Here are five remarkable works about politics and political figures to read this March.
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
A Promised Land by the former United States President, Barack Hussein Obama, is the most anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs. This riveting and highly personal work chronicles Obama’s amazing journey as a man and as one of the most beloved figures in recent American history. In this volume, we get to know a young Obama searching for his identity, details of his political education, and his early aspirations. Readers will get a closer glimpse of Barack Obama’s transformation from a student activist to the leader of the most powerful nations of the world. A Promised Land is no ordinary memoir but also a journey into one of the most important chapters in the nation’s history, featuring the election of the first African-American president of the United States of America.
On Freedom and Revolt by Carl Moyler
Carl Moyler’s 2015 book, On Freedom and Revolt: A Comparative Investigation, is a very relevant read, especially in today’s America. The book is a comparative study of two influential figures in politics and literature. One is civil rights leader and martyr, Dr. Martin Luther King. The other is Albert Camus, the famous French philosopher, and writer whose ideas helped shape some modern authors and idealists. Despite the title, the calling on freedom and revolt by Carl Moyler is more of an invitation to closely examine the parallel lives of these two amazing figures who dedicated their lives for the greater good. On Freedom and Revolt pays tribute to these two heroes of non-violence and civil rights liberties. Moyler poignant and riveting work is a must-read for leaders and those who want to affect change in their respective societies. On Freedom and Revolt is a book that is both inspiring and educational.
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
The fight against climate change and environmental protection is a political campaign. With numerous governments across the globe still refusing to embrace cutting on their carbon emissions and other protocols that might help save the planet from global warming and pollution, this has become a political struggle. One of the leading figures at the forefront is Greta Thunberg, the 18-year old Swedish environmental activist who has been making waves all over the planet with her passionate speeches. Her most famous public speaking engagement was at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Katowice, Poland. She again impressed the world a year later at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg is a collection of her speeches and what she thinks about the fight against climate change.
His Truth Is Marching On by Jon Meacham
John Lewis was an American politician, best known for his service to the United States House of Representatives and as a civil rights leader. His Truth is Marching is a biography by Jon Meacham released just a month after Lewis died in 2020. In this book, we get to know more about the man, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Later on, this great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in non-violence; Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., would become one of the champions of civil liberty and a great modern leader. His Truth Is Marching On is an inspiring tribute to one of the prominent figures who dedicated their lives to social and political change.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron de Hart
Another female political figure whose life we should all examine and take inspiration from is Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s. In Jane Sherron de Hart’s 2018 biography Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life, she provides a comprehensive journey to the amazing life of the 107th Supreme Court Justice and one of the country’s leading advocates for gender equality and women’s rights. We get a glimpse of Ruth as a kid growing up in Brooklyn, New York. She would begin her legal career as a law clerk after suffering several rejections due to her gender. She would later turn to the academe, where she became a research associate and then an associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure, before becoming a law professor at Rutgers Law School. Ginsburg co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union while making a career at the Court of Appeals. The rest, as they say, is history. Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away in 2018, and this biography is a fitting tribute to her contributions, both as a justice and as a woman.