Our PD Book Club has covered the depravity of tyranny seen through the eyes of a child a few times already with First They Killed My Father and Escape From Camp 14, but with Rodong Sinmun recently writing about citizens of the DPRK needing to prepare to, “Chew the roots of plants,” we feel that it would be a disservice to our PDers to not recommend Kang Chol-Hwan’s autobiography, The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag.
Last month, our pick Fahrenheit 451 looked at a world without books.
This month, with Flemming Rose’s The Tyranny of Silence we look at world without free speech, and unfortunately, that world doesn’t seem all that different from today given the strangle hold of political correctness (now joined by Twitter) already fused to our throat.
Since it is January, the month New-Year-New-Me promises where society tells you to drop 37 lbs and $3,700 on the latest anti-wrinkle serum, we wanted our PD Book Club pick to look at just how unwise that type of thinking can be.
Keeping that in mind, Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? is the exact kick in the pants our staff found.
Since December is the time of Hanukkah parties, Christmas parties, or in the Progressive world--- Winter Gaia gatherings, our staff wanted to pick a book that would supply you with many an interesting anecdote and statistic on survival to get you through those agonizing cocktail hours.
Ben Sherwood’s The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life provides all of the above in spades.