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Nonfiction November 2022: Worldview Changers

I’m running a little behind, but week four of Nonfiction November is in full swing. But hey, it’s never a bad time to highlight some great reads, right? This week’s topic is brand new to Nonfiction Nonfiction and hosted by Rebekah from She Seeks Nonfiction.

Worldview Changers (November 21-25): One of the greatest things about reading nonfiction is learning all kinds of things about our world which you never would have known without it. There’s the intriguing, the beautiful, the appalling, and the profound. What nonfiction book (or books) has impacted the way you see the world in a powerful way? Do you think there is one book that everyone needs to read for a better understanding of the world we live in?

I admit, when I first saw this topic, no books immediately sprang to mind. That’s not to suggest I didn’t enjoy looking through my shelves while curating my list of Worldview Changers. I just can’t say there’s been one book that’s completely altered the way I view the world—my worldview is an ever-evolving process that’s gradually shaped by new and updated information.

However, I often stumble into books that surprise me by teaching me something I didn’t know or hadn’t considered. More often than not, these are books featuring moments I think about long after I’ve finished their pages, and which cause me to fall down a rabbit hole of information related to what I’ve just read. To me, the best nonfiction books are the ones that require me to have the book in one hand and my phone opened to Google in the other. And ultimately, these are the same books that, by making me curious about a broader scope of information, do eventually alter my perception of the world.

Here are six books that have done just that.

The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders
edited by Ernst Klee, Willi Dressen & Volker Riess

What are some books that have changed your view of the world? If you’re interested in participating in this week’s Nonfiction November topic, be sure to link up to Rebekah’s post over at She Seeks Nonfiction.

And if you’re on Instagram, Jaymi @theocbookgirl is hosting a ton of fun stuff. She’s also the one who made all of the amazing Nonfiction November graphics, which you can find and share from here.

13 responses to “Nonfiction November 2022: Worldview Changers”

  1. Quite an assortment to check out there. The accounts of horrors like slavery and the holocaust sound painful but I always appreciate books that give voice to those who otherwise would not get much of a hearing.

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    1. I definitely agree with that. In both of those books, I was struck by how few firsthand accounts had been highlighted for me in school—especially so while reading Bullwhip Days.

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  2. It is a sad reflection on mankind that most historical, societal, and political nonfiction is about hard events.

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  3. Some great books that you presented here, Christopher. I did slavery last year but haven’t read any of your suggestions. So, thanks for that.

    Here are/is my Worldview Changers or rather Changer, because it’s only one book.

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    1. Bullwhip Days is such a difficult read, but I was struck by how few accounts about slavery I had actually read before that book. They just weren’t brought up very often in school, which is its own uncomfortable thought.


      1. I guess they are all difficult reads, especially those that are written or told by former slaves themselves. How horrible people can be if they just tell themselves that their life is worth more than that of others!
        And you are right, it is always bad when you don’t get told about your own history. Looks like they still approve of the bad things that happened.

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  4. Good choices there. I’m the same, nothing has completely changed my view of things for a long time, but bits of books make incremental changes and definitely the ones I listed on my contribution all gave me pause and made me think.

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    1. Exactly! I can’t point to any specific book that’s impacted my views in a profound way, but they’ve all gradually pushed me in different directions over the years.

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  5. I didn’t post on this topic but I did start a draft that said the same things you mention at the top of this post! (IE no single title immediately comes to mind, planned to share books that taught me something unknown or unexpected). WE BELIEVE THE CHILDREN sounds like a wild read, as that was before my time and I only know a tiny bit about it via pop culture references.

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    1. That’s part of why I loved this topic so much—I really had to consider what books have majorly impacted me. We Believe the Children is a very frustrating book (the story, not the writing—which is great). There’s unfortunately a lot of relevance today when it comes to moral panics.

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