Friday, August 19, 2022

Books That Changed The World


On the bookshelf of my man cave is a book that I adore. It identifies dozens of books that were important throughout our world’s history. 100 Books that Changed the World, by Scott Christianson and Colin Salter, is a treasure because it is not just another list of best books. Instead, it is an accounting of daring books and innovative writers that transformed society, inspired generations, and made real contributions to how we live our lives. They challenged norms and dared to make us think. 

So which books made the cut?  

Well, like with all such lists, there will be fierce disagreements over what is missing, but I can say that almost all of these books would not get an argument from me.  

This book rightfully showered praise upon classics like Crime & Punishment, Harry Potter, Lolita, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, King James Bible, and The Cat In The Hat. It also named Frankenstein, 1984, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Rights of Man, Gulliver’s Travels, Paradise Lost, and Kama Sutra. There was recognition for Dante, Plato, Chaucer, Freud, Proust, Marx, Shakespeare, Homer, Machiavelli, Tolstoy, Joyce, and Einstein. 

The book’s back cover best describes this luxurious treat for any bibliophile or student of life: 

“100 Books that Changed the World is an exceptional collection of groundbreaking works that have changed the tide of history.  

“From texts that provide the basis for philosophies (I Ching), and manifestos

that sparked revolutions (Thomas Paine's Rights of Man) to scientific treatises that challenged ingrained beliefs (Copernicus's On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres and books that kick-started literary movements (Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex), this beautifully illustrated book informs and entertains as it demonstrates how the power of the written word has shaped, changed, and even revolutionized the world.’ 

Gosh, after flipping through this book, I realized there are dozens of books that I never read —. and dozens more that I would not mind consuming again. If you are looking for a book to read, consult 100 Books that Changed the World.


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