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Summary

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.

  • ©2008 Benjamin Wiker (P)2008 Tantor

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    • Aaron
    • 06-06-09

    Some merit, but more religious masquerade

    I will openly admit that I wanted to kick myself for not reading the reviews prior to purchasing this audiobook. All the reviews would have kept me from stepping directly into the trap of this book, which in part, must have been deliberately set. The titles and book synopsis do not disclose the blatant reduction of nearly each criticism to a Christian fundamentalist viewpoint, which should be OPENLY DISCLOSED. The book was well written, flowed well and was interesting with each chapter until the abrupt drop into a religious sermon. What was disappointing was that the author, who is obviously intelligent and a good writer, describes some valid criticisms and makes some arguments that keep you just interested enough that you think, "well, maybe the next chapter will be better." I can only hope to save another person some time, as others in the review section tried to do for me. The single biggest statement that can be said about the reviews of this book is that you can be rest assured that anyone who gave it 5 stars and "bought extra copies for _____" is an individual with strong Christian fundamental beliefs...which should divulge this book's blatant bias. I have submitted a request to Audible that this book be moved to the religious section, as keeping it in nonfiction is misleading. I'm sure that if you purchase this book KNOWING it is a theologic book, you will enjoy it immensely and you will be glad you spent the money. 4.5 stars for the writing & text, but ZERO for the fact that it is a religious book masquerading as non-fiction literature.

    105 of 135 people found this review helpful

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    • Donald E Scott
    • 23-01-14

    Simply Excellent

    A head on confrontation with several poisonous ideas presented in a level, reasoned and unpretentious manner. Ideas have consequences and this book shows the reader how some of the worst ideas have had a lasting and profound impact on our society. The narrator does the work justice and it was a truly enjoyable presentation. One of the best I've heard in a long time. Well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • Kristie
    • 24-04-09

    Egotistical Rant By A Very Poor Academic

    I feel like I've been hoodwinked into buying this book! It is not a proper critique on the books in question at all. It is just a Fundamentalist Christian diatribe on why we should ignore anything that an atheist tells us.

    72 of 104 people found this review helpful

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    • Steven
    • 29-09-08

    Hard to get past the author's misguided premise

    Two starts because the author is clearly up on the subject matter he is writing about.

    Missing the other three because, well, I just can't get past the author's apparent assertion that one cannot be a moral person without religion. I find this somewhat amusing given some of the things done in the name of religion, but this isn't the place to go into that. Also, he's of the mind that a viewpoint cannot be valid unless it embraces some form of God as one of its major tenants.

    I agree with one of the other reviewers here - brand this clearly as religious content so that one knows what they are spending their credits on.

    51 of 75 people found this review helpful

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    • James
    • 12-10-08

    False colors

    The concept of this book was enticing. It sounded like an intellectual disection of some of the most toxic ideas ever introduced into human culture. I didn't get far before realizing it is a tract on the falsity of all moral systems that do not derive directly from religious belief. A toxic idea if ever there was one.

    32 of 47 people found this review helpful

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    • Colin
    • 05-10-08

    Felt manipulated

    Clearly the author has some interesting and compelling perspectives on philosophical world views developed over the centuries however he sees all this through one lens - Christian fundamentalism.
    This was not apparent in the book description so feel somewhat duped.
    He does not fairly argue that a world view without a belief in a Christian anthropomorphised deity and a literal acceptance of the bible is not only specious but 'evil'.
    Without the religious self-justifying supercilious commentary it could have been an interesting listen.
    And I'll scream if one more creationist tells me about the great designer in the sky being responsible for creation and their convoluted logic in explaining the biological horrors that kill millions each year.
    This book should be under a 'Religious' heading.

    45 of 67 people found this review helpful

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    • Dan
    • 16-10-08

    Misleading in the extreme

    This audiobook's title promised so much. What it did not make clear, however, is that the book is nothing more than a lengthy sermon by an angry religious zealot. It should have been called "10 Books That I Hate Because They Offend My Medieval Christian Worldview." Unless you think Hitler and Darwin belong on the same list, don't waste your time with this terrible book.

    42 of 63 people found this review helpful

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    • Steve
    • 29-09-08

    Hard to get past the author's misguided premise

    Two starts because the author is clearly up on the subject matter he is writing about.

    Missing the other three because, well, I just can't get past the author's apparent assertion that one cannot be a moral person without religion. I find this somewhat amusing given some of the things done in the name of religion, but this isn't the place to go into that. Also, he's of the mind that a viewpoint cannot be valid unless it embraces some form of God as one of its major tenants.

    I agree with one of the other reviewers here - brand this clearly as religious content so that one knows what they are spending their credits on.

    40 of 60 people found this review helpful

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    • B Kevin
    • 25-11-08

    Christian Propaganda

    Be aware, Benjamin Wiker is a fundamentalist christian from the Discovery Institute. The summary of his book: All evils are due to Atheists, if someone does evil and claims to be a christian, he is only pretending and is really an atheist, not matter how pious he acts. All the world's problems will be solved if we simply return to fundamentalist christian (and _only_ christian) fantasies. Bring back the Inquisition.

    Now you don't have to buy the book.

    28 of 42 people found this review helpful

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    • Henrik
    • 11-10-08

    Needs a label

    Great title, but a very tiresome listen. This audio needs a clearer stamp describing what it is - a conservative religious swing at the "evils" of godlessness, abortion, homosexuality and women's liberation.

    28 of 42 people found this review helpful