1984: George Orwell
Perhaps the most influential book on the list, most of the ideas in this book have found their way into our everyday lives. Unfortunately, not enough took heed and today Doublespeak is mouthed not just by maligned politicians but by average folks like you and me. Or just what do you think Political Correctness is? Whenever I hear words like "sensitivity training", a chill runs down my spine. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but doesn't it seem that the Thought Police really have taken over our lives in the '90s? If you don't believe me, then you try really speaking your mind about issues in society, and watch what happens. If you don't parrot the comfortable, standardized platitudes, then you'll be branded a fascist, sexist, racist, communist, feminazi, religious bigot, or worse.