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User currently offlineNYCAASpouse From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Last evening listening to the radio they were discussing Plato's Republic, and several times, mentioned it as one of the most influential books of all time. It got me to thinking what other books ought to be included on that list.

Just one caveat I think everyone would agree the Talmud, the Bible, and the Koran would be on the list so let's just skip those.
In addition try not to put in scientific papers like Einstein and Newton or essays. Not because they aren't important but because they aren't books. So they shouldn't count.

Here is my list, in no particular order:

1) The Gutenberg Bible. I know that I just broke my own rule however, unlike every other book on this list this one is here not for what it says inside, but because of its production. So it is different.

2) Plato's Republic

3) Das Kapital

4) Mein Kampf

5) The Origin of Species

6) The Illiad and the Odessy

7) The Art of War

8) The Histories Herodotus

9) The Wealth of Nations

10) The Prince

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User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

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User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 1):
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When we actually see her naked in one, then you can nominate it.


User currently offlineAviator737 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

Quoting NYCAASpouse (Thread starter):
6) The Illiad and the Odessy

it's the "Iliad" and "Odyssey"... and while the latter is a continuation of the same story, it's a different book-- thus rendering a tie for #6, and jumping to #8 (meaning the last book on our list should be knocked off if you wanna keep it to 10)


User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3391 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 1):
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User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1385 times:

Quoting NYCAASpouse (Thread starter):
3) Das Kapital

This would certainly be on my list. Directly influenced much of 20th century politics and conflict.


User currently offlineNYCAASpouse From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

Quoting Waterpolodan (Reply 6):
This would certainly be on my list. Directly influenced much of 20th century politics and conflict.

That's why it's there. Not everything that influential is positive. Sometimes it's negative which is why Mien Kampf made the list.

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 4):
it's the "Iliad" and "Odyssey"... and while the latter is a continuation of the same story, it's a different book-- thus rendering a tie for #6, and jumping to #8 (meaning the last book on our list should be knocked off if you wanna keep it to 10)

Point taken. And if I could go back and correct my stupid misspelling I would do that too. On the other hand there is no reason why there can't be 11 or 12 or what ever. Secondly, I agree technically they are two books but also technically they were not written down in the first place so who's to say they weren't one story halved for convenience sake?


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6371 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

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Ok, in all reality, I don't know what the most influential books of all time are. Influential in what way? One country or civilizations most influential is anothers most hated. One persons most influential is another persons waste of paper.


User currently offlineDLOnur From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 290 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

1. The Collected Works of Aristotle (J. Barnes edition)

2. Toyota Land Cruiser tech manual

3. _Philosophical Investigations_ Ludwig Wittgenstein

4. _The Structure of Scientific Revolutions_ Thomas Kuhn

5. _Steps Toward an Ecology of Mind_ Gregory Bateson.

6. _How Buildings Learn_ Stewart Brand

7. _Cybernetics_ Norbert Wiener

8. _Rabbit Run_ John Updike

9. _The Naked and the Dead_ Norman Mailer

10. _The Black Book_ Orhan Pamuk



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4964 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

Even an atheist/agnostic such as myself who is distrustful of organized religion and has a real hard time swallowing the concept of deism must admit that the Bible, for better or for worse, has probably been close to the most influential book in at least the last 2000 years...


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