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36 Books That Changed the World

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Publisher's Summary

Certain works of literature, history, science, philosophy, political theory and religion offer powerful examples of how books can spark revolutions, birth great religions, spur scientific advancements, shape world economies, teach us new ways of thinking, and much more. And with this fascinating collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, you can now get a single course that represents 36 of our best lectures on literary works that changed the world.

In the company of an unparalleled roster of award-winning professors from a range of disciplines, you'll get fresh perspectives on books you only thought you knew - and intriguing introductions to some works you may not have known played key roles in getting us to where we are today. These include The Analects, the Liber Abaci, A Dictionary of the English Language, The Jungle, The Feminine Mystique, and more.

If you've taken another course with these professors before, get a reminder of just why you enjoyed them. And if you've never heard some of them before, who knows? You may just discover your next favorite Great Courses professor. More than that, you'll rediscover just how powerful the printed word can be. You'll also learn how the mark of a truly great book isn't that it just changes the lives of individual readers-but the lives of entire civilizations.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    george Bathurst, Australia 11-16-14
    george Bathurst, Australia 11-16-14 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Cut and Paste version will disappoint!!"

    This and its companion 36 Revolutionary Figures that Changed the World, is a compilation of material created for clearly different purposes and then pasted together under a flimsy rationale. I bought both, excited by the potential, but was very disappointed. GREAT COURSES has produced many excellent, educational and informative lecture series - this is NOT one.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Rekha Reddy Bangalore, India 09-12-14
    Rekha Reddy Bangalore, India 09-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Except One Lecture"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 36 Books That Changed the World to be better than the print version?

    Print version is not available so cannot comment on this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the lectures from the Great Courses of TTC. Some lectures are excellent. The language clear and soothing.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    The first five lectures soothing, clear, authoritative


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Little upset with the 6th lecture, as the presenter was reading the text breathlessly, instead of narrating, unlike other lecturers. I could hear her labored breathing. Yet she wouldn't stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Never thought hearing could be so tiresome until I heard the lecture of Dr. Elezabeth Vandiver. Stopping after every sentence is very important in audio books and lectures as it takes time to take-in what is heard and make sense of it.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    eve 03-01-16
    eve 03-01-16
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    "Best of the Best"

    I have purchased literally dozens of Great Courses, but this one is a knockout because each book is analyzed by an expert in his or her field. So not only is there a fresh "take" on how to look at an important book in each chapter, there is also a variety of voices and delivery styles to keep the course fresh from start to finish.
    There has been more than one occasion where the droning, monolithic presentation by a completely un-charismatic lecturer has all but killed my interest in a topic, let alone my desire to plough on. I applaud The Teaching Company for using this outstanding format.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pegeen 10-11-14
    Pegeen 10-11-14

    reading is pure joy

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    "too many trees not enough forest"
    Would you recommend 36 Books That Changed the World to your friends? Why or why not?

    The 36 different lectures and lecturers is a bit patchy -- some hold up as informative and delightful individual excerpts, while too many are obviously meant to be connected to the larger course. Too many are not actually about the book but rather fill in sideline tangents and other minutia. I think it is the format. I was expecting more about the actual texts and the writers. A few stand outs -- Francis Bacon, The King James Bible, The Confessions.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Svenonius los angles, CA United States 05-26-15
    Elaine Svenonius los angles, CA United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "What constitutes changing the world?"

    Quite liked it, thought the selections for the late 19th and 20th centuries veered too much toward books that had sociological impact rather than intellectual, psychological or philosophical impact. Would have liked Freud. Wittgenstein, Einstein.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arlington Cory 09-11-15
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    "Good Start, Refresher or Hole Filler of a "Classic" College Education"

    The 36 books varied widely. The lecturers did too. For the most part lecturers well structured and interesting. Felt I did learn new things and was reminded of things I used to know.

    If you have not had a classic college education this is a very good place to start. If you have these lectures are a good refresher. Or if your education was something in-between these lectures will begin to help you fill in the holes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 06-01-16
    Lisa 06-01-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm a bit of a bookaholic, always looking for a new book to add to my collection.

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    "Interesting Choice of books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would mostly to hear their opinion of it. Other then that not really because I was expecting something a little more.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, when I first looked this up and read the description I will admit that my hopes were high but after I listened to it my hopes diminished a bit because I found myself skipping more rather then listening to them, it was mostly because of their book choices either because I hadn't heard of the book or the book didn't interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth 05-17-16
    Kenneth 05-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Informative and Educational"

    I liked the variety of books covered in this course. The lectures were well done.

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    Amazon Customer Olympia, WA United States 03-24-16
    Amazon Customer Olympia, WA United States 03-24-16 Member Since 2010

    Gift2Read

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    "Revelatory"

    Utterly fascinating and enlightening. I can't waIt to start my next Great Course and learn more about history and how it impacts my future.

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    Erika L. Gemzer 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm so smart now. Really."

    This book contextualized so much of what I had learned about history in sports of education. What a wonderful historical understanding I now have of these books!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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