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(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com, or follow me on Twitter.

I’ve been reading some political books. I’m taking a one year break from doing much writing on technology. I’ll come back to technology later, but right now I’m thinking I will write something about politics.


Books I’ve read this year:

Reading Lolita In Tehran, by Azar Nafisi

The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment, by Barbara Ehrenreich

Iran: A Modern History, by Abbas Amanat

Surviving Autocracy, Masha Gessen

Mr Putin, Fiona Hill and Clifford Gabby

Power Politics, Arundhati Roy

The Struggle To Save The Soviet Economy, Chris Miller

Letters From Prison, Adam Michnik

Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino

Out Of The Wreckage, George Monbiot

Fractured Continent, William Drozdiak

The Deep State, Mike Lofgren

Is Journalism Worth Dying For, Anna Politkovskaya

The Limits Of Power, Andrew J. Bacevich

Drift, Rachel Maddow

Moral Basis of a Backward Society, Edward C. Banfield

In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West, by Wendy Brown

Bottleneck, by Caroline Melly

Rumours of Wars: Civil Conflict in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, by Rebecca Earle

Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned, by Kenneth Stanley and Joel Lehman.

Of these, the book that struck me as truly extraordinary was Reading Lolita In Tehran, Azar Nafisi. She combines her experience teaching the humanities in Tehran, in 1979 and 1980, bringing forth for her students the obvious ways that the nuances emphasized by the humanities operates as an antidote to the authoritarian mindset that was gaining power over the country. Her own experience, watching Iran change, is utterly gripping. She held out against the veil for a long time, even after the new government pushed through a law making the veil mandatory for women. Source