Over the weekend I was at a major chain book store to purchase a book called Liberty and Tyranny; A Conservative Manifesto. Several sources have reported that this is the book that will define the resurgence of the conservative movement in America. Apparently the book is far more popular than anyone anticipated because I was informed that the chain (B&N) is sold out. Apparently the first run of the book sold out far faster than anyone could have anticipated. Not believing the extremely rude and rather angry clerk at the book store (wearing an Obama) button, I went on line. Soonest anyone could get me the book is the second week of April!
The popularity and demand for this book got me thinking about the concept of a book defining a particular movement. This would not be the first one either. Even in Planning we have several books that have defined particular movements including Suburban Nation which some say is the founding book for new urbanism. (I disagree). Even our profession as a whole recognizes “The Green Bible”.
Of course people will agree that “THE BIBLE” is the defining book for Christianity and each of the religions have their own ‘book’ that shapes that movement.
I guess it could be agreed that the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are both documents that defined the movement to create a free, democratic nation.
What other books have ‘defined a movement’ that you are aware of? What are your thought on these documents?