Books Mr. President Trump Should Read

I recently read an Entertainment Weekly article that said Trump doesn’t read books. So, Trump doesn’t read. He has all the common sense and big words he wants for a lifetime. I got to admit how utterly terrifying and tragic news like this is.

If I had to pick one thing I could ask of Trump, anything, including laying off women’s reproductive health or not building a wall, and he would have to do this one thing– I would decide to make him read. If I could do that, this would be the short list of books I want the president of the United States to have have sitting on a nearby table, to tide him over until the next election:

  1. George Orwell’s 1984
    This one should be obvious for the man that hired the woman who uses the updated version of “doublespeak” to describe the administration’s lies: alternative facts. Additionally, he needs to know that the things he wants to do have already been thought up as things to do if you want to dominate people. “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
  2. Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Ubervilles
    Hardy taught me that when religion fails you, at least you can still find a good man one day, but he will probably abandon you because of the same reason religion did. I would hope that he might see the follies in limiting women’s choices, and how it only leads to pain and death. “Did it never strike your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?”
  3. Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven
    Here we have a story about a young man with the power to change the universe, and his psychiatrist learns how to wield that power for his own selfish gains. How fitting for a man who we don’t want to see have a learning curve in leading our nation. “You have to help another person. But it’s not right to play God with masses of people. To be God you have to know what you’re doing. And to do any good at all, just believing you’re right and your motives are good isn’t enough.”
  4. Thi Diem Thúy Lê’s The Gangster We’re All Looking For
    I hear that the next order of business, for President Trump, after ending women’s healthcare in foreign countries and allowing a pipeline of oil to destroy our land, is to forbid Muslim refugees from entering our country. In the 70’s we had an influx of Vietnamese refugees in the US, and this book is a pseudo-autobiography of a young Vietnamese girl during that time. It is not a glorification or a fantasy. It was honest and insightful. If you are in a position to make policy about refugees, reading this book should be a requirement. “In Vietnamese, the word for water and the word for a nation, a country and a homeland are one and the same: nu’o’c.”
  5. Henry David Thoreau’s Walden
    If you understand one man trying to live alone in a cabin for a year, you understand a lot about people. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
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