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Books that changed the world

Description: Or at least had a major impact on society, for better or worse. (This is not about whether you think the impact was positive or negative.)

Members: 60 participating members (show all)

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1
490 members, 3 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: jefbra (1), Ravic (1), roby72 (1), jeffza (1), ahef1963 (1), DaynaRT (1), Bookmarque (1), caffron (1), stretch (1), LolaWalser (1), birder4106 (1)31 more, lquilter (1), snurp (1), prosfilaes (1), aulsmith (1), MMSequeira (1), hailelib (1), ABVR (1), staffordcastle (1), ijustgetbored (1), EmScape (1), anglemark (1), Edward (1), _Zoe_ (1), lorax (1), lilithcat (1), timoroso (2), Cecrow (2), thorold (2), paradoxosalpha (2), jmnlman (2), mkjones (2), AsYouKnow_Bob (2), eromsted (2), souloftherose (3), timspalding (3), norabelle414 (4), sjmccreary (5), Scorbet (6), Elizabeth088 (10), inkcrow, Moomin_Mama

Score: 153.01

2
6,485 members, 99 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: raperper (1), Cecrow (1), thorold (1), souloftherose (1), stretch (1), StephenBarkley (1), sjmccreary (1), ahef1963 (2), DaynaRT (2), lorax (2), timspalding (2)18 more, caffron (3), prosfilaes (3), MMSequeira (3), hailelib (3), ABVR (3), ijustgetbored (3), Edward (3), anglemark (3), eromsted (3), Scorbet (4), _Zoe_ (4), roby72 (5), norabelle414 (5), paradoxosalpha (6), aulsmith (7), Elizabeth088 (9), Bretzky1, Moomin_Mama

Score: 92.64

3
10,391 members, 77 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: timoroso (1), jmnlman (1), eromsted (1), roby72 (2), caffron (2), LolaWalser (2), StephenBarkley (2), lquilter (2), snurp (2), prosfilaes (2), MMSequeira (2)17 more, hailelib (2), ABVR (2), staffordcastle (2), ijustgetbored (2), anglemark (2), lilithcat (2), paradoxosalpha (3), _Zoe_ (3), lorax (3), Scorbet (5), thorold (6), Edward (6), aulsmith (9), Elizabeth088 (11), norabelle414 (11), Bretzky1, inkcrow

Thumbs down: raperper

Score: 85.83

4
304 members, 5 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: JGKC (1), paradoxosalpha (1), Ravic (2), souloftherose (2), Scorbet (2), stretch (2), suitable1 (2), _Zoe_ (2), roby72 (3), staffordcastle (3), LolaWalser (4)13 more, aulsmith (4), caffron (5), lorax (5), prosfilaes (5), timspalding (6), hailelib (6), anglemark (6), eromsted (6), sjmccreary (7), norabelle414 (12), Elizabeth088 (13), inkcrow, Bretzky1

Score: 70.01

5
740 members, 15 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: stretch (2), Scorbet (3), LolaWalser (3), StephenBarkley (3), inkcrow (4), souloftherose (4), caffron (4), lorax (4), prosfilaes (4), timspalding (4), MMSequeira (4)12 more, hailelib (4), ijustgetbored (4), Edward (4), anglemark (5), eromsted (5), _Zoe_ (5), norabelle414 (6), aulsmith (6), ABVR (11), Elizabeth088 (12), roby72 (13), Moomin_Mama

Score: 63.39

6
11,705 members, 152 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: sjmccreary (2), CorinneT (3), Cecrow (3), norabelle414 (3), lquilter (4), WildMaggie (4), jefbra (5), LolaWalser (5), caffron (6), prosfilaes (6), timspalding (7)7 more, eromsted (7), ABVR (7), Elizabeth088 (8), Edward (8), anglemark (14), aulsmith (18), Bretzky1

Thumbs down: raperper, dir21, jmnlman, auntSteelbreaker

Score: 39.2

7
4,435 members, 61 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: WildMaggie (1), SqueakyChu (2), jefbra (4), lilithcat (4), Cecrow (5), hailelib (5), ABVR (5), staffordcastle (5), lquilter (6), anglemark (7), lorax (9)5 more, Edward (10), caffron (10), LolaWalser (10), timspalding (10), aulsmith (19)

