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Today’s Issue, In Three Points:

  • Atlantic staffers make the case for the two books we picked for The Masthead’s summer book club.

  • Educated is Tara Westover’s memoir about growing up in a Mormon survivalist family in rural Idaho. Read it for “storytelling that at every turn resists the allure of a formulaic survivor’s tale.”

  • The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder is a historical account of Russia’s attempts to destabilize the modern Western world. One of our writers calls it a “deeply disturbing story of how Russia became the way it is (and how the rest of the world is becoming like Russia in the post-truth era).”

How to Join the Masthead Book Club

  1. Pick up Educated or The Road to Unfreedom (or both!) from your local bookstore or library. Start reading.

  2. Log on to the Masthead forums at forums.theatlantic.com.

  3. Jump into this thread to discuss Educated, and this thread to discuss The Road to Unfreedom with Atlantic staffers and fellow members.

  4. Join us on the forums at the end of August for conversations with both books’ authors.

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