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According to Human Events, the national conservative weekly, these are the ten most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries.

1. The Communist Manifesto
2. Mein Kampf
3. Quotations from Chairman Mao
4. The Kinsey Report
5. Democracy and Education
6. Das Kapital
7. The Feminine Mystique
8. The Course of Positive Philosophy
9. Beyond Good and Evil
10. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

There’s also a list of honorable mentions, since, ya know, a little knowledge and critical thinking can be a dangerous thing. Dust off those library cards, kids!

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6 Comments

Does this top 10 not read like a badass track list for a 10 song LP? Best name for a hit track - "The Course of Positive Philosophy"

Hit follow up - "Beyond Good and Evil"

said tommy on August 7, 2006 1:27 AM.

Dear Miss Cellania,

Here are ten books I find even more harmful:

1. Knock-Knock Jokes: They CAN Be Funny
2. You Suck More Than You Think: An Anti-Self Help Guide
3. Africa: Is It Really So Important?
4. Home Dentistry For Dummies
5. Mediocrity: At Least It's Better Than Shitocrity
6. How To Steal From Charities
7. A Photo Guide To Siamese Twin Separation Surgeries
8. Go Wal-Mart Go!: The Benefits of Corporate Rule
9. If You Read This Book, You'll Get AIDS
10. Jokes 'R' Me: The Biography of Carrot Top


Sincerely,

The Rhetorical Letter Writer (rhetoricalletters.blogspot.com)

said The Rhetorical Letter Writer on August 7, 2006 2:27 AM.

I'm surprised they included the Republican Bible, Mein Kampf...

said actor212 on August 7, 2006 8:59 AM.

Just because you think a book is harmful doesn't mean you necessarily want it banned, who doesn't like to make fun of right-wingers, but they are at least half right in that these books led to some really bad stuff. But its not the books its individuals.

said Henry on April 20, 2009 12:44 PM.

Mein Kampf = "Republican bible"? Hardly. I would replace Kampf and Communist Manifesto with Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

said Steve on April 25, 2009 2:51 AM.

Well, if we want to use human suffering as the measuring stick, then it's a really really short list.

1: The Bible

That is all.

said Neil on June 28, 2009 11:14 PM.
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