What are the most influential books of the 20th century?

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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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    Lauren Jenkins
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a good solution to the topic. This is a well known book that has some great reviews. While it may or may not be the most influential books of the 20th century is to be determined by person to person. This does seem like a good solution."
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    #2The 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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    Benjamin Walters
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is an interesting look into early western America. The trials and tribulations that the early settlers went through are innumerable. Of course like anything else when big business gets a hold of something new and fresh they pervert it and market it to the masses. This book helps to dispel the romantacized version of the west that is all too common"
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    #3Atlas Shrugged

    Atlas Shrugged
    Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical novel by Russian author, Ayn Rand. It tells the story of Dagny Taggart and John Galt, the "Destroyer." The Destroyer has encouraged important people to go on a strike and make a new society of their own.

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    Ronald Griffin
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "What needs to be said about Atlas Shrugged that hasn't already? It's an iconic book that has shifted demographics and structures all around the world through the eyes of Dagny Taggart. It's a revolutionary book that has graced countless people's political identities. It's a quick read and has a lot of good and evil narrative through the political spectrum. "
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    #4The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.


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    Bobby Holmes
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I don't think there is a person that actively reads who doesn't know who John Steinbeck is. His novels have always been great and this one is no different. This novel is an instant classic and should be in anyone's personal library."
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    #5All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

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    Harry Bell
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a certified classic. I have read it multiple times and discover new things each time. It was a very influential book."
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    #6The Ways of White Folks

    The Ways of White Folks

    The Ways of White Folks is a collection of short stories from African-American writer Langston Hughes depicting the interaction of black Americans with white Americans during the 1920s and the 1930s.


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    Amanda Pierce
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is such an important read, with issues that ring true even now, unfortunately. Certainly a highly influential work that can't get enough praise."
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    #72001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey is a sci-fi film by Stanley Kubrick. The film follows a team of scientists in a space expedition to Jupiter, seeking signs of extraterrestrial life. They are guided by the artificial intelligence HAL 9000 who gains sentience. 


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    Teresa Hoffman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Yessiree, sir! There is no argument here. There is no further searching required. "2001: A Space Odyssey" is indeed one of the best, most influential books of the 20th Century. The same can be said for the movie, which is a classic for all time. And here we are, well into the 21st century, where we are now considering daily how intrusive Artificial Intelligence has become in our lives and the power of the computer to control our lives against our wills. This book by Arthur C. Clarke fits this category perfectly!"
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    #8Anne 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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    Ajay Patil
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "So moving. The saddest thing to me is that Anne Frank never lived to see her potential as a writer and a woman. After all that sacrifice, over two years in hiding, seven of the eight people in the annex died at the hands of the Nazis. This diary is still relevant today because of the feelings and thoughts Anne was able to express as a young girl. Her hope for a better world breaks your heart."
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    #9Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It welcomed the readers to Harry's magical world and his discovery of his true self where adventure and danger await him as he entered Hogwarts. 


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    James Torres
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This story is amazingly written. Being the first in the series it sets the standard for the following one. I always enjoy going back and reading the one that began it all. It was so influential."
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    #10Young Che

    Young Che

    Young Che: Memories of Che Guevara by His Father is a biography written by Ernesto Guevara Lynch. It was originally released in 2008. It is about the childhood and the events that shaped the famous Che Guevara.


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    Philip Chapman
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Young Che is a book about arguably one of the most influential men to have lived in the 20th century, Che Guevara. Even more unique however is that this book is written by none other than Che's father which provides an especially intimate look at Che from childhood to adulthood. The book is an amazing view into a man who has changed the world. "
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    #11The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Charles Dunn
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Amazing. What else is there to say? This book takes you on a journey through the mysterious yet extravagant life of Jay Gatsby. He redefined what it meant to live life during an era where it was prohibited. Anything is possible and this book proves it!"
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    #12Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.


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    Jordan Cooper
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Man's Search for Meaning is a book written by Viktor E. Frankl. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. The book is a memoir that describes life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival."
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    #13One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.


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    Michael Schmidt
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "One hundred years of solitude tells a tale of a world not known to most. You begin to see the minimalism in life, and learn to appreciate the little things. This book has influenced me throughout my whole life and I imagine for years to come."
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    #14The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Mark Gonzales
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "While it may partly be a classic for its controversial nature, it is such a key text of modern American literature that it makes it worth the read. It is the granddaddy of stories that deal with the struggles of young adults finding their place in the world and railing against everything that is wrong with it."
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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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    #16Silent Spring

    Silent Spring
    Silent Spring is a book by biologist Rachel Carson. First published in 1962, it advocates for environmental conservation by raising awareness about the dangers of chemicals to humans, animals, and the environment.

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    Roy Spencer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book started the whole environmental movement. It was amazing to read and very enlightening! "
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    #17The Green House

    The Green House

    The Green House is a philosophical and socially-investigative novel written by the famous Peruvian writer Mario Vargas LLosa. It was first released as La casa verde in 1968. It is about the divide between savagery and civilization.


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    Jane Medina
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book is a classic. It is so well written and the writing is amazing. The storytelling is impeccable and the characters are complicated but human. I found at times, that I was reading poetry, it was that moving for me. It was such a great book that I couldn't put it down I would definitely read it again should I have the opportunity. The detail is incredible and vivid. This is a great buy!"
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    Considered one of the greatest 20th-century novels written in English, James Joyce's Ulysses pulls from Greek Mythology to create a modern version staring Ulysses as he journeys through 20th century Ireland. 

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    Phillip Taylor
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Maybe not the best, but, close to it. It will keep your interest. A great author, too."


Best What are the most influential books of the 20th century
1SteppenwolfBooks 43 Paid
2The Decline of the WestBooks 39 Paid
3Atlas ShruggedBooks 38 Paid
4The Grapes of WrathBooks 33 Paid
5All Quiet on the Western FrontBooks 32 Paid
6The Ways of White Folks Books 30 Paid
72001: A Space OdysseyMovies 29 Paid
8Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 26 Paid
9Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneBooks 25 Paid
10Young CheBooks 23 Paid

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