Ron Fournier is a business executive and former journalist. Until 2018, he was the publisher and editor of Crain’s Detroit Business. Previously he worked at Atlantic Magazine and the National Journal and as Washington bureau chief at the Associated Press until leaving in June 2010.
17 books on the list
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Discover the tumultuous period of American history during and after World War I, when bloodshed and repression on the home front almost doomed democracy. Through the stories of a diverse cast of characters, including Woodrow Wilson, J. Edgar Hoover, and labor radical Leo Wendell, award-winning historian Adam Hochschild exposes the torture, censorship, and killings that plagued America from 1917 to 1921. American Midnight is a groundbreaking work of narrative history that reveals the poisons of racism, nativism, and contempt for the rule of law that still exist today.
This book is a chilling reminder of how history echoes, and in times of change like these, fear & hate are powerful political forces. – source
Explore the history of the Republican Party's attempts to hold onto political power at any cost in this scathing critique by a popular political columnist. From the Contract with America to the recent violent mob at the Capitol, witness how the party has transformed from the days of Lincoln and Reagan to a breeding ground for white supremacists, conspiracy theories, and authoritarianism. Follow the careers of key figures like Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell, and Rudy Giuliani as well as lesser-known players on a shocking journey to maintain their hold on the American people.
“All I know is that after reading ‘The Destructionists,’ I needed a drink.” ~ Christoper Buckley on @Milbank’s must-read book – source
A gripping account by two New York Times reporters on the 2020 election and the first year of the Biden presidency, revealing the deep divides within both parties and the struggles to hold together a changing country. With shocking, never-before-seen details and interviews, the book explores the national crises of the pandemic, the attack on the Capitol, and Biden's political challenges. Will American democracy, as we know it, ever work again?
.@jmartNYT & @alexburnsNYT managed not just to write a campaign book, but to write a compelling and sweeping work of history. Well done, gents. – source
Also recommended byMaggie Haberman
A celebrated historian shares his personal experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books in this evocatively written collection of personal pieces. From interviewing powerful figures like Robert Moses to encountering witnesses of political power, and finding a writer's community, the author reflects on his journey and the importance of infusing writing with a sense of place and mood. These candid, deeply revealing recollections bring into focus the passion, integrity, and self-deprecation behind his acclaimed work.
This gift from @pepinosuave is the single best book on #journalism I’ve ever read — relentless research, deeply embedded reporting, and aggressively patient listening. Must read for anybody who calls themself a reporter. – source
Also recommended byTim O’Reilly
Discover the incredible story of Zingerman’s, a $70 million-dollar gourmet food empire based in Michigan, that has transformed Ann Arbor into a food lover’s paradise. Micheline Maynard’s book, Satisfaction Guaranteed, offers a thoughtful exploration of Zingerman’s philosophy of good food, excellent service, and sound finances, and how this has made it a legendary business in the gourmet food world. With superb customer service and an atmosphere of innovation and respect, Zingerman’s has earned a place in the hearts of its loyal customers, while achieving incredible financial success. This book is a recipe for success, in business and in life, that will inspire readers to manifest joy and purpose in everything they do.
“Satisfaction Guaranteed: How Zingerman's Built a Corner Deli Into a Global Food Community” — a must-read a book by @MickiMaynard. – source
A moving account of a son's autumn spent with his ninety-five-year-old father, sharing Saturdays with their beloved Ole Miss Rebels. This book explores themes of loss, mortality, and the complicated yet precious bond between fathers and sons. A must-read for anyone who values family, sports, and the enduring lessons they teach.
@stuartpstevens @OleMissFB Great book – source
Explore the fascinating life and legacy of Nancy Reagan, a driven and politically savvy First Lady who played a crucial role in shaping one of the most consequential presidencies in American history. Drawing on years of research and exclusive archives, Karen Tumulty delves into Nancy's formative experiences, from her traumatic childhood to her love story with Ronald, and reveals how she leveraged her influence to shape policy and soften her husband's image as a warmonger. A must-read biography for anyone interested in the intersection of power and relationships in politics.
3/ “She will once again lay down beside the man who was the love of her life. The one she loved until the end of her days.” Boom. Amazing book for so many reasons — but no more than this love. Thank you for sharing their story, rising above politics to the heart of life’s quest. – source
A powerful and essential look at the Trump presidency, told by White House reporter Jonathan Karl, who has known the president for over 25 years. With unprecedented access to Trump and his administration, Karl delivers surprising insights and behind-the-scenes moments that define Trump's presidency. From his unlikely rise to the struggles and battles of those who work in the White House, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in current events and politics in America.
Nice to see @jonkarl on @Morning_Joe discussing his book on the former President Trump — a must read – source
Explore the hidden caste system that has shaped America through this immersive and deeply researched narrative by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns. In Caste, Isabel Wilkerson examines the power hierarchy that defines our lives today, beyond race, class, or other factors. Through real stories about people like Martin Luther King Jr. and baseball's Satchel Paige, she uncovers the eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations. Wilkerson also links the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, showcasing how the cruel logic of caste requires a bottom rung to measure against. This eye-opening read offers hope in moving beyond these artificial and destructive separations in pursuit of our common humanity.
On page 352 of her extraordinary book, “Caste,” Isabel Wilkerson quotes Taylor Branch: “If people were given a choice between democracy and whiteness, how many would choose whiteness?” And then, more than ever, the Trump presidency made sense to me. – source
Also recommended byBarack ObamaPreet BhararaAnthony ScaramucciChristine CaineBradley WhitfordRoger BennettTrevor NcubeTom PetersTim WiseLisa Bloom7 others
Explore the fascinating world of trees and their hidden communication system in this captivating book. Author Peter Wohlleben shares his deep passion for forests and the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed. Learn how trees communicate and support each other, creating an ecosystem that benefits the whole community. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret life of trees and their abilities. Discover how eco-friendly practices can benefit our planet, and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.
One of my favorite things to do in the northern #Michigan woods is to stop on the Au Sable river with a cigar and this beautiful book that I keep in the glove box of my atv. Among other things, it’s taught me to hear the trees (no shit) – source
Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth by The Washington Post Fact Checker Staff
Grace from the Rubble by Jeanne Bishop
Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Once in a Great City by David Maraniss
Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle
Ball Four by Jim Bouton