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John Grisham's Fave Five of 2008

''Outliers'' and ''Mark Twain'' are some of the legal thriller legend's required reading from last year

John Grisham has always said he was a lackluster student — pinning his hopes on a pro ball career — and that he began writing stories only after becoming a lawyer. That's when he became a voracious reader as well.

Mark Twain by Ron Powers
''An accessible and compelling biography of the great man.''

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
''A provocative look at who succeeds and why.''

The Second World War by John Keegan
''A defining history of the war.''

Marathon Man by William Goldman
''A book I reread to remind myself what great suspense should be.''

A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger
''The true story of a sensational crime and a wrongful conviction.''

Originally posted Jan 23, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints