Q&A Friday #76: What Books Should I Give To My Chinese Friend To Help Her Understand Western Culture

by John Hawkins | October 19, 2007 4:45 am

Question: “I have a friend in Communist China who wants to understand Western culture. What four books do you think I should mail her? English is her second language, so they can’t be of too high a level, Grade 10 is probably around her ability.” — Robaroo

Answer: How about these four books…

Ayn Rand: Atlas Shrugged[1] — A book that glorifies the capitalism, freedom, individuality, and industry that have made Western culture great.

Stuart Bell, Stan Campbell, James S. Bell: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible[2] — The greatest example of Western culture, the United States, is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. Much of Europe was founded on Christian principles as well, although they’ve become much more secular over time.

Victor Davis Hanson: Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power[3] — You don’t understand the Westerners, unless you understand why we’ve gone to war and why we’ve won.

Milton Friedman: Capitalism and Freedom[4] — It has been a long time since I have read this one, but it’s a classic book that explains how capitalism and freedom are interconnected.

  1. Atlas Shrugged: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAtlas-Shrugged-Ayn-Rand%2Fdp%2F0452011876%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1192785308%26sr%3D8-1&tag=brassknucklesweb&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325
  2. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FComplete-Idiots-Guide-Bible-Third%2Fdp%2F1592573894%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1192785544%26sr%3D1-1&tag=brassknucklesweb&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325
  3. Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCarnage-Culture-Landmark-Battles-Western%2Fdp%2F0385720386%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1192785760%26sr%3D1-1&tag=brassknucklesweb&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325
  4. Capitalism and Freedom: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2FASIN%2F0226264211%2Frightwingnews-20&tag=brassknucklesweb&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325

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