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Christopher Loffredo Hayes is an American progressive commentator, cable television news anchor, author, and podcaster. Hayes hosts All In with Chris Hayes, a weekday news and opinion television show on MSNBC.
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Heat Wave
A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
Eric Klinenberg - 2015-05-06 (first published in 2002)
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On Thursday, July 13, 1995, Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach 106 degrees. The heat index, which measures how the temperature actually feels on the body, would hit 126 degrees by the time the day was over. Meteorologists had been warning residents about a two-day heat wave, but these temperatures did not end ...
Chris Hayes
This book is a classic and can't recommend it enough.      source
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Smuggler Nation
How Illicit Trade Made America
Peter Andreas - 2013-02-14
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America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexican workers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contrab...
Chris Hayes
@aoscott @jbouie Yes I think that's the one I was thinking of! This book is somewhat adjacent but is *fascinating* along very similar lines      source
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Princess Cora and the Crocodile
Laura Amy Schlitz - 2019-10-08 (first published in 2017)
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A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Medalist join forces to give an overscheduled princess a day off -- and a deliciously wicked crocodile a day on.Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She's sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She's sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won't let her have a dog. But when sh...
Chris Hayes
Random children's book rec: Princess Cora and the Crocodile. Delightfully weird and funny. My four year old and I have been reading it every morning.      source
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The Evolution of Cooperation
Revised Edition
Robert Axelrod - 2006-12-04 (first published in 1984)
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The Evolution of Cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. Widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists—whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals—when there is no central authority to police t...
Chris Hayes
Speaking of which, this is one of my all-time favorite books.      source
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Naval Ravikant
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It Was All a Lie
How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump
Stuart Stevens - 2020-08-04
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From the most successful Republican political operative of his generation, a searing, unflinching, and deeply personal expos� of how his party became what it is today Stuart Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. He knows the GOP as intimately as anyone in America, and in this new ...
Chris Hayes
What I liked about @stuartpstevens book was that it was about so much more than Trump's personal awfulness and was the first attempt I've seen at a GOP/conservative "God That Failed" genre. Would really like to see more.      source
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Steve Schmidt
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Inside an American Tragedy
Jacob Soboroff - 2020-07-07
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A story every American should reckon with—a tale of love and heartbreak, cruelty and determination From award-winning NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff comes a powerful and deeply reported journey to lay bare the full truth behind the defining moral crisis of the Trump years In June 2018, Donald Trump’s most notorious decision as pres...
Chris Hayes
As @maddow just said, @jacobsoboroff's new book Separated is a kind of skeleton key to understanding the full totality of all the incompetence and cruelty on display by this administration in this era.      source
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A Paradise Built in Hell
The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Rebecca Solnit - 2010-08-31 (first published in 2009)
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"The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I've come across in years." -Bill McKibben The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purp...
Chris Hayes
This is a phenomenal book.      source
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Cory Doctorow
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Secrets of the Temple
How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country
William Greider - 1987-11-01
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This book by an eminent journalist tells the story of the wrenching changes that the US economy has been put thru during the Reagan administration.Secrets of the TempleThe Choice of Wall StreetIn the Temple A Pact with the DevilBehavior ModificationThe Liberal ApologyThe Roller Coaster The Money Question The God Almighty DollarDemocratic Money The ...
Chris Hayes
Bill was an incredible journalist, reporter, writer, listener and mentor. He was always so so kind to me, and a role model. His book on the Fed is still, I think, the best one ever written      source
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Marc Caputo
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This Land Is Our Land
An Immigrant's Manifesto
Suketu Mehta - 2019-06-04
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A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrantsThere are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta attacks the issue head-on. Drawing on his own experience...
Chris Hayes
@paulgrellong So glad you liked it. Book is great too.      source
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We've Got People
From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement
Ryan Grim - 2019-05-23
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may seem like she came from nowhere, but the movement that propelled her to office and to global political stardom has been building for 30 years. Weve Got People is the story of that movement, which first exploded into public view with the largely forgotten presidential run of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a campaign that came d...
Chris Hayes
Fascinating scoop here. The whole book is great.      source
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Natalie Shure
My Father Left Me Ireland by Michael Brendan Dougherty
Necessary Trouble by Sarah Jaffe
The Master Switch by Tim Wu
Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes
The Origins of the Urban Crisis by Thomas J. Sugrue
Sexing the Body by Anne Fausto-Sterling