What do You Think? The most influential books ever written (according to me)

640px-Melk_-_Abbey_-_Library (the library of Melk Abbey)

Add yours if you like…

I. The Jewish Bible, by Various Authors

II. The Iliad, by Homer

III. The Odyssey, by Homer

IV. Corpus Aristotelicum, by Aristotle

V. The Republic, by Plato

VI. Analectus, by Confucius

VII. The Aeneid, by Virgil

VIII. The New Testament, by Various Authors

IX. The Quran, by Various Authors

X. The Guide for the Perplexed, by Maimonides

XI. Summa Theologica, by Thomas Aquinas

XII. Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri

XIII. Institues of Christian Religion, by John Calvin

XIV. Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World System, by Galileo

XV. Principia Mathematica, by Isaac Newton

XVI. The New Science, by Giambattista Vico

XVII. Encyclopedie, by Denis Diderot

XVIII. The wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith

XIX. Phenomenology of Mind, by G.W.F. Hegel

XX. On War, by Carl Von Clausevitz

XXI. Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and F. Engels

XX. The Origin of the Species, by Charles Darwin

XXI. Experiment on Plant Hybridization, by Gregor Mendel

XXII. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy

XXIII. The Interpretation of Dreams, by Sigmund Freud

XXIV. Relativity, by Albert Einstein

XXV. I and Thou, by Martin Buber

XXVI. If This Is a Man, by Primo Levi


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40 responses to “What do You Think? The most influential books ever written (according to me)

  1. Liberty of Thinking

    “1984”, George Orwell

  2. “War and Peace” is on my list. Am in the middle of “Anna Karenina” – – my son is studying Dante in school now…ha, ha, ha…sometimes he comes home afraid he is going to purgatory…..because even purgatory is kinda scary in Dante’s world. Buona domenica…

    • Anna Karenina e’ un altro libro fantastico! Ah! Ricordo i giorni di Dante, non solo al liceo ma anche All’Universita’!..Hai mai letto “Resurrezione” sempre di Tolstoy? Meno famoso ma eccezionale…e Buona domenica anche a te!

  3. You might want to add The Analects by Confucius, the Tao Te Ching by Lao-tzu, Gilgamesh, and The Prince by Machiavelli.

  4. Mostly scholarly and great choices, however, as far as influential, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” has to be added to your list.

  5. What about the Harry Potter series? While not influential like the classics, they have made a definite impact.

  6. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I suggested the Harry Potter series when I commented on his blog site; however, I’d like to include Star Trek. Think of all the inventions that came to be from that series.

  7. Liberty of Thinking

    Gianfranco, what about the top most influential writers? It would do better justice to the “cause”, as most of the books you mentioned were written by authors who wrote more than one…

  8. Liberty of Thinking

    Of course, for the works like the Jewish Bible or similar, where authorship isn’t identifiable, you may keep the position… Just thinking aloud;-)

  9. Liberty of Thinking

    I’ll leave that to your kind discretion and wisdom:-)

  10. Very interesting list. A couple of suggestions:

    The Works of William Shakespeare
    Two Treatises of Government–John Locke

  11. Great list and further suggestions as above. I would like to propose the following:

    1) A Brief History of time by Stephen Hawking
    2) Mahabharata by several authors.


  12. Yeah, Your list looks comprehensive enough! 🙂

  13. Ashleigh Bugg

    I would include The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy since it helped inspire Gandhi who in turn inspired MLK.

    Also, A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft 🙂

  14. Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung. He gets my vote over Freud any day!

  15. So many great books and authors… but in terms of influential, I have to believe that The Art of War would be ranking up there… not sure if any battles or wars would have changed hands without it but to hear so many great soldiers in the world’s history talk about it you would think they were influenced by it.

  16. The American writer Mark Twain has said that a classic book is a book that everyone knows but few have read – I found some truth in those words – many books have had a strong indirect influence posterity – also where the book itself may be “forgotten” but still stay alive – really many good suggestions here – some others could be – Ahmed Salman Rushdie / The Satanic Verses – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / Faust – Richard Dawkins / The Selfish Gene – George Orwell / Animal Farm – Franz Kafka / The Trial – Ernest Hemingway / For Whom the Bell Tolls – Anne Frank / The Diary of a Young Girl – Jean-Paul Sartre / Being and Nothingness – no doubt many could be mentioned… 🙂

  17. A bit heavy on the olden days perhaps? How about Asimov’s I robot – his three laws will undoubtedly influence today’s search for artificial intelligence. If you include that then add Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Philip K DIck. And then there’s Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    Das Kapital also should have an honourable mention. Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. The list is getting longer, and I haven’t mentioned Dostoyevsky or William Gibson or Catch 22.
    Oh Well, keep on keepin’ on

  18. blackskyvoyages

    No list is complete without Voltaire’s Candide!

    Thanks for the visit and the follow to my still-under-construction blog.

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