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Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin - Sep 26, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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Winner of the Lincoln PrizeAcclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates,...
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 ...
The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt - Feb 12, 2013 (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 ...
Fear and Loathing
On the Campaign Trail '72
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson - Apr 22, 1985 (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 ...
Good and Mad
The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
Rebecca Traister - Sep 03, 2019
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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...
Dark Money
The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
Jane Mayer - Jan 24, 2017
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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...
A Warning
Madeleine Albright - Apr 10, 2018
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A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of stateA Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with t...
Shortest Way Home
One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
Pete Buttigieg - Feb 12, 2019
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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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Lisa Bloom
The Best and the Brightest
David Halberstam - Oct 26, 1993
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The Best and the Brightest is David Halberstam's masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy. Using portraits of America's flawed policy makers and accounts of the forces that drove them, The Best and the Brightest reckons magnificently with the most important abiding question of our country's recent history: Why did Amer...
American Nations
A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
Colin Woodard - Sep 25, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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- A New Republic Best Book of the Year - The Globalist Top Books of the Year - Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction - Particularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven "nations" that continue to shape North AmericaAc...
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Jack Dorsey
Russian Roulette
The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
Michael Isikoff - Jun 23, 2020
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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...
This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren
I Can't Breathe by Matt Taibbi
Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
The Unwinding by George Packer
The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin
United by Cory Booker
One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson
What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't by Jessamyn Conrad
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. Mearsheimer
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis
Red Notice by Bill Browder
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni EDDO-LODGE
White Rage by Carol Anderson
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand
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
The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
Yes WeCan by Dan Pfeiffer
Audience of One by James Poniewozik
War on Peace by Ronan Farrow
Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harris-Perry
Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Becoming by Michelle Obama
She Said by Jodi Kantor
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Blowout by Rachel Maddow
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States by Pauline Maier
The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro
The World as It Is by Ben Rhodes
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Master Of The Senate by Robert A. Caro
Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
Why We Can't Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Black Flags by Joby Warrick
The Prize by Daniel Yergin
The Law by Frederic Bastiat
The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
And the Band Played on by
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff
Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin
The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson
The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang
Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
Humankind by Rutger Bregman
Obama by Pete Souza
Impeach by Neal Katyal
These Truths by Jill Lepore
Justice by Michael J. Sandel
Destined for War by Graham Allison
Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky
Essays by George Orwell
A Collection of Essays by George Orwell
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky
Dreamland by Sam Quinones
The Vision of the Anointed by Thomas Sowell
Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman
The Accidental President by A. J. Baime
An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal