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Recommend a book for the Social Justice Book Club!

In conjunction with Independence Rock Group: Center for Faith, Ethics, and Social Justice, I am looking to start up a social justice book club. We hope to have both online and in-person groups. More details to come.

First, I need your help! Do you have a book that you think would be a good selection for a social justice book club?

It can be fiction or non-fiction.

It can be a classic or a new book.

We are interested in helping new and independent authors, so feel free to recommend your own book or the book of a friend.

Share any and all ideas below in the comments. We are looking to do this monthly, so we are looking to build a long list.

Thanks!

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Comments

  1. Cristina Rodriguez Cordero says:

    “The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World” by John Perkins (2008)

  2. I am on my second reading of “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. For those who haven’t read it yet, it well worthwhile. It should be a must read in schools and universities. It is a good story wrapped around a profound philosophy. An oldie but a goodie.

  3. I would recommend Richard Rorty “Achieving Our Country” or “Philosophy and Social Hope”.

  4. Thomas Merton, “Raids on the Unspeakable” or James W. Douglass “Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth”

  5. Half the Sky by Kristoff and WuDunn.

  6. This is a totally random recommendation, but I just re-read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (first time since the 6th grade in 1975). I think it would be interesting to read it through the lenses of various social justice frameworks.

  7. “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paulo Friere.

  8. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee; “The Kite Runner” by Khalid Hosseini; “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank; “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett; “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou; “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot; “Night” by Elie Wiesel; “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas D. Kristof… and there’s so many out there. Those are the ones off the top of my head 😉

  9. I enjoyed Sandel’s book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

  10. kevin nenson says:

    john rawls’ justice as fairness or ronald dworkin’s sovereign virtue both provide compelling accounts of the demands of justice and provide arguments too

  11. Virginia Green says:

    Wielding the Force: The Science of Social Justice. http://www.swallowsongs.com/wielding-the-force-the-science-of-social-justice/

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