I was reading Newsweek while eating my Corn Chex this morning and I found an interesting article in the book section. They asked Eric Foner what his five favorite books were. His number five choice:
"The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, for its underlying message that the struggle to destroy the evil also destroys the good.
Now I'm trying to figure out what version of LOTR he read because that wasn't in the version I read. The entire story is about the Fellowship trying to preserve the good. They were defending Middle Earth against evil for all the little people who didn't even know evil was trying to take over. I suppose Boromir dies, and Frodo gets thrashed, but it was a war and there are always consequences in war. Overall though I'd say good did a lot better at the end of that book than evil did.