I have talked about taking a very individualized approach to education. Education is a way of broadening the mind as much as I love practical degrees and hard courses that pay off in the grand scheme of things. In keeping with that theme, I am going to suggest three books that should prepare you well for college and a great career after that.
The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics, and Physics by Steven Landsburg.
This is such a great book in every way. It has my three favorite subjects being used as ways to tackle those 'big questions' that mankind has always wondered about. Mathematics is the universal language, physics is the way to understand the universe and economics is utilized to explain the ways of man.
Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman.
It is only right to have read something by Milton Friedman and this book about 'capitalism' and 'freedom' is very apropos. Capitalism seems like the way to go in the world, but of course there will never be a truly capitalist economy. It will be mixed economies that will be the future and that is how it is right now as well. Freedom is something I feel that mankind is entitled too and let us see what Milton Friedman has to say on the subject.
How the Economy Works: Confidence, Crashes and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies by Roger E.A. Farmer.
The one thing I love about most people in this country is that they are ready to admit that they don't know something. I guess even after reading this book, you will still be rather clueless. That is life. Known is a drop, unknown is an ocean.