World History & Culture

100 Books That Changed the World

A tour of global history by way of history’s most important scrolls, manuscripts, and printed books, from Plato and Homer to the twenty-first century—100 must reads.

Beautifully illustrated in full color, this book informs and entertains as it demonstrates how the power of the written word has shaped, changed, and even revolutionized the world.

Prize-winning author Scott Christianson brings together an exceptional collection of groundbreaking works that have changed the tide of history. Included are scriptures that founded religions, manifestos that sparked revolutions, scientific treatises that challenged ingrained beliefs, and novels that kick-started new literary movements.

This sweeping chronological survey highlights the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts all the way to the digital age. Included are such well-known classics as the Odyssey, the Torah, Shakespeare’s First Folio, Moby-Dick, and Darwin’s On the Origins of Species, but an array of other works, some well-known and others less so, are featured as well, including those by Sun Tzu, Nicolaus Copernicus, Mary Wollstonecraft, Adam Smith, Henry David Thoreau, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, as well as more recent works by J. K. Rowling, Art Spiegelman, and Naomi Klein. This provocative collection is the perfect book for both literature lovers and history buffs.

About The Author

Scott Christianson was an award-winning author of many distinguished nonfiction books including 100 Diagrams That Shaped the World and most recently, 100 Documents That Changed the WorldColin Salter is the author of Everything You Need to Know about Inventions and Science Is Beautiful.

  • Publish Date: March 06, 2018
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: History - World
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 7-1/4 x 9-1/8
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $29.95
  • CDN Price: $40.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3424-4


"This collection would make a great item to place on some deep space probe for other intelligent life to use to learn who and what we are."
New York Journal of Books

"Is there anything better than a well-prepared syllabus of what you should read? Such a list is the perfect pretentious gift-if you’ve read the book, you feel justified . . . It does not just cover the obvious classics, but treaties and modern works that changed the game (heard of a dude named Harry Potter?)."
Pretty Page Turner

Author Bookshelf: Scott Christianson, Colin Salter