Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
Through its inability to solve its racial problems, the United States handed the Soviet Union one of the most effective propaganda weapons in their arsenal. Newly independent countries around the world, eager for alliances that would support their emerging identities, and set them on the path to long term prosperity, were confronted with a version of the same question Black Americans had asked during WWII. Why would a Black or Brown nation stake its future on America's model of democracy, when within its own borders, the United States enforced discrimination and savagery against people who looked just like them?
Hmmm. Still relevant.