What are the best political and social satirical books?

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    #11984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    George Johnston
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "George Orwell's depiction of the future is fraught with bleakness and stark times of controlling governments and scheming corporations. The ideas presented are fascinating and the predictions that the author incites are engrossing to contemplate, I enjoyed how far the book goes to insinuate the dastardly deeds of Big Brother and what our future may turn into one day."
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    #2Slaughterhouse-Five

    Slaughterhouse-Five
    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.
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    Brenda Green
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five was actually so controversial back when I was in high school that it ended up on the banned books list in the library! I eventually read it later in college and I can see why it ended up there. But it is an enjoyable book and if you are interested, you should check it out."
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    #3Candide

    Candide
    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.
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    Matthew Burns
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The book is famous. It is about life and trials experienced. It is a good read for mature people who enjoy satire."
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    #4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.

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    Lawrence Wade
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I was looking for a good political or social satire to read, so i picked up a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I have to say, it wasn't what I was looking for. The book was more of a crime fiction novel and rather unpleasant to read.I really can't recommend it. "
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    #5Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler, who holds a secret fight club in the basement of bars where two men fight as long as they have to.

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    Roger Turner
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Fight Club is a widely misunderstood classic. Criticizing everything from the alienation of modern society to the aggressive masculinity the protagonists take on to "fight" against it, Palahniuk pulls no punches. So effective is his satire that many fall for Durden's nihilism -- the subject of the book's scathing satire. Worth reading."
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    #6The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Kathy Mason
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Every high school student remembers reading The Catcher in the Rye. The book is unforgettable. While there has been a of controversy surrounding the language used in in and the heavy themes, I think there is still a lot of value left in this book. This is a true classic from 1951 that I think high schoolers will be reading for many years to come. "
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    #7Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.

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    Cynthia Wood
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "There's no question Lord of the Flies is a difficult book. It is dark and violent, striking at the heart of what it means to be civilized. But it's important for each of us to think carefully about the us vs them, hunters vs non-hunters tribalism currently at work in our society"
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    #8The Godfather

    The Godfather
    The Godfather by Mario Puzo is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family at the core of the American Mafia. This compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is a true classic.
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    #9Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.

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    Phillip Lawson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Brave New World is a terrible choice for political satire, but a great choice for taking a good long look at what we value as people. Brave new World was written as an extrapolation of the trends of America's consumerist culture, and though it is dated it stands the time. We face the same issues today as when Huxley first wrote it. "
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    #10The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.
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    #11American Psycho

    American Psycho

    American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.

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    Beverly Wong
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book tackles the drug issues from the 1980's with candor and depth. While the book can be at times shocking and uncomfortable, the subject matter of insanity and psychosis is engaging. "
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    #12A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange is a standalone 1963 classic science fiction book written by Anthony Burgess which centers on 15-year-old Alex McDowell who spread violence, but then he came back in the reality and was rejected by his parents. 

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    Gregory May
    Written on May 14, 2018
    ""A Clockwork Orange" is a cultural landmark, though it is not entirely clear what specifically it might be satirizing. It seems to more be a commentary on human nature than about any particular movement or culture. I would characterize it as being more of perhaps a sci-fi or dystopic novel, or perhaps a dark comedy. You will probably find it worth reading if you are open-minded, but it is not as straightforward as other allegoric books to which it is typically compared."
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    #13Metadata (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Metadata (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Metadata (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) is a social science reference book written by Jeffrey Pomerantz. It was published November 6, 2015 by The MIT Press.

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    Andrea Morgan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I thought this was a good introduction to what metadata is especially for myself, but there were some parts of the book that were dull. It didn't quite hold my interest, but it's an informative book. Would recommend if you're particularly interested in learning about what metadata is all about, but it's not a satirical book at all. "
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    #14Dual Disasters

    Dual Disasters

    Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid After the 2004 Tsunami is a detailed study book written by Jennifer Hyndman. It was published in February 2011. It is about the political problems that hindered aid distribution after the disaster.

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    Justin McDonald
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The 2004 tsunami was massive in every respect: the earthquake that preceded it was one of the largest ever recorded, the number of people killed or displaced is estimated at well over a million, and the international community donated billions of dollars to the relief effort. In some cases the tsunami struck regions already embroiled in other kinds of catastrophes – violent conflict and poverty. The tsunami’s presence not only wreaked havoc as a natural disaster, but it left an enduring mark on the political dynamics and power struggles of these places."

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Best What are the best political and social satirical books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
11984Books 39 Paid
2Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 35 Paid
3CandideBooks 33 Paid
4The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 30 Paid
5Fight ClubBooks 29 Paid
6The Catcher in the RyeBooks 27 Paid
7Lord of the FliesBooks 25 Paid
8The GodfatherBooks 23 Paid
9Brave New WorldBooks 22 Paid
10The RoadBooks 19 Paid
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