Tara Westover was seventeen years old before she ever set foot in a classroom. Raised by survivalist parents, she was never allowed to go to school, and didn’t consider herself homeschooled either. She wasn’t allowed to go to the hospital even for the severest of injuries. Then, Tara took it upon herself to teach herself enough grammar and math to be accepted into Brigham Young University, where she learned for the first time about the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. She then went on to Harvard and Cambridge, ultimately earning her PhD.