As a follow-up to their report on "common reading" programs that assign texts to incoming college freshman, the National Association of Scholars recently released a list of 37 books they deem appropriate and necessary for college students to read. The list comes as a reaction to a number of colleges that were upset by the association's Beach Books: What Do Colleges Want Students to Read Outside of Class, which criticized many of the popular titles chosen by schools nationwide -- titles such as Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father and Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma.
For their own list, the association selected books based on intellectual diversity, length, ambition, lack of cynicism, narrative and complexity in non-fiction and importance of ideas and clarity if writing in non-fiction.
Below, check out the first 12 titles. Let us what you think about the the association's recommendations below -- If you were to assign freshman reading, what books would be on your list?