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Books for Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on December 10th in celebration of “the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” We’re celebrating this day with some book recommendations from librarian Allyson Mower.

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

An expertly written piece of narrative nonfiction about the kidnapping and disappearing of a mother of ten during the early years of the civil rights and independence struggle in Northern Ireland.

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

If you’re looking for a solid introduction to and masterful critique of how social hierarchies operate and negatively influence life in America and elsewhere, this book will not let you down (and neither does Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns)!

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Shows how fake news works and uncovers the length predators and their allies will go to hide their illegal behavior and silence victims.

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

Find out what it takes to expose the inner workings of government intelligence agencies in this clear, tight memoir which also makes a convincing argument about civil liberties on the Web.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

Zuboff spoke at this year’s Tanner Humanities Center Lecture on Human Values and it didn’t disappoint and neither does this book.

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