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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:52 AM

Help Finding A Good Progressive Book For A Present!

I Have a 12 year (6th grade) old son and I'm looking for a good book to get him for Xmas. According to his teacher he reads at a 10th grade level and sometimes picks books that are below his level. When I talked to him he said that his library at school doesn't really have many books that would really challenge him. So I want to get him something good, but also challenging and will convey progressive ideas. I got him "A Children's History Of The United States" by Zinn last year. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks

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Reply Help Finding A Good Progressive Book For A Present! (Original post)
krhines Dec 2012 OP
LoisB Dec 2012 #1
krhines Dec 2012 #5
frazzled Dec 2012 #2
LoisB Dec 2012 #3
LoisB Dec 2012 #4
frazzled Dec 2012 #7
krhines Dec 2012 #6
hue Dec 2012 #8
krhines Dec 2012 #11
marble falls Dec 2012 #9
krhines Dec 2012 #10

Response to krhines (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:26 AM

1. "Closing Arguments"

Clarence Darrow on Religion, Law, and Society; edited by S.T. Joshi.

Ohio University Press

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Response to LoisB (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:36 AM

5. Thank You!

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Response to krhines (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:27 AM

2. We once gave our son ...

when he was a bit older (maybe 10th grade!) Paul Wellstone's The Conscience of a Liberal. It made a big impact on him. (Disclosure: he had grown up in Minnesota, and this was just after Wellstone's tragic death, so maybe that played into his interest. But perhaps it is still relevant and interesting to a younger reader, given that it deals with childhood memories and how they contributed to his eventual beliefs about justice and politics.)

http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-conscience-of-a-liberal

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Response to frazzled (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:38 AM

3. That's a really good one.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:27 AM

4. The one I was thinking of is by Paul Krugman

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Response to LoisB (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 12:01 PM

7. He pretty much stole that title, didn't he?

I never read Krugman's book, but I wonder if he credited Wellstone in it?

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Response to frazzled (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:36 AM

6. Thank You!

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Response to krhines (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:16 PM

8. How about: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

An Amazon description:
Publication Date: March 19, 1999
The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book -- with over 200,000 copies sold -- has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip. To write their authoritative story, Lansing consulted with ten of the surviving members and gained access to diaries and personal accounts by eight others. The resulting book has all the immediacy of a first-hand account, expanded with maps and illustrations especially for this edition.

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Response to hue (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:06 AM

11. Sounds Like A Good Book

Thank You

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Response to krhines (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:48 PM

9. Anarchist Cookbook.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:05 AM

10. HAHAHA

May be a little young for that, but we have talked about Anarchism (What I think I understand) it started because shares a birthday with Noam Chomsky. I do not consider myself to be an "Anarchist" nor do I believe I fully understand what "Anarchism" is... but I love me some punk!

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