Because book burning isn’t a bad thing, is it? The list is topped by The Communist Manifesto — which, apparently, is even worse than Mein Kamf. Huh. Forget that, even if you disagree with the Communist Manifesto, it’s still a pretty impressive work. Also on the list: The Feminine Mystique (because it let the ladies out of the kitchen), The Course of Positive Philosophy (because it brought about sociology), Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (Nazis liked it), and the economist John Maynard Keynes’ brilliant General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.
Honorable mentions include On Liberty by John Stuart Mills (!), Origin of the Species and Decent of Man by Charles Darwin, Foucalt’s Madness and Civilization, de Beauvior’s Second Sex, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, and Freud’s Introduction to Psychoanalysis. Of the 15 “scholars” who created this list, there was only one female — Phyllis Schlafly.