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

4The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye might seem like a book most every young American reads as a rite of passage, and it certainly doesn’t seem offensive by today’s standards (or by any sane standards). But J.D. Salinger’s book was one of the most frequently censored and/or contested books in many school’s curricula for decades after it came out in the early 1950s. Today, fortunately, it is recognized for the American masterpiece it is, and few people lose sleep over a bit of profanity and references to smoking and drinking.

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