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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.
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Crawling Behind
America’s Child Care Crisis and How to Fix It
Elliot Haspel - 2019-11-12
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“I’ve totally washed away the dream of having one more child.”“I had never intended to be a stay-at-home-parent, but the cost of child care turned me into one.”“We had to pull our toddler out of his program because we couldn’t afford to have two kids in high-quality care.”These are not the voices of those down on their luck, but the voices of Ameri...
Jonathan Cohn
More on @ehaspel — and his book, which I recommend — here      source
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Empire of Pain
The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Patrick Radden Keefe - 2021-04-13
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The highly anticipated portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, by the prize-winning, bestselling author of Say Nothing. The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions: Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to the a...
Jonathan Cohn
@ryan_levi @praddenkeefe @DusetzinaS Thank you! (And agree on Empire of Pain. Such a great book.)      source
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The $800 Million Pill
The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs
Merrill Goozner - 2005-04-01 (first published in 2004)
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Why do life-saving prescription drugs cost so much? Drug companies insist that prices reflect the millions they invest in research and development. In this gripping exposé, Merrill Goozner contends that American taxpayers are in fact footing the bill twice: once by supporting government-funded research and again by paying astronomically high prices...
Jonathan Cohn
Also @_GoozNews wrote one of the best books I’ve read on the pharma industry. He knows what he is talking about.      source
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Economic Dignity
Gene Sperling - 2020-05-05
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From one of our wisest and most influential economic thinkers, the only person to serve as Director of the National Economic Council under two Presidents, a profound big-picture vision of why the promotion of dignity should be the singular end goal by which we chart America's economic futureWhen Gene Sperling was in charge of coordinating the shapi...
Jonathan Cohn
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
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Fighting for Our Health
The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States (Rockefeller Institute Press)
Richard Kirsch - 2012-02-03
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Insider Richard Kirsch offers a vivid, first-person account of how health care reform came to be.This first-person account brings readers inside the biggest and most consequential issue campaign in American history. Fighting for Our Health recounts how a reform campaign led by grassroots organizers played a crucial role in President Obama’s signing...
Jonathan Cohn
@slandersonwdc @aewright @_RichardKirsch Great book, cited in mine! (More than once.)      source
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Albion's Seed
Four British Folkways in America (America
David Hackett Fischer - 1989-03-14
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This book is the first volume in a cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins.From 1629 to 1775, North America was...
Jonathan Cohn
@KeithNHumphreys Love this book, refer back to it all the time.      source
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A Bright Shining Lie
John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
Neil Sheehan - 1988-09-12
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This passionate, epic account of the Vietnam War centres on Lt Col John Paul Vann, whose story illuminates America's failures & disillusionment in SE Asia. A field adviser to the army when US involvement was just beginning, he quickly became appalled at the corruption of the S. Vietnamese regime, their incompetence in fighting the Communists & thei...
Jonathan Cohn
One of the books that made me want to be a journalist RIP      source
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Moo, Baa, La La La!
Boynton - 2004-05-25 (first published in 1982)
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It's BIG fun from Sandra Boynton in this big, big size of this favorite title. Great for laps and sharing, this oversized edition on thick, sturdy board material is perfect for oversized fun for children of all ages. This raucous story about the sounds animals make -- including three pigs who say la la la! - is just right for reading aloud....
Jonathan Cohn
@lizzieohreally @SandyBoynton If I had to pick one Boynton book, by the way, it'd be But Not the Hippopotamus or Moo Baa La La La But it's really hard to choose      source
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Chelsea Clinton
A shy hippo is hesitant to join in the fun that the other animals are having. But little by little, she finds her courage. A fine and funny book, with over two million copies in print, But Not the Hippopotamus is a classic favorite anytime book for little kids and their parents....
Jonathan Cohn
@lizzieohreally @SandyBoynton If I had to pick one Boynton book, by the way, it'd be But Not the Hippopotamus or Moo Baa La La La But it's really hard to choose      source
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The Teacher Wars
A History of America's Most Embattled Profession
Dana Goldstein - 2015-08-04 (first published in 2014)
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In her groundbreaking history of 175 years of American education, Dana Goldstein finds answers in the past to the controversies that plague our public schools today.Teaching is a wildly contentious profession in America, one attacked and admired in equal measure. In The Teacher Wars, a rich, lively, and unprecedented history of public school teachi...
Jonathan Cohn
"I may know a bit about the history of teaching" -- i.e., writer who covers education for a living and wrote a widely praised book on ... the history of teaching Anyway, listen to @DanaGoldstein      source