His five most important books
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. (Yes, I’ve read it – long time ago – some of the images are still in my head)
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. (Loved it, but again it was long ago. It’s a writing lesson in itself – introduced me to a new way of using language.)
High Water by Richard Bissell. (Don’t know this one.)
The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins. (Loved it. One of the best and most under-rated authors. Can do more with dialogue than anyone else I know.)
Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison. (Don’t know this one either.)
For his reasons you have to skip on over to the Newsweek site.