The 20 most influential books in history list compiled by World Economic Forum™

The 20 most influential books in history list compiled by World Economic Forum™

 

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The Origin Of Species ISBN-13 9780451529060

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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Manifesto of the Communist Party ISBN-13 9780717802418

Title: Manifesto of the Communist Party

The political tract in which Marx presented the core of his philosophy and revolutionary program.

Author(s): Karl Marx;Friedrich Engels

ISBN 13: 9780717802418
Pages: 48

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ISBN-13 9781853268953

Title: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Gathers all of Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, and poems.

Author(s): William Shakespeare

ISBN 13: 9781853268953
Pages: 1263

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The Republic ISBN-13 9780486411217

Title: The Republic

A model for the ideal state includes discussion of the nature and application of justice, the role of the philosopher in society, the goals of education, and the effects of art upon character.

Author(s): Plato;Benjamin Jowett

ISBN 13: 9780486411217
Pages: 277

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The Critique of Pure Reason ISBN-13 9781463794767

Title: The Critique of Pure Reason

One of the most influential works in the history of philosophy, written by one of the most respected philosophers of all time.

Author(s): Immanuel Kant;J. Meiklejohn

ISBN 13: 9781463794767
Pages: 124

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman ISBN-13 9780486290362

Title: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A manifesto for women's rights stresses the need for the education of women, defines the female character, and applies the egalitarian principles of the era to women.

Author(s): Mary Wollstonecraft

ISBN 13: 9780486290362
Pages: 201

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The Wealth of Nations ISBN-13 9780553585971

Title: The Wealth of Nations

It is symbolic that Adam Smith’s masterpiece of economic analysis, The Wealth of Nations, was first published in 1776, the same year as the Declaration of Independence. In his book, Smith fervently extolled the simple yet enlightened notion that individuals are fully capable of setting and regulating prices for their own goods and services. He argued passionately in favor of free trade, yet stood up for the little guy. The Wealth of Nations provided the first--and still the most eloquent--integrated description of the workings of a market economy.

Author(s): Adam Smith

ISBN 13: 9780553585971
Pages: 1231

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Orientalism ISBN-13 9780394740676

Title: Orientalism

A provocative critique of Western attitudes about the Orient, this history examines the ways in which the West has discovered, invented, and sought to control the East from the 1700s to the present.

Author(s): Edward W. Said

ISBN 13: 9780394740676
Pages: 368

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1984 ISBN-13 9780451524935

Title: 1984

View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984.

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s 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 admonitions—a 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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The Meaning of Relativity ISBN-13 9780691120270

Title: The Meaning of Relativity

This revised edition includes a new Introduction.

Author(s): Albert Einstein

ISBN 13: 9780691120270
Pages: 166

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The Second Sex ISBN-13 9780307277787

Title: The Second Sex

This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation.

Author(s): Simone de Beauvoir;Constance Borde;Sheila Malovany-Chevallier

ISBN 13: 9780307277787
Pages: 800

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Rights of Man ISBN-13 9780486408934

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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A Brief History of Time ISBN-13 9780553380163

Title: A Brief History of Time

Now a decade later, this edition updates the chapters throughout to document those advances, and also includes an entirely new chapter on Wormholes and Time Travel and a new introduction.

Author(s): Stephen W. Hawking

ISBN 13: 9780553380163
Pages: 212

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Silent Spring ISBN-13 9780618249060

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: 9780618249060
Pages: 378

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The Female Eunuch ISBN-13 9780061579530

Title: The Female Eunuch

The publication of Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch in 1970 was a landmark event, raising eyebrows and ire while creating a shock wave of recognition in women around the world with its steadfast assertion that sexual liberation is the key ...

Author(s): Germaine Greer

ISBN 13: 9780061579530
Pages: 432

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The Prince ISBN-13 9780486272740

Title: The Prince

That Machiavelli's name has become synonymous with cold-eyed political calculation only heightens the intrinsic fascination of The Prince - the world's pre-eminent how-to manual on the art of getting and keeping power, and one of the ...

Author(s): Niccolò Machiavelli

ISBN 13: 9780486272740
Pages: 71

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Ways of seeing ISBN-13 9780140135152

Title: Ways of seeing

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Author(s): John Berger

ISBN 13: 9780140135152
Pages: 166

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The Making of the English Working Class ISBN-13 9780394703220

Title: The Making of the English Working Class

'This is an active, valuing history, and its many clear judgments constitute an important challenge to many kinds of contemporary orthodoxy.' --The Listener

Author(s): Edward Palmer Thompson

ISBN 13: 9780394703220
Pages: 848

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The Uses of Literacy (Media, Communication, and Culture in America)  ISBN-13 9780765804211

Title: The Uses of Literacy (Media, Communication, and Culture in America)

This pioneering work examines changes in the life and values of the English working class in response to mass media.

Author(s): Richard Hoggart

ISBN 13: 9780765804211
Pages: 320

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The Naked Ape ISBN-13 9780385334303

Title: The Naked Ape

Examines sex, child rearing, fighing, feeding habits, and exploration of man in an attempt to establish bonds with the animal kingdom

Author(s): Desmond Morris

ISBN 13: 9780385334303
Pages: 252

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