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Books That Changed the World : The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History - Andrew Taylor

Books That Changed the World

The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History

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Books That Changed the World tells the fascinating stories behind 50 books that, in ways great and small, have changed the course of human history. Andrew Taylor sets each text in its historical context and explores its wider influence and legacy. Whether he's discussing the incandescent effect of The Qu'ran, the enduring influence of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, or the way in which Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe galvanized the anti-slavery movement, Taylor has written a stirring and informative testament to human ingenuity and endeavour. Ranging from The Iliad to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Kama Sutra to Lady Chatterley's Lover, this is the ultimate, thought-provoking read for book-lovers everywhere.

About the Author

Andrew Taylor has worked as a journalist in television, newspapers and magazines in Britain and the Middle East. His authorial credits include The World of Gerard Mercator and A Plum in Your Mouth.

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      Introduction. THE ILIAD - c.8th century, Homer. THE HISTORIES - 5th century BC, Herodotus. THE ANALECTS - 5th century BC, Confucius. THE REPUBLIC - 4th century BC, Plato. THE BIBLE - 2nd century BC-2nd century AD. ODES - 23-13 BC, Horace. GEOGRAPHIA - c.AD 100-170. KAMA SUTRA - 2nd or 2rd century AD, Mallanaga Vatsyanyana. THE QU'RAN - 7th century. CANON OF MEDICINE - 1025, Avicenna. THE CANTERBURY TALES - 1380s-90s, Geoffrey Chaucer. THE PRINCE - 1532, Niccolo Machiavelli. ATLAS, or, COSMOGRAPHIC MEDITATIONS - 1585-95, Gerard Mercator. DON QUIXOTE - 1605-15, Miguel de Cervantes. FIRST FOLIO - 1623, William Shakespeare. AN ANATOMICAL STUDY OF THE MOTION OF THE HEART AND BLOOD IN ANIMALS - 1628, William Harvey. DIALOGUE CONCERNING THE TWO CHIEF WORLD SYSTEMS - 1632, Galileo Galiliei. PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA - 1687, Isaac Newton. A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - 1755, Samuel Johnson. THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER - 1774, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. THE WEALTH OF NATIONS - 1776, Adam Smith. COMMON SENSE - 1776, Thomas Paine. LYRICAL BALLADS - 1798, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - 1813, Jane Austen. A CHRISTMAS CAROL - 1843, Charles Dickens. THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO - 1848, Karl Marx. MOBY-DICK - 1851, Herman Melville. UNCLE TOM'S CABIN - 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe. MADAME BOVARY - 1857, Gustave Flaubert. ON THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES - 1859, Charles Darwin. ON LIBERTY - 1859, John Stuart Mill. WAR AND PEACE - 1869, Leo Tolstoy. THE TELEPHONE DIRECTORY - 1878, New Haven District Telephone Company. THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS - 1885, translated by Sir Richard Burton. A STUDY IN SCARLET - 1888, Arthur Conan Doyle. THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS - 1899, Sigmund Freud. THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION - 1905. POEMS - 1920, Wilfred Owen. RELATIVITY: THE SPECIAL AND THE GENERAL THEORY - 1920, Albert Einstein. ULYSSES - 1922, James Joyce. LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER - 1928, D.H. Lawrence. THE GENERAL THEORY OF EMPLOYMENT, INTEREST AND MONEY - 1936, John Maynard Keynes. IF THIS IS A MAN - 1947, Primo Levi. NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR - 1949, George Orwell. THE SECOND SEX - 1949, Simone de Beauvoir. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE - 1951, J.D. Salinger. THINGS FALL APART - 1958, Chinua Achebe. SILENT SPRING - 1962, Rachel Carson. QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN MAO - 1964, Mao Zedong. HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE - 1997, J.K. Rowling. Index.

      ISBN: 9781782069423
      ISBN-10: 1782069429
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 336
      Published: 1st March 2014
      Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
      Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 2.1
      Weight (kg): 0.23
      Edition Number: 1