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12 Books That Changed the World (2006 original; edició 2007)

de Melvyn Bragg

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When we think of great events in the history of the world, we tend to think of war, revolution, political upheaval or natural catastrophe. But throughout history there have been moments of vital importance that have taken place not on the battlefield, or in the palaces of power, or even in the violence of nature, but between the pages of a book. In our digitised age of instant information it is easy to underestimate the power of the printed word. In his fascinating new book accompanying the ITV series, Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political and personal revolution. Twelve Books that Changed the World presents a rich variety of human endeavour and a great diversity of characters. There are also surprises. Here are famous books by Darwin, Newton and Shakespeare - but we also discover the stories behind some less well-known works, such as Marie Stopes' Married Love, the original radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman - and even the rules to an obscure ball game that became the most popular sport in the world . . .… (més)
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Títol:12 Books That Changed the World
Autors:Melvyn Bragg
Informació:Sceptre (2007), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 384 pages
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Bragg presents an odd combination of so called "books" that changed the world and 12 is a neat number, but why not a baker's dozen. it turns out that his choice of 12 that changed the world stretches beyond books to documents (the Magna Carta ) , a patent specification. ( Arkwight's spinning machine.) a set of rules for football . This book shrieks of the pot boile variety... And deqdlines to be met . It is too contrived and evidently aimed to meet a publisher's deadline by a much loved author, I was hugely impressed by his book Speak for England and loved his style . this book makes one think about what you would choose given the same brief .... Ie books that changed the world . My coverage would have included Karl Marx's Das Kapitsl and Keynes 's General Theory , Mao Tse Tung., Gandhi, David Landes . His choice runs to Newton, Marie Stopes ( all of us women who today opt for 2 kids do indeed need to thank this lady.) , the Magna Carta ( at a stretch yes , in how it can be claimed to be the start of democracy for the landowning upper class in England) . I agree with his choice of Darwin, The abolition of the slave trade was a speech in Parliament by Wilbrforce and deserves comment but it was not a book but a pamphlet . Yes the Bible is significant but means different things to different people , the King James version appeals because it has a cadence that thrills when read aloud in a cavernous church. but what about the Koran? Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations would make my cut and yes I own not one but three copies of this book . In any orthodox list is Shakespeare but you need to settle on one play not a collection. In all a very Anglo British literature list and actually not that unconventional . Overall a good read and a book worth adding to one's library . I wonder what Bill Bryson's choices would have been . It could be a neat game over a dinner table as to which books have firstly changed your view of the world and secondly , changed the way in which the world sees itself . what about Aristotle, Plago , Justinian? this book wins my recommendation if only to get our thinking and playing the same game .
  Africansky1 | Sep 13, 2013 |


A great idea but full of over long quotations of the work of others, and unsupported assertions of the author. I assume he was in a rush to finish. ( )
  PJM64 | Apr 2, 2013 |
Good enough, but treats the books it examines in a very superficial way. Lots of context, but again, not particularly deep treatment of the time in which each book was published. ( )
1 vota notmyrealname | Oct 4, 2008 |
This is the book of the TV series, and as one might expect, is therefore shallow, trite, and dull. It contains information, but you already know it all. ( )
  sloopjonb | Aug 28, 2008 |
Not the books I would have expected, but an interesting list none the less. ( )
  miketheriley | Jun 22, 2008 |
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When we think of great events in the history of the world, we tend to think of war, revolution, political upheaval or natural catastrophe. But throughout history there have been moments of vital importance that have taken place not on the battlefield, or in the palaces of power, or even in the violence of nature, but between the pages of a book. In our digitised age of instant information it is easy to underestimate the power of the printed word. In his fascinating new book accompanying the ITV series, Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political and personal revolution. Twelve Books that Changed the World presents a rich variety of human endeavour and a great diversity of characters. There are also surprises. Here are famous books by Darwin, Newton and Shakespeare - but we also discover the stories behind some less well-known works, such as Marie Stopes' Married Love, the original radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman - and even the rules to an obscure ball game that became the most popular sport in the world . . .

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