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Offering a “CliffsNotes guide” to some of the most important literary works of our time, Benjamin Wiker, author of 10 Books That Screwed Up the World, turns his discerning eye from the great texts that have done damage to Western civilization to the great texts that could help rebuild it.

This book features a range of works, from classics such as Democracy in America and The Federalist Papers to more popular classics like Sense and Sensibility and The Tempest. Through these works, Wiker reveals some of the most important lessons for our time, as well as the true meaning of conservatism. Written with an educational purpose and a witty tone, this is a must listen for conservatives, Republicans, and book lovers everywhere.

©2010 Benjamin Wiker (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Sprightly, witty, engaging....Professor Wiker recommends actually reading the books—but his own book is a whole lot more fun." (Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D., author of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization)
“A valuable contribution to the most urgent intellectual project of our day.” (Elizabeth Kantor, Ph.D., author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature)

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  • Aaron
  • 24-09-20

Too religious to be taken seriously by curious progressives

Much of this book is spent trying to persuade the reader that sin is a universal moral law and many arguments inevitably find their way into some lengthy diatribe about god.

His comparison of conservatives and liberals are laughably stereotypical and, I would image, quite offensive to the religious left.

That said, if you’re a member of the religious right you’ll find plenty to reinforce your beliefs. You’ll also learn a thing or two about some classic books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-20

Entertaining and thought provoking

Great book. With everything happening in our land (USA), I found the book especially eye opening and a stark reminder why I am conservative.

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  • Don Lance
  • 23-08-13

Hear Conservatism Defined

This is a GREAT book and worth 5 stars. I read Wiker’s previous book Ten Books that Screwed Up the World, and I looked forward to any similar work. I was not disappointed. Several times while reading I thought to myself, “I’m loving this!”

Wiker provides an excellent introduction to help us understand how the terms “conservative” and “liberal” have changed over the centuries, lest we jump to the mistaken assumption that yesterday’s liberal is also today’s liberal. (They are not.)

He outlines that he will cover works that provide the foundation of what we call “conservative principles” today. His selection of books achieve this purpose wonderfully. After the first 3 or 4 books, you begin to be able to have the feel of conservatism as a bottom-up, fundamental, and common-sense approach to life… as opposed to liberalism’s top-down Utopian progress toward some dreamy super-society. I could never define conservatism well, but this book made it clear. I also enjoyed that Wiker not only reviewed each book, but provided a brief biography of each author.

His selection of 4 others are definitely worth noting, and I plan to follow up with reading at least one I missed. He is also correct about the impostor Atlas Shrugged, and provided insight into how closely the book’s deceptive views are linked to the miserable, deplorable life of its author Ayn Rand.

The narrator is the same one that provided the reading of Ten Books that Screwed Up The World. He has a distinctly clear voice that has a hint of authority. Well-chosen for this book.

I enjoyed this one so much I will definitely read it again. If you want to investigate your own views about conservatism then consider this book to help you. If you label yourself a liberal, then this book will help you to understand your conservative friends better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-10

A Great Place to Get Started

If you are looking for an overview of conservative philosophy this book would be the best place to start. A well-written and comprehensive overview of the most important conservative books (at least according to the author), this book has eye opening and rich content for anyone who thinks that conservative philosophy is just "free markets" and "small government". There is much much more than that to conservative thought and values; this book really gives an interesting overview. Who would have thought conservativism goes back over 2000 years! Nicely recorded and pleasant to listen to as well. 5 stars, get it!

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  • Jonathan
  • 17-01-11

One of the Best Overviews of Conservatism

This is one of the best overviews of conservatism I have ever read. It is fantastic, because it is not about modern politics and name-calling that are often heard, but the deep traditions that has formed the core of conservatism from Aristotle onward. A perfect book for someone who is a conservative, but never found the unifying threads that held it all together. Also great for any liberal who wants to understand what it is that conservatives are all about.

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  • Elton
  • 12-10-10

Fair Enough

Having read most of the books on this list, I think I'll have to agree with Mr. Wiker. He presents pretty compelling logic to support his political ideas, though I have to strongly disagree with him about Ayn Rand. Atlas Shrugged is quintessential reading for anyone trying to understand the economic beliefs of the right. The problems come in where their religious beliefs don't see eye-to-eye.
Mr. Wiker's interpretation of The Lord of the Rings was one I had heard in passing, but in this extended explanation I came around to being able to appreciate the work in a different light.
After the gushing review of C. S. Lewis' Abolition of Man, I have to read that book.
What I liked most about this book is it focused on the conservative mindset, though there were many glancing blows thrown across the isle. I would strongly recommend it to any conservative looking for the way. Liberals who are truly trying to understand the right can take a lot from this book, but most will miss its messages.

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  • Anonymous
  • 04-04-21

Ears Open.

Very good information and well written. The explanation of why the materials were chosen and some not is helpful in Understanding the reasoning so one might open their ears as well as their eyes.

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  • Randy Purham
  • 25-02-21

Excellent historical over of great literary works!

Dr. Wiler gave a great review and outlook to some of the world's greatest literary works while connecting the Conservatism and Liberalism aspects to them. Highly recommend listen.

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  • jay
  • 09-12-20

Another great book

Very well written. Explains classic conservative thought by various famous authors and gives a personal bio about the authors, their lives, their works, with much context and perspective of their times and experiences which shaped their views. The logic and thought behind natural law.

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  • Dr. David Odegard
  • 14-11-20

Excellent!

Wiker cuts through all the deliberate obfuscation which liberals use to cover their clumsy, dumb-footed tracks through western civilization. If you are a conservative, you will weep at the beauty in the world of literature. If you are a liberal, you will tend your garments in humility and return to the world of the living. Welcome.

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