Alexandria Library Company 2008 Annual Lecture
BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF U.S. HISTORY
by Charles F. Bryan, Jr.
President and CEO
Virginia Historical Society


Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist (1787)

William Holmes McGuffey, Eclectic Reader (1832, 1st edition)

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)

Andrew Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth (1889)

Alfred Thayer Mahan, The Influence of Sea Power on History (1890)

Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)

Benjamin Spock, Baby and Child Care (1946)

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962)

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (1963)

Barry Goldwater, The Conscience of a Conservative (1963)

Ralph Nader, Unsafe at Any Speed (1965)

Ida Tarbell, History of Standard Oil (1904)

Gunnar Myrdal, An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (1944)

Dr. Alfred Kinsey, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948)

The Book of Mormon (1830)