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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: 61 participating members (show all)

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1
534 members, 3 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 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
7,369 members, 111 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 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
11,374 members, 94 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 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
326 members, 6 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 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
862 members, 15 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 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
12,779 members, 160 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
4,883 members, 78 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 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
949 members, 3 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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

Score: 24.51

10
8,588 members, 75 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
4,625 members, 33 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 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
3,924 members, 47 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
9,359 members, 108 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

14
588 members, 4 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3), Elizabeth088 (4), lorax (6), LolaWalser (8), prosfilaes (9), ABVR (9), roby72 (10), timspalding (14), anglemark (16)

Score: 21.74

15
233 members, 2 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

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

Score: 20.46

16
3,104 members, 59 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
7,547 members, 47 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
1,387 members, 10 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 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
2,470 members, 20 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

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

Score: 15.14

20
3,989 members, 34 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
17,308 members, 93 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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

Score: 12.91

22
521 members, 4 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 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
4,548 members, 46 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

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

Score: 9.39

25
1,619 members, 10 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Score: 6.69

26
6,297 members, 50 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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

Thumbs down: Edward

Score: 6.35

27
18,180 members, 189 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: timoroso (3), roby72 (7)

Score: 5.5

28
7,638 members, 76 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Saraswati_Library (1), ahef1963 (4)

Thumbs down: lilithcat

Score: 4.83

29
3,703 members, 32 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: norabelle414 (7), aulsmith (10)

Score: 4.71

Explanations:

aulsmith (10): Certainly influenced my life.

30
11,098 members, 93 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: roby72 (18), Bretzky1

Score: 4.4

31
20,118 members, 268 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: CorinneT (1)

Score: 4

32
4,128 members, 39 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: misericordia (1)

Score: 4

33
2,361 members, 26 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (1)

Score: 4

34
1,810 members, 45 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: inkcrow (3), sjmccreary (8)

Thumbs down: lilithcat

Score: 3.42

35
9,736 members, 127 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (2)

Score: 3.36

36
1,684 members, 29 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: CorinneT (2)

Score: 3.36

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

Lists: birder4106 (3), inkcrow (9)

Thumbs down: lilithcat

Score: 3.35

38
22,373 members, 428 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: cindyst2000 (3)

Score: 3.04

39
4,378 members, 23 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: timoroso (4)

Score: 2.83

40
270 members, 3 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: thorold (4)

Score: 2.83

41
2,017 members, 12 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: Bretzky1

Score: 2.46

43
3,804 members, 35 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: roby72 (11)

Score: 2.2

44
56 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
21,224 members, 310 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: roby72 (20)

Score: 1.89

47
10,986 members, 141 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: roby72 (21)

Score: 1.87

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

Lists: StephenBarkley (5), aulsmith (8)

Thumbs down: lorax, paradoxosalpha

Score: 1.05

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

Lists: thorold (3)

Thumbs down: lilithcat

Score: 1.04

51
2,442 members, 13 reviews
3.18 stars (3.18 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
65,105 members, 1,040 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Score: 0

53
17,445 members, 137 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Score: 0

54
16,906 members, 182 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Score: 0

55
9,584 members, 79 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Score: 0

56
1,758 members, 20 reviews
3.14 stars (3.14 stars)

Score: 0

57
1,285 members, 19 reviews
2.69 stars (2.69 stars)

Score: 0

58
461 members, 5 reviews
4.59 stars (4.59 stars)

Score: 0

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

Score: 0

60
0 members, 0 reviews

Score: 0

61
2,237 members, 9 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 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
1,381 members, 35 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 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
145 members, 0 reviews
3.29 stars (3.29 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (16)

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

Score: < 0

65
12,503 members, 157 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 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)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

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