Bookshelf: Politics

With this year's election being such a massive, scary joke, let's talk about some politically oriented books that can inspire us all instead!

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Reading the book that inspired the musical, you can't help but be inspired and moved by Hamilton's tenacity and true patriotism. 

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
This fascinating book about Lincoln's leadership style as well as other members of his cabinet put this year's politics to shame.

Selected Political Speeches of Cicero
A beautiful compilation of speeches from one of history's greatest orators ranging in topics from defending individuals to fighting corruption.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
A particularly timely and jarring dystopian society where extremist Judeo-Christian values have become the foundation for a militaristic dictatorship following a staged terrorist attack blamed on Muslims. 

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
An homage to the queen, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. 

Animal Farm by George Orwell
The classic tale of farm animals who serve as an allegory of the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. I remember reading this in middle school and I've honestly been interested in politics ever since.

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
On a lighter note, this novel is about a D.C. couple who face corruption and status obsession as they become intermixed with the professional political set.

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
The ultimate political read, The Prince covers a many number of concepts ranging from realpolitik to free will and virtue.