A tour of the history of the world through the declarations, manifestos, and agreements from the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence to Wikileaks. This fascinating collection gathers the most significant written documents that have influenced and shaped the way we think about the world and the course of history.From the Magna Carta (1215) to the Gettysburg Address (1863) to Martin Luther King, Jr. s I Have a Dream speech (1963), the documents showcased here chart dramatic high points of world history. In addition to official charters and famous treaties, there are also less well known yet nonetheless interesting items included, such as the Apollo flight plan, Apple s 1976 incorporation documents, and the check with which the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia. Equally interesting are Watson and Crick s scrawled notes leading to the discovery of DNA, Darwin s journal, and the annotated manuscripts for Freud s Interpretation of Dreams and Orwell s novel 1984.Beautifully illustrated in full color, this book not only informs but also entertains as it demonstrates how the power of the written word has shaped, changed, enhanced, and even revolutionized the world."
Scott Christianson is an award-winning author of many distinguished nonfiction books, including "100 Diagrams That Changed the World, The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber, "and "Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War."