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The 100: A Ranking Of The Most Influential Persons In History Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Hart holds an AB from Cornell, an LLB from New York Law School, an MS in physics from Adelphi University, and a PhD in astronomy from Princeton University. He is senior staff scientist with the Systems and applied Sciences Corp. in Riverdale, Maryland.
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18 are from the Asian area. 4 more from the African and South American areas.
The emphasis of this book is on the individual's influence. I ran this as a contest of sorts on a message board and here's some info to help you decide if the book might be interesting to you:
Here's the criteria so that you don't go off tangent:
(1) Look to how this person influenced the people around him, for good or bad, and also how it impacted later people.; (2) people who impacted their generation but not later ones in any sense got less of a ranking or far less; (3) this guy is pretty fair in giving rankings to non European types; (4) sometimes the person's goals weren't fulfilled but they did something indirectly that later became a big deal; (5) some did only one thing out of many, that may have looked small at the time, that ranked them on the list. (6) the uniqueness of the person is sometimes taken into account, meaning the event is unlikely to have happened without this person; and (7) some people build upon the ideas or methods of others so the first one will sometimes get more credit.
Here's a ranking of the types of professions to help a little:
SCIENTIESTS AND INVENTORS (37) POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS (30) SECULAR PHILOSOPHERS (14) RELIGIOUS LEADERS (11) ARTISTIC AND LITERARY FIGURES (6) EXPLORERS (2)
Highly recommend this book. Even if you don't agree with it, it's thought provoking, unlike some History books, and might even make you come up with your own list.
Beyond that, this book is an exceptional little collection of mini-biographies of 100 influential people in history, and is a great reference book for families. My teenagers have been reading it and talking about it, and for that alone, it was worth purchasing! (Um...it's an excellent "Bathroom Book!")
I do like how Hart places a great emphesis on science and technology, as I do see these as the driving forces of history. Without scientific advancement, then certain things just wouldn't exist now a days... things that we think have no connection with science. The ability to communicate quickly, travel quickly, etc. Alone makes many of the things we take for granted now possible and in the past poeple wouldn't have dared to dream those things could have occured.
I own both of the major editions of this book. It is too bad that the work is out of print now, as it deservers to stay in print and be updated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It provides a short narrative about the most important people in history. It is an excellent book and great reference. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandy W.
AWFUL BOOK. Why are there hardly any people of color or women in this book? Easy answer. Michael Hart is a self described white separatist, (which is another word for white... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thanks Nietzsche
Since there are all sorts of other positive reviews, I'm going to go at what I think is Hart's biggest mistake. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steven E. Ehrbar