What are the most influential books of all time?

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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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    Lauren Ford
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "I had to read this in college and thought I would give it another shot since it's been so long. I found it to be an amazing piece of history and human knowledge. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a greater understanding of the ancient Greeks. "
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    #2The Prince

    The Prince
    The Prince is a 16th-century political analysis written by Niccolò Machiavelli. This book explains the different types of states, how to acquire and maintain political power and the character and behavior a good prince has to have in order to rule his territory properly.

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    Daniel Bryant
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "Politicians it seem, never change. Many of them use the same playbook over and over. This is a both interesting and depressing book at the same time. It's also, it seems, a terrible translation. But politicians never let the facts get in the way of the story, so I guess it's all good."
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    #3Don 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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    Janice James
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This is a very self motivating book that will most definitely inspire you. It is a bargain and well worth your money if you are undecided. "
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    #4Phenomenology of Spirit

    Phenomenology of Spirit
    Phenomenology of Spirit is a nonfiction classic philosophical book written by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and translated by A.V. Miller. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 1976 by Oxford University Press.

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    Jean Long
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I don`t really like the cover, i think its pretty weird. I think they should have picked something else. But the story is okay, nothing special. I recommend this book only after you read 1-2 pages to see if it works for you. "
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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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    Roger Williams
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "The communist manifest made a huge impact on the when it was written, and honestly it still does. The ideaology is sound but put into practice it has troubles succeeding."
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Walter Carr
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "Steppenwolf is an amazing Novel and journey back in time. It provides a very engaging story about a man who believed himself to be half wolf. It touches upon self examination and is one of the best books I have ever read. I would reccomend it to anyone!"
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    #7Origin 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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    Hannah Wood
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Gives a detailed look at Darwin and how he came to his theories. A perfect book for those that have already bought into the theories. However not a scientific study with conclusive results by any means. "
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    #8Critique of Pure Reason

    Critique of Pure Reason

    Critique of Pure Reason a classic philosophy book written by Immanuel Kant, with Paul Guyer and Allen W. Wood as editors. With over 700 pages, this book was published in 1999 by Cambridge University Press

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    Judy Cole
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "As with most philosophical classics, this is a difficult read. If you're interested in reading one of the most important books, though, stick with it! You might want a little bit of familiarity with other great philosophers before you go in so you can really get the context of this piece of work. "
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    #9The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

    The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
    The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke is a collection of the best works of the German-language poet. Almost a century after his death, his poems steel popular and influential. This is a bilingual edition: the poems are in German and translated into English by Stephen Mitchell. 

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    Evelyn Hudson
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "This book is very good and has a lot of plots and characters to keep you interested all the way to the end of it. "
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    Confessions is an autobiographical book written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and published in 1782. In this book, the novelist and philosopher explains the story of his life, from his formative years to the achievement of international fame.

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    Lawrence Perez
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "I don't like this book"
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    #11The Upanishads

    The Upanishads
    The Upanishads is a book written in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 BC in which are collected the ancient philosophical texts of the Hindu religion. Each Upanishad is a lesson with the aim of meditating about life, death and immortality.

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    Richard Bates
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "I was looking to find a book to read to my son every night before bed so I looked up the most influential books of all time. I ended up buying The Upanishads. Me and my son love it!"
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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Adrián Leal
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A classic since it was first published in 1759, Candid tells the story of a man who travels throughout Europe and South America. On his travels, he experiences many of life's hardships. He begins to wonder if this is the best life gets. Along the way, he meets his sweetheart Cunegonde and they buy a farm in Turkey. At the end, Candide learns that the best thing one can do for themselves is cultivate their own garden. "
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    #13Being and Time

    Being and Time

    "Being and time" is one of the most important philosophy novels of our time. This novel by Martin Heidegger makes a central question: "What is the meaning of being?", challenged the intellectual map of today's occidental modernity. 


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    Brandon Vasquez
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "I bought the book "Being and Time" for my best friend's birthday, and I'm sure he's gonna appreciate it. The book is a philosophical piece about the importance of be a "being". It's really deep and enjoyable, it makes a perfect gift!"
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    #14On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
    On the Duty of Civil Disobedience is an essay written by Henry David Thoreau published in 1849. The general idea defends that individuals shouldn't let the government overrule them or atrophy their consciences.

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    Keith Garza
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "This is a good book for those who have read it they will say the same, it's really nice and well written all around."
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    #15The Decline of the West

    The Decline of the West
    The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler is a philosophical and historical work divided into two volumes (published in 1918 and in 1923). The author talks about the meaning of history, the different cultures and civilizations, the role of religion and other topics.


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    Luz María Lugo
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "I love to read books. I discovered a book called The Decline of the West, which I think is one of the most influential books of all time. It's by the author Oswald Spengler and talks about the philosophy and history of the time period in the early 1900s. It's really very fascinating. He talks about the meaning of history and the future of our human race. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history and influential books."


Best What are the most influential books of all time
1The RepublicBooks 34 Paid
2The PrinceBooks 31 Paid
3Don QuixoteBooks 30 Paid
4Phenomenology of SpiritBooks 27 Paid
5The Communist ManifestoBooks 26 Paid
6SteppenwolfBooks 24 Paid
7Origin Of SpeciesBooks 23 Paid
8Critique of Pure ReasonBooks 21 Paid
9The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria RilkeBooks 19 Paid
10ConfessionsBooks 18 Paid

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