List :: Top 100 Books by Newsweek

  • The Prince

    #31

    The Prince

    by Niccolò Machiavelli

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 303

    70 points

    "All the states, all the dominions under whose authority men have lived in the past and live now have been and are either republics or principalities.It is customary for those who wish to gain the..."

  • Confessions

    #32

    Confessions

    by Saint Augustine

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 312

    69 points

    "You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised: great is your power and to your wisdom there is no limit.You are great, O Lord, and very worthy of praise; mighty is your power and your wisdom..."

  • Leviathan

    #33

    Leviathan

    by Thomas Hobbes

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 318

    68 points

    "Nature (the ary whereby God hath made and governs the world) is by the art of man, as in many other things, so in this also imitated, that it can make an artificial animal."

  • History of the Peloponnesian War

    #34

    History of the Peloponnesian War

    by Thucydides

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 329

    67 points

    "Thucydides the Athenian wrote the history of the war fought between Athens and Sparta, beginning the account at the very outbreak of the war, in the belief that it was going to be a great war and..."

  • The Lord of the Rings

    #35

    The Lord of the Rings

    by J. R. R. Tolkien

    (36 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 11

    691 points

    "When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton."

  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    #36

    Winnie-the-Pooh

    by A. A. Milne

    (19 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 31

    383 points

    "Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin."

  • The Chronicles of Narnia

    #37

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    by C. S. Lewis

    (26 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 27

    403 points

    "There is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. (From The Magician's Nephew, first in chronological order)Once there were four children whose names were..."

  • A Passage to India

    #38

    A Passage to India

    by E. M. Forster

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 24

    469 points

    "Except for the Marabar caves--and they are twenty miles off--the city of Chrandrapore presents nothing extraordinary."

  • On the Road

    #39

    On the Road

    by Jack Kerouac

    (13 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 18

    543 points

    "I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up."

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    #40

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    by Harper Lee

    (63 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 10

    701 points

    "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow."