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50 Most Important Books in the Last Half Century

Below is a list of the 50 most important books of the last half century. These books have affected our culture in many ways and shape the way we live and think.

1. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

2. Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

3. Robert Atkins’ Dr Atkins’s New Diet Revolution

4. Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion

5. Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind

6. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code

7. Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

8. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

9. Noam Chomsky’s Syntactic Structures

10. Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Successful People

11. Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box

12. Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel

13. Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose

14. Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning

15. Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique

16. Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom

17. Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence

18. Jane Goodall’s In the Shadow of Man

19. John Gray’s Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

20. Alex Haley’s Roots

21. Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time

22. Joseph Heller’s Catch-22

23. Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

24. Harold Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People

25. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

26. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude

27. Alasdair McIntyre’s After Virtue

28. Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved

29. Abdul Rahman Munif’s Cities of Salt

30. Ralph Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed

31. National Commission on Terrorist Attacks’ The 9/11 Commission Report

32. Roger Penrose’s The Emperor’s New Mind

33. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

34. John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice

35. J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series

36. Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses

37. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

38. Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation

39. Amartya Sen’s Resources, Values and Development

40. B. F. Skinner’s Beyond Freedom and Dignity

41. Aleksander Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago

42. Hernando de Soto’s The Mystery of Capitalism

43. Benjamin Spock’s The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care

44. Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan

45. Mao Tse-tung’s The Little Red Book, aka Quotations From Chairman Mao

46. Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life

47. James D. Watson’s The Double Helix

48. E. O. Wilson’s Sociobiology

49. Malcolm X’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X

50. Muhammad Yunus’ Banker to the Poor

Source: 50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years

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