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12 Books That Changed The World

Melvyn Bragg


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. This book presents a rich variety of human endeavour and a great diversity of characters.

Here are famous books by Darwin, Newton and Shakespeare, alongside less well-known works, such as Mary Wollstonecraft’s ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’. Definitive, always illuminating and sometimes controversial, the hidden story of these twelve books demonstrates the enduring impact of one of the world’s great inventions – the book.


Hodder & Stoughton



Publication Date:

2007 February