Passionate Minds is a series exploring the biographies and literary achievements of 12 modern women. The book is divided in to three sections. The first sections deals with sexual freedom in essays on Olive Schreiner, Gertrude Stein, Anais Nin, and famed Hollywood actress Mae West. The second section examines race in the American south by writers such as Margaret Mitchell, Zora Neale Hurston, and Eudora Welty. The third focuses on politics and the interpretation of Nazis germany and soviet communism including the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, Ayn Rand, Doris Lesssin and a dual essay by Hannah Arendt and Mary Mcarthy.