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10 Books You Have to Read in School That Don't Suck

By Matt Heckler Apr 19, 2013

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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Although the book can get a little slow at times, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle is interesting because it may be the most important novel in American history. Telling the story of an immigrant family who are forced to make a living in the meat packing plants in Chicago, The Jungle was the novel that caused President Theodore Roosevelt to start the Food and Drug Administration, in the response to the terrible conditions depicted in the novel. It’s not every day there’s a book that changes the way we govern!

Tags: school, 1984, steinbeck, of mice and men, frankenstein, george orwell, english class, books-and-comics

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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