Book TV: Benjamin Wiker “10 Books That Screwed Up the World”

Benjamin Wiker: “This is my newest book, fresh off the press in Spring of 2010. I wrote it in response to requests by readers of an earlier book, 10 Books that Screwed Up the World. Obviously the latter book was focused on those works that had done the most to degrade and destroy civilization (see description below). When readers finished the first Ten Books, they quite reasonably wanted to know–and asked in a pleading voice–“What are the good books? Which ones will get us out of this mess?”

Here they are: 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read, Plus Four Not to Miss and One Impostor. Of course, everyone wants to know, first of all, who the impostor is–that’s why publishers hire marketing folk to make snazz-catchy titles.

This book was written in the midst of a huge conservative upswell in this country. Unfortunately, contemporary conservatives, while they know what they are against (taxes, big government, intrusive bureaucracies), are far less clear about what they are for. To rectify this, I offer a book that takes readers into the deep heart of conservatism so that they may recover its profound fundamental principles.

WARNING: This is not a typical conservative-lite sell-quick book, such as comes from very famous folks. It is a thoughtful reading of the great conservative texts, where I act as a kind of mediator, helping the reader to understand the authors’ most important points, and tying together the great themes found in all these conservative classics. Here they are, in order of appearance:

1. Aristotle, The Politics
2. G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
3. Eric Voegelin, The New Science of Politics
4. C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
5. Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
6. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
7. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers
8. The Anti-Federalist Papers
9. Hilaire Belloc, The Servile State
10. F. A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
11. William Shakespeare, The Tempest
12. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
13. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
14. God, et al, The Jerusalem Bible

And the impostor? Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.”



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One Response to Book TV: Benjamin Wiker “10 Books That Screwed Up the World”

  1. Sense and Sensibility? I remember the story, but I’m intrigued as to why it made you list.

    Tolkien’s inclusion is interesting to me since it was also a favorite of the ’60s Flower Power bunch, too.

    Well, I know what books to watch for as my kids head on to the high school years…

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