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51 Great Books You Should Have Read

George Walsh

51 Great Books You Should Have Read

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Simple words have had the most profound effect on the world — its history, literature, art, science, religion and economics. To know and to have read the great masters is to understand and appreciate the complex interaction of world events as they unfold. 51 Great Books You Should Have Read (and probably didn't) is the first attempt to organize the great literature, both fiction and non-fiction, in such a way as to demonstrate their world-wide impact.

This invaluable book is a selection of 51 seminal works and a fascinating peep into the beliefs, teachings and thought-process of some of the greatest and the finest minds who ever walked this planet.

Every attempt has been made to introduce readers to books and literature that is international in scope and spans the centuries. The works included are from Homer's The Iliad, Plato's The Republic and Mahabharata to Nelson Mandela's The Long Walk to Freedom and Alan Turing's On Computable Numbers. The works chosen are not necessarily the most famous — nor are their authors. Rather, they represent seminal works, masterpieces that every educated individual should have at least some familiarity with.

In a few short pages, you will learn about the authors, their background and influences, as well as a good deal about the works themselves. In many ways this is a very sophisticated book with many important topics — but it is presented in an easy-to-read reference style.

Chapter 1: The Bible: Old and New Testaments
Chapter 2: Ved Vyasa: Mahabharata
Chapter 3: Homer: The Iliad & The Odyssey
Chapter 4: Confucius: The Analects
Chapter 5: Aeschylus: The Oresteia
Chapter 6: Herodotus: The Histories
Chapter 7: Plato: The Republic
Chapter 8: Aristotle: Metaphysics
Chapter 9: Euclid of Alexandria: The Elements
Chapter 10: Cicero: On the Good Life
Chapter 11: Lucretius: On the Nature of Things
Chapter 12: St. Augustine: Confessions
Chapter 13: Muhammad: The Koran
Chapter 14: The Arabian Nights
Chapter 15: Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji
Chapter 16: Turold: The Song of Roland
Chapter 17: St. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica
Chapter 18: Marco Polo: The Adventures of Marco Polo
Chapter 19: Dante: The Divine Comedy
Chapter 20: Petrarch: Canzoniere
Chapter 21: Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

Chapter 22: Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte d’ Arthur
Chapter 23: Leonardo da Vinci: The Notebooks
Chapter 24: Sir Thomas More: Utopia
Chapter 25: Martin Luther: The 95 Theses
Chapter 26: Michel de Montaigne: Essays
Chapter 27: Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote
Chapter 28: William Shakespeare: Hamlet
Chapter 29: Galileo Galilei: Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
Chapter 30: Rene Descartes: Discourse on the Method
Chapter 31: John Locke: Two Treatises of Government
Chapter 32: Sir Isaac Newton: Principia
Chapter 33: Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations
Chapter 34: Thomas Jefferson: Writings
Chapter 35: William Wordsworth: The Prelude
Chapter 36: Charles Darwin: On the Origin of Species
Chapter 37: Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
Chapter 38: Karl Marx: The Communist Manifesto
Chapter 39: Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment
Chapter 40: Sigmund Freud: The Interpretation of Dreams
Chapter 41: Mahatma Gandhi: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Chapter 42: Thomas Mann: The Magic Mountain
Chapter 43: Albert Einstein: Relativity: The Special and General Theory
Chapter 44: T. S. Eliot: The Waste Land
Chapter 45: George Gamow: The Creation of the Universe
Chapter 46: Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot
Chapter 47: Marshall McLuhan: Understanding Media
Chapter 48: Alan Turing: On Computable Numbers
Chapter 49: Saul Bellow: Henderson the Rain King
Chapter 50: Nelson Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom
Chapter 51: Yukio Mishima: Confessions of a Mask


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