Kiddie Con

by John J. Miller on August 2, 2012

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A National Review Online reader seeks book recommendations for a budding conservative, age 13. My response:

The thing that started to do it for me — i.e., created the pathways for the beliefs and convictions that would come later — was literature, especially dystopian science fiction. I recommend Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s hard to read those and not come away believing in freedom. A more recent book that has started to have a similar effect on a younger generation is The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Several of the reader comments have mentioned Robert A. Heinlein — an excellent choice, though for me he came later and I also wonder if much of his work will feel dated to young readers today. I suspect his best stuff will last. I’m thinking of Starship Troopers and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

At any rate, I’ve written in more detail on Heinlein and Bradbury and also Yevgeny Zamyatin, a writer who inspired both Huxley and Orwell.

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