Which political book most changed or challenged your views?

I previously blogged about the book that most shaped my political views (it’s one you’ve probably never heard of). Both¬†in the comments on that post and elsewhere¬†other people shared the books that had most influenced them, which made for an impressively diverse and interesting set of titles to read about.

So here’s a related question: which book has most challenged your previous political views, putting them under heavy strain or even changing them?

UPDATE: Lots of fascinating responses under my tweet and Facebook post.

2 responses to “Which political book most changed or challenged your views?”

  1. The book most changed my views (and my life) was Pornography: Men Possessing Women by Andrea Dworkin. Dworkin was a radical feminist and in reading her book, I was able to understand clearly for the first time that my 1950s upbringing, with its emphasis on the leading role of men and its expectations of women’s (secondary) role was wholly wrong. Of course, as a Liberal, I instinctively felt that men and women should be treated equally, but Dworkin’s book brought it home to me how absolutely appalling the attitude of many men I knew to women was and the role pornography plays in demeaning and denigrating women.

    I think Dworkin’s work contributed greatly to the ongoing debate about the sexualisation of women. I only wish the reality had moved on as well, because the portrayal of women in advertising and parts of the media is still pretty appalling, though perhaps not quite so awful as that portrayed in Dworkin’s book.

  2. “The Plan” by Douglas Carswell and Dan Hannan is an excellent read, which really challenges the value of EU institutions through a passionate of exposition localism and bringing democracy to the the people. In another life they could have been Lib Dems.

    Also “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand made me understand the viewpoint and morality of the right – “I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

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