Ever since the written word came to the fore, after the oral tradition took the backseat to mass stories, sometime between the Lyceum and hedonism, between gravitas and the advent of gravity, books captured and shaped the path of the world. These are the Top 10 Most Influential Books EVER!
10. Relativity by Albert Einstein
Set up the splitting of the atom, the creation of the atomic bomb, the phrase E=mc(squared) and myriad scientific discoveries that were previous unthinkable.
9. Principia by Sir Isaac Newton
One word: gravity.
8. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
“That government rules best which governs least.” Also influenced a little known guy named “Ghandi.”
7. Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Evolution, a word that still rubs folks the wrong way as Intelligent Design arguments rage in the US. These spats are nothing however in comparison to the flak received when the book was originally published.
6. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
The original proponent of “The end justifies the means,” this text teaches you how to rule (not in the 1980′s “San Dimas High School Football Rules!” kind of way)
5. Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
The treatise on capitalism and the source of the “Invisible Hand” theory. A must read.
4. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
Set the stage for separation from the British and laid the groundwork for the wording of the Declaration of Independence.
3. The Republic by Plato
Formed the concepts of civilized society and set in motion a philosophical world that still spins at breakneck speed, this text is both reasonable and completely “out there.”
1. The Quran by Muhammed
1. The Bible by Various
These two books are said to be the words of God, passed down to people on earth so his people could know how to act. From these have come some of the greatest virtues and kindness the world has ever seen, as well as some of the most horrid and despicable actions in history.