Friday, December 5, 2008

Ten most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries

This article at Human Events is a couple years old, but I came across it today and found it very interesting.

Human Events asked a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders to help us compile a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Each panelist nominated a number of titles and then voted on a ballot including all books nominated. A title received a score of 10 points for being listed No. 1 by one of our panelists, 9 points for being listed No. 2, etc. Appropriately, The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, earned the highest aggregate score and the No. 1 listing.

Rounding out the top three were Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and "Quotations from Chairman Mao."

I can't argue with the top 3, but I think Edward Said's "Orientalism" should have been somewhere on the list. It gave birth to the "root causes" explanation for terrorism and reinforced the self-destructive tendencies of the anti-Western Left.

Here's a picture of the pampered, Egypt-raised, New York-based "intellectual" throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers on the Lebanese border, pretending to be an oppressed "palestinian."

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