The Most Impressive Books That I Read in 2021

Edward Snowden — Permanent Record

The American government, in total disregard of its founding charter, fell victim to precisely this temptation, and once it had tasted the fruit of this poisonous tree it became gripped by an unrelenting fever. In secret, it assumed the power of mass surveillance, an authority that by definition afflicts the innocent far more than the guilty.

Ahmet Altan — I will never see the world again

Like everyone else, I am so used to seeing my own reflection first thing in the morning that I looked straight ahead, expecting to see my face. It had disappeared. In that instant, I felt as if I had crashed into the wall.

Dr David Burns — Feeling Good

The first principle of cognitive therapy is that all your moods are created by your “cognitions,” or thoughts. A cognition refers to the way you look at things — your perceptions, mental attitudes, and beliefs. It includes the way you interpret things — what you say about something or someone to yourself. You feel the way you do right now because of the thoughts you are thinking at this moment.

Alex Berenson — Pandemia

Unfortunately, the media, especially the American media, committed early on to portraying the coronavirus as far riskier than it was and the vaccines as safer. Elite outlets like the New York Times went out of their way to foment panic and ignore positive news.

Because our response to the coronavirus is the worst public policy mistake worldwide in at least a century, since World War I when Europe’s leaders sent millions of young men to their graves for reasons they couldn’t even explain.

Meline Toumani — There Was and There Was Not

They know all about Hitler, and there’s no way they can accept the possibility that the word for what Hitler did can be applied to the events of 1915. Nothing could share a label with a tragedy as monstrous as the Holocaust, the soykırım of the Jews, they reason.

And if we move on from genocide recognition, with or without Turkey’s olive branch, what holds us together then? If there is no better answer to this question, maybe the answer is simply, nothing. Nothing holds us together; we are no longer together at all. Now all possibilities are available to us, and that is terrifying. We become individuals.

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