Today we want to share with you some books to make you mad as hell.
We all love those books that inspire us to become better people, or teach us about new things. But sometimes you need to read something that gets you angry, that motivates you to action.
These books will get you fired up to make your world a better place, so pick one out and get your blood boiling!
Working Class Blues
Income inequality has become a hot political topic, but it was 2011’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America that opened our eyes to just how difficult things have become for what are called “low skill” workers.
Once upon a time (not all that long ago) an adult with a full-time job could at least afford housing, food and a basic standard of living. Over the last few decades that has all changed, however. Multiple jobs are required in most parts of the country, and workers are under constant threat of losing the jobs they do have through automation and outsourcing.
In this landmark book, Barbara Ehrenreich lived the life of a minimum wage worker and shares the resulting daily struggles with us. Whether waiting tables, cleaning hotel rooms or ringing up sales at Wal-Mart, she found that none of these jobs were easy, and none of them provided the kind of income that can help people work towards a better life.
It wasn’t always this way – and it doesn’t have to be. Can the American Dream be saved?
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a frank look at one of the most important social issues in the United States. The U.S. imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation, and even worse, jails African American and other minorities at a much higher rate than whites.
This leads to a vicious cycle as once someone enters the prison system, their odds for future success go down rapidly. Job prospects, family support and even the right to vote can be taken away, never to return. Thus these minority communities are kept from making progress along with the rest of the nation. Too many of their young adults are taken away and thrown into the meat grinder that is the criminal justice system.
In this bestselling work Michelle Alexander lays out the facts and forces readers to confront the manner in which race still plays a role in America today. It’s not a pretty picture, and it is not intended to be.
But it is one that can change.
The greatest international crisis in recent times has resulted from the Syrian Civil War. Much of that country has been destroyed, and millions of refugees have risked their lives fleeing into Europe.
In The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria, Janine di Giovanni documents stories of people in the war zone. While headlines from Syria talk about the big picture, the suffering of innocent civilians is what really hits home.
When you read these stories of human courage in the face of unspeakable horror, you can’t help but feel angry. Angry over how this situation got so out of control, and also angry that more isn’t being done to help the refugees. They are only doing what anyone else would do: try to find a way, any way, to a better tomorrow.
Books To Make You Mad As Hell
So take your pick: the plight of the working poor, the racial injustice in our prison system, or the tragedy of the Syrian Civil War.
If these books don’t get you mad as hell to change your world, you might be dead!