Books That Changed The Course Of History - List by Business Insider™

Books That Changed The Course Of History

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Title: The Classic Treasury of Aesops Fables

These famous tales tickle the imagination and teach simple truths, ones that children and adults face every day.Inside are twenty classic fables, including The Tortoise and the Hare, The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs, and The City Mouse ...
Author(s): Aesop;George Fyler Townsend
ISBN 13: 9781505382648
Pages: 98
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Title: The Diary of a Young Girl

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classica powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

The journal of a Jewish girl in her early teens describes both the joys and torments of daily life, as well as typical adolescent thoughts, throughout two years spent in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland.

Author(s): Anne Frank
ISBN 13: 9780553296983
Pages: 304
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Title: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

This edition includes illustrations, essays, and excerpts from firsthand accounts and memoirs, that add depth and reflection to this momentous work.
Author(s): Dee Brown
ISBN 13: 9781402770975
Pages: 544
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Title: The Art of War

An ancient Chinese treatise on war stresses the importance of speed, sound tactics, subterfuge, discipline, appropriate form of attack, and accurate intelligence. Written in China more than 2,000 years ago, Sun Tzu's classic The Art of War is the first known study of the planning and conduct of military operations. These terse, aphoristic essays are unsurpassed in comprehensiveness and depth of understanding, examining not only battlefield maneuvers, but also relevant economic, political, and psychological factors. Indeed, the precepts outlined by Sun Tzu can be applied outside the realm of military theory. It is read avidly by Japanese businessmen and in fact was touted in the movie Wall Street as the corporate raider's bible. In addition to an excellent translation of Sun Tzu's text, Samuel Griffith also provides commentaries written by Chinese strategists, plus several thought-provoking essays on topics such as the influence of Sun Tzu on Mao Tse-tung and on Japanese military thought, the nature of warfare in Sun Tzu's time, and the life of Sun Tzu and other important commentators. Remarkable for its clear organization, lucid prose, and the acuity of its intellectual and moral insights, The Art of War is the definitive study of combat.
Author(s): Sun Tzu;Samuel B. Griffith
ISBN 13: 9780195015409
Pages: 197
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Title: The Communist Manifesto

Perhaps the most influential political work of all time, this slim volume penned by Marx and Engels in 1848 remains a relevant description of the tensions which continue to define the social classes.
Author(s): Karl Marx;Friedrich Engels
ISBN 13: 9781619490017
Pages: 52
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Title: The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats

Published in 1755, this work marked a milestone in a language in desperate need of standards. It contains a selection from the original, offering passages on subjects ranging from books and critics to dreams and ethics.
Author(s): Samuel Johnson;David Crystal
ISBN 13: 9780141441573
Pages: 650
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Title: The Feminine Mystique

Released for the first time in paperback, this landmark social and political volume on feminism is credited with being responsible for raising awareness, liberating both sexes, and triggering major advances in the feminist movement.
Author(s): Betty Friedan
ISBN 13: 9780393322576
Pages: 430
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Title: Hiroshima

The classic tale of the day the first atom bomb was dropped offers a haunting evocation of the memories of survivors and an appeal to the conscience of humanity
Author(s): John Hersey
ISBN 13: 9780679721031
Pages: 152
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Title: How the Other Half Lives

THERE is another line not always so readily drawn in the tenements, yet the real boundary line of the Other Half: the one that defines the "flat.
Author(s): Jacob A. Riis
ISBN 13: 9781169270510
Pages: 164
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Title: The Jungle

The horrifying conditions of the Chicago stockyards are revealed through this narrative of a young immigrant's struggles in America.
Author(s): Upton Sinclair
ISBN 13: 9780143039587
Pages: 388
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Title: The I Ching Or Book of Changes

This new translation's easy-to-use format and contemporary language will be a boon to new users. Devotees of the I Ching will find that this version enhances their understanding of the ancient text.
Author(s): Brian Browne Walker
ISBN 13: 9780312098285
Pages: 144
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Title: Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

Author(s): Frederick Douglass
ISBN 13: 9781607961215
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Title: The Origin Of Species

A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die...'.
Author(s): Charles Darwin
ISBN 13: 9780451529060
Pages: 576
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Title: On Liberty

On Liberty, originally intended as a short essay. The work, published in 1859, applies Mill's ethical system of utilitarianism to society and the state.
Author(s): John Mill
ISBN 13: 9781512376760
Pages: 82
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Title: Koran

In a major new translation of the Qur'an, the sacred text of Islam, the meaning and spirit of the original are retained while providing clear text that is free of the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures of existing translations.
Author(s): M. A. Abdel Haleem;Muhammad Abdel Haleem
ISBN 13: 9780192805485
Pages: 464
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Title: The Republic

This is the essence of the pursuit of wisdom without which an ideal state is impossible.
Author(s): Plato
ISBN 13: 9781605125176
Pages: 484
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Title: Rights of Man

Presents Paine's political writings about the French revolutions.
Author(s): Thomas Paine
ISBN 13: 9780486408934
Pages: 200
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Title: Silent Spring

Discusses the reckless annihilation of fish and birds by the use of pesticides and warns of the possible genetic effects on humans.
Author(s): Rachel Carson
ISBN 13: 9780618253050
Pages: 378
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Title: The Second Sex

Presents a detailed analysis of womanhood that focuses on women's past and contemporary situation in Western culture.
Author(s): Simone de Beauvoir;Constance Borde;Sheila Malovany-Chevallier
ISBN 13: 9780307265562
Pages: 800
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Title: Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) is the classic manual on the art of living.
Author(s): Lao Tzu
ISBN 13: 9780711229648
Pages: 96
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Title: Hebrew-English Torah

Hebrew-English Torah: The Five books of Moses is a Study Edition of the traditional Masoretic text, placed next to the classic "word-for-word" Jewish translation; it features the most authoritative Hebrew text -- based on the Leningrad ...
ISBN 13: 9781590459348
Pages: 418
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Title: 1984

View our feature on George Orwells 1984.

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwells chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwells narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitionsa legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

Examines different aspects of Orwell's anti-utopian classic, with a biographical sketch of the author and critical essays on this work.

Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN 13: 9780451524935
Pages: 336
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Title: Holy Bible, King James Version

The King James Version from Zondervan is now available in an easily readable pew Bible. Perfect for personal use as well as for use in churches, the King James Version Large Print Pew Bible comes in a sturdy binding at an attractive price point.
ISBN 13: 9780310941781
Pages: 1760
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