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Say what you will about schools and firsthand experience, but books
really do teach us much of what we learn. For millennia, knowledge has
been passed on through the written word. Books, as we now know them,
have been around for a little less than 600 years, but they have
contributed not only to mass education, but mass entertainment. I don't
know if Johann Gutenberg, a goldsmith from Germany, was aware of the
impact he would have on the world by inventing the printing press.
Books stimulate the intellect and the imagination. They are an
important part of life and so we've decided to look into the ten
best-selling books of all time. You think you'll find classics from
Charles Dickens or William Shakespeare? The latest Harry Potter book?
Read on, you'll be surprised. Note that all sales figures are estimates
and cumulated from year to year. Also, though some books appear as a
new edition each year, they still count as the same and their numbers
are tabulated accordingly.



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Number 10



Valley of the Dolls - 30 million


Author: Jacqueline Susann
Not be confused with Russ Meyer's campy film Beyond the Valley of the
Dolls , this novel, which was first published in 1966, was an instant
hit. The plot centers around three women vying to make it in showbiz,
who instead get plagued by sex, drugs and scandal. Pushing the
boundaries of the '60s, it's undeniably a trashy melodrama but it is
addictive and entertaining nonetheless.



Excerpt: "I don't need a woman on my arm every minute."




Number 9



In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? - 30 million


Author: Rev. Charles Monroe Sheldon
Sheldon was an average American clergyman. However, it all changed when
he published this tome in 1896, bringing him phenomenal fame and
fortune. This discourse is about dilemmas and how we can use the Bible
in everyday life, boiling Christianity down to its very essence. What
Sheldon proposes is that we put ourselves in Jesus' shoes for every
decision we make, that it's the only way to really exercise
discipleship.



Excerpt: "I know that the hand of divine love in all this is leading me."


Number 8



A Message to Garcia - 40 million


Author: Elbert Hubbard
This 1899 short essay, clocking in at around 1,500 words, is about the
real hero of the Cuban War. At its core, it is a dissertation on labor
relations that still rings true today. It basically addresses workers
and preaches initiative. It achieved these staggering sales figures
mostly because companies would buy the book in bulk to distribute to
their employees.



Excerpt: "My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the 'boss' is away, as well as when he is home."




Number 7



Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care - 50 million


Author: Dr. Benjamin Spock
No Vulcans or warp speed, but the same good sense though. In 1946,
pediatrician Spock penned this classic on how to raise children. Not
only was the book important in its own right, it was also somewhat
controversial considering a man wrote about what was traditionally
considered a woman's task. This is the source that generations of
parents have relied on when dealing with newborns and toddlers. It
covers a wide range of topics relating to childcare, from infancy to
early education.



Excerpt: "The fact is that child rearing is a long, hard job,
the rewards are not always immediately obvious, the work is often
undervalued, and parents are just as human and almost as vulnerable as
their children."






Number 6



The McGuffey Readers - 60 million


Author: William Holmes McGuffey
The numerous editions of this anthology of short stories for young
readers were quite popular when first printed in 1836, though they were
initially rather preachy. Not only were they a great learning tool but
they also contained valuable moral lessons. During the 19th century,
80% of all American schoolchildren used them. Some sources claim that
120 million copies were sold but it is believed that these figures are
bloated considering the U.S. population numbered around 10 million at
the time.





Excerpt: "The first object of the intelligent teacher, is to awaken the attention of his pupil."
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Number 5



The World Almanac and Book of Facts (2003) - 73.5 million


Author: World Almanac Books
The world saw the apparition of this work in 1868 and it's been
published every year since, except for a hiatus between 1876 and 1886
when ownership was in limbo. A comprehensive reference manual
encompassing information on just about every subject, from sports and
economy to history and geography, the World Almanac is a favorite of
many. In 1923, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as U.S. President by his
Justice father who read the oath from a copy of this book.



Excerpt: "At the site where the World Trade Center had stood,
the task of removing 1.62 million tons of rubble while searching for
human remains officially ended July 15, 2002."




Number 4



Guinness World Records (2003) - 94 million


Author: Various
Before flooding the Web and network TV specials, world records have
fascinated millions through the famous book in its yearly edition.
First published in 1955, the book is a repository of world records of
all sorts, from sports heroics and eccentric feats to freaky human
deformities. It came to be when the big boss of the Guinness brewery
wanted to know what the fastest game bird in Europe was; he figured a
book containing such facts might prove lucrative. The fact that it
contains lots of photographs deeply appeals to the human voyeuristic
hunger.



Excerpt: "The world's longest kiss took place in New York City, lasting a Guinness World Record 30 hours, 59 minutes, and 27 seconds."




Number 3



The American Spelling Book - 100 million


Author: Noah Webster
It was in 1783 that this famous book was first published. It soon
became the preferred English textbook in schools through 19th-century
America. The Blue-Back Speller 's charm was that words were broken down
into syllables, which made it easier for students to learn
pronunciation. The book was often revised and reedited by its author.



Excerpt: "The design of this Grammatical institute is to furnish
schools in this country with an easy, accurate and comprehensive system
of rules and lessons for teaching the English language."


Number 2



Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung - 900 million


Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Most people are more familiar with the book under its nickname: The
Little Red Book . First published in 1966, it sheds light on the
Chinese dictator's views on life, economics, and politics. Fairly
poetic in style, Mao's fervent beliefs of the Communist ideology shine
through.





Excerpt: "We should support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports."





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Number 1



The Holy Bible - 6 billion


Author: Various
Does it really surprise anyone? The Good Book, which is the foundation
of Christianity, aside from Christ himself of course, was the first
volume to be printed around 1450. Until then, the book had been
hand-copied by patient monks and was only available to clerics and
scholars. Gutenberg's new printing technique allowed missionaries to
bring copies of the bible with them in their religious conversion
quests. It has been printed in more than 2,000 languages and dialects
so far.



Excerpt: "Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it."





Resources:


http://members.aol.com


www.roycrofter.com


www.americanbaby.com


www.howtotutor.com


www.worldalmanac.com


www.guinnessworldrecords.com


http://art-bin.com


www.bestwebbuys.com


www.ipl.org


www.bbc.co.uk


www.amazon.com
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