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If newspapers, magazines, and your social media feed are not helping you make sense of the world, politically-minded editors have actual books to recommend - fiction and non.

From the conservative mind of Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief of "The Washington Free Beacon" comes a long list including, "Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America" and "The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy." For greater insights into progressive politics and worldview, Michelle Chihari, an editor with the "Los Angeles Review of Books," recommends “A Brief History of Neoliberalism” by David Harvey and “Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time.” Both editors believe it’s worth revisiting classic dystopias including “1984,” “Brave New World,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

What do you consider required reading, and why?

Here are our guests' complete lists: 

Michelle Chihara, "Los Angeles Review of Books" 

Post-Election Reading 

Fiction


Matthew Continetti, "The Washington Free-Beacon"

Post-Election Reading 

Fiction

Guests:

Michelle Chihara, section editor for Economics and Finance, "Los Angeles Review of Books;" Professor of English, Whittier College

Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief, “The Washington Free Beacon”