Jonathan Cohn is an American author and journalist who writes mainly on United States public policy and political issues. Formerly the executive editor of The American Prospect and a senior editor at The New Republic, Cohn is now a senior national correspondent at The Huffington Post.
14 books on the list
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Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America
Discover the heroic story of women lawyers who fought and won against the racism, sexism, and xenophobia of Donald Trump's presidency in Lady Justice. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Senior Editor, tells thrilling tales of women like Sally Yates, Becca Heller, Roberta Kaplan, and Stacy Abrams who marched, ran for office, sued neo-Nazis, protected voting rights, and opposed the Muslim travel ban. With unparalleled access to her subjects, Lithwick writes a luminous book about the heroes of the Trump years, a celebration of tireless efforts, legal ingenuity, and indefatigable spirit. Lady Justice is a must-read for all optimistic and hopeful Americans.
Next: Lady Justice by @Dahlialithwick Gonna be honest here: I’d buy anything Dahlia wrote about law and the courts. In awe of her ability to write about such complex subjects with such clarity and wit — and humanity. And the book sounds great 2/x – source
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Jesus and John Wayne
How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
Explore the relationship between white evangelicalism and Donald Trump in Jesus and John Wayne. Historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez reveals how culture and popular media have shaped the beliefs of millions of evangelical Americans, replacing Jesus of the Gospels with a mythical warrior idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism. From Ronald Reagan to John Wayne, these muscular heroes have instilled patriarchal, authoritarian, and aggressive values within white evangelicalism that have become deeply rooted within the community. This thought-provoking book challenges the assumption that evangelicals supported Trump purely for pragmatic reasons, instead showing how his values align with their own, and how it will have an enduring impact on the nation long after he's gone.
TIL John Wayne never served in the military. Just assumed he had. Learned it from one of my vacation books, Jesus and John Wayne by @kkdumez. Skimmed for a recent article but reading carefully now. Super interesting — and timely. – source
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Burning Down the House
Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party
Discover how the rhetoric and tactics of Newt Gingrich and his allies launched an era of brutal partisan politics that still haunts America today. In Burning Down the House, author Julian Zelizer traces the story of how Gingrich's calculated campaign of attacks against his political opponents set the stage for decades of ruthless Republican tactics. From weaponizing good government reforms to plotting the destruction of the political career of Speaker Wright, Gingrich introduced the methods that shaped modern Congress and the Republican Party. His legacy extended beyond his own tenure in office, creating a new normal in Washington that is still felt today.
@grudging1 @HaroldMeyerson @TheProspect Or -- as the article notes -- that it coincides with Gingrich's rise to power in the House Relatedly, this is a really good book – source
Also recommended byJason Stanley
America’s Child Care Crisis and How to Fix It
"Breaking the Cost Barrier: Providing Affordable Childcare for America's Middle Class. This book exposes the heartbreaking reality of hard-working parents struggling to afford high-quality childcare. The middle class is hit hard, and the next generation suffers as a result. The author proposes a bold solution: free childcare. Don't miss out on this important call for change in America's policies."
More on @ehaspel — and his book, which I recommend — here – source
Empire of Pain
The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Explore the scandalous history of the wealthy and powerful Sackler family, known for their philanthropic contributions to prestigious institutions worldwide. Uncover the truth behind their fortune, as author Patrick Radden Keefe reveals their controversial role as the creators of OxyContin, a painkiller which played a major role in the opioid crisis. With compelling storytelling and extensive research, Empire of Pain is a must-read for those seeking a deeper understanding of this complex family dynasty.
@ryan_levi @praddenkeefe @DusetzinaS Thank you! (And agree on Empire of Pain. Such a great book.) – source
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Follow the transformation of a hungry caterpillar as he munches his way through apples, plums, and more in this beloved classic children's book. From his tiny egg to his stunning transformation into a butterfly, experience the wonder of nature with stunning illustrations and a delightful story that has been passed down from generation to generation. Perfect for sharing with the little ones in your life, this audiobook will both delight and educate even the youngest listener.
We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to our kids more times than I can remember. That book is a treasure. RIP Eric Carle – source
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The $800 Million Pill
The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs
This exposé sheds light on why life-saving prescription drugs are so expensive. Merrill Goozner argues that American taxpayers are actually funding drug research twice, once through government funding and again through high drug prices. Goozner shows that most of the important new drugs are developed through taxpayer-funded research, but pharmaceutical companies profit from the work. He highlights dedicated scientists who drive medical breakthroughs, and suggests ways the government could expand its role in testing new medicines to eliminate private sector waste. This book is a must-read for all concerned with drug pricing, healthcare, and the role of pharmaceutical companies.
Also @_GoozNews wrote one of the best books I’ve read on the pharma industry. He knows what he is talking about. – source
Discover a new vision for America's economic future in "Economic Dignity" by Gene Sperling. As a former director of the National Economic Council, Sperling explores the importance of promoting economic dignity as the ultimate end goal for our country's economic policy. With a focus on three pillars - caring for family, pursuing potential and purpose, and economic participation with respect - Sperling presents a roadmap for policymakers and citizens to follow towards a more fulfilling and equitable economic future. Join Sperling on a thoughtful and compelling exploration of America's economic challenges and opportunities.
On a more serious note, Sperling's political evolution since the Clinton era tracks that of the Democratic Party more generally. His book, Economic Dignity, is a progressive take on the economy and work that impressed some skeptics on the left. (3) – source
Fighting for Our Health
The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States (Rockefeller Institute Press)
Discover the inspiring story of how grassroots organizers played a crucial role in President Obama's signing of historic health reform legislation. Insider Richard Kirsch takes readers inside the Beltway and across the United States, recounting the fight against powerful opponents like the health insurance industry and the US Chamber of Commerce. This vivid first-person account of the biggest issue campaign in American history is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of grassroots organizing.
@slandersonwdc @aewright @_RichardKirsch Great book, cited in mine! (More than once.) – source
Four British Folkways in America (America
Discover the origins of American folkways in this cultural history of the United States. From the earliest English settlements to modern times, the book argues that the country's British cultural origins continue to shape its regional cultures today. Explore the different folkways of four groups of English-speaking immigrants, including the Puritans, Royalists, Quakers, and backcountry settlers, who brought distinctive dialects, customs, and ideas to America. Learn how these differences continue to impact American politics, education, gender, and violence, and how together they created a cultural pluralism that has made the country more libertarian.
@KeithNHumphreys Love this book, refer back to it all the time. – source
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Boynton
A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan
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