How can parents even begin to explain the refugee crisis to children and young adults? Here, award-winning children’s author Gill Lewis shares her selection of vital primers – from simple picture books to challenging graphic novels – and discusses the role of ‘informed storytelling’ in describing this fraught and fragile human experience
Oscar Wilde cultivated an image of himself as an idle genius, dashing off masterpieces with a lazy brilliance. But below the glittering linguistic surface of his works, suggests Sos Eltis, lies an anarchic politics and a phenomenal analysis of power.
Catherine Mayer—author, journalist and president of the Women’s Equality Party—talks to Five Books about her optimism for a more equal future for society by way of her favourite science fiction visionaries and their work.
True crime can be all too easily chalked up as a genre of grisly murders and cheap, voyeuristic thrills—but to do so would be to overlook compelling evidence to the contrary. David Grann, whose new book revisits long-forgotten, or concealed, crimes in the Osage community of Oklahoma, raises the bar with examples rich in historical discovery, literary merit and the kind of political inquiry these murky times are calling for
Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making
by Deborah Stone
Regulating the Poor: The Public Functions of Welfare
by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward
The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy
by Suzanne Mettler
Remaking America: Democracy and Public Policy in an Age of Inequality
by (ed.) Jacob Hacker
Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences Of American Crime Control
by Amy E Lerman and Vesla M Weaver
Inequality is coming not just from the economy; it is coming from politics and policy, says Jamila Michener, assistant professor of government at Cornell University. Here she chooses five books that showcase some of the best, most thought-provoking writing on the politics and consequences of policy.
After a tumultuous year in politics, ‘populism’ is on everybody’s lips. But what is it? Is it good or bad for democracy? How is it that populist movements often have superrich leaders? Political scientist and longtime populism observer Cas Mudde recommends the best books on populism.
The Massacre at El Mozote
by Mark Danner
Which Side Are You on?: Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back
by Thomas Geoghegan
Den of Thieves
by James B. Stewart
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
by Jeff Chang
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
by Susan Faludi
The Professor of Philosophy at UCL chooses five books by thinkers who have shaped the field. He explores the experiences that influenced each writer, saying 'it’s very rare for philosophers to say very much about their history and what brought them to the views they have'.
The late China specialist and UCLA professor said sometimes he felt genuine admiration for China’s technocratic leaders. Other days he shook his head at their obsessive intransigence and China’s endemic political insecurity
Franklin D Roosevelt’s inaugural address, 4 March 1933
by Various authors
John F Kennedy’s inaugural address, 20 January 1961
by Various authors
Laurence Olivier’s Oscar acceptance speech 1979
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, 28 August 1963
by Martin Luther King
Nelson Mandela’s inaugural address as President of South Africa, 10 May 1994
by David Elliot Cohen
As American congressman Keith Ellison—the first Muslim elected to Congress—enters the race to chair the Democratic National Committee, reread this interview on the cause he stands for: progressivism — and the best books to read to fully understand it.
The international editor of The Economist and author of a new book about Russia gives an excoriating critique of Putinism and explains how Russia’s amoral present is rooted in a failure to come to terms with its past
It’s their frailty that makes politicians such interesting characters, says Tony Blair’s biographer. He tells us about the art of political biography and the writers who’ve best captured leaders such as Churchill and Thatcher
In the last of our series of interviews on American progressivism, the mayor of Los Angeles chooses five novels and biographies that provide lessons from the past and show what a democratic society should aspire to be
The prominent left wing blogger tells us what books have shaped his worldview. He explains why America needs to wake up to the forces preventing change, and better understand the root causes of its political deadlock
The Istanbul-based author and former foreign correspondent discusses the legacy of Atatürk, the country’s convergence with Europe and why no book has yet been written on Erdogan and the AKP. He picks the best books to help understand Turkish politics.