9 books on the list
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Not in It to Win It
Discover How to Love Unconditionally Despite Political Differences. This book takes a closer look at the evangelical reaction to cultural and political shifts in recent years, and how it revealed their relentless drive to win. Discern how to make a stand with humility, view politics through the lens of faith, and apply Jesus’s teachings to modern-day challenges. Learn to follow Jesus’s command to love others unconditionally rather than fighting for power or asserting your rights. Explore the powerful message of this book and discover a new perspective on love and acceptance.
I bought Andy Stanley’s book today and just finished the intro. What a radical concept! Christians should be more focused on delivering Jesus Christ’s message to the world than fighting culture wars or winning elections. How…how…Christlike of him. – source
What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country
Explore the classical education and literature that shaped the thinking of America's founding fathers in this revelatory new book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. The author delves into the works of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers, including the Iliad, Plutarch's Lives, and those of Xenophon, Epicurus, Aristotle, Cato, and Cicero, to reveal the ideals that formed the cornerstone of American democracy. Drawing on indepth research, First Principles provides fresh new insights into the lives and thinking of these legendary leaders, unveiling startling new portraits of men we thought we knew.
My favorite book of the year! Read it for yourself and then please pass it along to your child in college. Tom Ricks reconnects us to the political genius of our founders without shying away from their personal faults. – source
Twilight of Democracy
The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
Explore the resurgence of authoritarianism in the 21st century with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Anne Applebaum's Twilight of Democracy. As liberal democracy wanes and populism and nationalism gain traction across the globe, Applebaum offers insight into the appeal of the strongman leader and political systems that prioritize loyalty above all else. Through historical examples and investigative reporting in several countries, she sheds light on the practical motivations that drive individuals toward authoritarianism and highlights the dangers of a one-party state. Discover the seductive power of totalitarian thinking in this thought-provoking and timely book.
No book better describes our political times than @anneapplebaum’s “Twilight of Democracy”. Her insights on the rise of soft authoritarianism in the West are crucial. As a conservative shaped by the Cold War, it was distressing to read of her subjects’ shameless hypocrisy. – source
Also recommended byBarack ObamaNigella LawsonJay RosenRoger Bennett
James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Explore the struggle for racial justice in America through the lens of James Baldwin's life and writings. In the aftermath of the civil rights movement, Baldwin transformed into a more politically-engaged writer, at personal and professional cost. In "Begin Again," Eddie S. Glaude Jr. delves into the challenge of confronting America's lies about race, exploring the after times of today's Trumpian era intersecting with Black Lives Matter movement, and how Baldwin's journey offers guidance and hope through disillusionment and despair. This searing exploration is both a powerful interrogation of what we must ask of ourselves and an indispensable part of America's much-needed political and cultural reckoning.
Here’s the James Baldwin quote @esglaude and I were talking about this morning from his great new book “Begin Again”: “To accept one’s past—one’s history—is not the same as drowning it it.” – source
Also recommended byAparna NancherlaSteve KerrMaya WileyHugh HewittWalter Isaacson
Revolution of Robert Kennedy
Discover the captivating story of how Robert F. Kennedy turned tragedy into hope in the aftermath of JFK's assassination. In The Revolution of Robert Kennedy, journalist John R. Bohrer provides intimate details of Bobby's life between 1963 and 1966, as he navigated mourning his brother and competing with Lyndon Johnson for control of the Democratic Party. From Attorney General to champion of the underprivileged, Bobby's journey helped shape the themes of his eventual presidential campaign. This insightful biography invites readers to explore the mind and heart of one of America's most inspiring leaders.
Such great news, Jack. We are so happy for you! PS—If you haven’t yet, do yourself a favor and read Jack’s amazing book on RFK, The Revolution of Robert Kennedy. – source
The Immoral Majority
Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power over Christian Values
This book explores the possible reasons why evangelicals are losing the culture war, and if they are to blame for their decline. Written by Ben Howe, this book delves into the history of the Christian Right and how it led to the current state of the conservative movement. Howe examines the intellectual dishonesty and manipulative rhetoric that evangelical leaders use to convince Christians to follow the Republican Party line. He argues that unless evangelicals prioritize persuasion over power, they will continue to lose influence in the world. The Immoral Majority urges readers to value the eternal over the ephemeral, humility over ego, and resist the temptation of political power.
“The Immoral Majority” by @BenHowe is such an important book for Americans to read and for evangelicals to debate. Critically important. – source
Also recommended byJoe Walsh
"Reset" is a must-read for anyone experiencing job loss or hoping to maintain job security. Dwain Schenck infuses personal experience and expert advice into a candid account of his journey through unemployment. This book provides valuable techniques and insights on dealing with the emotional phases of job loss, networking, and reinvention. With a dash of humor, Schenck touches on serious topics and extracts wisdom from successful leaders like Donald Trump and Mika Brzezinski. "Reset" will help you get back on your feet and thrive in a buyer's market.
Mika wrote the forward to Dwain's moving book about losing a job, getting knocked down, and fighting back to find ever greater success. Inspiring! – source
So We Read On
How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures
Explore the enduring relevance and power of one of America's most beloved literary classics in So We Read On. With a fresh perspective that highlights its literary achievements, path to classic status, and commentary on race, class, and gender, book critic Maureen Corrigan offers a rousing consideration of The Great Gatsby. Drawing on her experience as a reader, lecturer, and critic, Corrigan's insightful exploration will leave you inspired to re-experience this great novel in an entirely new light.
I love this book. – source
My Losing Season
This memoir dives into the author's experiences as a young athlete and the defining season that shaped the rest of his life. We follow his journey as he and his Citadel basketball team struggle to find their place in the world, while Conroy navigates the complicated relationships with his coach and father. Through both exhilarating games and heartbreaking defeats, readers will be reminded of the important lessons that come with failure, and the power of finding one's self in the midst of it all.
A Great Loss-> Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides, passes away. My Losing Season remains a remarkable book. – source