NON FICTION-NOVEMBER WEEK 3 HOSTED BY
You can share 3 or more books on a single topic that you’ve read and can recommend (be the expert); you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you’ve been dying to read (ask the expert); or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
I make no claim to being expert at anything. But I am increasingly concerned about how fragile our freedoms are and how easily they can be taken away from us. This seems a good time to celebrate books that tackle tyrannical regimes.
Here are three learned books that to consult on that very topic.
The polish poet Czeslaw Milosz says in his note to his own book: The Captive Mind (Penguin Modern Classics, 1953)
“It’s subject is the vulnerability of the twentieth century mind to seduction by socio-political doctrines and its readiness to accept totalitarian terror for the sake of a hypothetic future.”
Or to put it another way. How did Stalin get away with it? How did the nazis? The century may have changed but the ideas and concerns haven’t – only the methods used by oppressors change not the fundamental intent. It has yet to be seen whether the West is currently moving towards totalitarianism.
Edward Snowden’s book Permanent Record which I am currently reading deals with a digital reign of terror, mass surveillance, bulk data collection and data storage currently being perpetrated on millions and tens of millions of global citizens. All in contravention of the US constitution. Yet congress knowing this finds itself unable to unwilling to act. Full review will be posted shortly.
And belief in a better way – A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda’s Proposals to the UN Ed. Olivier Urbain, I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2014
Buddhist Philosopher and President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Daisaku Ikeda has written Peace Proposals to the United Nations every year since 1983 focusing on areas of great importance and relevance to our modern world.
This book is a collection of Peace Proposals on such topics as climate change, global poverty, health, human rights and nuclear abolition.
Ikeda states: As a Buddhist I deeply believe that no individual can experience true happiness or tranquility until we turn humankind away from its obsession with war.”
With the intro post hosted by Julz and Julz Reads and the fiction/nonfiction pairing hosted by Sarah of Sarah’s Book Shelves. And don’t miss the next two weeks discussion either, coming from co-hosts Rennie at What’s Nonfiction and Leanne at Shelf Aware.