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Books that Changed the World (original 1956; edition 2004)

by Robert B. Downs (Author)

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From the Bible to "Das Kapital," this revised and greatly expanded edition is a monument to the power of the printed word--an informative discussion of many of the most important works ever created. Reissue.
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Title:Books that Changed the World
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Info:Signet (2004), Edition: Revised ed., 352 pages
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Original price 35 cents and falling apart, and furthermore written before I was born, this was my introduction to influential books. Good thumbnail sketches. Still holds up.
  kencf0618 | Apr 28, 2021 |
Not a book to be reread often and I have let 50 years lapse between readings. Meanwhile, I managed to read five of the sixteen books listed. I confess, it was like penance in most cases, going back to school, not reading for pleasure but to see if I could read, digest and absorb important information. I read this one sort of as a Cliff's Notes for the other books that I knew I would never actually sit down and read. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Dec 19, 2019 |
Let's start by saying this book is over 60 years old but out of the sixteen books covered I've read one (Uncle Tom's Cabin); have another which I still intend to read (The Prince) and I have not heard of two (Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power on History and Mackinder's The Geographical Pivot of History). Split into two sections - The World of Man, which covers 10 books, and The World of Science, about 6 books. Each section is in published chronological order - from Macchiavelli to Hitler and from Copernicus to Einstein. I like the way that Downs talks about his selections, a bit of background to the author and the times their writings first appeared; a bit about the actual book; and then the impact at that time and why he thinks that they have had a lasting impact. It hasn't encouraged me to actually get around to reading the selections but at least I am more informed about these influential works. ( )
1 vote calm | Jul 5, 2011 |
I wrote something about this book over here: http://tinyurl.com/89mmc
  hesperides | Nov 11, 2005 |
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