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Asha Rangappa is an American lawyer. She is a senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a commentator on CNN. She was previously an Associate Dean at Yale Law School.
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Constitutional Cliffhangers
A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies
Brian C. Kalt - 2017-09-04 (first published in 2012)
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The United States Constitution's provisions for selecting, replacing, and punishing presidents contain serious weaknesses that could lead to constitutional controversies. In this compelling and fascinating book, Brian Kalt envisions six such controversies, such as the criminal prosecution of a sitting president, a two-term president's attempt to st...
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@eb454 @SarahBurris @wes_chu There’s an book that addresses this very question, called “Constitutional Cliffhangers” by an actual legal scholar named Brian Kalt. Have you read it? Or are you basing your argument on your Twitter law degree?      source
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Malevolent Republic
A Short History of the New India
K. S. Komireddi - 2020-12-15
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‘INDIA IS AN IMPROBABLE NATION.’ Under Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party, India has undergone the most total transformation since 1991. The ‘invisible threads’ Nehru said held together an improbable union divided by language, religion and ethnicity have snapped under the burden of Modi’s Hindu-supremacist rule.In this blistering critique...
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I learned about Arman Goswab book while reading @kapskom’s “Malevolent Republic,” which is an excellent overview of how India arrived to its current point. The parallels between Modi and Trump (which he doesn’t make but will be obvious to any American reader) are *fascinating*      source
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Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer - 1999-10-19 (first published in 1997)
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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also pro...
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@mrsfloyddog Yes. Great book!      source
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Active Measures
The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare
Thomas Rid - 2020-04-21
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This revelatory and dramatic history of disinformation traces the rise of secret organized deception operations from the interwar period to contemporary internet troll farms We live in the age of disinformation--of organized deception. Spy agencies pour vast resources into hacking, leaking, and forging data, often with the goal of weakening the ver...
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@paulmcmorris411 I’m sure they have help. Read Thomas Rid’s “Active Measures” and David Shimer’s “Rigged.” They play the long game and are very savvy about understanding granular details of political vulnerabilities among politicians      source
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Bowling Alone
The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Robert D. Putnam - 2001-08-07 (first published in 2000)
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Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work--but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which The Economist hailed as "a prodigious achievement."Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans' changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become i...
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@MelissaJPeltier @AliaGvR @jenmercieca Bowling Alone is the name of a book by Robert Putnam about the decline of social capital. It's an excellent read.      source
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The Upswing
How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again
Robert D. Putnam - 2020-10-13
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An eminent political scientist’s brilliant analysis of economic, social, and political trends over the past century demonstrating how we have gone from an individualistic “I” society to a more communitarian “We” society and then back again—and how we can learn from that experience to turn the corner towards a stronger, more unified nation, from the...
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@jenmercieca Also Putnam’s most recent book, “The Upswing” is good      source
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Mussolini to the Present
Ruth Ben-Ghiat - 2020-11-10
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Ours is the age of authoritarian rulers: self-proclaimed saviors of the nation who evade accountability while robbing their people of resources and corroding or destroying democracy. Their mutual-admiration club also draws on models from the past. Vladimir Putin rehabilitates Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin, Donald Trump praises Libyan despot Muammar G...
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If you haven’t already, I *highly* recommend @ruthbenghiat’s book, “Strongmen.” She details the the final arc of people who once appeared invincible. In every case, the downfall is swift, and certain.      source
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Jason Stanley
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America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference
David Shimer - 2020-06-30
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"The first book to put the story of Russian interference into a broader context. . . Extraordinary and gripping. . . With the pacing of a thriller and the insight of a superb work of history. . . this book is nothing less than essential reading.--Tim Naftali, The New York Times Book Review The definitive history of the covert struggle between Russi...
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@suzannebuzz Yes. I explain this in the below thread, based on the book “Rigged,” by @davidashimer (a book I think everyone should read)      source
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Anthony Scaramucci
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Let them Eat Tweets
How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality
Jacob S. Hacker - 2020-07-07
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The Republican Party appears to be divided between a tax-cutting old guard and a white-nationalist vanguard?and with Donald Trump’s ascendance, the upstarts seem to be winning. Yet how are we to explain that, under Trump, the plutocrats have gotten almost everything they want, including a huge tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, regulation-ki...
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cc: @Teri_Kanefield I think you’d like this book. It fits in with and illuminates your great explainers on the GOP tent, spectacle, hierarchy, and the rest      source
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The Folly and the Glory
America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945–2020
Tim Weiner - 2020-09-22
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From Tim Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, an urgent and gripping account of the 75-year battle between the US and Russia that led to the election and impeachment of an American president. With vivid storytelling and riveting insider accounts, Weiner traces the roots of political warfare – the conflict America and Ru...
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Great book — I highly recommend!!!      source
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