The Top 5 Most Banned Books of the 20th Century

It seems the Powers That Be are terrible at learning a lesson all parents eventually figure out on their own: if you don’t want something to seem attractive, do not, under any circumstances, try to limit access to it! The act of banning something usually makes that thing immensely more desirable. This holds as true with books as it does with anything else, the difference being that while banning books (aka information) is myopic and foolish, banning certain other things – such as hard drugs, human trafficking, and explosives – just makes good sense.
The Top 5 Most Banned Books of the 20th Century

2The Diary of Anne Frank

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Of all the books to ban, one would be forgiven if The Diary of Anne Frank never crossed their mind. Yet banned it is in Lebanon! Largely due to the influence of Hezbollah, a young girl’s world-famous, touching personal narrative of life during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam has been outlawed in Lebanon as it is seen to paint “Zionism” in a favorable light. (It is also harder to deny the Holocaust when you have a first-hand account of a child hoping to avoid becoming a victim of it.)

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