A fun little continuation of Influential Books.

Please note that many books have 2 ISBNs, a 10-digit and a 13-digit, which may be and often are completely different. Be aware that I have taken the 13-digit version and taken off the first 3 digits (978). In a few cases when I couldn’t find the ISBN I’ve listed the ASIN, which contain letters as well as numbers.

Listed in no particular order: 


The Spider King’s Daughter, Chibundu Onuzo, 0571268917

2000 Years of Christianity in Africa: an African Church History, John Baur, 9966211101

None but India (Bharat): The Cradle of Aryans, Sanskrit, Vedas, & Swastika, Jagat K. Motwani, 1450261272

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World, Tim Whitmarsh, 0307948779

The Woman he loved Before, Dorothy Koomson, 0751543506

A Renegade History of the United States: How Drunks, Delinquents and Other Outcasts made America, Thaddeus Russell, 1847398642

Insight Guides: South India, Insight Guides, 1780057255



East African and Nubian Origins of the Ancient Egyptians, Gert Muller, 1491286326

Ancient and Modern Britons Volume 1, David Mac Ritchie, 1592322251

Black Women in Antiquity, Ivan Van Sertima, 0878559824

Newham: the forging of a black community, Newham Monitoring Project/ Campaign against Racism and Fascism, 0951762509 (This one fascinated me because it shows that when they first started coming to East London, Afro-Caribbeans & south Asians really teamed up and took action against racism together!!! Looking at the state of east London now you’d never know this!!!)

Why Hope?: The Stand against Civilisation, John Zerzan & Lang Gore, 1627310192

The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance, Nessa Carey, 1848313477

The Roaring Nineties: Why we’re paying the price for the greediest decade in history, Joseph Stiglitz, 0141014319

Splinters from The Fire/ Éclats d’un Feu, Coral Fourie & Édouard J. Maunick, 1919825106

Buddha for Beginners, Stephen T. Asma, 1939994332

Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Thomas Sowell, 1594031434

The Madness of Adam + Eve: How Schizophrenia shaped Humanity, David Horrobin, 0552999304

Rastafari: The Messiah Yehashua son of Makonnen, Janhoi M. Jaja, 9768245526

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari, 1784703936

The Satanic Bible, Anton Szandor LaVey, 0380015399 (YES I NOW HAVE IT!!! AND – it’s alright.)

The Logic of Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa, John F. McCauley, 1316626801

Risk Intelligence: How to live with Uncertainty, Dylan Evans, 1848877399

A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright, 1841958301




Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, Efemia Chela, Bongani Kona & Helen Moffett, 1780264059

War is a Lie, David Swanson, 1849540926

King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, Asfa-Wossen Asserate, 1910376645

Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship Between Maths and the Physical World, Brian Clegg, 1472139764

Human Rights in Africa: New Approaches to African History, Bonny Ibhawoh, 1107602397

Inside the Gender Jihad: Women’s Reform in Islam, Amina Wadud, 1851684632

The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and The Making of Us, Alice Roberts, 1848664791

Black and Gay in the UK: an Anthology, John R. Gordon & Rikki Beadle-Blair, 0956971968

Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myth of our Gendered Minds, Cordelia Fine, 1785783180

The Goddess of Mtwara and Other Stories, The Caine Prize for African Writing, 1780264011

Symbolic Blackness and Ethnic Difference in Early Christian Literature, Gay L. Byron, 0415243698

In The Closet of The Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy, Frédéric Martel, 1472966148

Believing Bullshit: How not to get sucked into an intellectual black hole, Stephen Law, 1616144111

From Bacteria to Bach and back: The Evolution of Minds, Daniel C. Dennett, 0141978048

Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora, Marta Moreno Vega, Marinieves Alba & Yvette Modestin, 1558857469

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: Lessons in life from saints, spies and serial killers, Kevin Dutton, 0099551065

Yoruba Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa, Toyin Falola, 0865436985

Ancient and Modern Britons Volume 2, David Mac Ritchie, 1930097780

Atheism & Alienation, Patrick Masterson, 0140216370

The Human Tide: How Population shaped the Modern World, Paul Morland, 1473675131

Warlord Democrats in Africa: Ex-Military Leaders and Electoral Politics, Africa Now, 1783602483

Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy, Michael Polanyi, 0415151498

Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap between Us and Them, Joshua Greene, 1782393399

Hubris: A Brief Political History of the Nigerian Army, Akintunde A. Akinkunmi, 0998479675

Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions, Charles Forsdick & Christian Høgsbjerg, 0745335148

The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli, 1981120925

Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World, John Man, 0552173285

The Hungry Empire: How Britain’s quest for food shaped the modern world, Lizzie Collingham, 0099586951

Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst, Robert Sapolsky, 0099575061

Gut: Inside the Story of our Body’s Most Underrated Organ, Giulia Enders, 1771643764

