100 Documents That Changed the World: From the Magna Carta to Wikileaks

Scott Christianson


100 Documents That Changed the World: From the Magna Carta to Wikileaks

100 Documents That Changed the World: From the Magna Carta to Wikileaks

  • Title: 100 Documents That Changed the World: From the Magna Carta to Wikileaks
  • Author: Scott Christianson
  • ISBN: 9780789329363
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover



A tour of the history of the world through the declarations, manifestos, and agreements from the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence to Wikileaks This fascinating collection gathers the most significant written documents that have influenced and shaped the way we think about the world and the course of history From the Magna Carta 1215 to the Gettysburg AddA tour of the history of the world through the declarations, manifestos, and agreements from the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence to Wikileaks This fascinating collection gathers the most significant written documents that have influenced and shaped the way we think about the world and the course of history From the Magna Carta 1215 to the Gettysburg Address 1863 to Martin Luther King, Jr s I Have a Dream speech 1963 , the documents showcased here chart dramatic high points of world history In addition to official charters and famous treaties, there are also less well known yet nonetheless interesting items included, such as the Apollo flight plan, Apple s 1976 incorporation documents, and the check with which the U.S purchased Alaska from Russia Equally interesting are Watson and Crick s scrawled notes leading to the discovery of DNA, Darwin s journal, and the annotated manuscripts for Freud s Interpretation of Dreams and Orwell s novel 1984 Beautifully illustrated in full color, this book not only informs but also entertains as it demonstrates how the power of the written word has shaped, changed, enhanced, and even revolutionized the world.


Recent Comments "100 Documents That Changed the World: From the Magna Carta to Wikileaks"

A good book that presents documents which influenced the course of the history from ancient times to Snowden Files and Wikileaks The colored pictures of the manuscripts make reading this book more enjoyable, and more thrilling

A really fun and interesting book. Good for conversation around the dinner table. I learned about several documents I had never heard of and because the book only has a couple of pages for each document, you will definitely want to go read more about many of them. I also like how the book included information about museums and other collections where original copies are kept.

My book blog:allthebookblognamesaretaken.blfacebook/AllTheBookBlI really love books like this, the '50 Objects" or "12 Maps" that 'changed the world' type books. This book is no exception, as it covered several documents that truly did change the world, for better or worse. While I disagree somewhat with some of the items included ('War and Peace' and '1984' - I do not consider books to be documents per se), the majority really do help the book live up to its name. How can you go wrong when writ [...]

This was a very fun and interesting "coffee-table" type book.

Documents through the ages have shaped human history, and this exquisitely illustrated coffee table volume includes maps, parchments, bamboo strips, paper and the printable computer files. Each document dating from the I Ching in 2800 BC to the 2013 Edward Snowden Files comes with a descriptive historical background of the document, and where the oldest copy is kept. This is an educational tour unlike any other through time, with some lesser well known transcriptions like the Ad Extirpanda, the [...]

Are you a non-history buff? Is your high school history class a distant, hazy memory? Well, here’s a great book for you! This is an interesting, simple compilation of 100 documents that were influential throughout history for any number of reasons. Each document is given a brief synopsis spanning 1 page and is accompanied by a full-page photo/illustration of the document in question. The book starts back in 2800 BC with the I Ching, and moves through history chronologically making note of hist [...]

This book had a lot of potential, but I was disappointed in it. I stopped reading before I got to the modern era.The print was too grey and too small for me to read very much at once, a trend I've noticed in some nonfiction books. How can one enjoy reading what one cannot read? (I may try to borrow this title on e-book sometime to enlarge the print. Or maybe not.)The history behind some of these documents was interesting, but most of the ones I read did not explain why they were so world-changin [...]

Christiansen provides brief, yet thorough back stories surrounding 100 rare and historically significant documents. Each two page spread includes a photo of the document, some related photos as well as the current location of the document. The writing is clear and engaging. I throughly enjoyed this literary look at history and learned a number of new and interesting facts.

Interesting topic, with short informative page for each document. I was familiar with most of them, but not all.


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