10/08/2010 07:13 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

11 Essential Books By Nobel Peace Prize Winners (PHOTOS)

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to "Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," according to the official announcement.

Many great books have been written by Nobel Peace Prize winners and we're taking a look back at some of the past recipients whose groundbreaking influence and accomplishments have extended to the written word.

In these 11 books you'll find insights into great minds and, through reading them, a better understanding of what makes them great.

Liu Xiaobo has had a huge role in the shaping of our history, and we hope to place his books alongside these--if and when he is released from prison and becomes free to write them.

Essential Books By Nobel Peace Prize Winners