Books about political ignorance

Ilya Somin

Ilya Somin

As a refugee from the Soviet Union, I was always much more skeptical about government than most Western intellectuals. The history of communism shows that government power can easily become the cause of horrendous poverty and oppression. Continue Reading ›

Underdogs and outsiders: discovering hidden histories

Thomas A. Foster

Thomas A. Foster

I loved buying books for my college classes at the start of a new semester. I eagerly anticipated what I’d learn about the world within those pages. Freshman year, astronomy fascinated me, as did a writing seminar on Apartheid in South Africa. Continue Reading ›

Books that made me a feminist

Linda Mizejewski

Linda Mizejewski

The books that made me a feminist were the books that got me into trouble. I lost a lover, alienated friends, angered students, got into arguments with teachers—all because of books that followed through on the clichés: something clicked, a light snapped on.   Continue Reading ›

Books for freedom fighters

Vincent Intondi

Vincent Intondi

Like most students, growing up I dreaded history. I thought it was boring. I had no interest in memorizing dates for a standardized test. I was tired of learning the same narrative–that is until I discovered A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Continue Reading ›

The book that outraged a nation

Lance deHaven Smith

Lance deHaven-Smith

I began to study conspiracy theories after learning that many of them have turned out to be true. One of the most shocking is that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew when and where Japan was going to strike in the Pacific but intentionally failed to warn U.S. military commanders at Pearl Harbor.

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