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NPR Series: Books That Changed the World Podcast

This podcast is certain to get you interested in some of the books that have had the most impact in global history. Grove/Atlantic published a series of books by prominent writers focusing on the most significant works of literature that introduced groundbreaking ideas and altered the course of human history. This NPR series features 30-minute interviews that were conducted over time with the authors of all these books on NPR's Talk of the Nation program hosted by Neal Conan and featuring live callers from across the United States. In this series you'll hear:

  • Francis Wheen talks about Das Kapital and separates the ideas of Marx from the many applications of Marxism throughout history.
  • Karen Armstrong discusses how The Bible has been used historically in the traditions of Judaism and Christianity.
  • Christopher Hitchens speaks about Thomas Paine's views on the rights of man, religion, and the revolutions of his time.
  • Military historian Hew Strachan discusses Napoleonic military theorist Carl von Clausewitz's On War and how it influenced much of military strategy going into World War I & II.
  • Philosopher Simon Blackburn talks about Plato's The Republic including Plato's controversial arguments against art and democracy.
  • Darwin scholar Janet Browne talks about Darwin's theory of evolution and the significance of his book Origin of Species in science history.
  • Islamic studies professor Bruce Lawrence talks about The Koran and tries to explain its many interpretations throughout history.
  • Conservative author and satirist P.J. O'Rourke talks about Adam Smith's 900-page tome The Wealth of Nations and some of the brilliant ideas that Smith came up with about free markets while living in a largely agrarian society.

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NPR Series: Books That Changed the World Podcast

Books That Changed the World

We've added a new series of audio books entitled "Books That Changed the World". This series features "biographies" of some of the most influential books in history. These nine books you've probably heard of, but you may not have had a chance to read them in their entirety. The series features nine of today's great writers and historians providing an in-depth looks at these works and the ways in which they have shaped our world. Here are the nine books in the series:

On the Wealth of Nations by P.J. O'Rourke

The Qur'an: A Biography by Bruce Lawrence

Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography by Janet Browne

Plato's Republic by Simon Blackburn

Clausewitz's on War by Hew Strachan

Thomas Paine's Rights of Man by Christopher Hitchens

The Bible: A Biography by Karen Armstrong

Marx's Das Kapital by Francis Wheen

Homer's the Iliad and the Odyssey: A Biography by Alberto Manguel

Dive deeper into some of the great books in history!

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