The Books that F** the World!
I just received this message from Human Events... This book seems to be great...
“ TV, video games, the Internet—many people blame technology for the violence, narcissism, and secularism in society today. But Professor Benjamin Wiker argues technology isn't to blame—philosophy is. In his controversial new book, 10 Books That Screwed Up the World (And 5 Others That Didn't Help) , Wiker proves that some of Western civilization's most "respected" books are really the root of many modern-day destructive ideas and cultural vices.
Taking aim at such books as Machiavelli's The Prince and Hitler's Mein Kampf , Wiker shows how these authors' perverse ideologies not only have led to past atrocities like war and genocide, but also how their philosophies are still popular and damaging today. Their ideas might influence your own thinking and you don't even realize it! In this intriguing and provocative exposé, you'll learn:
How Hobbes's Leviathan promotes the belief that we have a "right" to have and do whatever we want.
How Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil promotes atheism and paved the way for popular atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.
How Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa promotes promiscuity and divorce.
Witty, shocking, and instructive, Wiker seizes each of these evil books by its malignant heart and exposes it to the light of day, offering a quick education on the worst ideas in human history—and how we can combat them in the future.”
In the Amazon page for the book I found more clues on the books that “screwed-up”..:
“ Why Machiavelli'sThe Prince was the inspiration for a long list of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
How Descartes'Discourse on Method "proved" God's existence only by making Him a creation of our own ego
How Hobbes'Leviathan led to the belief that we have a "right" to whatever we want
Why Marx and Engels'sCommunist Manifesto could win the award for the most malicious book ever written
How Darwin'sThe Descent of Man proves he intended "survival of the fittest" to be applied to human society
How Nietzsche'sBeyond Good and Evil issued the call for a world ruled solely by the "will to power"
How Hitler'sMein Kampf was a kind of "spiritualized Darwinism" that accounts for his genocidal anti-Semitism
How the pansexual paradise described in Margaret Mead'sComing of Age in Samoa turned out to be a creation of her own sexual confusions and aspirations
Why Alfred Kinsey'sSexual Behaviorin the Human Male was simply autobiography masquerading as science”
To add more interest to the book, it is recommended by Thomas E. Woods Jr, writer of “ How Church Built Western Civilization” .