Book Set #13 Revealed – Last Things

Book 50 out of 50

Book Set 13 - Last Things

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for. It’s time to announce the fiftieth and final book in the Well-Read Man Project. This book will be read after my pass through the other forty-nine, and will be the proverbial cherry on top of my literary hot fudge sundae. Not that I recommend pouring hot fudge on books.

Despite being one of the most important works in the history of publishing, this book is often used as a pejorative taunt when asking someone about their reading habits. Weighing in at over a thousand pages of dense prose, it nonetheless continues to be sold and read by book lovers worldwide. (Click on a book to access its detail page.)

Book 50
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy

Yes, War and Peace. When I told a few friends that this would be my final book, they all responded the same way: “Are you nuts?” Perhaps. But any project that involves reading significant works would feel somewhat empty without this Russian masterpiece. While I have forty-nine other classics to get through before this final set, I am still looking forward the day when I can open the covers—whether paper or electronic—of this important work of literature.


  1. War and Peace was, for many years, my favorite book, it is certainly a joy to read But I am not sure I would recommend it in a 50 book project. Anna Karenina is considered by many more critics to be the world’s greatest novel, and I would indeed call it a “must read” novel if you have not read it, whereas so much of War & Peace is superfluous. There is an abridged version of W&P which I’ve heard good things about though.

  2. Thanks for the feedback everyone. Ralph, you’re probably right about there being superfluous content in War and Peace. I read Les Miserables many years ago, and there is a section about 200 pages long in it that an editor should have burned before publication. But I got so much out the rest of the book that I didn’t mind the unnecessary content that much.


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