books I read in 2021
Last updated: Wed Feb 24 04:59:04 UTC 2021.
Some of the books I have read so far in 2021 (to be updated throughout the year):
Nicholas Carr: The Shallows (2010) – how the Internet is making us shallow thinkers and knowers. Books still matter, says this book.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat: Strongmen (2020) – compares and contrasts right-wing authoritarian rulers of the past hundred years, from Mussolini to Trump. In US history, Trump sticks out, but not in world history.
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice (1813) – considered one of the best romance novels in the English tongue. I still prefer “Wuthering Heights” (1847) by Emily Brontë.
What I am reading now: I am reading the following three books of history in sync, century by century. I have already read chapters here and there of the first two, but now I am reading them cover-to-cover:
Audrey and Brian D. Smedley: Race in North America (2012) – a good, solid history of racism in North America, from its roots in Spain and England before 1619 to the beginning of the 21st century. The main source of several posts, like Spanish racial identity in 1492 and slaveries compared.
Nell Irvin Painter: Creating Black Americans (2006) – a good overview of US Black history from 1619 to 2006.
Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, editors: Four Hundred Souls (2021) – subtitled “A Community History of African America, 1619-2019”. Divides Black US history into five-year periods and has an expert write a few pages about each, from “1619–1624: Arrival by Nikole Hannah-Jones” to “2014–2019: Black Lives Matter by Alicia Garza”. What a wonderful idea!
Suggestions: If you want to suggest or recommend a book, please leave it in the comments below! Thanks.
– Abagond, 2021.
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