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The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff
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Nov 25, 11

bookshelves: ya-historical-fiction, ya-realistic-fiction
Read in November, 2011

Published in 1982, this may not have been written as historical fiction. Were people still worried about the Communists back then? The parts of the book that refer to communists polluting the minds of our young people are the only parts that read like historical fiction.

Given the furor earlier this year over the publication of a sanitized version of Huckleberry Finn, I am surprised no one I know has read this book. In fact, there is only one school library in my district that owns it. Quite surprising, given its relevance. And fairly well-written as well. I'm surprised more teachers are using this book instead of Fahrenheit 451. Certainly high school students would find it relates directly to their lives.

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