roll, by Greil Marcus. The best book about this subject EVER.
9. Feel Like Going Home, by Peter Guralnick. Almost as good as Marcus; book, but the stories are just slightly less interesting in their telling.
10. The Billionaire's Vinegar, by Benjamin Wallace. A great book that I wish I could turn into a movie. Unfortunately, the movie rights are held by Will Smith, who will probably never make another movie in Hollywood.