The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization

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Regnery Publishing, May 27, 2008 - History - 340 pages
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Everything you should know--but PC professors won't teach--about our Western heritage
Western civilization is the envy of the globe. It has given to the world universally accepted understandings of human rights (rooted in Judeo-Christian principles), created standards for art, music, and literature that have never been equaled, and originated political and social systems that have spread all across the planet.

Unfortunately, the fog of political correctness now obscures these and other truths about Western civilization. Leftists and Islamic jihadists find common cause in assailing Western "colonialism," "imperialism," and "racism" as its defining characteristics. Guilt-ridden Western leaders and public figures speak of their cultural patrimony in disparaging terms they would never dare to use about a non-Western culture. And in the academy, "multicultural"-minded professors flatter students into believing they have nothing really to learn from Sophocles or Shakespeare.

But now, Professor Anthony Esolen--one of the team-teachers of Providence College's esteemed Development of Western Civilization Core Curriculum--has risen to the West's defense. The Politically Incorrect Guide(TM) to Western Civilization takes on the prevailing liberal assumptions that make Western civilization the universal whipping boy for today's global problems, and introduces you to the significant events, individuals, nations, ideas, and artistic achievements that make Western civilization the greatest the world has ever known.

Today--with the West imperiled as never before by the global jihad and threats from China and elsewhere--defending the West has become an urgent imperative: if we don't value what we have and what we have inherited, we will surely lose it. The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Western Civilization is an essential sourcebook for that defense.
  

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Review: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Politically Incorrect Guides)

User Review  - Mr. Noah Sturdevant - Goodreads

Smarmy, self righteous, and lacking in actual history, this is not a book I can recommend. I found out while reading that the whole "Politically Incorrect" book series is just an excuse for right wing ... Read full review

Review: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Politically Incorrect Guides)

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

A rollicking ride through Western Civ, which proves that to fully understand something you have to love it. Read full review

Contents

Rome An Empire of Tradition and Patriarchy
39
Israel How God Changed the World
67
The Early Church Charity and Tolerance Are Born
97
The High Middle Ages The Bright Ages
131
The Renaissance Its Not What You Think
167
The Enlightenment Liberty and Tyranny
203
The Nineteenth Century Man Is a God Man Is a Beast
243
The Twentieth Century A Century of Blood
281
Notes
311
Index
329
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About the author (2008)

Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine.

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