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12 Books That Changed the World
12 Books That Changed the World
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Categories :  Arts & Drama
History
British
 
Publisher :  Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks
Author :  Melvyn Bragg
Narrator :  Patricia Hodge, Hugh Ross, Robert Powell and Bill Bingham
 
Length :  2 hours (Abridged)
 
Download Price :  $13.49
 
Format :  Encoded Windows Media
 
© 2006 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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 our digitised age of instant information it is easy to underestimate the power of the printed word. In his fascinating new book accompanying the ITV series, Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political and personal revolution.

Twelve Books that Changed the World presents a rich variety of human endeavour and a great diversity of characters.

There are also surprises. 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 . . .

 
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4 stars Great Introduction
This is a great introduction to some books you might not have heard of before. It provides a 10 minute summary of each book. Excellent for listening to in the car on long car journeys. Would love to get it on DVD but unfortunately ITV have decided not to release it.
March 2007Nick Ashfield from Bristol
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