The Worst Story Ever Told

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The Worst Story Ever Told

Besides the bible probably Atlas Shrugged.

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Truett's picture
I'd have to say Joseph Smith

I'd have to say Joseph Smith's lunatic screed that gave the world mormonism.

Nyarlathotep's picture
This guy summed it up better

This guy summed it up better than I ever will be able to:

John Rogers - There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Truett's picture
Great quote!

Great quote!

mykcob4's picture
I have to add the two books

I have to add the two books or series of books that christians always use to claim they are well read.
1. Anna Karenina
2. The Chronicles of Narnia
Whenever I meet someone new invariably I ask what books that they have read and what types of books they enjoy. Every evangelical I have met always respond to that question with "Of course the bible and Anna Karenina and Narnia" as if that makes them well rounded. It's like Sarah Palin's response to Katie Couric's question about what she reads and has read.

GarfeildRepublican's picture
I mainly read Treatise- the

I mainly read Treatise- the Art of War is a good one, The Prince, The Age of Reason.

Algebe's picture
For the sheer scale of misery

For the sheer scale of misery they helped to create, I think Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto must rank among the worst stories ever told. Another is Enid Blyton's "Noddy" series, which helped to implant the seeds of racism in British five-year-olds with its naughty golliwog people.

Alembé's picture
At my Primary School in

At my Primary School in England, the headmistress used to read us stories of "Little Black Epaminondas." These were/are also very racist.

Truett's picture
I agree with you about Mein

I agree with you about Mein Kamph. My Struggle by Adolf. There is no telling where humanity would be without that turd in the punchbowl.

Algebe's picture
There wouldn't have been a

There wouldn't have been a Mein Kampf without it's equally stupid prequel, the Treaty of Versailles.

Truett's picture
Well said. The Treaty of

Well said. The Treaty of Versailles was one hell of a fuse that the allied powers lit. And the punitive nature of it; to condemn a century of Germans that were not yet even born to financial ruin was a moral outrage. The British were use to pulling that crap on the developing world, but trying it on the German people was the undoing of the British. They ended up losing their empire over that cruel document. I could just go on and on...

Endri's picture
True, my country suffered

True, my country suffered greatly from the Great Powers. So many countries wanted us to be crippled and divided amongst our neighbors. Greece nearly took our entire South reaching up to river "Shkumbin" swallowing Korça and Janina as whole. Serbia wanted the entire north excluding Shkodra which Montenegro claimed as "a historical part of their country". Oh and Macedonia, the tricky ones wanted the whole of Manastir and the lake of Ohrid.
We would've been obliterated from the arrogance of the Great Powers if Woodrow Wilson didn't speak up for us small nations. Nevertheless, Germany would've never sided with Nazism if that Treaty didn't go that way, greed really does get repaid with justly, the British and French needed a little wake-up call for their idiotic selfish decisions. Those inbred teeth-rotten skanks!

Truett's picture
Wow, Endri! What a

Wow, Endri! What a fascinating perspective. Thanks for writing that. I've been interested in and studied southern European history but hearing you describe that piece of it expands my outlook.

chimp3's picture
Worst stories are those

Worst stories are those glorifying America's military adventures. GI Joe and Captain America! Better to raise your kids to question authority and not be so willing to be cannon fodder for the corporate masters.

SecularSonOfABiscuitEater's picture
I'm posting to tell you all

I'm posting to tell you all in a super opinionated way with noooo apology that I... have found.... the Worst Story out there. The story is called "The Camp Of The Saints"(1973) by Jean Raspail. This shit is from the bottom of the barrel!

chimp3's picture
I am 57 years old and just

I am 57 years old and just this week found out about "Camp of the Saints". O'Bannon referencing that book in public according to Huffington Post. I am with you secularsob!!

SecularSonOfABiscuitEater's picture
I'd rather listen to an

I'd rather listen to an entire yoko ono album than read this brand of bullshit.

JB God's Country's picture
I've never been able to make

I've never been able to make it through a bad book. I have a very real case of A.D.D. as a few of you may have already noticed.

MCD's picture
Cloud Altas is bad too

Cloud Altas is bad too

GarfeildRepublican's picture
I heard of atlas shrugged-

I heard of atlas shrugged- never read it though. Wasn't that written by Ayn Rand- the hedonist lady who re-packaged Nietzchi and sold it as something new? I saw an interview with her taken in the 50's- she looked kind of deranged, and her ideology was too, well, selfish and hedonistic for my liking.

Anyway, the worst story I ever read would have to be the bible- it's just horrifying what's in there.

Nyarlathotep's picture
The worst book I've ever read

The worst book I've ever read (other than perhaps religious material, although the book I'm about to mention might qualify as such) was Mission Earth by L. Ron Hubbard. Growing up in the rural south in the 1980's my only real access to books was the local library. My friend and I read every single book in the science fiction section, so when Mission Earth was added we felt obligated to read it. It is difficult for me to capture everything fucked up about it but here quick summary:

Lone ranger black and white morality/archetypes, meets the nastiest pornography you can imagine (including many rape scenes), meets Archie Bunker on steroids (racism, misogyny, hatred for homosexuals), meets Scientology; all written at about a 3rd grade level, making you wonder who it is for...

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