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Influential Books: The Path to Erudition

Books that have had a wide and lasting influence


What do people mean when they describe a person or an act as "Machiavellian"? Find out for yourself by reading Machiavelli's 1532 book, The Prince. What does it mean to be "tilting at windmills"? Find the answer in Cervantes' 1605 novel Don Quixote. What does "Orwellian" mean? George Orwell's book 1984, published in 1949, painted a bleak picture of the future. Which early 1960s book sowed the seeds of the modern environmental movement? The title refers to the effect of the pesticide DDT created by killing birds and insects. These books are available through Open LibraryProject Gutenberg and the Peninsula Library System.


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