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Anti-Trump Reading List

Jon Page Monday, February 20, 2017


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As readers we all know the power books have. They not only have the power to inform us but they also have the power to make us empathize. They can transport us through time and can put us in somebody else’s shoes. We can relive historical events or imagine what would have happened if things played out differently.

To say we are currently living in troubling times is a bit of an understatement. The election and inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States has seen a resurgence of fascism and right wing rhetoric the likes of which I didn’t think we would ever see again. 

But the best weapon against fascism, nazism and hateful ignorance (including a punch in the face!) is knowledge and books (that’s why most fascists try to burn them).

So here at Pages & Pages we are putting together a reading list of books to help us survive and understand these strange times and hopefully the mistakes of the past are not allowed to be repeated…

Here’s our list so far. Let us know what else we should add:

All That I Am by Anna Funder
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
What is the What by Dave Eggers
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan
1984 by George Orwell
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Fatherland by Robert Harris
Dominion by C.J. Sanson
The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Dangerous Allies by Malcolm Fraser
Deer Hunting With Jesus by Joe Bageant

Purchase a book from this list at Pages & Pages and we will donate a $1 to the Refugee Council of Australia.