Influential books after wwii


TLS 100 Most Influential Books since WW2 (list coming from here):


  1. Simone de Beauvoir: The Second Sex (Le Deuxieme Sexe)
  2. Marc Bloch: The Historian’s Craft (Apologie pour l’historie, ou, Metier d’ historien)
  3. Fernand Braudel: The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (La Mediterranee et le monde mediterraneen a l’epoque de Philippe II)
  4. James Burnham: The Managerial Revolution
  5. Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus (Le Mythe de Sisyphe)
  6. Albert Camus: The Outsider (L’Etranger)
  7. R. G. Collingwood: The Idea of History
  8. Erich Fromm: The Fear of Freedom (Die Furcht vor der Freiheit)
  9. Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno: Dialectic of Enlightenment (Dialektik der Aufklärung)
  10. Karl Jaspers: The Perennial Scope of Philosophy (Der philosophische Glaube)
  11. Arthur Koestler: Darkness at Noon
  12. Andre Malraux: Man’s Fate (La Condition humaine)
  13. Franz Neumann: Behemoth: The structure and practice of National Socialism
  14. George Orwell: Animal Farm
  15. George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-four
  16. Karl Polanyi: The Great Transformation
  17. Karl Popper: The Open Society and Its Enemies
  18. Paul Samuelson: Economics: An introductory analysis
  19. Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialism and Humanism (L’Existentialisme est un humanisme)
  20. Joseph Schumpeter: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy
  21. Martin Wight: Power Politic
    BOOKS OF THE 1950s
  22. Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism
  23. Raymond Aron: The Opium of the Intellectuals (L’Opium des intellectuels)
  24. Kenneth Arrow: Social Choice and Individual Values
  25. Roland Barthes: Mythologies
  26. Winston Churchill: The Second World War
  27. Norman Cohn: The Pursuit of the Millennium
  28. Milovan Djilas: The New Class: An analysis of the Communist system
  29. Mircea Eliade: Images and Symbols (Images et symboles)
  30. Erik Erikson: Young Man Luther: A study in psychoanalysis and history
  31. Lucien Febvre: The Struggle for History (Combat pour l’histoire)
  32. John Kenneth Galbraith: The Affluent Society
  33. Erving Goffman: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
  34. Arthur Koestler and Richard Crossman (eds): The God That Failed: Six studies in Communism
  35. Primo Levi: If This Is a Man (Se questo e’ un uomo)
  36. Claude Levi-Strauss: A World on the Wane (Tristes tropiques)
  37. Czeslaw Milosz: The Captive Mind (Zniewolony umysl)
  38. Boris Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago
  39. David Riesman: The Lonely Crowd
  40. Herbert Simon: Models of Man, Social and Rational
  41. C. P. Snow: The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution
  42. Leo Strauss: Natural Right and History
  43. J. L. Talmon: The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy
  44. A. J. P. Taylor: The Struggle for Mastery in Europe
  45. Arnold Toynbee: A Study of History
  46. Karl Wittfogel: Oriental Despotism: A comparative study of total power
  47.  Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Philosophische Untersuchungen)
    BOOKS OF THE 1960s
  48. Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil
  49. Daniel Bell: The End of Ideology
  50. Isaiah Berlin: Four Essays on Liberty
  51. Albert Camus: Notebooks 19351951 (Carnets)
  52. Elias Canetti: Crowds and Power (Masse und Macht)
  53. Robert Dahl: Who Governs?: Democracy and power in an American city
  54. Mary Douglas: Purity and Danger
  55. Erik Erikson: Gandhi’s Truth: On the origins of militant nonviolence
  56. Michel Foucault: Madness and civilization: A history of insanity in the Age of Reason (Histoire de la folie a l’age classique)
  57. Milton Friedman: Capitalism and Freedom
  58. Alexander Gerschenkron: Economic Backwardness in Historial Perspective
  59. Antonio Gramsci: Prison Notebooks (Quaderni del carcere)
  60. H. L. A. Hart: The Concept of Law
  61. Friedrich von Hayek: The Constitution of Liberty (Die Verfassung der Freiheit)
  62. Jane Jacobs: The Death and Life of Great American Cities
  63. Carl Gustav Jung: Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Erinnerungen, Traeume, Gedanken)
  64. Thomas Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  65. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie: The Peasants of Languedoc (Les Paysans de Languedoc)
  66. Claude Levi-Strauss: The Savage Mind (Le Pensee sauvage)
  67. Konrad Lorenz: On Aggression (Das sogenannte Böse)
  68. Thomas Schelling: The Strategy of Conflict
  69. Fritz Stern: The Politics of Cultural Despair
  70. E. P. Thompson: The Making of the English Working Class
    BOOKS OF THE 1970s
  71. Daniel Bell: The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism
  72. Isaiah Berlin: Russian Thinkers
  73. Ronald Dworkin: Taking Rights Seriously
  74. Clifford Geertz: The Interpretation of Cultures
  75. Albert Hirschman: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty
  76. Leszek Kolakowski: Main Currents of Marxism (Glowne nurty marksizmu)
  77. Hans Küng: On Being a Christian (Christ Sein)
  78. Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State and Utopia
  79. John Rawls: A Theory of Justice
  80. Gershom Scholem: The Messianic Idea in Judaism, and other essays on Jewish spirituality
  81. Ernst Friedrich Schumacher: Small Is Beautiful
  82. Tibor Scitovsky: The Joyless Economy
  83. Quentin Skinner: The Foundations of Modern Political Thought
  84. Alexander Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago
  85. Keith Thomas: Religion and the Decline of Magic
    BOOKS OF THE 1980s and beyond
  86. Raymond Aron: Memoirs (Memoires)
  87. Peter Berger: The Capitalist Revolution: Fifty propositions about prosperity, equality and liberty
  88. Norberto Bobbio: The Future of Democracy (Il futuro della democrazia)
  89. Karl Dietrich Bracher: The Totalitarian Experience (Die totalitäre Erfahrung)
  90. John Eatwell, Murray Milgate and Peter Newman (eds): The New Palgrave: The world of economics
  91. Ernest Gellner: Nations and Nationalism
  92. Vaclav Havel: Living in Truth
  93. Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time
  94. Paul Kennedy: The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
  95. Milan Kundera: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
  96. Primo Levi: The Drowned and the Saved (I sommersi e i salvati)
  97. Roger Penrose: The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning computers, minds, and the laws of physics
  98. Richard Rorty: Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
  99. Amartya Sen: Resources, Values and Development
  100. Michael Walzer: Spheres of Justice
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