The Books

Out of curiosity, I listed books that I want to read in 2012. These books were controversial during their times. And up to this time, their existence still can stir discussions and can inspire others. Some of the books listed here can be found in the internet (Ebook), but their content are questionable and not accurate. And besides it is a unique experience to read it in a traditional way. I hope before the 2012 ends, I will find and read them.


- The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

        This is an antisemitic text purporting to
describe a Jewish plan for achieving global domination. It was first published in Russia in 1903, translated into multiple languages and disseminated internationally in the early part of the twentieth century. For some this book is a bogus, but some believe it as fact as what Adolf Hitler believed during his time.

Propaganda by Edward Bernays

This book is the mother (it's official) of all Public Relations books that we have encountered. Edward Bernays, the father of Public Relations became influential during his time. His major coup, the one that really propelled him into fame in the late 1920s, was getting women to smoke. This book argued that the scientific manipulation of public opinion was necessary to overcome chaos and conflict in society.

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli 

The political strategies that you will find in this book are rampant in today's political scenes. This book is a political treatise by the Italian diplomat, historian, and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli.

Main Kampf (My Struggle/My Battle)
by Adolf Hitler

This book is an autobiography and at the same time political ideology of Adolf Hitler. The first volume was published in 1925 and the second volume in 1926. Since I cannot understand nor speak German, English version would be enough for me.

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

This is the 4th novel of Salman Rushdie, published in 1988. The title refers to the so-called "satanic verses", a group of alleged Quranic verses that allow intercessory prayers to be made to three Pagan Meccan goddesses: Allāt, Uzza, and Manāt. The Satanic Verses sparked a major controversy when conservative Muslims accused it of blasphemy and mocking their faith. The outrage among some Muslims resulted in a fatwā calling for Rushdie's death issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989.

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