Harmful Books 4 comments

For your edification Human Events has compiled a list of harmful books:

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.

They don’t really define harmful or to whom these books will be harmful but each listing does come with a brief rationale. Your mileage may vary….
And, as Radley Balko notes they don’t want to burn them they want you to buy them via their Amazon account link!
Update (6/1): Tom Traina has a suggestion for an addition to this list.

4 thoughts on “Harmful Books

  • Mark in Mexico

    Most Harmful Books of the last 200 years

    DISCLAIMER: I have read only Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Darwin’s Origin of the Species and Nader’s Unsafe At Any Speed. Having fessed up, I am not altogether unfamiliar with many of the others. I would hazard a guess that most if not all of the b…

  • Skip

    Y’know, I’ve been trying to think of any conservative/rightwing books that have had anything even remotely close to the social impact of these books — and I’m coming up empty. Any ideas?

  • Steve

    Well, I haven’t given this much thought… at first blush nothing comes immediately to mind.
    Kevin Drum gives it a shot here: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2005_06/006436.php
    but his analysis is no deeper than the HE thing and some them are adhominiem and logically broken. On the other hand some are truly evil books, e.g., #2. At least he didn’t tag his list with his Amazon links.
    Also, calling a book harmful or evil reminds me a bit of folks who call a gun evil while ignoring the person reading/shooting it.
    Oh, on second blush, here is one everyone ought to be able to put on their list given the trail of blood that it has left in its wake: The Bible .

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