The 20 most influential books in history list compiled by World Economic Forumâ„¢

The 20 most influential books in history list compiled by World Economic Forumâ„¢

Books in list (20)

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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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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

Title: 1984

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever... •Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read• “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching... A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence 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.
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN 13: 9780451524935
Pages: 336
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Title: The Meaning of Relativity

This revised edition includes a new Introduction.
Author(s): Albert Einstein
ISBN 13: 9780691120270
Pages: 166

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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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: 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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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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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

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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Title: Ways of seeing

Author(s): John Berger
ISBN 13: 9780140135152
Pages: 166

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

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

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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