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David Corn is an American political journalist and author. He is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Mother Jones and perhaps best known as a cable television commentator.
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True Flag
Stephen Kinzer - 2018-01-23 (first published in 2017)
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The bestselling author of Overthrow and The Brothers brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America's interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond.How should the United States act in the world? Americans cannot decide. Sometimes we burn with righteous anger, launching foreign wars and deposing governments...
David Corn
Good sentiment. But to be accurate, TR was a racist who wanted to conquer other lands because he believed their people were inferior. See Stephen Kinzer’s book, “The True Flag.”      source
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The Campaign of the Century
Upton Sinclair's Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics
Greg Mitchell - 2011-12-12 (first published in 1992)
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In 1934, voters hoping to turn the tide of the Great Depression backed an unlikely candidate for governor of California: Upton Sinclair, muckraking author of "The Jungle" and lifelong socialist. Amazingly, Sinclair swept the Democratic primary, leading a mass movement called EPIC (End Poverty in California). More than a thousand EPIC chapters forme...
David Corn
“Mank” is a wonderfully made film, and you should watch it. But several key points are outright fiction, and @GregMitch, who wrote a brilliant book on the 1934 CA gov campaign, tells us the truth. Read his NYT piece after you see the @netflix movie.      source
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Charles Pierce
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Nicholas Pileggi - 2019-04-16 (first published in 1985)
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Nicholas Pileggi’s vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill—the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that “to be a wiseguy was to own the world,” who grew up to live the highs and lows of the mafia gangster’s life—has been hailed as “the best book ever written on organized crime” (Cosmopolitan).This is the...
David Corn
If I recall correctly, the place had a mob connection that is explained in the great book Wiseguy, which was the basis for "Goodfellas."      source
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How to Fix Our Broken Democracy (World Citizen Comics)
Daniel G. Newman - 2020-07-07
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Despite our immense political divisions, Americans are nearly united in our belief that something is wrong with our government: It works for the wealthy and powerful, but not for anyone else. Unrig exposes the twisted roots of our broken democracy and highlights the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to We the People.This ...
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My take on the new graphic book "Unrig:" Dramatic and inspiring tales of champions of democracy fighting for and implementing practical solutions. It’s a great read—with important lessons for any citizen who gives a damn. @danielgnewman      source
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Ron Chernow - 2018-09-25 (first published in 2017)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller. New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an ...
David Corn
Read the recent Grant bio by Ron Chernow. A fantastic book that chronicles Grant’s amazing narrative. He went from being a failed businessman (broke, couldn’t afford rent in a SF flophouse) to a transformative military commander to a president who combatted white supremacists.      source
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The Day the World Exploded
Simon Winchester - 2005-07-05 (first published in 2003)
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The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano — Krakatoa. The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa — the name has since become a byword for ...
David Corn
It’s a great book. Get it. Read it.      source