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The Color of Law
A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Richard Rothstein - 2018-05-01
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In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate age...
Rick Klau
Grateful to @cbracy who sent me a copy of Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law a few years ago. That book helped me understand that the system worked as intended, and convinced me that it's not enough to regret the past. We have to work to *correct* it.      source
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Theodora Lau
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A Knock at Midnight
A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom
Brittany K. Barnett - 2020-09-08
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An inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity and an urgent call to free those buried alive by America's unjust legal system--from a gifted young lawyer whose journey marks the emergence of a powerful new voice in the movement to transform the system.Brittany K. Barnett was only a law student when she came across the case that would c...
Rick Klau
1/ You may remember me raving about @MsBKB's book. If you liked @13THFilm by @ava, if you were moved by Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, if you care about equity and justice in America, you will LOVE Brittany's book. But something BIG happened last week you might have missed.      source
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Leave the World Behind
A Novel
Rumaan Alam - 2020-10-06
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A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrongAmanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home ...
Rick Klau
5/ Leave the World Behind by @Rumaan. Mind-bending. Underlined a line in the middle of the book that sums up the book (and the experience reading it): "Whatever they thought they understood was not wrong but irrelevant." Unsettling, provocative, original.      source
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The Woman Who Smashed Codes
A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies
Jason Fagone - 2018-08-28
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Joining the ranks of Hidden Figures and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II.In...
Rick Klau
I am so excited about this @jfagone! Cannot wait to watch. Also, people: if you haven't read Jason's book about Elizebeth Friedman, we can't be friends      source
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A Civic Technologist's Practice Guide
Cyd Harrell - 2020-09-17
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I’ve put every single thing I know about civic tech into this little book. It’s both an onboarding guide and a survival manual, and I hope it will be useful to the field. It outlines the types of projects, partnerships, and people that civic technologists encounter, and the methods we can use to make lasting change. I focus on principles and sets o...
Rick Klau
If you've ever considered taking your tech talents to the government, you really need to read Cyd's book.      source
You're going to die. The Earth will, one day, be toast. So too, our Sun will eventually shine its last. But what's next?The End of Everything is a unique exploration of the destruction of the cosmos. Drawing on cutting edge technology and theory, as well as hot-off-the-presses results from the most powerful telescopes and particle colliders, astrop...
Rick Klau
If you haven't already read Katie's outstanding book, let this be a reminder to remedy that ASAP      source
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Chris Anderson
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Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson - 2015-08-18 (first published in 2014)
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A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poo...
Rick Klau
No lie: this book by @MsBKB is every bit as good, as heartbreaking, as Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and 13th by @ava. I am in awe of the scope of Brittany's story, and how powerfully told it is. Truly exceptional.      source
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The Water Dancer
A Novel
Ta-Nehisi Coates - 2019-09-24
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Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.So...
Rick Klau
@goodreads @taffyakner @thrillkinson @itsDanielSuarez @blakecrouch1 @eliotpeper @RonanFarrow @cbracy The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehesi Coates. Coates sees us—all of us—with a clarity that is as unnerving as it is breathtaking. He sees our failures, our aspirations, our hypocrisy, our pettiness, our beauty. Astounding book.      source
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Oprah Winfrey
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The Cuckoo's Egg
Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
Cliff Stoll - 2005-01-01 (first published in 1989)
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Before the Internet became widely known as a global tool for terrorists, one perceptive U.S. citizen recognized its ominous potential. Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security. But would the authorities back him up? Cliff Stoll's dramatic ...
Rick Klau
@AtulAcharya @stevesi Same. Read it in college, realized I was more excited about the tech than what I was studying -- and Cliff did such a great job helping you understand what was going on. Such a great book.      source
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Mark Russinovich
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New Orleans Cocktails
An Elegant Collection of over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Big Easy
Sarah Baird - 2017-02-07
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Mix up more than 100 of the Big Easy’s most celebrated and innovative cocktails, and immerse yourself in the culture and history of the South’s most famous city with this gorgeous new drink recipe collection.New Orleans has a cocktail culture that goes way back—and for the first time ever, you can be transported to the heart of this trendsetting ci...
Rick Klau
Can't recommend the book enough. Easily equal to my favorite cocktail book, Drinking the Devil's Acre, which is all about San Francisco drinks. New Orleans Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Big Easy      source