11 overrated books

A Listmania! list by lexo1941 (Edinburgh, Scotland)
 
The Fountainhead
1.  The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The list author says:
  "What idiot made this incoherent tract in favour of hunky architects a Penguin Classic?"
6.99   Used & New from: 4.34
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

The Postcard: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond
2.  The Postcard: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond by Derrida
The list author says:
  "Derrida had some fairly interesting ideas, but you won't find any of them by dragging yourself through this interminable volume"
26.50   Used & New from: 7.22

The Modern Irish Novel: The Irish Novel After 1945
3.  The Modern Irish Novel: The Irish Novel After 1945 by Rudiger Imhof
The list author says:
  "Unintentionally hilarious attempt to assess the state of modern Irish fiction by someone who can't even write in English"
Used & New from: 4.96
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For Marx (Radical Thinkers)
4.  For Marx (Radical Thinkers) by Louis Althusser
The list author says:
  "If this book has anything to do with the liberation of the working classes, then I'm Joseph Stalin"
7.42   Used & New from: 3.19
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Evolution as a Religion (Routledge Classics)
5.  Evolution as a Religion (Routledge Classics) by Mary Midgley
The list author says:
  "Incoherent philosopher accuses scientists of incoherence.  Not very helpful"
15.99   Used & New from: 6.00
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Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
6.  Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray
The list author says:
  "Dyspeptic professor of economics who can't be bothered to make serious arguments rambling on and on...and on...about how everything's going bad.  Just what the world needed"
6.99   Used & New from: 0.01
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry
7.  The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry by Harold Bloom
The list author says:
  "Bloom's 'theory' can be easily disproved by any bright undergraduate"
11.95   Used & New from: 3.52
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Literary Theory: An Introduction
8.  Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton
The list author says:
  "Again, I don't see how much of a theory it is if you can knock it down in five minutes"
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Anti-Oedipus (Continuum Impacts) (Continuum Impacts)
9.  Anti-Oedipus (Continuum Impacts) (Continuum Impacts) by Gilles Deleuze
The list author says:
  "Thesis: sex good, crazy good.  There, now you don't need to read the damn thing"
Used & New from: 7.98
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America
10.  America by Jean Baudrillard
The list author says:
  "A coffee-table book for philosophy departments everywhere"
12.58   Used & New from: 0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Clash of Civilizations: And the Remaking of World Order
11.  The Clash of Civilizations: And the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington
The list author says:
  "It was drivel when it was only a magazine article, and making it into a book means that it's just bigger drivel"
6.99   Used & New from: 3.09
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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