Thumbs down: timoroso, StephenBarkley, jmnlman, Noisy, MMSequeira

Score: 31.96

8
13 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: Noisy (1), birder4106 (2), staffordcastle (4), roby72 (6), LolaWalser (6), ABVR (6), Elizabeth088 (7), caffron (9), timspalding (9), anglemark (9), Moomin_Mama

Score: 30.29

9
872 members, 3 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: Edward (2), anglemark (4), eromsted (4), Elizabeth088 (5), sjmccreary (6), roby72 (8), thorold (8), Moomin_Mama, Bretzky1

Score: 24.51

10
7,989 members, 64 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: timspalding (1), sjmccreary (3), jmnlman (3), DaynaRT (4), _Zoe_ (6), paradoxosalpha (7), roby72 (9), anglemark (17), caffron (18)

Score: 24.14

11
4,044 members, 28 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Patangel (1), Elizabeth088 (6), MMSequeira (6), Edward (7), timspalding (8), staffordcastle (9), aulsmith (11), caffron (12), anglemark (20), inkcrow, Bretzky1

Thumbs down: paradoxosalpha, LolaWalser

Score: 23.63

12
3,615 members, 44 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: norabelle414 (2), Cecrow (4), DaynaRT (5), paradoxosalpha (5), LolaWalser (12), eromsted (13), aulsmith (13), caffron (17), anglemark (19), Bretzky1

Thumbs down: dir21

Score: 22.25

13
8,783 members, 98 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (1), norabelle414 (1), jefbra (3), DaynaRT (3), WildMaggie (3), lilithcat (3), lquilter (5), prosfilaes (8), lorax (8), LolaWalser (9), timspalding (13)1 more, aulsmith (21)

Thumbs down: timoroso, dir21, StephenBarkley, snurp, anglemark, inkcrow

Score: 21.87

15
211 members, 1 review
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2), Ravic (3), paradoxosalpha (4), LolaWalser (7), hailelib (7), ABVR (10), timspalding (11), anglemark (21)

Score: 20.46

16
2,768 members, 49 reviews
2.8 stars (2.8 stars)

Lists: rgurskey (1), enrique_molinero (1), jefbra (2), DaynaRT (6), lorax (7), _Zoe_ (7), norabelle414 (13), caffron (13), roby72 (14), aulsmith (17), Bretzky1

Thumbs down: Ravic, dir21, inkcrow, eromsted, paradoxosalpha, anglemark

Score: 17.55

17
6,976 members, 43 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: suitable1 (1), sjmccreary (4), norabelle414 (8), ABVR (8), eromsted (10), caffron (11), timspalding (12), aulsmith (20)

Thumbs down: dir21, auntSteelbreaker

Score: 16.07

18
1,293 members, 4 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: eromsted (8), Edward (9), roby72 (12), aulsmith (12), anglemark (12), Elizabeth088 (14), caffron (20), Bretzky1

Thumbs down: raperper

Score: 15.55

Explanations:

aulsmith (12): I wish it was changing more of the world than it is.

19
2,273 members, 17 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: Elizabeth088 (3), norabelle414 (9), aulsmith (15), roby72 (16), timspalding (16), caffron (19), anglemark (22)

Score: 15.14

20
3,640 members, 33 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3), roby72 (4), souloftherose (5), eromsted (12), caffron (15), Bretzky1

Thumbs down: AsYouKnow_Bob

Score: 13.18

21
15,979 members, 88 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: Elizabeth088 (2), ijustgetbored (5), thorold (7), anglemark (8), roby72 (15)

Score: 12.91

22
464 members, 4 reviews
4.43 stars (4.43 stars)

Lists: WildMaggie (2), EmScape (2), birder4106 (4), staffordcastle (7), norabelle414 (10), anglemark (10), roby72 (17)

Thumbs down: Ravic, paradoxosalpha, aulsmith

Score: 12.48

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): The 95 theses yes, but why the catechism?

