Our friends, the Davenports, introduced Kim and I to a book called 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help.  The author, Benjamin Wiker, believes that ideas have consequences.  Further, deadly ideas have awful consequences.  Therefore, there are books that really have screwed up the world (page 1). 

     Wiker posits that the world would have been a better place if certain books were never written.  What then is his solution?  A book burning?  Indeed not!  He proposes that we read these books.  Know them forward and backward.  Seize each one by its malignant heart and expose it to the light of day (page 2).

Here is a list of the books:

  • The Manifesto of the Communist Party
  • Utilitarianism
  • The Descent of Man
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • The State and Revolution
  • The Pivot of Civilization
  • Mein Kampf
  • The Future of an Illusion
  • Coming of Age in Samoa
  • Sexual Behavior in the Human Male
  • The Feminine Mystique
  • The Prince
  • Discourse on Method
  • Leviathan
  • Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men

     I am just opening the pages to this book and anticipate finishing it by early next week.  I would be interested to hear what you think of his premise AND if you agree with his list of dangerous books.  Are there books that should be on this list and why?