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100 Books That Changed The World - Colin Salter

100 Books That Changed The World

By: Colin Salter, Scott Christianson

Hardcover | 15 May 2024

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A chronological survey of the world's most influential books.

Many books have become classics, must-reads or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think?

In 100 Books that Changed the World, authors Scott Christianson and Colin Salter bring together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking books - from scriptures that founded religions, to scientific treatises that challenged beliefs, to novels that kick-started literary genres. This elegantly designed book, first published in 2018 but updated with an exciting new cover, offers a chronological survey of the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts to the age of the ebook publication.

Entries include:
  • The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer (750 BC),
  • Gutenberg Bible (1450s),
  • The Quran (AD 609-632),
  • On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres,
  • Nicolaus Copernicus (1543),
  • Shakespeare's First Folio (1623),
  • Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,
  • Isaac Newton (1687),
  • The Wealth of Nations,
  • Adam Smith (1776),
  • The Vindication of the Rights of Woman,
  • Mary Wollstonecraft (1792),
  • On the Origin of Species,
  • Charles Darwin (1859),
  • Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1867),
  • The Interpretation of Dreams,
  • Sigmund Freud (1899),
  • The Diary of a Young Girl,
  • Anne Frank (1947),
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1964),
  • A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1988).


About the Authors

Colin Salter is a keen cyclist. Based in Edinburgh he has completed the arduous North Coast 500 by bike and written Remarkable Road Trips, which was nominated for the 2019 Stanford Travel Book Awards.

Scott Christianson was a prize-winning author. His books included 100 Diagrams That Changed the World, Bodies of Evidence: Forensics and Crime and Freeing Charles: The Epic Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, Village Voice, and Newsday.
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