What are the most influential books in history?

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    #1The Republic

    The Republic
    The Republic is one of the most famous works of the Greek philosopher Plato. Written around 380 BC, the book is a Socratic dialogue in which an ideal state is defined. Is considered one of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory.

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    Kyle Nichols
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "The Republic is one of the most influential books in history. It is an international best seller for good reason. After reading it I was more knowledgeable of the Greek philosopher Plato. What is amazing, is the book was written around 380 BC."
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    #2The Art of War

    The Art of War

    The Art of War is a classic influential book of military strategy, divided into 13 chapters covering all the steps of battle and written by Sun Tzu. The book includes wisdom for any aspiring leader.


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    Randy Watson
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The Art of War is the best most influential books in history. It is written by Sun Tzu and is famous for being the go to book on warfare. Even after all these years many of the tactics are still used in modern warfare. If you want to learn a little more about military maneuvers, this is the book to read."
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    #3Origin Of Species

    Origin Of Species

    Charles Darwin's masterwork where he explains the theory of the evolution of the species through the natural selection. This is one of the most important scientific books ever published.


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    Joshua Black
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "The Origin of Species is Charles Darwin's Magnum Opus, one of the most influential books ever it goes into the theory of evolution and how species came to be through natural selection."
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    #4The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 


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    Ajay Dasgupta
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I can't name too many books that were written more than 2000 years ago, but The Iliad is one of them. That this epic has endured for so long is a testament to its influence throughout history, almost unequaled by any other book. I had read some of this in high school and feel that I can appreciate it more now. The translation provided is invaluable and one of the better features of this particular edition."
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    #5The Communist Manifesto

    The Communist Manifesto
    The Communist Manifesto is an influential political document written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels originally published in 1848. This work summarises the authors' theories about the nature of society and politics, considered as a continuous class struggle.

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    Ashley Fields
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I am not a big fan of Karl Marx. The book does not seem to be an easy read from the preview. Looking for something else. I will look for something else in the history section."
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    #6To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Mary Thompson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is such a good book. Everyone I went to school with had to read To Kill a Mockingbird for a project. This is a great example of our history as told in an unbiased matter. I do think this is one of the most influential books in history."
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    #7Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Ronald Miller
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I always try to read things that will potentially change my perspective. This book is really good for sure but is it supper influential? I don't know. For me not so much. It's really well written but I think if you want something influential you should look elsewhere."
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    #8Don Quixote

    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 

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    Chirag Pawar
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "There is a reason Don Quixote has been translated and redone on numerous platforms and that is because of how ground breaking the book was and has been. It is an amazing piece of literature on its own merits but with how much this book changed writing as a whole it is worth a read even for historical purposes."
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    #9Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Linda Lawrence
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I 100% agree that this is one of the most influential books of all time. I remember reading this when I was young and it had a great impression on me. I think anyone who reads this will jhave their mind wander back to it again and again. The terror, the sadness, the injustice. I think that this book is timeless, and will always help people to understand how wrong predjuice is."
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    #10The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.

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    Judith Harper
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This book is a translation of another book. It is not the most influential book in history."
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Daniel Ortega
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great book, albeit uncomfortable. Winston lives in a society where privacy is nonexistent and your every move is watched. The book really pulls you into the story and allows you to feel the hopelessness of the world. If you pay attention, you can really see a lot of parallels between the world in which Winston exists and our world today. An absolute must read classic!"
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    #12Common Sense and Other Writings of Thomas Paine

    Common Sense and Other Writings of Thomas Paine

    Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine is a collection of essays written by Thomas Paine, particularly the pamphlet entitled Common Sense, which ignited the American Revolution in 1776.


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    Jorge Pacheco
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This has some great information about writings in history. It's a great source for those interested in history."
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    #13The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    Admired by the ancient Greek poets, one should have definitely got their hands on Homer's The Odyssey. It serves as the canon work in literature in which every man's journey through life was carefully and creatively narrated.


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    Zhu Long
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a great classic story and one that will stick with you for life. Everyone can relate with the everyman and should read this. It's something you will be proud to tell others that you read."
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    #14The Wealth of Nations

    The Wealth of Nations

    The Wealth of Nations is a classical economical financial book about political thought written by Adam Smith. First published in 1776, this book is published in 2003 by Bantam Classics. This has over 1,000 pages.


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    Roger King
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "As somebody who loves history, I love reading novels that have changed the world and influenced many. One of these such books is The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Often seen as the foundation of economic analysis, our democracy and our capitalistic system was written and created within the pages of this wonder, classic piece of economic thesis. I learned very much from this book. "
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    #15The Book of Mormon

    The Book of Mormon
    The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a non-fiction spiritual book written by Joseph Smith. It  is first published in 2013 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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    Tyler Lucas
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "While I agree that this is an important book in the faith based sense, I wouldn't necessarily put it up there among the most influential books in all of history. Gives a good perspective on only one aspect of a religion sect."
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    #16Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts

    Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts

    Penny Colman's Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts is a book about the history of cemeteries based on extensive anthropological and historical research on the culture behind burials. The book was published on  December 15th, 1997 by Henry Holt and Co.


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    Jacob Anderson
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I love this. Always improving the mind."
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    #17Stories of the Prophets

    Stories of the Prophets
    Stories of the Prophets is a historically researched book written by Hafiz Ibn Kathir as part of the classic works of the Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah. It is a narration of the lives of the Prophets of Islam.

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    Christopher Hudson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Stories of the Prophets is a good book for anyone interested in learning about the Quran. As this book was recently released I doubt that this book has had an influence on history, but it does provide some interesting insights into one of the largest religions in the world today."
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    #18The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen

    The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
    The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen is a collection of poems written by Wilfred Owen and edited by Cecil Day-Lewis. First published in 1918, this collection of poems were written during the height of World War I.


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    Frank Bishop
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen was and is very important to remember World War I. It was a great first person manifesto of everything that happened during that time. "
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    #19Soul in the Stone

    Soul in the Stone

    John Gary Brown's Soul in the Stone is a photography book featuring the stone sculptures and tombs in graveyards. The book was published on October 31st, 1994 by University Press of Kansas.


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    Megan Duncan
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I am not sure how this could be rated the most influential book. So many other books and stories fit that description much better."
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    #20Stairway to Heaven

    Stairway to Heaven
    Stairway to Heaven is a book that compiles commemoratives of big rock and roll names who have now passed on. The book was published on September 1st 2005 by Wenner Books.

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    Lori Johnson
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This book is great if you love old rock and roll. I love reading it with my dad and reminiscing on the good old day."


Best What are the most influential books in history
1The RepublicBooks 33 Paid
2The Art of WarBooks 30 Paid
3Origin Of SpeciesBooks 28 Paid
4The IliadBooks 27 Paid
5The Communist ManifestoBooks 25 Paid
6To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 24 Paid
7Animal FarmBooks 23 Paid
8Don QuixoteBooks 21 Paid
9Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 20 Paid
10The Divine ComedyBooks 17 Paid

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