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Western civilization is the envy of the globe. It has given to the world universally accepted understandings of human rights (rooted in Judeo-Christian principles), created standards for art, music, and literature that have never been equaled, and originated political and social systems that have spread all across the planet.
Unfortunately, the fog of political correctness now obscures these and other truths about Western civilization. Leftists and Islamic jihadists find common cause in assailing Western "colonialism," "imperialism," and "racism" as its defining characteristics. Guilt-ridden Western leaders and public figures speak of their cultural patrimony in disparaging terms they would never dare to use about a non-Western culture. And in the academy, "multicultural"-minded professors flatter students into believing they have nothing really to learn from Sophocles or Shakespeare.
But now, Professor Anthony Esolen--one of the team-teachers of Providence College's esteemed Development of Western Civilization Core Curriculum--has risen to the West's defense. The Politically Incorrect Guide(TM) to Western Civilization takes on the prevailing liberal assumptions that make Western civilization the universal whipping boy for today's global problems, and introduces you to the significant events, individuals, nations, ideas, and artistic achievements that make Western civilization the greatest the world has ever known.
Today--with the West imperiled as never before by the global jihad and threats from China and elsewhere--defending the West has become an urgent imperative: if we don't value what we have and what we have inherited, we will surely lose it. The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Western Civilization is an essential sourcebook for that defense.
PC professors don't want you to know that:
* Patriarchy and civilization go hand-in-hand (just ask the ancient Romans)
* Modern science came from the Middle Ages (and a Biblical view of the universe)
* The Renaissance was the flowering of a specifically Christian and classical culture
* The "progressive ideas" of the nineteenth century led to the fascism, communism, and two world wars of the twentieth century
"`The glory that was Greece...the grandeur that was Rome'--not so long ago, these were the birthright of every educated American. But no more. If you had to name one thing that the vandals who've seized control on our college campuses don't want their students to learn, it would be Western civilization. More and more, we live with blinders on, ignorant of everything but current fads. In this sparkling book--the ultimate Politically Incorrect Guide(tm)--Anthony Esolen provides a fabulous introduction to the history and culture of the West. Esolen opens up a new world of people and ideas for those of us who live in the twenty-first century but don't want to be prisoners of the passing moment."
--Elizabeth Kantor, Ph.D., author of The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to English and American Literature
"An acclaimed translator of Dante, and a brilliant teacher of Western civilization, Professor Esolen is the perfect Virgil, guiding the student through the fugue-like influence of Athens, Jerusalem, and Rome."
--Russell Hittinger, William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies, University of Tulsa
"With a mind and heart well-formed by the very best that has made Western civilization both civil and great, Esolen vividly portrays our four-millennia drama in thought, politics, the family, art, poetry, architecture, war, peace, and the blessed intricacies of everyday life--his eye ever trained on the true, the good, and the beautiful, and rightly indignant of all that now threatens to reduce Western civilization to ashes and a new barbarism."
--Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D., author of 10 Books That Screwed Up the World
After reading some of the reviews I wondered whether I was reading the same book. If you are looking for a pure history book of course this isn't what the book is trying to be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LoveToTeach
If you could shake this book and all the one sided views from a so called christian/catholic point of view would fall out of it, then maybe there would be enough substance... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderfully intense & humorous analysis of the errors of political correctness. Anthony Esolen is a philosopher for our times--I would also recommend his "How to Destroy the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by kathy
Professor Esolen is a variety of things, and almost all of them are included below in previous reviews. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John
One of the books I read over the holidays was Anthony Esolen's Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Culture. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Neil Gussman
Mr Esolen is a professor, but remember, he is a professor of English, and literature profs deal in fiction. There is no historian' s history here, not even common sense. Read morePublished 9 months ago by robert holtermann
So excellent it should be required reading for kids who have to listen to trash from the education establishment, which dumbs down history by making more pleasing to people of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bill Dalton
I'm not sure what I really expected. What I got, though, was a collection of cherry picked facts interwoven with traditions and biblical stories calling itself 'history' but in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Damien
This not Mel Brooks History of the World Part 1. This is a thousand snippets of philosophy woven into a treatise of man's retreat from the heights of physical and mental... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael B. Ahlman