Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Naomi Wolf's list

For The Week magazine, Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth, chose six recent books that have had a strong impact on her.

One book on her list:
To Begin the World Anew by Bernard Bailyn

People today labor under a fallacy about democracy: They tend to think that American democracy can stand up to any assault — but what leaps off the pages of Bernard Bailyn’s wonderful narrative is that the Founders did not think so at all. They knew that human nature united with unchecked power leads inexorably to abuse, and they were scared to death of the prospect of the rise of an American despot.
Read about all six titles on Wolf's list.

--Marshal Zeringue