5 great books for giving

Daniel Okrent picks five books that deserve space on any gift list, whether you're shopping for a loved one - or better yet, yourself.

<b>The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century<br><br>By Alex Ross </b>
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

By Alex Ross
Price: $30
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Let's stipulate that you, like almost everybody, have little interest in 20th-century classical music. But let's also say that you admire incisive thinking, lucid prose, and sheer mastery of one's subject.

I believe that Alex Ross, who writes about classical music for The New Yorker, is the single finest critic - on any subject - writing today. Reading him is a revelation, and might even make you want to listen to music you've avoided.

Annotated Godfather

Journals: 1952-2000

Rest is Noise

The Supreme Court

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