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1,000 Years, 1,000 People: Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped the Millennium

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This text presents a list of 1000 of the most important, influential and intriguing figures of the past millennium. Among the figures profiled are philosophers and artists, statesmen and warlords, inventors and explorers. Each person is profiled with a brief autobiography.
Paperback, 331 pages
Published March 31st 1999 by Kodansha (first published November 1998)
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Brent Scarbro
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the first part(1-100) of 1,000 years 1,000 people, it is mainly about the unsung and underappreciated. This part has the most recognizable people from Johannes Gutenberg to Henry the VIII of England. There are mostly scientists, and artists that are extremely famous for their pieces of art and their discoveries which have inspired many back then and still to this day. These people are the beginning behind everything. The others that come after build on top of what they've done, improving the ...more
Kassilem
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-read-books, history
I don't know how long this book has been on my bookshelf. A long time. And I can't remember why I bought it. I think it must have been around that time when I wanted to be a historian. The book is fascinating but there is so many people discussed here that it was a hard book to read cover to cover. Truth be told towards the end, I had to decide to skim over many of the people's brief autobiography. I enjoyed reading about many of the listed people but in reality I don't really care to know about ...more
Anna T.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book. This book is about people in the millennium, ranked from 1 to 1000. This book is a two-column book. It gave a small summary of each person. In the book their are some people you might know are in this book, such as William Shakespeare ranked #5, Susan B. Anthony ranked #139 or even Elvis Presley ranked #352. But throughout the book their were plenty of people that you most likely haven't heard of like Godfery Newbold Hounsfield the person who came up with a CAT scan, ...more
Brad VanAuken
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
This is a fascinating book. While it might be tempting to argue with the exact order of the authors' rankings, reading about the 1,000 people they selected is the interesting part. While some are extremely well known, others are far more obscure but no less influential. The people featured in this book have affected every aspect of our lives today, whether it is through the invention of the printing press, the microprocessor or the cathode ray tube or through the development of seminal psycholog ...more
Jim Vuksic
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A unique compilation of the most famous and infamous men and women who left their mark on the world stage during the past mellinnium.
I particularly found it interesting that the authors included those known for their evil deeds as well as those whose deeds benefited mankind.
I was very surprised to discover how many individuals included in this work I had never heard, but probably should have.
Carrie
I think I got to number 563 out of 1000 people listed in the book, and I just couldn't do it...it stopped being interesting when I stopped recognizing the historical figure.

Needless to say...I just couldn't finish it...
Rick Schlegelmilch
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that is not meant to be a speed read. I have been quoting (and attributing)excerpts from this book on my Facebook page to educate and encourage others to read. Today, I posted about the French agronomist that created "rebar" to better pot orange trees.....
Jason Hallmark
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Love this book! I always like "top ten" lists, and this takes it to a whole other level as you can debate the merits of the contributions of famous people over the last 10 centuries.
Miriam
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great tidbits of info. don't get hung up on the rankings!
John Devlin
Mar 22, 2007 rated it liked it
An interesting take on the big shots of the last 1,000 years.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book to learn new people and history. I read 10 new people a day and enjoyed the quick bits of history I learned. Fantastic read, Very recommended
Julie
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After 327 people, I became a bit bored. It was very interesting though to learn about these people and the difference they made.
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