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The Enemies of Christopher Columbus: Answers to Critical Questions About the Spread of Western Civilization Hardcover – October 1, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Tiger, Inc. (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889439347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889439341
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,653,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is well researched, tightly reasoned and passionately argued.
Bud Roberts
Ayn Rand called this "hatred of the good for being the good," (envy) and this is the essence of the enemies of Christopher Columbus.
Ryan Schenk
Western civilization, by every historical measure, by every requirement of man-the rational animal, is far superior to what it supplanted.
Rand Corle

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rand Corle on November 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Here's a book that is long overdue.
Thomas Bowden's "The Enemies of Christopher Columbus" is simultaneously a devastating polemic against subjectivism, relativism and multiculturalism and a brilliant application of the proper methods of historical analysis.
It identifies the fundamentals and examines them in their full context.
The relativists claim that there is no moral difference between American Indian culture and Western culture...that all historical facts and all cultures are of equal merit and historical importance and ought to be given equal standing. They claim that there is no valid standard of objective good so there is no basis for a claim of the superiority of one culture over another. Therefore there is no justification for the destruction of one culture by another.
But there is an objective standard of the good, Bowden writes. It is to be found in the philosophy of Objectivism, in the identification by Ayn Rand that the furtherance of man's life and happiness is the standard by which the good must be measured. (For the complete validation of life as the standard of value see Ayn Rand's essay The Objectivist Ethics in The Virtue of Selfishness.)
"The fundamental issue." Bowden writes, "is whether the settlement of America by the bearers of Western civilization over the past five centuries was good or evil." By the standard of the requirements of man's life, his resounding conclusion: it was good. Western civilization, by every historical measure, by every requirement of man-the rational animal, is far superior to what it supplanted.
Written in question and answer format, Bowden takes on the claims of Columbus's relativist enemies one by one, exposes them and disposes of them.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Edwin A. Locke on November 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a brilliant antodote to modern political correctness and multi-culturalism which insists that one cannot claim that one culture is better than any other. Thomas Bowden skillfully explodes the myth that western culture is no better than that of primitive American Indian tribes which practiced human sacrifice and slavery, believed in primitive animism, and made no cultural progress, except in the realm of cultivating vegetables, during the many thousands of years they occupied the North and South American continents.
He shows that Columbus is a hero for striking out into the unknown at the risk of his own life and the lives of his crew and discovering, for Europe, a new world--a world to which he
helped bring western culture. Bowden demonstrates that Western culture (which was only partly developed at the time of Columbus's voyage) with its advocacy of reason, individual rights, freedom and technological progress is objectively superior to that of primitive Indian tribes by the standard of: human life.
Bowden ackowledges mistreatment of the Indians by the Europeans but shows that this was no different than the way the Indians treated each other and the Europeans treated each other. The concept of individual rights would not be discovered for another 200 years--but it was discovered by the west.
Bowden shows that the haters of Columbus are-to their discredit, haters of western civilization itself, which means: they are haters of man.
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87 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Edward Cline on October 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Finally, here is an antidote to the smears and slanders heaped on Columbus by the enemies of Western civilization and of America. Thomas Bowden poses many of the questions raised by political correctness and answers each with a calm and cogent "No." Didn't Columbus just stumble onto the New World? No, he thought he had discovered the Indies, but later realized that it was indeed a new world. Didn't the Europeans who followed him plunder Indian wealth? No, because the Indians had little or no wealth to plunder. Didn't the Europeans steal the Indians' land? No, because the Indians had no concept of property other than their personal and primitive tools and clothing. Didn't pre-Columbian peoples live in harmony with the
earth without Western technology, science, and medicine? No, they were worse off, in terms of health and longevity, than the beggars, homeless and street people in modern cities, at the mercy of the elements and of every catastrophe and germ that came their way.
Mr. Bowden answers these and more than a dozen other questions, questions unique in an age most of whose teachers and thinkers seek, by asking them, to diminish or destroy the achievements of individuals such as Columbus in the name of multiculturalism. This is a short book that should serve as a primer for anyone who values truth and factual history, and who may suspect that those who wish to destroy Columbus and erase his name from history have something in common with the terrorists who
attacked this country on 9/11.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Schenk on November 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
An absolutely great book, historically and philosophically. And it's a very entertaining read. You'll learn who the real Christopher Columbus was, and facts which contradict what most of our teachers have taught, and which so many multiculturalists spend their lives evading.
It is no secret that the political Left hates the West, because of what it stands for: reason, individualism, man's rights, capitalism. This is why Columbus, the "founder of the West," is one of the many heroes whom they denounce as evil; the truth is that they hate him because he was in fact, good. Ayn Rand called this "hatred of the good for being the good," (envy) and this is the essence of the enemies of Christopher Columbus.
This book will illuminate your mind.
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