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UKL: 15 Books That Changed the World - Nominations watch

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    2001:a space odyssey.
    Not the most world changing, but science fiction-wise a giant. A fantastic novel that evolved sci fi concepts to a new level
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    (Original post by BloodyValentine)
    it was a totally new way of writing which has never been repeated and i think it was one of the first books to approach teenage angst
    It's a book about a teenage mood swing. It did not change the world.
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    (Original post by Masonne)
    thats not true, hardly anyone read the book during its first few editions. once hitler became chancellor it became a massive success. however this does seem to substantiate the point someoen else made about it not changing the world, as the nazis were, by the time it became a success, already along the path to consolidating their power.
    People bought it, but I don't think a lot of them actually read it.
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    Is say the Magna Carta but its not a book is it?
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    The Adventures of Don Quixote By Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra

    Reason: Has gotten some people through internment/concentration camps and motivated a governor in NY, some Italian guy.
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    (Original post by Nicole Kidman)
    Is say the Magna Carta but its not a book is it?
    Nah, it was a charter. I was gonna nominate "Zur Quantummechanik" too, but I don't think that was a book either.
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    (Original post by hitchhiker_13)
    It's a book about a teenage mood swing. It did not change the world.
    It is not a book about a teenage mood swing have you even read the book? the kid is ****ed up because his brother died. And frankly it is one of the best books ever written and one of the most widely read books in modern times so i don't see why it shouldn't be on this list
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    (Original post by Knight-Errant)
    The Adventures of Don Quixote By Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra

    Reason: Has gotten some people through internment/concentration camps and motivated a governor in NY, some Italian guy.
    THANKYOU! Some one else agrees!
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    (Original post by BloodyValentine)
    It is not a book about a teenage mood swing have you even read the book? the kid is ****ed up because his brother died. And frankly it is one of the best books ever written and one of the most widely read books in modern times so i don't see why it shouldn't be on this list
    I second that. It is possibly the best book I have ever read. What I like is the honest and candid expression of Holden's thoughts.
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    (Original post by BloodyValentine)
    It is not a book about a teenage mood swing have you even read the book? the kid is ****ed up because his brother died. And frankly it is one of the best books ever written and one of the most widely read books in modern times so i don't see why it shouldn't be on this list

    Yes, I have read the book and I was being overly flippant. Still, I don't think it changed the world - this does not mean I don't think it is an excellent book.
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    Quite a few major omissions, here are but a few off the top of my head:

    Plato's Republic (Yes, a manuscript I know, but if the Bible and Koran can have a mention...).

    Freud - The Interpretation of Dreams

    And for the enlightened author of the linked thread :-

    Simone de Beauvoir - The Second Sex
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    Well... books that changed the world:

    1. The Bible. Countless wars and lives have been sacrificed in the name of the Bible. But it has also brought countless joy to the lives of others. Has it made the world a better place?

    2. The Koran. Same as above really.

    3. Chairman Mao's Red Book. And thus, the heamorraging of a nation began in earnest. Communism is a fallacy.

    4. Hitler's Mein Kampf. The lighter for the worst atrocities of the 20th Century

    5. The Female Eunuch (Germaine Greer). Hilariously funny, and frankly this book belies Greer's intelligence. But it galvanised women all around the westernised world, and empowered them to want more from society. A crucial ingredient in the liberal movement of the seventies.

    6. Sigmund Freud: Complete Edition of Pyschological Work. Perverted in mind and in nature, Freud imposed his corrupt and disturbing views upon an unknowing world and poisoned them innocuously.

    7. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. This classic, well ahead of its time, awoke the intellectual Americans to the prejudice they had long been ignoring. Monumental... an epic which deserves the highest acclaim, this is a book which is both excellent to read and which helped to change America.
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    (Original post by Scottus_Mus)
    4. The Book Of The Dead – The main religious text of the Ancient Egyptians which helped to influence and shape the world. The concepts in the books have guided modern religion and we must remember that Egypt is though to be the starting place for monotheistic religion.
    i thought it was generally acepted that zoroastrianism was the first monotheistic religion (to an extent as there was more than one creator as i understand it...was a long time ago that i learnt this).

    by egypt i assuem you are referring to akhnatan? (sp?)
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    (Original post by hitchhiker_13)
    People bought it, but I don't think a lot of them actually read it.
    not really....though of course we can never be certain as people may claim to have read it and didnt, but the book was a huge bestseller, and not simply in terms of the amount sold, but also the discussions people held about it and the fact that hitler was such a celebrity by this time that people were quite eager to read it.
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    (Original post by cdm391)
    A brief history of time - Stephen Hawking

    Any person who says the Bible or any other religious book couldn't be more wrong. Religion has caused more wars than anything else. But in a way I suppose you could say that these books have changed the world from a negative perspective!
    anyone that disregards religious texts such as the bible or the koran couldnt be more wrong. i dont know how anyone could claim they havent changed the world, and not simply in a negative way, thats too narrow a viewpoint.
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    (Original post by Masonne)
    by egypt i assuem you are referring to akhnatan? (sp?)
    Akhetnaton was a pharaoh, Akhet-aten was the city he built at Tell el Amarna, whats that got to do with the book of the dead other than he abandoned the traditional religion?
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    (Original post by Everdawn)
    Akhetnaton was a pharaoh, Akhet-aten was the city he built at Tell el Amarna, whats that got to do with the book of the dead other than he abandoned the traditional religion?
    well you are right of course, however my point was still relevant as he initiated revolutionary changes in religion (sidelining the traditional worship of the pantheon in favour of the Aten the sun god) which some people argue, wrongly according to most specialists in the field, was the foundation of monotheistic religion.
 
 
 
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