I'm considering reading Wiker's book, in which he lists fifteen books that he thinks created or spread poisonous ideologies that have only harmed humanity. Here are those books with what appears to be (at a very quick glance) Wiker's primary critique.
1. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. The author advocated that leaders divorce themselves from moral standards.
2. Discourse on Method by Rene Descartes. The author introduced subjective epistemology.
3. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. The author argued that there is no inherent morality, only cultural standards.
4. Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality among Men by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The author argued inequality was natural, inevitable, and therefore acceptable.
5. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx. The author created Communism. 'Nuff said.
6. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill. The author reduced human needs and desires down to only physical considerations.
7. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin. Using naturalistic reasoning, the author created the moral foundations for the oppression, enslavement, and genocide of undesired peoples.
8. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrick Nietzsche. The author argued that concepts of good and evil, especially Christian ones, were irrational.
9. The State and Revolution by Vladimir Lenin. The author starkly explained the evils necessary to create a Communist utopia.
10. The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger. The author argued for eugenics.
11. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. (Self-explanatory -- I hope).
12. The Future of an Illusion by Sigmund Freud. The author argued that religion is an illusion caused by certain misdirected psychological needs.
13. Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead. The author used false data to argue that sexual licentiousness was healthy.
14. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred Kinsey. The author created a study that would normalize his own profoundly deviant sexual behavior.
15. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. The author disguised herself as an ordinary suburban housewife when she was actually a radical socialist activist.
What would you add to the list? What books do you think have been especially ideologically destructive?