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Most well-read people have a particular book, whether fiction or nonfiction, that had profoundly changed their minds and the course of their lives.

In the November 7, 2014 issue of The Chronicle Review, 12 scholars from leading universities in the United States and one from the University of Paris share their thoughts about the one nonfiction book published in the last 30 years that “not merely inspired or influenced their thinking, but profoundly altered the way they regard themselves, their work, the world.”

The scholars and the nonfiction book that each says has most changed his or her mind are as follows:

1. Jenny Davidson, professor of English and comparative literature, Columbia University: Tyler Hamilton’s The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-Ups, and Winning at All Costs (2012).

2. T.M. Luhrmann, professor of anthropology, Stanford University: Julian Jaynes’s The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1976).

3. Wai Chee Dimock, professor of English and American studies, Yale University: Stephen Jay Gould’s Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle (1988).

4. Justin E.H. Smith, professor of history and philosophy of science, University of Paris Diderot: James C. Scott’s The Art of Not Being Governed (2009).

5. Colin Camerer, professor of behavioral finance and economics, California Institute of Technology: Robert Boyd and Peter J. Richerson’s Culture and the Evolutionary Process (1985).

6. Allison Pugh, associate professor of sociology, University of Virginia: Arlie Russell Hochschild’s The Second Shift (1989).

7. Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist, Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Bjþrn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001).

8. Eric Schwitzgebel, professor of philosophy, University of California at Riverside: David Chalmers’s The Conscious Mind (1996).

9. Geoffrey Parker, professor of European history and Mershon Center associate, Ohio State University: Laurent Joly’s La dĂ©lation dans la France des annĂ©es noires (Denunciation in France During the Dark Years) (2012).

10. Chris Impey, professor of astronomy, University of Arizona: Timothy Ferris’s Coming of Age in the Milky Way (1988).

11. Tania Lombrozo, associate professor of psychology, University of California at Berkeley: Virginia Valian’s Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women (1998).

12. William Ian Miller, professor of law, University of Michigan Law School: Robert Bartlett’s The Making of Europe 950-1350 (1993).

Read “What Book Changed Your Mind?” in The Chronicle Review now!
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