23
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Edward (5), eromsted (9), LolaWalser (11), anglemark (13), aulsmith (14), caffron (16)

Thumbs down: raperper

Score: 11.36

24
4,235 members, 44 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (5), eromsted (11), caffron (22), inkcrow

Score: 9.39

25
1,465 members, 5 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (4), timspalding (18), roby72 (19)

Score: 6.69

26
5,919 members, 42 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: thorold (9), caffron (14), timspalding (15), anglemark (18)

Thumbs down: Edward

Score: 6.35

27
16,856 members, 164 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: timoroso (3), roby72 (7)

Score: 5.5

28
6,825 members, 78 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: Saraswati_Library (1), ahef1963 (4)

Thumbs down: lilithcat

Score: 4.83

29
3,464 members, 27 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: norabelle414 (7), aulsmith (10)

Score: 4.71

Explanations:

aulsmith (10): Certainly influenced my life.

30
10,261 members, 88 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: roby72 (18), Bretzky1

Score: 4.4

31
18,312 members, 250 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: CorinneT (1)

Score: 4

32
3,757 members, 35 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: misericordia (1)

Score: 4

33
2,124 members, 23 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (1)

Score: 4

34
1,217 members, 35 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: inkcrow (3), sjmccreary (8)

Thumbs down: lilithcat

Score: 3.42

35
8,960 members, 121 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (2)

Score: 3.36

36
1,581 members, 28 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: CorinneT (2)

Score: 3.36

37
67 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: birder4106 (3), inkcrow (9)

Thumbs down: lilithcat

Score: 3.35

38
20,445 members, 385 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (3)

Score: 3.04

39
3,971 members, 21 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: timoroso (4)

Score: 2.83

40
243 members, 3 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: thorold (4)

Score: 2.83

41
1,925 members, 11 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: Bretzky1

Score: 2.46

43
3,427 members, 32 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: roby72 (11)

Score: 2.2

44
54 members, 0 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: Bretzky1 (14)

Score: 2.07

45
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Elizabeth088 (15)

Score: 2.03

46
19,863 members, 303 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: roby72 (20)

Score: 1.89

47
10,192 members, 132 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: roby72 (21)

Score: 1.87

48
33 members, 0 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: StephenBarkley (5), aulsmith (8)

Thumbs down: lorax, paradoxosalpha

Score: 1.05

49
74 members, 1 review
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: thorold (3)

Thumbs down: lilithcat

Score: 1.04

51
2,507 members, 15 reviews
3.22 stars (3.22 stars)

Lists: Bretzky1

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 0.46

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I think you want the Arabic Koran, not this English interpretation which Muslims would not find adequate.

52
60,910 members, 980 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Score: 0

53
16,166 members, 121 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Score: 0

54
15,371 members, 163 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Score: 0

55
8,819 members, 74 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Score: 0

56
1,603 members, 18 reviews
3.14 stars (3.14 stars)

Score: 0

57
1,193 members, 15 reviews
2.68 stars (2.68 stars)

Score: 0

58
446 members, 5 reviews
4.58 stars (4.58 stars)

Score: 0

59
67 members, 0 reviews
2.67 stars (2.67 stars)

Score: 0

60
0 members, 0 reviews

Score: 0

61
2,076 members, 7 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: Elizabeth088 (1), caffron (21)

Thumbs down: Edward, aulsmith, AsYouKnow_Bob

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I'm not sure how this changed anything except the ease with which medical students could learn anatomy.

62
0 members, 0 reviews

Thumbs down: Elizabeth088

Score: < 0

63
1,273 members, 30 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: thorold (5)

Thumbs down: dir21, TLCrawford, lilithcat, aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): It's a great book, but I don't know that many people who even know it exists.

64
134 members, 0 reviews
3.29 stars (3.29 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (16)

Thumbs down: dir21, Cecrow, eromsted, anglemark, AsYouKnow_Bob

Score: < 0

65
11,047 members, 149 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): If every parent whose daughter asked for a horse after reading this book had gotten one -- that would have changed the world.

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Started by: lilithcat (January 2012)

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