The Carpetbagger Report asks an interesting question:
A long-time regular, R.M., recently raised an interesting question via email. A conservative friend recommended that he read “Atlas Shrugged,” which the friend thought would help open his liberal eyes and lead him to the embrace
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Setting Ayn Rand aside, R.M. asked a good question: If the situation was reversed, and a liberal wanted to recommend one book to a conservative, which book should he or she pick?
Some of the more recent books that came to mind are preaching-to-the-choir kind of texts, which a) have their place; and b) when it comes to Al Franken and Molly Ivins, can be fun to read, but wouldn’t necessarily be the first thing I’d recommend to a conservative or politically-neutral reader.
The point isn’t to pick your favorite liberal book, or the one that has had the most impact, but rather the one that can speak to a broad audience and help present a liberal ideology in a persuasive way.
Fiction or non-fiction, recent or “classic” — which book would you pick?
For fiction, I was thinking along the lines of Grapes of Wrath, but it’s a bit dated.
For non-fiction, Simple Justice? Or is that too dated too? If so, really any decent account of the Bush administration ought to do…