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Publisher's Summary

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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Critic Reviews

“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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By Michael on 06-29-10

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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By Elton on 10-12-10

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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By Benjamin on 10-18-12

OK if you agree with the authors world view

Respect to the man or woman bold enough to think for a lifetime about the world and write their understanding of it down for others to criticize. An interesting listen - some people will hate it and write letters of complaint (and worse). Some will love it and congratulate the writer.

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