Which book has had the biggest influence in shaping the world to date?

Posted by: russian_metaphor_man

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The Bible by Various Authors

The sacred book of Christianity, a collection of ancient writings including the books of both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
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The Quran by followers of Muhammad

The sacred text of Islam, divided into 114 chapters, or suras: revered as the word of God, dictated to Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel, and accepted as the foundation of Islamic law, religion, culture, and politics.
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The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Published in 1859, this book had such impact that ripples are still being felt through the scientific and theological communities. In The Origin of Species, Darwin attempts to answer the question of why there is so much diversity of life. He puts fo... rth the idea of evolution by natural selection and that common factors lead to change. He makes the point that although harsh, natural selection is a process that promotes improvement in all living things. According to The Origin of Species, “the extinction of some forms will be inevitable in a world governed by natural selection. Species will often be exterminated by competitors, thus in effect leaving room for the more successful species to multiply.” From Darwin’s work comes new emphasis on the study of nature and the importance of finding a way to share the planet with all species. It is most likely the most important biological book ever written   more
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The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War guides readers on the winning of conflicts. It offers advice on warfare designed to assist the reader in triumphing over his enemies. It was intended for a military audience, advising on strategy and principles of battle but it has be... en used beyond its original military significance. Besides military leaders, who were known students of Sun Tzu, such as Yamamoto who was responsible for planning the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mao Tse-tung who gained control of China through guerrilla warfare, General Giap who was the man behind victories over the French and American troops in Vietnam, and General Colin Powell during the “shock and awe” campaigns of Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The Art of War is utilized in business, inspiring wins in trials and negotiations. It’s also applied in coaching and sports, helping teams strategize for the win. Its principles can be adapted in a myriad of ways and although written approximately 500 B.C., it continues to inspire readers today. Rumor has it that it’s general advice and guidance has even been adapted to the battlefield of “dating   more
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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

This work written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1847 and published in 1848, explained the principles of Communists. It calls for the revolutionary process necessary to overthrow social order and advocates a classless society, suggesting worki... ng men in all countries unite. It has become one of the most influential political writings in all of history. Marx suggests that just as history has seen the evolution of Feudalism into Capitalism, Capitalism will give way to Socialism. This book was published during a time when workers lived in poverty and had terrible working conditions. It is no surprise that it brought hope to the working class man. It remains to this day one of the books with the most impact of all time   more
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Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Written in 1851 and published in 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin depicts the true picture of slavery in the South. The book can be credited with changing the way Americans, especially those in the North at the time viewed slavery. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a ca... ll for Americans to live by the principles on which the country was formed, including equality for all. It contributed to the abolitionist movement and eventually the Civil War. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a best-seller, it sold over 10,000 copies in the first week of publication and over 300,000 in its first year in the United States alone. Even today readers relate to this book and it serves as a reminder of human rights   more
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The Republic by Plato

Plato attempted to answer the question of what motivates man to behave in a just manner. In attempting to answer the question, he set about defining what justice is. His work breaks down the idea of justice and is first to define it in terms of eith... er political or societal. He breaks down society into classes and explains the need for people to fulfill the roles they were meant for. Plato then goes on to define the world in terms of visible and intelligible. He explains the intelligible world is made up of Forms. Although difficult to summarize in just a few words, The Republic attempts to offer a path for those wishing to acquire knowledge and move toward the greater good. As with many of his works the main character is Socrates. This book is considered by many to be Plato’s most important work, originating most likely from the middle dialogues of his teachings after he founded his academy, around 375 – 387 B.C. Plato is considered to be one of the most significant philosophers that ever lived and his work in The Republic formed the groundwork necessary for Western culture and philosophy. It continues to this day to have tremendous influence on modern day philosophers and has provoked deep thought and radical change for many   more
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The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine

The Rights of Man written in 1791 was Thomas Paine’s assessment of the French Revolution. He was already known for his works, Common Sense and The American Crisis. The Rights of Man took two years to write and looks at the rights that should be gran... ted to every human being including the right to adopt government that benefits their nation as a whole. Paine puts forth the idea that if any institution does not have the welfare of the nation as its goal, supported by its people, it becomes illicit and no institution should be above this ideal including the military or monarchy of a nation. Paine participated in the French Revolution as a member of the French National Assembly. The Rights of Man caused all sorts of discord and Paine, although not present, was put on trial in his native country of England and convicted of libel against the crown. The rights that Paine discusses in his book opened the doors to the building of civil rights earning it a place on this list   more
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A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

Written in 1792 during a time when women had little or no rights, A Vindication of the Rights of Women argued that women are human beings and should be given the same respect that men are given. Mary Wollstonecraft wrote that women should be allowed...  the pursuit of education, business and the right to vote. She wrote largely from her own experiences, believing that education could enlighten women and save them from an existence of near slavery, owned by their husbands. She dreamed of a future where men and women would regard each other as equals. A Vindication of the Rights of Women sold out within a year and it was obvious Wollstonecraft had struck a nerve. Wollstonecraft served as an inspiration to others and her work was a cornerstone for the eventual foundation of the feminist movement   more
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MechVarg says2015-07-11T17:22:09.2306869-05:00
Maybe Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jaques Rosseau?
PetersSmith says2015-07-11T18:07:28.2683287-05:00
Mein Kampf.
MechVarg says2015-07-11T19:33:07.1519316-05:00
@PetersSmith no
TBR says2015-07-11T19:43:13.4527589-05:00
The Little Red Book should be on the list. While the total bibles ever printed is an absurd number to guess at, the Little Red Book is in the billions. Mein Kampf, best seller that it is, I have looked, and don't think it gets past 100m.
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-07-12T04:07:50.6867427-05:00
The Analects. Obviously. 1000000000000 times more important that The Art of War.

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