Books that changed the course of History
For years books have been one of the tools people use to escape from their thoughts and real life situations. As some use them for entertainment others use them for professional and career purposes. What some of you don’t know is that books have actually changed the course of history. How? Okay sit back and pay close attention. Not just religious books, literature and political books have also played a big role in this.
The following are the books that changed the history and the world in general.
- The Bible– Bible is a collection of sacred texts and scriptures that Christians believe to be product divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans. It is the most translated and the most frequently purchased book in the world. It has served as source of inspiration to millions of people.
- The Quran- The Quran is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from God, followed by 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. This book is the cornerstone of the Islamic religion. The coming of this holy book changed everything, people had something to believe in and
- The Origin of Species- On the Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Not only was it the foundation of evolutionary biology, but the concept of evolution and natural selection continues to have a major impact on modern scientific theories, politics, and religious discourse, particularly in the US. The book changed the way we think about the world. It demonstrated that the diversity of the natural world could be explained without recourse to supernatural agency and proposed instead that it had been shaped by chance collisions and incremental changes through billions of years.
- A Dictionary of the English Language– Published on 15 April 1755 and written by Samuel Johnson is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English Language. This Dictionary continues to offer writers, academics, and publishers a revolutionary take on the English language.
- Guerilla Warfare– This is a book by Che Guevara that has since guided many a resistance against tyranny. Guevara wrote this book as an instruction manual of revolt for those trapped in a totalitarian regime. It has become a guidebook for thousands around the world, not only those living in an oppressive state.
- On Protracted War– written by Mao Zedong who was a Chinese Communist revolutionary, guerrilla warfare strategist, Marxist political philosopher, and leader of the Chinese Revolution. In it, he calls for a protracted people’s war, as a means for small revolutionary groups to fight the power of the state. The book calls for small assaults on Japanese supply lines instead of large confrontations on the battlefield.
- Mein Kampf- In Mein Kampf, Hitler describes his strategy for rebuilding Germany and conquering Europe. It is a glimpse into the mind of a man who destabilized world peace and pursued the genocide now known as the Holocaust. “… I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord. This book brought about a big controversial as many agreed with Hitler and others completely condemned it. It is one of the most bought books in the world
These are just few books that managed to change the world completely. These are the most valued and most read books around the world. There are about 50 books that played the change the world some include, Torah (The 5 books of Moses), The Rights of Man, The Second Sex, The Alchemist and many more.
Have you come across any book that you feel has changed your life or the whole world in general, share the title of the book with us.