The Book of Books by Melvyn Bragg

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The King James Bible has often been called the Book of Books both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611 it has been the best selling book in the world, and many believe, had the greatest impact.The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the English language and its literature. It has been the Bible of wars from the British Civil War in the seventeenth century to the American Civil War two centuries later and it has been carried into battle in innumerable conflicts since then. Its influence on social movements - particularly involving women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - and politics was profound. It was crucial to the growth of democracy. It was integral to the abolition of slavery and it defined attitudes to modern science, education and sex.As THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH explored the history of our language, so THE BOOK OF BOOKS reveals the extraordinary and still-felt impact of a work created 400 years ago.

About Melvyn Bragg

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Melvyn Bragg has written several works of non-fiction (as well as his bestselling novels) including "Speak for England", an oral history of the twentieth century; "Rich", a biography of Richard Burton; and "On Giants Shoulders", a history of science based on his BBC radio series. He was born in 1939 and educated at Oxford where he read history. He is controller of Arts at LWT and presi- dent of the National Campaign for the Arts. In 1998 he was made a life peer. He lives in London and Cumbria.
Published April 7, 2011 by Hodder. 384 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel.

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The words "bible" and "orgy" don't often appear in the same sentence, but the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible has prompted an orgy of celebrations and meditations, ranging from staged and sponsored readings of its text to erudite essays and the creation (in Peterborou...

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