The year 2020 is almost upon us.
We know there are tough times ahead. But we need to remember we’re not alone. Others much smarter than us have traveled this path and documented what they’ve learned. They can offer insights to help us understand what we’re experiencing and if we’re smart (and lucky) avoid the disastrous mistakes other political leaders have made in the name of god and country.
I’m talking about books.
If ever there was a time to learn what knowledgeable political scientists, historians and observers have to say it’s now.
So, I’d invite you to send in the names of one or two books you’d recommend for the Soapbox Book List.
I’ll start by recommending Timothy Snyder’s The Road to Unfreedom, a piece of contemporary history that explores the rise of authoritarianism and populism in Russia, the UK and America. To quote the blurb on the book flap, Snyder sets out the stark choices before us—between equality and oligarchy, individuality and totality, trust and lies—and offers a way forward.
It’s well worth a read.
What would you recommend?