#184: Banned Books


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It's often said that the pen is mightier than the sword, and throughout history there are books that have been considered too dangerous to be read.

In this episode, we'll take a look at the times when governments have banned books, the reasons for this, and ask ourselves what this tells us about society.

  • What's the link between The Bible, William Shakespeare, Harry Potter, The Quotations of Chairman Mao and Mickey Mouse?
  • What does "banning" actually mean?
  • Correlation between banning books and restricting civil liberties
  • “….where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.“
  • The invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press
  • Indulgences of the Catholic Church
  • Growth of printing (and importance of censorship)
  • Reasons for banning books: political, sexual, moral & religious
  • The banning of Mein Kampf
  • The trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover
  • What banning books does for book sales
  • The debate around The Catcher in the Rye
  • Religious bans & The Satanic Verses
  • Banning books in 2021

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/banned-books

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