- Paperback: 572 pages
- Publisher: Meeraa Publication (2007)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005SFWU14
- Package Dimensions: 11 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 144 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,867,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History Paperback – 2007
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Some people really stands out in terms of achievements such as Louis Pasteur, and you'll wonder why men like Abraham Lincoln or Winston Churchill have been left out.
The fun really is to mentally argue with the author, which I must admit is what makes the effort of going through the book valuable. I'm not giving 5 stars to the book mainly because some bios where rather stark or too technical for me, even if Hart made a nice effort to render it all in comprehensible form.
This book should be read by all humans, regardless of their race, religion, geographic location, culture, etc. It should be required reading for all students, because it will teach them what many people don't know or never learn.
These authors looked at people with honesty, and without prejudice. They looked at how these people affected all aspects of human development; including law and order, finance, history, philosophy, war, social behavior, society, justice, equality, welfare, ethics, and many other areas. They documented how the selected people affected the lives of others not only in their life time, but for all times to come. Their analysis also included scientific achievements, but it was not the ONLY factor, as many others writers have done in their books.
Great Job! You should have received a Nobel Price for this!!! You have my vote!!!
The book is entirely evaluative. It consists of very short chapters, each about one of these hundred figures. Each chapter discusses the person's life, and why Hart has ranked him or her as more or less important than the others. The criteria he seems to use are:
* How greatly did this person influence the world, especially our everyday lives?
* Would progress have happened without this person? When or how would it have been likely to happen without this person's accomplishment?
* Did this person do it alone, or with the help of others?
Hart has an amazing overview of world history, and his perspective is often different from the norm, or certainly from what is presented in textbooks. Each person I read about, I've read about elsewhere; but Hart consistently pulls together the information in a way that makes it finally make sense to me. He dispels many common myths about world history along the way.
I wish Michael Hart would write another book about his second 100 most influential people!!