The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times toToday

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Sure, you've heard of innovative thinkers such as John Locke, Gregor Mendel, and Jean-Paul Sartre. But do you know what they wrote, or what influence their books had on society? You can find it in The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written.

A chronological history of thought, from ancient China to twentieth century United States, this ...

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Overview

Sure, you've heard of innovative thinkers such as John Locke, Gregor Mendel, and Jean-Paul Sartre. But do you know what they wrote, or what influence their books had on society? You can find it in The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written.

A chronological history of thought, from ancient China to twentieth century United States, this compendium discusses:

  • Religious works, such as the Koran and the Bible
  • Literature, including Don Quixote and War and Peace
  • Scientific treatises, such as Albert Einstein's Relativity
  • Philosophical writings, including Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
  • Political works, such as Common Sense by Thomas Paine

    One hundred engaging essays discuss the book's author, its context, and the reasons for its inclusion, creating a collection that will educate, amuse, and inspire readers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781567316780
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 6/8/2004
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    1 of the Most Disappointing Books I've Read

    Written as 100 Wikipedia entrys, or as a collection of high school book reports, this book seemed rushed, sloppy, and demeaning to all of the incredible text that it covered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    1 Really Bad Book

    The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written seems like it should be a good book -- something one could pick up, open to any page, and learn something new. Unfortunately, it is about the most poorly written book I have ever encountered. The prose reminds me of the result of a literal translation from a foreign text. I recognize all the words, but the arrangement and punctuation are not natural.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    Great Philosophy Overview

    In his Introduction, Seymour-Smith indicates Philosophical significance as the prerequisite for making this list of 100. Indeed this is an informing and excellent work. My only criticism is of Seymour-Smith's obvious aversion to Christianity. It's curious that his bias figures into many parenthetical comments throughout the work and his dissertation on the Old Testament is quite uninformed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2004

    long-winded

    I bought this book hoping it would be a good reference as I read the classics. Wrong! The book's title promises a lot, but unfortunately the author does not deliver. If you manage to persist and actually read this book, you will be left with blustery opinions from the author, not a subjective look at the books and how they influenced our culture. This book was written by a man who likes to hear himself talk. Not recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2004

    Roll up your sleeves.

    Reading this book is like mining for rubies - one must sift through a great many buckets of dirt, but the result is a luminous collection of ideas that will never lose their value. Martin Seymour-Smith seems unwilling to write even one simple, declarative sentence. Instead he interrupts every thought with parenthetical statements that can stray far afield before returning to his primary focus. Nonetheless, the reader who persists is rewarded with a glimpse of the author's vision of human civilization and thought - vision as clear as his prose is muddy. A great example of the gems to be found (in paraphrase, of course) is, 'Politics, a good idea at it's invention, is now practiced only by polite psychopaths and their too willing victims.' If you enjoy a sometimes witty, sometimes cutting curmudgeon and you seek a broad perspective on the history of human ideas, this book should be on your reading list.

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