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10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help Hardcover – April 15, 2008
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Benjamin Wiker's website is www.benjaminwiker.com.
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He quotes directly from the books and authors he critiques (except in the case of Kinsey becuase the Kinsey institute refused to grant permission for any quoting) and provides plenty of footnotes.
It's not intended to be comprehensive or even the last word about these authors, books, and the ideas they promoted.
In fact, in the introduction, Wiker says: "Shall we have a book burning? Indeed not! Such a course of action is indefensible, if only for environmental reasons. As I learned long ago, the best cure- the only cure, once the really harmful books have multiplied like viruses through endless editions- is to *read* them. Know them forward and backward. Seize each one by its malignant heart and expose it to the light of day."
That is what he has attempted to do. It's a short, readable book with only a chapter per book/author, so of course it's merely an overview, an introduction, a brief synopsis of what he thinks is wrong with the book in question and the author's worldview. I don't think he intended that his readers should let his descriptions suffice. Rather, unlike the negative reviewers here, it appears to me he expects (and hopes) that you will read his book and then go ahead and *read* the books he is talking about.
It was fascinating to me to see the source of many of the ideas that have gained acceptance and are now taken for granted by our culture. I particularly appreciate the point that rather than merely being 'products of their time,' these people were the architects of their time, the movers and shakers, the creators of the very objectionable points of view we dismiss as 'products of their time.' No, their times (and ours) are the consequences of their ideas.
a) I actually read the book
b) I teach as an adjunct in a related area in higher education and am a published academic author
c) It is a popular synthesis, so it won't be all things to all people
d) Overall, it is quite correct that these books (and a few others) have greatly damaged human society, more so by a great deal of uncritical thinking that is lauded in higher education as critical thinking
e) This is the reason why almost all of the negative reviews don't critique the book but instead make bigoted, hate-speech toward religious people who never hurt anyone (and these reviewers have clearly never read this book, the books the author mentions or the Bible for that matter--not counting a few quotes from some wacky, tokin' college prof (aka most of my professional colleagues))
f) Read this book--what people don't know really has and is damaging humanity
One reviewer of Dr. Wiker's book, "10 Books that Screwed up the World," offered the following thought:
"Ideas can certainly be dangerous but, once they are articulated in print, a thinking person has an opportunity to consider them rationally and counter them. This process is much more difficult if we are working from an oral articulation of ideas because orators can sway emotion and equivocate more effectively."
While intended to be a criticism of Professor Wiker ("Is this guy an enemy of free speech?"), the critic, in fact, makes his point; few people have actually read these books. Like my brother-in-law, had they actually read Rousseau, other than Emile, had they actually read Hobbes, other than the usual snippets of Leviathan offered, had they read Darwin's the Descent of Man, Machiavelli's The Prince, etc., they might have been better able to digest the unfounded and destructive utopian visions of Marx, Lenin, Hitler, and assess the illusions conjured by Freud, Sanger, Mead, and Kinsey. The reality is that few who have proffered these writers as icons of enlightened intellectualism, namely the professorial and teaching class, have taken the time to consider their products rationally.Read more ›
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Thoroughly readable. An eye-opening read, especially pertinent to current trends and events. Having read most of the books covered in this book, although admittedly many years ago,... Read morePublished 21 days ago by C. R. Thomas
First off, I am a devout Christian (I have even served as youth minister, music minister, and interim pastor of Baptist churches), a former Southern Baptist who left the Convention... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Robert Moore
Loved it! So true on so many levels..the idiot intellectuals who wrote these book where all elitists who never held real jobs, hated God and where well very similar to most... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom
Any book that pisses liberals off this much...must be true. I loved this book, not only does he save me the time of having to re-read the mindless self indulgent liberal dribble... Read morePublished 1 month ago by AJ
You forgot the book number one: the bible!!! Sorry man, bu if you want to write as an intelectual, you shoudn't be tendentious... Read morePublished 4 months ago by André Luis Carneiro
in one short book you can find a great synopsis of a collection of prominent philosophies that have had a tremendous effect on our world . Read morePublished 5 months ago by Raymond I. Smithjr
Ideas do have consequences, and that's why they should be rebutted in their own merits. Wiker really has only one idea, which goes: the Christian God's moralilty is the right one... Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. R. NOVAES
EXCELLENT work! Bought a copy for each of my high school kids so they have a fighting chance against the ignorance that passes for higher education in high school and college... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew Dentino