America needs a period of atonement before rushing into the same mistakes we've been making globally and domestically. The Jewish tradition is useful in that it not only focuses on individual lives, but on collective responsibility.
When I got my MA in English Lit I had to read more than 100 great works. I was 22, and didn't have much of an idea about the great themes or historical context. I was overwhelmed and pretty clueless. But the following books changed my life