Our first official book selection! This book was suggested by Jo and we agreed at the last meeting that it would comprise the topic of one of the three book sessions to run in September. If you are interested in joining this discussion, please RSVP.
You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom, Nick Cohen
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Communism, and the advent of the Web which allowed for even the smallest voice to be heard, everywhere you turned you were told that we were living in an age of unparalleled freedom. You Can't Read This Book argues that this view is dangerously naive. From the revolution in Iran that wasn't, to the Great Firewall of China and the imposition of super-injunctions from the filthy rich protecting their privacy, the traditional opponents of freedom of speech - religious fanaticism, plutocratic power and dictatorial states - are thriving, and in many respects finding the world a more comfortable place in the early 21st century than they did in the late 20th.
You can purchase this book here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Cant-Read-This-Book/dp/0007308906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344527338&sr=8-1 (also available in kindle format and cheaper from other book sellers if you click on "new" or "second hand" options)
Reminder: If you RSVP to this session and have any book suggestions for October, please post it on this page so that other attendees can have the chance to consider it in advance of this sessions.