Worthwhile Reads

Many of these books fit in more than one of these groupings, but for the sake of economy, we’ve listed each only once.

Animals, Food, and the Environment
Bekoff, Marc. The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint. Novato, California: New World Library, 2010.

Blanding, Michael. The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink. New York: Avery/Penguin, 2010.

Geisel, Theodor Seuss. The Lorax. New York: Random House, 1971.

Joy, Melanie. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism. San Francisco: Conari Press, 2010.

Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. New York: Penguin, 2008.

Robin, Marie-Monique. The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World’s Food Supply. New York: The New Press, 2010.

Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

Peace, Ethics, Nonviolent Action, Current Events, and Justice Issues
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press, 2010.

Alinsky, Saul. Reveille for Radicals. New York: Vintage/Random House, 1989.

_____. Rules for Radicals. New York: Vintage/Random House, 1989.

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum, 2000.

Martin, Courtney E. Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. Boston: Beacon Press, 2010.

Sharp, Gene. The Politics of Nonviolent Action Series (Parts 1-3) Rather academic, not for the faint of heart, but loaded with good stuff.)

Weber, Thomas. Conflict Resolution and Gandhian Ethics. New Delhi: South Asia Books, 1992.

Zehr, Howard. The Little Book of Restorative Justice. Intercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books, 2002.

Zinn, Howard, ed. The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.

Gordon-Reed, Annette. The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2009.

Lindqvist, Sven. Terra Nullius. New York: The New Press, 2007.

Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. New York: The New Press, 2008.

Waugh, John C. 20 Good Reasons to Study the Civil War. Abilene, Texas: McWhiney Foundation Press, 2004.

Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Christianity and Discipleship
Anderson, David, and Andrew Bolton. Military Service, Pacifism, and Discipleship: A Diversity of Callings? Independence, Missouri: Herald Publishing House, 2003.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. New York: Touchstone, 1995.

Copenhaver, Martin B., Anthony B. Robinson, and William H. Willimon. Good News in Exile: Three Pastors Offer a Hopeful Vision for the Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.

Baker, Elna. The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance. New York: Dutton/Penguin, 2009.

Foster, Lawrence. Religion and Sexuality: The Shakers, the Mormons, and the Oneida Community. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1984.

Newell, Linda King, and Valeen Tippetts Avery. Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

Other Sundry Good Books
Down and Out in London and Paris by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell
Encounter on the Narrow Ridge: A Life of Martin Buber by Maurice S. Friedman
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Animal Farm by George Orwell
I-Thou by Martin Buber
Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer
The Culting of Brands: When Customers Become True Believers by Douglas Atkin
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky


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