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Best Political Books

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Best Political Books
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Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin - 2009-02-01 (first published in 2005)
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The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency.When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: Team of Rivals. This monumental and brillian...
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander - 2020-01-07 (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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Good and Mad
The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
Rebecca Traister - 2019-09-03
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From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies - whom Anne Lamott called "the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country" - comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement. In the year 2018, it seems as if women's an...
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The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt - 2013-02-12 (first published in 2012)
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As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossiblechallenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows ...
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Dark Money
The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
Jane Mayer - 2017-01-24
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARWho are the immensely wealthy right-wing ideologues shaping the fate of America today? From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the agenda of this powerful group. In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the resu...
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Alan Cooper
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Shortest Way Home
One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
Pete Buttigieg - 2019-02-12
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Once described by the Washington Post as “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of,” Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of the nation’s most visionary politicians. With soaring prose that celebrates a resurgent American Midwest, Shortest Way Home narrates the heroic transformation ...
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Russian Roulette
The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
Michael Isikoff - 2020-06-23
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The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and supe...
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This Fight Is Our Fight
The Battle to Save America's Middle Class
Elizabeth Warren - 2017-04-18
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The fiery U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save itSenator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America’s middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become ...
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Fear and Loathing
On the Campaign Trail '72
Hunter S. Thompson - 1985-04-22 (first published in 1973)
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Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, these are the articles that Hunter S. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone magazine while covering the 1972 election campaign of President Richard M. Nixon and his unsuccessful opponent, Senator George S. McGovern. Hunter focuses largely on the Democratic Party's primaries and the breakdown ...
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Jim Cramer
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One Person, No Vote
How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Carol Anderson - 2019-09-17
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As featured in the documentary All In: The Fight for DemocracyPEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Finalist, Longlisted for the National Book AwardBest Books of the Year--Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Bustle, NYPLFrom the award-winning, NYT bestselling author of White Rage, the startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America, with ...
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Andrew Zimmern
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Cory Booker - 2017-01-03
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
The Republic by Plato
The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris
Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Red Notice by Bill Browder
White Rage by Carol Anderson
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Fascism by Madeleine Albright
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
American Nations by Colin Woodard
The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama
The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi
Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean
Audience of One by James Poniewozik
I Can't Breathe by Matt Taibbi
Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
The Unwinding by George Packer
Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit
The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin
Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams
The Red and the Blue by Steve Kornacki
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
West Wingers by Gautam Raghavan
The Oxford Handbook of Political Science by Robert E. Goodin
The Economists' Hour by Binyamin Appelbaum
The Second Amendment by Michael Waldman
All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. Mearsheimer
The Meritocracy Trap by Daniel Markovits
What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't by Jessamyn Conrad
Shattered by Jonathan Allen