When editorial writers stretch back in the chaise for a good summer read, not just any potboiler will do. We favor books that open the mind to grand new vistas of possibility. People who take the time to sink their brains into the pages of a book deserve to be challenged, confronted, inspired and changed.
To that end, The Enquirer's editorial board once again offers our readers a summer reading list. Being pundits, we have opinions not just on those who wrote these books, but also on those who should have read them. In our opinions, if the right people had read and learned the lessons in these particular books, the world might have been a very different place indeed.
We invite the rest of you to read them too. Adjust the umbrella over your beach chair, lean back, open one of these books and imagine how history might have been different.
Do you have a favorite book that you think might have changed the world if only the right person had read it? Send us a note with the book, the author, your name, neighborhood and phone number, and who you think should have read it and why. We'll tally them up and publish your suggested reading list. Send your suggestions by noon Thursday to Summer Books, Editorial Page, Cincinnati Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; fax 513/768-8610.
Books that might have changed the world
Off With Their Heads, by Dick Morris
Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Alison Weir
The Emperor of Ocean Park, by Stephen L. Carter
The Press Effect, by Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman
A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
Letters to a Young Conservative, by Dinesh D'Souza
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