100 Books That Changed the World

A thought-provoking chronological timeline of the world’s most influential books.

Many books have become classics, must-reads, or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think?

In 100 Books that Changed the World, authors Scott Christianson and Colin Salter bring together an exceptional collection of truly ground-breaking books—from scriptures that founded religions, to scientific treatises that challenged beliefs, to novels that kick-started literary genres. This elegantly designed book, first published in 2018 but updated with an exciting new cover, offers a chronological timeline of three millennia of human thought distilled in print, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts to the age of eBooks and audiobooks.

Entries include:

  • The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer (750 BC)
  • Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623)
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft (1792)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845)
  • The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1947)
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (1958)
  • A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1988)

About The Author

Colin Salter is a prolific author of literary history. For Batsford he has written 100 Books That Changed the World, 100 Letters That Changed the World, and 100 Speeches That Roused the World. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, dog, and bicycle. Scott Christianson (1947–2017) was a prize-winning author. His books included 100 Diagrams That Changed the World and Freeing Charles: The Epic Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and Newsday.

  • Publish Date: September 03, 2024
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Literary Criticism - Books & Reading
  • Publisher: Batsford
  • Trim Size: 7-1/4 x 9-1/8
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $27.95
  • CDN Price: $37.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-84994-867-8

Author Bookshelf: Colin Salter

Author Bookshelf: Scott Christianson