10 Most Influential Books that Changed the World Forever

Are you looking for the books that have changed the history of mankind? If yes, you will love this post. In this blog, discover the 10 most influential books that affected the lives of billions of people!

When was the last time you read a book that changed your life?

Perhaps, you have read a book that made you a better person, developed a better perspective in life, and improve your overall standard of living.

However, every once in a while, we found books that don’t just change a person, a society, a nation, but the ENTIRE world.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know the books that have changed the world as we know it today? I would even venture to say that without these books, I’m sure this world would have been different.

So, if you are ready, let me share with you the 10 books that changed the world, our history, and the live of billions of people!

1. The Holy Bible

First on our list is the Holy Bible.

No doubt, whether you are a Christian or not, this book has affected your life directly or indirectly.

The Bible is considered to be the bestselling book of all time. It has been estimated that billions of Bible have already been printed and published.

The Bible is even the most widely translated book across the globe.

Even if the books included in the Bible has been written thousands of years ago, it has become a relevant book that is still revered and studied by millions of people.

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2. The Quran

The Quran is the religious text of Islam. With almost 2 billion adherents of Islam, the Quran has no doubt changed the world as well.

It’s teachings and guiding principles have been used by millions of Muslims to direct their lives. Not only that, but the most influential leaders in the old and new world are Muslims and so, we can’t deny Quran’s impact on the world as well.

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3. The Communist Manifesto

As we look at the world today, communism is very much alive. You can still find its ideology and form of government in various countries.

The Communist Manifesto is actually a political pamphlet distributed in 1848. It was written by famous German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich. I’m sure you have heard these names before during your history class.

The Communist Manifesto promoted the idea that all properties, including businesses, should be owned by the government. All properties would be publicly owned and every person would be paid according to their needs and abilities.

In the course of time, the Communist Manifesto has given birth to some of the most brutal leaders in history including Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin. The book has also inspired the formation of the Soviet Union.

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4. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung

Also known as the Little Red Book, the Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung is among the most influential books in the largest country in the world. According to one estimate, this book has been printed for more than 6 billion times.

The impact of Mao’s book has no doubt changed the course of China’s history. Used as the primary vehicle of propaganda, the book has propagated the idea of communism and put the Chinese people under the grip of the government.

After the rule of Mao Zedong, it is estimated that between 20-45 million people died under his rule.

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5. 1984

1984 has been written by George Orwell. This is among the most popular books in the 20th century. While it is a novel, it perfectly describes the life under a totalitarian regime. It shows what life is when the government has stripped its people of their rights.

The book helped in shaping the consciousness of people in the 20th century. It has created a modern culture where people have become more vigilant than ever against the encroaching power of the government.

That’s why we hear a lot of issues about surveillance, censorship, and truth. People who read the 1984 book has become aware of the early signs of a totalitarian government.

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6. The Iliad and The Odyssey

You probably have taken up these books in your school. But do you know that it has made a great impact in the Western civilization?

The book was written by Homer, a Greek poet. It narrates the battles and events between king Agamemnon and warrior Achilles.

The Iliad and The Odyssey played a major role in the arts, literature, and music of the Western World. You probably don’t know, but a lot of artistic work both in the ancient and modern world have its influence directly and indirectly from Homer’s books.

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7. Uncle Tom’s Cabin

In 1952, Connecticut-born teacher Harriet Beecher Stowe published a novel that would forever change the United States of America and in effect, the entire world.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is among the greatest literature works that influenced how the Americans view slavery. Because of the book’s major influence, it has inspired a lot of people to rethink their position on how people should treat one another.

Looking back, historians say that Uncle Tom’s Cabin have laid the groundwork for the Civil War. In fact, when Abraham Lincoln met Stowe, he said to her, “So this is the little lady who made this big war.”

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8. The Analects of Confucius

Confucius is among the most popular philosophers in China. In fact, he is so popular and his teachings have been widespread to the point that people made a religion out of him. Thus, we have Confucianism.

The book, Analects of Confucius has been studied by the Chinese people for the last 2,000 years. It’s impact on Chinese culture, arts, values, and thoughts could never be underestimated.

Because of the sheer size of China, it is not difficult to see what happens in the country would also affect the rest of the world. Thus, I included this book in our list of the greatest books that changed the history.

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9. Aesop’s Fables

You might ask, how can a collection of fables change the world?

Well, let me tell you – by shaping the minds of the future generations.

You probably heard of the famous children fables such as The Tortoise and the Hare or The Ant and the Grasshopper. Those are just two of the stories you’ll find in Aesop’s Fables.

The stories of Aesop have taken complicated life lessons and told it in a simple manner for children to understand easily.

What’s more outstanding for a lot of people is that Aesop, the writer or creator of this book, is a slave in ancient Greece. This is something amazing and impressive when you take note of how slaves in that time lived.

So yes, this book should be part of our list as it helps in teaching children important moral lessons that could help them shape the world in the future.

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10. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

If you think of World War II, one of the first things that probably come to your mind is The Holocaust. It is the time when millions of Jews have been systematically exterminated.

Anne Frank’s diary gives the world a glimpse of what it means to live in such a dark time. At thirteen, Anne was given a diary as a birthday present. Two years after, she died in a concentration camp along with hundreds of Jews. (If you want to watch a movie about Anne Frank, please go here.)

The book of Anne Frank has made a great impact in the consciousness of the people as it narrates how a young lady tries to retain some normalcy in her life even if the world around her is out to kill her and her people.

Today, the book is often read in schools to teach people about the horrific reality of war. The book has also helped in some way to inspire the Jews to fight for their rights and established a Jewish state we now know as Israel.

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Read the books that changed the world

These are just some of the world-changing books that you should know about. While they are just a bunch of papers, in them was written ideas, philosophies, and experiences that greatly influenced how our world operates.

If you want to learn more about these books, don’t hesitate to get a copy and read them. It gives you an idea how this world was changed and how we came to this point. If you are ready, you may want to order your copy on Amazon.

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