Best current affairs books 2016

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20 Best Political Books to Read Now That Donald Trump is President

One 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 best nonfiction for 2016

G lance at the avalanche of nonfiction titles now heading our way and the trends are quickly apparent. The search for the new H Is for Hawk is, for instance, clearly not over yet, for which reason publishers are sticking very firmly with nature writing. Books about cities may or may not be the next big thing in reading, but editors are certainly taking a punt on them in , with only the occasional nod in the direction of the hills on top of which James Rebanks and his sheep still perch, mightily. Most striking of all, the spring lists include several books that connect, in a variety of ways, to Islam. Those wanting better to understand what is happening in the world right now are going to be well served by fat hardbacks in the coming months. When it comes to the current collision between current affairs and global history, I would send you first to Crusade and Jihad by Malcolm Lambert Profile , which looks backwards to the struggle to control the holy places of Palestine and forwards to the terrorists now operating in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

This nearly faultless novel also reflects on the competing truthfulness of Balzac versus Dickens. Solar Bones Tramp by Mike McCormack is the monologue of an ordinary man which — skilfully, gradually, tenderly — discredits the meaning of ordinariness. A novel without a single full stop, it is easily the most all-consuming and splendid sentence I have ever read. Mia Gallagher is another Irish writer who deserves greater attention from overseas. Her second novel is as rich in texture as it is vast in reach. These two books yanked me in and pulled me under with their first paragraphs. I cannot wait to swim with them deep into the summer.

Whenever a book is released, the public has only one question. Liza Featherstone ed. A re we biased toward liking this book merely because it contains contributions from three Current Affairs writers? Of course we are. But that is only because a book containing contributions from Current Affairs writers is certain to be excellent. In assembling False Choices , Liza Featherstone has collected work from some of the most exciting and talented feminist writers in the country.

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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. So did Frederick Douglass and Toni Morrison.

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