Tamed: Ten species that changed our world, Alice Roberts, 1786090010

Pride and Joy: A guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans parents, Sarah & Rachel Hagger-Holt, 1780664200


African Women & Globalization: Dawn of the 21st Century, Jepkorir Rose Chepyator-Thomson, 1592213542

Engines of Privilege: Britain’s Private School Problem, Francis Green & David Kynaston, 1526601261

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave, Zora Neale Hurston, 0008297664

The Timbuktu School for Nomads: Lesson from the People of the Desert, Nicholas Jubber, 1473655447

African Archaeology, David W. Phillipson, 0521540025

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming your life one night at a time, Ariana Huffington, 0753557211

In Praise of Wasting Time, Alan Lightman, 1471168598

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution, C. L. R. James, B002RI9LAI (ASIN)

Seven Types of Atheism, John Gray, 0241199411

Pagan Britain, Ronald Hutton, 0300205466

How to Build the Gambia: Attaining Economic Super-power Status in Africa, Yaya Sillah, 9983953688

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr Spencer Black, E.B. Hudspeth, 1594746161

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, Peter L. Bernstein, 0471295631

In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea, Michael Brenner, 0691179285

The Emotional Incest Syndrome: what to do when a parent’s love rules your life, Dr. Patricia Love, 0553352757

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, Steven Pinker, 0140276053

The Language Instinct: How the Mind creates Language, Steven Pinker, 0141980775

The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa, Dayo Olopade, 0544483996

The Popularity Illusion: Why Status is Toxic but Likeability Wins All, Mitch Prinstein, B07CPM23MS (ASIN)

Hormonal: How Hormones Drive Desire, Shape Relationships and Make Us Wiser, Martie Haselton, 1786072542

The Night Malcolm X spoke at the Oxford Union: A Transatlantic Story of Antiracist Protest, Stephen Tuck, 0520279339

The Reason I Jump: One boy’s voice from the silence of autism, Naoki Higashida, 1444776775

Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day, Peter Ackoyd, 0099592945

Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America, Keith Boykin, 0786717040

Rethinking ‘Mixed Race’, David Parker & Miri Song, 0745315676

Neurotribes: The legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently, Steve Silberman, B01N2W270Y (ASIN)



The Ten Types of Human: Who We Are and Who We Can Be, Dexter Dias, 0099592549

The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire, Raymond Jonas, 0674052741

Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones, Carole Boyce Davies, 0822341161

The inflamed mind: a radical new approach to depression, Edward Bullmore, 1780723501

Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: overcoming the challenges and celebrating the gifts, Eileen Riley-Hall, 1849058933

Theatre and Cultural Struggle Under Apartheid, Robert Mshengu Kavanagh, 1783609802

Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the sacred text from a woman’s perspective, Amina Wadud, 0195128369

Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist, Richard Dawkins, 1784162016

Mortality, Christopher Hitchens, 1848879232

City of Sin: London and its vices, Catharine Arnold, 1847393722

Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance, Marc Epprecht, 1780323817

Against Empathy: The case for rational compassion, Paul Bloom, 0099597827

A Time in Arabia: life in Hadhramaut, Doreen Ingrams, 1906011802

The Knowledge Illusion: The Myth of Individual Thought and the Power of Collective Wisdom, Steven Sloman & Philip Fernbach, 1509899555

The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism, David Olusoga & Casper W. Erichsen, 0571231423

The Murderous History of Bible Translations: Power, Conflict and the Quest for Meaning, Harry Freedman, 1472921673

The Meaning of Relativity, Albert Einstein, 1781398647

We Are Not Alone: Why we have already found extraterrestrial life, Dirk Schulze-Makuch & David Darling, 1851687886

The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea, Robert Wald Sussman, 0674660038

Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World, Gerald Massey, 1614277507

Religion and the decline of magic, Keith Thomas, 0140137446

Educated, Tara Westover, 0099511021

Black Like Us: A century of lesbian, gay and bisexual African American fiction, Devon W. Carbade, Dwight A. McBride & Donald Weise, B00AJED4R8

How beauty can change the world, Phaidon (?), N/A?

The Origins of Political Order: from prehuman times to the French revolution, Francis Fukuyama, B006QXFW9E (ASIN)

The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion, Jonathan Haidt, B008OIQH2A (ASIN)

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Stories of Remarkable Recoveries and Discoveries, Norman Doidge, 0141980805

Islam and Terrorism, Anwar Shaikh, 0953668371

All the Good Things around Us: An anthology of African short stories, Ivor Agyeman-Duah, 0992843663

The Growth Delusion: Why Economists are getting it wrong and what We can do about it, David Pilling, B077BQVC5H (ASIN)

I Can’t Breathe: The Killing that started a Movement, Matt Taibbi, 0753548691

Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, Max Tegmark, 0241954638


and others…

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