Cover Story | On July 3, WORLD offered a list of what were, from our perspective, the top 40 books of the century. Having a top 40, though, smacks too much of pop-radio play lists. A hundred years deserves a hundred books. Responding to reader suggestions, we now include living authors, including some nominated by readers. From our perspective, with our bias toward English-language books, represented here are 100 of the top books of the century. Authors are listed in alphabetical order, and only one title per author is listed, though the author's other books may be equally worthy of inclusion. Readers, of course, will note gaping holes and flaming omissions.