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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 this audiobook, Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political, and personal revolution. 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.

(P)2006 Hodder & Stoughton

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Learn a few new things

I did in fact learn a few new things listening to this book. I found my self asking what books I would have chosen if I had to choose 12 world-altering books. I believe that this author has written other more "inspired" books but still it was a worthwhile, short listen.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful