A lot of books have been written which have had a profound impact on the philosophy of people across the world who have read them. The authors of these books changed the world. While some did it purposely, others were not even aware of the strength of their words. Here are some books which had an adverse impact on the world.
1. Malleus Maleficarum by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger
This book was basically a guide-book for those who called themselves witch-hunters. Over 36 editions have been released and it is believed that it single-handedly gave rise to out-of-control witch hunts.
2. Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead interviewed several teenage girls in Samoa who told her made-up stories about their sexual promiscuity. However, Mead did not know that and she reported them all in her book as fact.
3. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
This book is now considered to be a guide-book full of rules for those who want their society to live in tyranny. It talks about how a ‘prince’ need not have morals or scruples as long as he can pretend to have them. He also points out how society can be made to understand that evil is more beneficial than good. This book impacted the likes of Hitler and Stalin.
4. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
This book by Adolf Hitler was not accepted by any publishing house but once he rose to power, it was circulated all over the world. Mein Kampf talks about Hitler’s plan to remove each and every Jew from the world in order to allow the Germans to live peacefully.
5. The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger
Margaret Sanger supported the use of contraceptive because she felt that inferior human beings had no right to live and that the superior category should solely survive so that the world could be filled with only intelligent and able-bodied people. She lists out the benefits of eugenics as well as purity amongst different races.
6. Democracy and Education by John Dewey
Democracy and Education talks about how ‘thinking skills’ should be encouraged in schools instead of hard knowledge and facts. It changed the way the education system worked in most public schools and created a generation of teenagers and children who went through life without knowing the basic facts.
7. Baby and Childcare by Benjamin Spock
Spock taught the world that babies should be placed on their stomachs during bedtime and that they should be picked up and rocked to stop them from crying through the night. Those babies that were looked after according to the rules in this book either ended up getting suffocated to death or never developing a regular sleep schedule.
8. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion by Unknown
The main aim of this book was to spread the benefits of propaganda as well as bring about racial hatred. Even though the plot of the book is fictitious, the basic rules were widely used by Hitler and the book is still published through the Middle-East.
9. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Manifesto of the Communist Party talks about a Marxist state and outlines several evil actions that have given rise to cruel and malicious practices all over the world. Those who read this book will agree with the fact that it is the most brutal and spiteful novel ever published.
10. Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe
Michael Behe literally attacks Science in this book and goes on to prove that the theory of evolution is false. Over the years, fundamentalists have used this book to prove the same.