Most Influential Books of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 The Bible

So much of Western Society & Culture is inspired by the Holy Bible.

The Bible might not be the best book, but, it would be hard to say that it isn't the most influential book ever

Should give it a try. The symbol exists everywhere. - iliescu

There is no way that this isn't number one... - DieGedankenSindFrei

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2 The Qur'an

I can not say much thing about this Holiest book Al-Quran. This book is not only for Muslims but also for every human. And one thing this book is the only book which is not written by any man not even a single alphabet. I respect this book more than I respect myself

Like it says " this book can guide you and misguide you" don't read this book because it is too much complex for a normal person to understand

Word of God.. That's it

The holy Quran is the book of Allah revealed on our holy prophet

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3 Origin of Species

Why is this even a debate? There has never been, nor ever will be a more influential and important idea in the history of this world. This single-handedly challenged everything the bible and all other religious texts have taught us. The theory (excuse me: THE FACT) of evolution is the most profound scientific advancement that the world has ever seen and never has any piece of work changed the way we know things more than natural selection that originated from this book.

4 Uncle Tom's Cabin

Lit book

5 The Odyssey

I would have preferred the Aeneid, but anything to get the classics on the list.

6 The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ! It's True!

Such a great book!

7 The Lord of the Rings
8 The Federalist Papers
9 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
10 Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

What else?

The Contenders

11 Mein Kampf
12 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
13 The Communist Manifesto
14 Divine Comedy
15 Infinite Jest
16 The Art of War
17 Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
18 Shakespeare's Hamlet
19 The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield
20 Don't Touch This Book - Jan Van Helsing
21 The Little Prince
22 BONE #1: Out from Boneville

How is this influential?

23 To Kill a Mockingbird

This Harper Lee masterpiece has been very influential in bringing about awareness of racism and inequality in the United States. I believe it was also influential in bringing about the Civil Rights movement.

24 A Vindication of the Rights of Women
25 The Rights of Man
26 The Wealth of Nations
27 The Prince
28 The Republic
29 Critique of Pure Reason
30 1984
31 Orientalism
32 The Second Sex
33 A Brief History of Time
34 Silent Spring
35 The Female Eunuch
36 Ways of Seeing
37 The Making of the English Working Class
38 The Uses of Literacy
39 The Naked Ape
40 The Catcher in the Rye
41 No Fits, Nilson!
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