The best books about the election — from both sides of the aisle - Business InsiderOne of the many stark differences between the 44th and 45th Presidents of the United States is their attitude toward literature. Barack Obama has credited books as his secret to surviving the White House ; President Trump reportedly does not read them. But for those of us still desperately trying to understand how Trump came to power, we could do worse than to follow Obama's example. As incomprehensible as Trump's election—and his conduct so far as POTUS—may seem, fiction and non-fiction writers alike have been predicting something like this for decades, and we're now at the point where many books previously categorized as "speculative fiction" may need to be reassigned. With that in mind, here is your 20 title-strong reading list for the next four years, encompassing dystopian fiction, cautionary tales from history, and non-fiction delving into the socioeconomic factors that led to Trump's unlikely ascendency. Generally agreed to be the granddaddy of dystopian fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four saw a sales spike last week after Kellyanne Conway's disastrous attempt to defend White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer by calling his lies "alternative facts.
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The presidential election will likely go down as one of the most dramatic in American history. If you're not yet tired of the, "How did this happen? In this book, she details her days following him around 40 states as he campaigned for president. She gives readers a real inside look on what it's like to be a female journalist on the campaign trail. According to reviews on Amazon , the narrative is so riveting that you won't be able to put it down.
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As the narrative suggests, nothing recovers from a bomb: not our humanity, not our politics, not even our faith. Propelled by a vision that is savage, brutal and relentless, McGuire relates the tale of an opium-addicted 19th-century Irish surgeon who encounters a vicious psychopath on board an Arctic-bound whaling ship. With grim, jagged lyricism, McGuire describes violence with unsparing color and even relish while suggesting a path forward for historical fiction. Picture a meeting between Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy in some run-down port as they offer each other a long, sour nod of recognition. Inspired by the notebooks and reminiscences of his grandfather, a painter who served in the Belgian Army in World War I, Hertmans writes with an eloquence reminiscent of W. Sebald as he explores the places where narrative authority, invention and speculation flow together. Around the early s, the story divides between the characters who eventually come out more or less right, like Beauvoir, and the ones who come out wrong, like Heidegger.
Wall Street booms as regular folks struggle from paycheck to paycheck. Armed fanatics mow down crowds in Texas and Ohio. Toddlers are caged along our Southern border. Will our republic survive? These are the times that try our souls, but at our disposal we have the most brilliant weapon of all: books. Thomas Paine and Abigail Adams knew it.
No matter who wins the U. This race has been full of sexism , racism , anti-Semitism , Islamophobia , and general bigotry. Many voters are unenthusiastic about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the two candidates are widely rated as dishonest and untrustworthy in polls. Meanwhile, police shootings have rocked cities across the country. Hate groups have attacked Muslims. Long-standing political coalitions have devolved into in-fighting.