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Stamped from the Beginning
The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner)
Ibram X. Kendi - Aug 15, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America--it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argue...
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Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson - Aug 18, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poo...
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Michelle Obama - Jan 01, 2018
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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most we...
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The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin - Dec 01, 1992 (first published in 1963)
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A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative d...
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Invisible Women
Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
Caroline Criado Perez - Mar 12, 2019
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Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you're a woman.Invisib...
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander - Jan 07, 2020 (first published in 2010)
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A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller, with a new preface by the authorSeldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall ...
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How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi - Aug 13, 2019
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Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an ac...
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The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Robert A. Caro - Jul 12, 1975 (first published in 1974)
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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of o...
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Women, Race, & Class
Angela Y. Davis - Feb 12, 1983 (first published in 1981)
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A powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders....
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The Color of Law
A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Richard Rothstein - May 01, 2018
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In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate age...
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When They Call You a Terrorist
A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Patrisse Khan-Cullors - Jan 14, 2020
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A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands...
She Said by Jodi Kantor
Red Notice by Bill Browder
Blowout by Rachel Maddow
Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff
Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
The World as It Is by Ben Rhodes
These Truths by Jill Lepore
The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States by Pauline Maier
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Humankind by Rutger Bregman
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
The Prize by Daniel Yergin
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis
Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Dreamland by Sam Quinones
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
Fear and Loathing by Hunter S. Thompson
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
Dark Money by Jane Mayer
Fascism by Madeleine Albright
American Nations by Colin Woodard
United by Cory Booker
What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't by Jessamyn Conrad
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
White Rage by Carol Anderson
Black Flags by Joby Warrick
Master Of The Senate by Robert A. Caro
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
The Law by Frédéric Bastiat
The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky
Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin
Justice by Michael J. Sandel
The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang
Obama by Pete Souza
Impeach by Neal Katyal
The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson
Destined for War by Graham Allison
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg
Essays by George Orwell
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren
The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. Mearsheimer
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman
The Accidental President by A. J. Baime
Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky
An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
The Vision of the Anointed by Thomas Sowell
Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff
I Can't Breathe by Matt Taibbi
Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
The Unwinding by George Packer
One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
What It Takes by Richard ben Cramer
War on Peace by Ronan Farrow
No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama
The Mueller Report by The Washington Post
The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi
Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean
Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand
Audience of One by James Poniewozik
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder
Yes WeCan by Dan Pfeiffer
Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harris-Perry