His compendium features concise, opinionated essays marked by intellectual depth and scope, and includes vivid biographical details of each book's author. Seymour-Smith finds most modernist techniques already present, or anticipated, in Cervantes's Don Quixote, and he views Rabelais as the first truly popular writer. His eclectic choice of influential moderns includes de Beauvoir, Mao, Orwell, Keynes, and Chomsky; cybernetician Norbert Winer; and mystic G.I. Gurdjieff, a roster he defends with alacrity. This is a mind-expanding one-volume humanities course.
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Todayby Martin Seymour-Smith
As entertaining as it is enlightening, this analysis of the 100 books that have most influenced human history includes such works as 1984 by George Orwell, Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Newton's Principia, and The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.
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