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The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History


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ISBN13: 9780806513508
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In 1978, when Michael Hart's controversial book The 100 was first published, critics objected that Hart had the nerve not only to select who he thought were the most influential people in history, but also to rank them according to their importance. Needless to say, the critics were wrong, and to date over 60,000 copies of the book have sold. Hart believed that in the intervening years the influence of some of his original selections had grown or lessened and that new names loomed large on the world stage. Thus, the publication of this revised and updated edition of The 100. As before, Hart's yardstick is influence: not the greatest people, but the most influential, the people who swayed the destinies of millions of human beings, determined the rise and fall of civilizations, changed the course of history. With incisive biographies, Hart describes their careers and contributions. Explaining his ratings, he presents a new perspective on history, gathering together the vital facts about the world's greatest religious and political leaders, inventors, writers, philosophers, explorers, artists, and innovators - from Asoka to Zoroaster. Most of the biographies are accompanied by photographs or sketches. Hart's selections may be surprising to some. Neither Jesus nor Marx, but Muhammad, is designated as the most influential person in human history. The writer's arguments may challenge and perhaps convince readers, but whether or not they agree with him, his manner of ranking is both informative and entertaining. The 100, revised and updated, is truly a monumental work. It promises to be just as controversial, just as thought-provoking, and just as successful as its predecessor - a perfectaddition to any history or philosophy reference section.

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aslam_chaugule, October 21, 2006 (view all comments by aslam_chaugule)
It is a book written with sincerity. The author has done justice with the subject and his selection criteria for each person to be ranked has been absolutely logical, practical and scientific.
This book is just an expression of great research.
However Quran was no written by prophet Muhammed (may Allah be pleased with him) it was revealed to him(Muhammed PBUH ) by God Almighty Allahatala
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khalid, October 3, 2006 (view all comments by khalid)
A well researched book, listing a galaxy of personalities from history, though over whelming majority from the Christian west. What is missing from the list I think are few important names like Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ibn Rushd (Averroes), Omar Khayyam, Imam Ghazzali, these are people who have influenced many listed in this book.

The listing of prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on top of the list has not come as a great surprise to me.
About Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Allah says in the holy Qur?an

(94:4) And exalted for you your esteem?

This was said at a time when no one could even conceive how the esteem of the one unique individual who had only a few followers confined only to the city of Makkah, would be exalted throughout the world, and what high fame he would achieve. But Allah Almighty gave His Messenger (upon whom be peace) this good news under those very conditions and then fulfilled it in a strange way.

Today, apart from muslims many non-muslims like George Bernard Shaw, Professor R Rao, Thomas Carlyle, Monygomery Watt, Edward Gibbon etc all have acknowledged the greatness of prophet Muhammd (pbuh).

Khalid Hamza Lakdawala
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Hart, Michael H.
Hart, Michael H.
Citadel Press
Secausus, N.J. :
World - General
General Biography
World History-General
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Rev. ed.
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Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. 4
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9.8 x 6.92 x 1.72 in 2.5 lb

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