While books can uplift us and convey powerful ideas, this recent article
from Human Events is a reminder that they can also propagate evil. It's hard to disagree with the first (The Communist Manifesto
) and second (Mein Kampf
) books on the list. Number ten (Keynes's General Theory
) is perhaps the most intriguing. While not as costly in terms of human life as the aforementioned titles, Keynes's economic theories have damaged economies worldwide and caused millions to die premature deaths in the process.
P.S. A hat tip to my Stanford mentor Arnold Beichman
from the Hoover Institution for his participation in this panel.