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You've heard of the Great Books? These are their evil opposites.

From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these influential books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive; in fact, they might influence your own thinking without your realizing it.

Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In this scintillating new book, he seizes each of these evil books by its malignant heart and exposes it to the light of day. You'll learn:

  • Why Machiavelli's The Prince was the inspiration for a long list of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
  • How Descartes's Discourse on Method proved God's existence only by making Him a creation of our own ego
  • How Hobbes's Leviathan led to the belief that we have a right to whatever we want
  • Why Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto could win the award for the most malicious book ever written
  • How Darwin's Descent of Man proves he intended survival of the fittest to be applied to human society
  • How Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil issued the call for a world ruled solely by the will to power
  • How Hitler's Mein Kampf was a kind of spiritualized Darwinism that accounts for his genocidal anti-Semitism
  • How the pansexual paradise described in Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa turned out to be a creation of her own sexual confusions and aspirations
  • Why Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male was simply autobiography masquerading as science

    Witty, shocking, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the World offers a quick education on the worst ideas in human history and how we can avoid them in the future. Download and start listening now!

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    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 6/23/2011

      " How a handful of misbegotten books led us to centuries of misery. "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy | 3/19/2011

      " The review by Rue Burch (below) is perfect. The book was preachy, but it did shed light on some of the authors' reasons and concepts in writing their books. I used it as a companion for my Western Civ class where we read 7 of the books Wiker writes about. It helped me see the total picture. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lars | 1/3/2011

      " Enjoyable and very informative. Benjamin Wiker has a nice way of, first, allowing the views of the authors to sink in and then, secondly, ripping their fantasies apart and expose their evil implications. It makes you want to read these dreadful books. "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jean | 11/20/2010

      " Okay, I didin't really finish. I skipped around. I like that it doesn't revere these books as gospel but it is also a bit too snarky to hold my attention or take it too seriously. "

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    About the Author
    Author Benjamin Wiker

    Benjamin Wiker received his PhD from Vanderbilt University and has taught at Marquette University, St. Mary’s University, Thomas Aquinas College, and Franciscan University. He is a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and is also a senior fellow with Discovery Institute. He has written several other books, most recently Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins’ Case Against God (coauthored with Scott Hahn) and 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help. He lives in rural Ohio with his beloved wife, and seven children.