So, the political situation in the USA is a bit…tense right now. Many people are angry and scared. Many people have also started turning to books to help them understand what is happening, what might come next, and how to fight back.
The most popular book right now is 1984 by George Orwell. You see people quoting it all over facebook and comment sections, and Amazon is now actually backordered on the paperback because of the sudden demand!
While I am happy that people are reading, I think that this situation calls for even more books to be pushed into the spotlight. More dystopian novels that show a possible bleak future, more history books that show us what the signs are that lead down the darkest of paths, and more history showing the fights that we’ve fought before, whether they were focused on sex, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
So, here is a beginning list of what we should all be reading right now. Books speak to our situation. Books that teach us where we come from. Books about the people who have fought these fights before. Books that can inspire us in our efforts to fight back.
If you have any suggestions for books that should be added, please leave a comment!
Reading List of the Resistance
- 1984 by George Orwell
- It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
- The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Patrick Kingsley
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
- Virtual Light by William Gibson
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
- The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstader
- Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
- Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
- Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown