A lot of young people don’t like to read. For many of you interested in politics or social change, reading and writing skills will play a large part in your effectiveness to induce change and success in long term career objections. As a politically interested youth, there is nothing better to do with your time than some good old fashioned self-education. Whether lost between the turnable pages of that think your parents called a book or mesmerized by digital displays online, on your iPad or an eReader, mental exercise is essential if you hope to one day make a difference in the wide world around you. Not to mention, more frequent readers are better writings and without adept communication skills via the written word, it can be painfully difficult to get even the most basic point across. Here are a few titles to get you started, centering around the role you as a young person can have in the ever changing world around you:

  • Invisible Citizens: Youth Politics After September 11 by Ganesh Sitaraman and Previn Warren
  • The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupifies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30) by Mark Bauerlein
  • Is Voting for Young people? With a Postscript on Citizen Engagement by Martin P. Wattenberg
  • The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation is Reshaping American Politics, Revised Edition by Russel J. Dalton
  • Be the Change! Change the World. Change Yourself. by Hundreds of Heads, edited by Michelle Nun, photographed by David Hume Kennerly, foreword by Tom Brokaw
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