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Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin - Feb 01, 2009 (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...
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
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 ...
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Jim Cramer
Red Notice
A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
Bill Browder - Oct 20, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liars Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browders business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putins Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for an...
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...
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Alan Cooper
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 ...
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...
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 by Michael Isikoff
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
One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson
United by Cory Booker
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. Mearsheimer
What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't by Jessamyn Conrad
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
White Rage by Carol Anderson
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
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
Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
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
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
She Said by Jodi Kantor
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Blowout by Rachel Maddow
The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
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
Humankind by Rutger Bregman
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Black Flags by Joby Warrick
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Master Of The Senate by Robert A. Caro
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
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.
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
Dreamland by Sam Quinones
Obama by Pete Souza
Impeach by Neal Katyal
Destined for War by Graham Allison
The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson
Essays by George Orwell
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
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