Might seem excessive to blog about this, but it’s a meme that has to stop.
The Intercollegiate Review has a list of the 50 worst books of the 20th century. This was too predictable:
John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (1936)
This book did for Big Government what Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did for the tse-tse fly.
1. The blurb is stupid and false.
2. Just because a book says something you disagree with doesn’t make it a bad book. Whenever someone tells you not to read a book because the content is disagreeable you should take it as a hint to do the exact opposite and read it.
Other entries include Karl Popper and John Rawls. Try telling an academic political philosopher that Rawls’ A Theory of Justice is one of the worst (non-fiction) books of the 20th century. It’s too bad people read and believe the misinformed trash these publications put out.