Monday, August 16, 2004

Highly Recommended

" The only institution more powerful than the U.S. government is American civil society. Hundreds of thousands of you have survived the relentless propaganda you have been subjected to, and are actively fighting your own government. In the ultra-patriotic climate that prevails in the United States, that's as brave as any Iraqi or Afghan or Palestinian fighting for his or her homeland. I hate to disagree with your president: yours is by no means a great nation. But you could be a great people."

-Arundhati Roy, An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire.

A series of essays written by an amazing journalist living in India. The world perspective she sheds on global politics and media manipulation is eye-opening, thought-provoking, and compelling.
I bought the book and devoured it the same day.

I have only a few more days to finish my summer reading. A week from today I am back to the classroom.


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