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12 Books That Changed The World

12 Books That Changed The World

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 book, Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political and personal revolution. 12 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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Genre: Literature & Literary Studies

On Sale: 19th January 2012

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781444718676

Reviews

'It can charm almost anyone of any age . . . yet again Bragg has displayed his extraordinary and unique gifts as a communicator'
Christena Appleyard, <i>Daily Mail</I>
'Bragg has established himself over the past decades as a fearlessly dedicated, popular educator . . . a highly and easily readable book.'
John Sutherland, <i>The Sunday Times</I>
Bragg writes with passion...and once again, shows his capacity to make science and technology both exciting and accessible.
<i>Independent</I>
'This is an inspiring, fascinating and stimulating book with marvellous illustrations'
Niall MacMonagle, <i>Irish Times</I>