17 books on the list
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A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies
Explore the potential constitutional controversies that could arise from weaknesses in the United States Constitution's provisions for selecting, replacing, and punishing presidents. In this fascinating book, discover six scenarios, including a sitting president facing criminal prosecution and a two-term president attempting to stay in power. Through these dramatic scenarios, Brian Kalt highlights the delicate balance between law and politics in American government and provides insight into the best ways to design, interpret, and repair constitutional procedures.
@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
A Short History of the New India
A thought-provoking analysis of post-Independence India from Nehru to Modi, Malevolent Republic by K.S. Komireddi charts the unsound course of Indian nationalism and its impact on the country divided by language, religion, and ethnicity. The book is an impassioned plea for India's reclamation, highlighting the dangers of Hindu-supremacist and religious majoritarianism which threaten to devour India's hard-won unity. Through an insightful and independent perspective, Malevolent Republic provides a deep understanding of the modern Indian nation and its place in global affairs.
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
Also recommended byDavid Frum
Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
A journalist's harrowing first-hand account of the tragic 1996 Mount Everest disaster that claimed five lives and left countless more in disarray. This epic narrative explores the dangers of mountain climbing and the consequences of reckless decisions, as well as the intense emotional toll on survivors.
@mrsfloyddog Yes. Great book! – source
Also recommended byRichard BransonKatie Phang
The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare
Discover the shocking history of organized deception, from post-World War I to contemporary internet troll farms, in this revealing and dramatic book. Thomas Rid exposes professional lying on an unprecedented scale, detailing significant operations that are nearly beyond belief. With intelligence secrets from a variety of nations and languages and interviews with current and former operatives, the author tracks the rise of disinformation and its impact on liberal democracy. Get ready for a guided tour of a vast hall of mirrors old and new.
@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
Also recommended byJohn Sipher
The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Bowling Alone explores the significant social change of Americans becoming increasingly disconnected from one another. In this groundbreaking work, Robert Putnam draws on vast new data to diagnose the harm of broken social structures on our physical and civic health. He suggests what we can do to create a society that is happy, healthy, and safe. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the central crisis at the heart of our society.
@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
Also recommended byDavid French
How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again
Discover how America has shifted from an individualistic "I" society to a more communitarian "We" society and back again over the past century. Political scientist Robert D. Putnam draws on statistics and storytelling to analyze the trends that led us to our current disarray and offers inspiring lessons from an earlier era of reform. A timely and ambitious work that is a fitting capstone to a brilliant career.
@jenmercieca Also Putnam’s most recent book, “The Upswing” is good – source
Explore the rise of authoritarian leaders in our modern age in "Strongmen" by Ruth Ben-Ghiat. From Putin to Trump, Bolsonaro to Erdogan, this book delves into the common playbook of machismo, propaganda, violence, and corruption used by such leaders in Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Discover why these leaders have found popular support, and how they can be opposed. A must-read for anyone interested in politics and democracy.
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
Also recommended byJason Stanley
"Rigged" by David Shimer explores the covert struggle between Russia and America to influence elections, past and present. With new insights from over 130 key players and in-depth historical research, Shimer reveals disturbing details about Russia's ongoing operation to undermine American democracy. This gripping and essential book shows that Russia's interference in the 2016 election was just one battle in a much longer war that threatens electoral sovereignty worldwide. "Rigged" is a must-read for anyone interested in protecting democracy in the future.
@suzannebuzz Yes. I explain this in the below thread, based on the book “Rigged,” by @davidashimer (a book I think everyone should read) – source
Also recommended byAnthony Scaramucci
Let them Eat Tweets
How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality
Let Them Eat Tweets delves into the dangerous alliance between the Republican Party's white nationalist vanguard and plutocratic old guard. Bestselling political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson analyze the GOP's forty-year story of extreme tax cutting, union busting, deregulation, race-baiting, and disinformation. The book explains how the party covertly serves its rich masters, damaging American democracy to achieve their goals. Hacker and Pierson offer insights into how we can resist and fight back against this populist plutocracy.
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
The Folly and the Glory
America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945–2020
Explore the 75-year battle between the US and Russia that led to the election and impeachment of an American president in this urgent and gripping account by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner. Delve into the conflict that America and Russia have waged with espionage, sabotage, diplomacy and disformation from 1945 until 2020, and discover Putin's covert campaign that helped put his candidate in the White House. With vivid storytelling and insider accounts, Weiner takes us behind the scenes, illuminating both Russian and American intelligence operations and their consequences. An urgent call to action for leaders and citizens alike, this book reveals the perilous state of American democracy and offers potential solutions to change its course.
Great book — I highly recommend!!! – source
Why We Act by Catherine A. Sanderson
Bring the War Home by Kathleen Belew
The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren
Locust by Jeffrey A. Lockwood
The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz