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Paul Theroux’s 6 favorite books

by Bill Hayes

For The Week, author Paul Theroux lists his 6 favorite books.

Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti …. This is one of those books that explain everything — in this case, the way humans gather in groups, how they seize power, and the symbols they value. It is a study in tyranny and in other forms of domination — among them, a mother serving food. Canetti put 30 years into writing it, and he deserved the Nobel Prize in literature he won decades later. [more]