Monday, June 25, 2007

25 Books that Explain and Critique Modern Thought & Culture

At the risk of setting off one of those book list brush fires that periodically light up the blogosphere, here are 25 great books that explain and critique modern thought and culture:

  • Reflections on the French Revolution, by Edmund Burke
  • Orthodoxy, by G. K. Chesterton
  • What’s Wrong with the World, by G. K. Chesterton
  • The Wasteland, by T. S. Eliot
  • That Hideous Strength, by C. S. Lewis
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • 1984, by George Orwell
  • Animal Farm, George Orwell
  • Ideas Have Consequences, by Richard Weaver
  • The Abolition of Man, by C. S. Lewis
  • Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  • Love in the Ruins, by Walker Percy
  • The Triumph of the Therapeutic: The Uses of Faith After Freud, by Phillip Rieff
  • Shadows on the Hudson, by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • A Third Testament, by Malcolm Muggeridge
  • Entertaining Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman
  • Technopoly, by Neil Postman
  • Chance or the Dance: A Critique of Modern Secularism, by Thomas Howard
  • The Children of Men, by P. D. James
  • The Restitution of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism, by Michael Aeschliman
  • The Closing of the American Mind, by Alan Bloom
  • Degenerate Moderns: by E. Michael Jones
  • Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe
  • From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, by Jacques Barzun
  • Jayber Crowe, by Wendell Berry
Any other suggestions?

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