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05-29-2010, 07:10 AM #1
Top 10 Books that changed the world around us
It can be a most subjective and debatable list of all time but I am including those books which have some real impact on the human history all the way. The books those have changed our human faith and are able to influence million of peoples for some positive change in their lives. The list below is debatable and you can suggest your own list. So here I am with the list of books.
1.The Bible Various Authors (circa 30AD – 90AD)
This book no doubt has the most significant effect on the world history. It comprises two books – the Old Testament taken from the Greek edition used by Christ and the apostles and the New Testament written by some of the Apostles of Jesus after his death – including St Paul.
Due to bible, Christianity has become the largest single religion in world. Now consistent around 2.5 billion adherents in 200 countries. Within 200 years of its creation it has converted whole Roman Empire from paganism to Christianity. It is not only a holly book for Christians but in all humanity it’s a guideline of good behavior.
a. The Gutenberg bible (a copy of the Latin Vulgate) was the first book ever published on the printing press.
b. The Bible is the most purchased book in the world.
c. Most translated book in the world.
2. The Qur’an – Various Authors (650AD to 656AD)
A holy book which is considered as the last truth in Islamic world. Muslims believe the Qur’an to be the verbal book of divine guidance and direction for mankind, and consider the original Arabic verbal text to be the final revelation of God.
From the time of creation The Qur’an has inspired life of billions of people and it spreads the words of god. Angel Gabriel’s revelations to Prophet form the basis of the Qur’an. For easy daily recitation, the Qur’an is divided into thirty equal parts. One part takes only twenty-four reading minutes, and the whole Book requires twelve reading hours.
a. It is unchanged since it creation.
b. There are 114 chapters, and 6,226 verses, containing 99,464 words made up of 330, 113 letters.
c. Translated into around 120 languages around the world.
3. Hindu Vedas and other literature(3000-1500 BC)
One of the most ancient religious literature ever. Vedas are the collection of religious and philosophical poems and hymns composed over several generations beginning as early as 3000 BC. Four Vedas are Rig-veda,Sama-veda,Yajur-veda and Atharva-veda.Apart from Vedas. These were the core books for ancient Hindu religion, there are some changes into rituals but The Vedas still hold the ground as the base of Hindu religion. Vedas can be considered as one of the starting formation books of civilization as many scientific things come from this Hindu literature.
a. It was written in Sanskrit and consist around 1 lakhs of hyems and shlokas collectively.
4. The Rights of Man- Thomas Paine (1791)
If democracy is the jewelry of modern day society than pay your tribute to this amazing book by Thomas Paine. This book declares, the sole purpose of the government is to protect the irrefutable rights inherent to every human being. Thus all institutions which do not benefit a nation are illegitimate, including the monarchy (and the nobility) and the military establishment.
This book worked as a draft for French revolution and inspired American democracy process. So our present day democracy and freedom can be attributed to this great book.
a. Thomas Paine was tried in absentia, and convicted for seditious libel against the Crown, but was unavailable for hanging, having departed England for France.
5. Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848)
This book is the base weapon of Communist revolution. The dream of classless and stateless society was first revealed from this book and it had influenced the biggest political upbringing.”Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Working men of all countries, unite!”These words inspired many of many working classes for their political space in upper class society.
6. Experimental Research in Electricity – Michael Faraday (1855)
The technology on which we are driving and flying high can be attributed to this book by Faraday. This book was largely Faraday’s experiments that lead to electricity becoming viable for use in technology. Faraday was an English chemist whose many experiments enlisted in this book with electricity ultimately lead to his invention of electromagnetic rotary devices which formed the foundation of electric motor technology. He was one of the greatest scientists of our time. This book turned the technology shift and that’s the reason including this in our list.
7. On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin (1859)
This book brings a new n scientific approach towards our understanding about human race and life on earth. It proposes that over time, through natural selection, species evolve. It was a highly controversial book as it contradicted many religious views on biology at the time. The book was a easy read for a newbie and due to the controversy around religion made it a instant hit and it also produced the debate in scientific community about major issues. The scientific theory of evolution has itself evolved since Darwin first presented it, but natural selection remains the most widely accepted scientific model of how species evolve.
8. The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir (1949)
The book which becomes the burning torch of Feminism revolution is the brain child Simone de Beauvoir. She started to write this book about herself but then she realized to describe her as a woman or as a second sex. In it she argues that women throughout history have been defined as the “other” sex, an aberration from the “normal” male sex. Beauvoir says that this attitude has limited women’s success by maintaining the perception that they are a deviation from the normal, and are outsiders attempting to emulate “normality”. For feminism to move forward, this assumption must be set aside.
9. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank (1947)
I consider this book is a burning torch against the hatred dark brought you by Hitler and company. It’s the book which has shocked the mind of generation after war about the hatred. It delivers the clear message of love and shows how people had suffered in that dark time of hatred. World had seen a clear picture of Nazism and its consequences on simple human lives.
10. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand (1957)
Objectivism became a fashion in Libertarian movement because of this book, Book’s influence to capitalism system is evident by it followers like Allan Greenspan (former Federal Reserve Chairman).The recent recession again gave produced a chicken run among the book lovers to understand the core of Objectivism. A movie based on Atlas Shrugged has been in process with star cast like Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie....being a human...