November 28, 2007 Francis Wheen, biographer of Karl Marx, argues that as long as capitalism endures, Marx's masterwork, Das Kapital, will be required reading. First published in 1867, Marx's influential critique laid the groundwork for thinkers and revolutionaries to follow.
November 12, 2007 The Bible is the most widely circulated book in history and one of the most influential texts of all time. Religious affairs expert Karen Armstrong weighs in on the uncertain origins and complex development of the Scriptures.
October 23, 2007 Author Christopher Hitchens discusses how philosopher Thomas Paine's writings influenced human rights and the French and American revolutions. He says Paine's accessible rhetoric was key to his widespread influence.
August 8, 2007 The dialogues of Plato's The Republic are regarded as the first great texts on political and moral theory. Philosopher Simon Blackburn has written a new book about The Republic, gently reminding those of us who have forgotten why it remains so important.
April 3, 2007 Janet Browne talks about the life of Charles Darwin. Her new book, Darwin's Origin of Species, takes a look at the English naturalist and his theory of evolution. The biography is the latest in a series called "Books that Changed the World."
March 7, 2007 In the second of a series on "Books That Changed the World," professor Bruce Lawrence discusses his new biography of the Koran, where he introduces readers to the text, its historical context and the individuals who played critical roles in the evolution of Islam.