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100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature

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100 Banned Books profiles well-known, often classic works that have been censored for religious, political, social or sexual reasons. Each entry gives readers a summary of the work, its censorship history and suggestions for further reading.
Paperback, 420 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Checkmark Books (first published 1999)
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Sep 02, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
i learned about 100 books i needed to read.
Dec 26, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok
What I gathered from this book:

1. Governments ban books when you say negative things about them.

2. Local groups get books banned because they enjoy living in the denial that high school kids don't swear and have never heard any swearing before. And they can't handle reading about sex. Right. Yeah.
Apr 16, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
celebrate freedom and read a banned book!
you can look up lists of books banned on political, religious. sexual and social grounds. you'll learn the whens, wheres and whys and get a description of the book. i figure if it caused enough "ruckus" and havoc to be banned, it must be worth reading!
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Scheduled for publication during Banned Books Week (September 25, 1999-October 2, 1999), this reference gives extensive insight into titles that historically have faced a high rate of censorship, both in the United States and abroad. The text is arranged in four sections, with titles divided by the main grounds - political, religious, sexual, and social -for censorship. Introductory notes for each section define what the book's authors mean by that type of suppression and sum
Sheelie Kittee
Jul 31, 2016 Sheelie Kittee rated it really liked it
This is fascinating to read. Really makes one reflect on how important issues have affected literatures and vice versa. I have NO desire to read Mein Kampf but - The Koran, the Bible?! It's so funny to me, how many of these banned books were required reading. Well, off to find Galileo's treatise on heavenly bodies and such.
Apr 17, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read. The synopses of all the books were really helpful. It was a good way to find out what some commonly named books were about. The banning histories were also interesting. As another reader stated all these parent groups who obviously haven't listened to their children in awhile.
Mar 19, 2012 Hey_jude rated it liked it
An interesting find on censorship and details various censorship history for each book. Categorized into areas that the book was banned on such as political and social reasons, sexual reasons and violence. Very interesting.
Sharon Younkin
Apr 24, 2013 Sharon Younkin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fiction
It's interesting to see the various books that have been banned, some of which are quite surprising (no spoilers here). The synopses are quite good, but of course not as good as reading the books themselves. The book makes for a great reading list.
Mar 10, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
Provided a good summary of each book and its censorship history. However, as I progressed through the book, the summaries and histories got shorter and shorter. I think the author got sick of writing this book.
Feb 02, 2008 Anna added it
Shelves: put-down
**Not for lack of interest - I just had to return it to the library**

Because, unfortunately, reading a work of fiction can still be a political act even in supposedly 'advanced' cultures.

I so hope future generations will look back at this and wonder how the hell we could go along with this.
Sep 22, 2014 Monique rated it liked it
Interesting book about books that have been banned at one time or other for political, religious, sexual or social reasons. Amazing what some people will do to prevent access to ideas they do not agree with. A lot of this is still happening in current times.
Dec 09, 2011 Kipi rated it really liked it
Interesting to see why certain books were banned. Most were banned at the local/school level which became a little monotonous, but still an interesting read.
Apr 25, 2011 poppy rated it really liked it
This is a great resource for finding out more about the reasons behind commonly banned/challenged books. Great for reading cover to cover, and also great for reference.
Apr 21, 2011 Julie rated it liked it
Liked it - although some of the books I knew about, I did make a list of other's I would like to read.
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