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“It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis”. 1935, 416 pages
Comments from Amazon.com listing:
“The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump’s authoritarian appeal.”—Salon
It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.
Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press.
Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news.” – Total Pages 1 to 395
19 Jan – This Week’s Readings: Chapters 1 through 5 , Pages 1 to 43 approx. 43 pages
2 Feb – Freethought discussion of timely topics provided by attendees.
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Past Books we have Read
o “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody”, by by Helen Pluckrose (Author), James Lindsay (Author), Hardcover – August 25, 2020
o “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD, 2019
o“The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good” by Michael J. Sandel, 2020
o “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know” by Malcolm Gladwell, 2019
o “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert B. Cialdini, PhD, 2009
o “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov, 1950, 1977
o “A Confession” by Leon Tolstoy, 2011
o “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things Are Better than You Think” by Hans Rosling, 2018
o “The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley” by Malcolm X, Alex Haley, and Attallah Shabazz, 1992
o “The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy” by Stephanie Kelton, 2020
o “Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and other Animals” by John Gray, 2007
o “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny” by Robert Wright, 2000
o “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion” by Paul Bloom, 2016
o “Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts” by Stanislas Dehaene, 2014
o “The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm” by Lewis Dartnell, 2015
o “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, 2013
o “The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins, 2016
o “The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning” by Daniel Bor, 2012
o “The Skeptics Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake” by Dr. Steven Novella & 4 more, 2018
o “Creating Change though Humanism” by Roy Speckhardt, 2015
o “The Fourth Turning” by William Strauss and Neil Howe, 2009
o “The Human Web: A Bird’s-Eye View of World History” by J. R. McNeill & William H. McNeill, 2003
o “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Picketty, 2017
o “The Origins of Totalitarianism” by Hanna Arendt, 1973
o “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari, 2015
o “The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” by Jonathan Haidt, 2006
o “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt, 2013
o “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do” by Michael J. Sandel, 2009
o “Listen Liberal: What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?” by Thomas Frank, 2017
o “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away” by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, 2014
o “Intuition Pumps and other Tools for Thinking” by Daniel C. Dennett, 2014
o “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt, 2012