Book Reviews for Free Minds

“Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.”

— Thomas Jefferson

PsyDef stands for psychological defense. Literacy is the antidote to the terror of screens, i.e., lobotomizing media consumption. It is the motivating conviction of this publication that the rapid decline in literacy rates is causing a decline in liberty, harmony, and cultural vitality around the world. Simply put: when we lose our literacy, we lose our freedom. Freedom is freedom of mind.

What to Expect

You can expect to receive a book review at least every two weeks. The books reviewed will be mostly concerned with society and mind — fiction and non-fiction,— but books of general literary interest will also be seldomly reviewed.

The value you can expect from PsyDef Book Reviews:

  1. Exposure to important books and ideas concerning society and mind.

  2. Reviews of books you’ve already read, which act as memory joggers to keep concepts fresh in your mind.

  3. Analysis that informs your decision whether or not it is worth investing your time in reading a book.

  4. Surveys which enable you to be conversant in the main themes of a book without having read it.

  5. A reoccurring call to maintain the habit of reading.

We hope this publication is a consistent source of value for you. If you’d like to send us any feedback, please email us at psydefbooks@gmail.com.

Philosophy of Reading

“Reading good books is like engaging in conversation with the most cultivated minds of past centuries who had composed them, or rather, taking part in a well-conducted dialogue in which such minds reveal to us only the best of their thoughts.”

— René Descartes

Reading literature is not like reading directions in a manual: it is an active and creative activity. When we read well, we ask questions, form associations, imagine alternatives, etc. Every book is an invitation to think along with the writer. Reading is not an act of downloading information, but a process of creating an experience. We make books come alive. The better we can read, the more life we can breathe into books; and when you give your life to books, they give life back to you.