Tuesday, November 9, 2010

7 Books To Read Before Christmas

I love lists. It's very satisfying to write something down, then cross it off-- no matter the task, the accomplishment becomes very tangible.

In pursuit of this satisfaction, lists coupled with time-tables are the ultimate satisfactory high. As Christmas approaches and the calendar becomes more full, here are 7 books I'd like to savor in the next 7 weeks.

1. Past & Present by Thomas Carlyle- It's allegedly the most influential book of the humanist movement in the 19th century. One can't under stand the 21st century without having a handle on the 19th & 20th.

2.  Democracy and Education by John Dewey- Exploring the idea that an uneducated electorate makes democracy dangerous. You have to educate the people to keep them and their country free.

3. Peddling Prosperity by Paul Krugman- It's supposedly the new "The Wealth of Nations." That's some big expectations for book subtitled "age of diminished expectations."

4. The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins- Speaking truth to the American Christian-- that they are not only Christians in the world.

5. All We're Meant To Be by Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Nancy A. Hardesty- While the approach isn't anything new, I could use some new language to describe the fundamental human and social importance of women.

6. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert- Always good to laugh at yourself from time to time.

7. The Razor's Edge by Somerset W. Maugham- The journey of a man struggling to find himself post world war I in a foreign land. Has to be something for everyone in this book.

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