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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.
If you’re looking for a great book, check out Begin Again by @EddieGlaude. Beautifully written and very timely given the state of our country. – source
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
This groundbreaking book has had a massive impact on the criminal justice reform movement. Written by Michelle Alexander, it argues that America has simply redesigned racial caste instead of ending it. With citations in judicial decisions, adoption in community-wide reads, and the inspiration for the creation of the Marshall Project and the Art for Justice Fund, this book has won prestigious prizes and spent over 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. A new 10th-anniversary edition includes a preface by the author discussing the book's impact and the state of criminal justice reform today.
My friend @impastormike_ recommended that I read this book. If you’re like me and you want to understand our country and why things are the way they are, this is the book. – source
Also recommended byBill GatesMark ZuckerbergSunny HostinSahil LavingiaAlan CooperBrian Earp
Why We're Polarized
Explore how American politics became polarized and toxic, and what it means for our future in this groundbreaking book by journalist and political commentator Ezra Klein. Discover how our partisan identities have merged with our racial, religious, geographic, ideological, and cultural identities, and how this has led to the breakdown of our political system. Through clear frameworks and feedback loops, Klein offers insight into everything from Trump's rise to the Democrat's shift leftward, and he provides a new perspective for understanding the politicization of everyday culture. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the current state of American politics.
Highly recommend this book. – source
Also recommended byBill GatesAndrew Yang
Man's Search for Meaning
Discover how to find meaning in suffering and move forward with renewed purpose by exploring the riveting memoir of a psychiatrist who survived Nazi death camps. In this influential book, based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, the author argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it and find meaning in it through his theory of logotherapy. This book is a must-read for anyone searching for significance in the act of living.
If you’re looking for a good book these days, read Viktor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search For Meaning.’ Incredibly inspiring. – source
Also recommended byJimmy FallonEmma WatsonPewDiePieCory BookerTony RobbinsJillian MichaelsTerry CrewsJordan PetersonAmanda PalmerMaria Popova37 others
Medicine and What Matters in the End
This book explores the challenging topic of how medicine can improve not only life, but also the process of dying. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, tackles the limitations of his profession and argues that quality of life should be the ultimate goal for patients and families. He offers examples of more fulfilling models for caring for the elderly and explores hospice care to show that the end of life can still be rich and dignified.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. – source
Also recommended byEd YongBrian KoppelmanAmy Cuddy
How Democracies Die
Discover the dangers of eroding democratic institutions and norms in "How Democracies Die". Written by Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, this eye-opening book uses historical and global examples to show how democracies can break down and ultimately fail. From Trump's presidency to political crises in Latin America and Europe, Levitsky and Ziblatt offer insightful research and perspectives on how to save democracies from authoritarianism. This nonpartisan book is a must-read for all Americans concerned about the current state of affairs.
Add this to your summer reading list. Great book. – source
Also recommended byBarack ObamaZitto KabweAlexander StubbAndrew AdonisHarini Calamur