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Steve Schale is a political strategist in Florida. He was the State Director for the Barack Obama campaign in Florida, managing Obama's 2008 effort in the state, and served as a Florida Senior Advisor in 2012.
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Midnight's Borders
A People's History of Modern India
Suchitra Vijayan - 2021-05-25
Steve Schale
Book 5 of 2023. The sheer courage @suchitrav shows in doing the work for her Midnight Borders is alone worthy of reading her book. But beyond that, the stories she tells of the lives of those living at the geographic edge of India are illuminating as they are often haunting.      source
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The Nickel Boys
A Novel
Colson Whitehead - 2019-07-16
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARTime, Esquire, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Slate, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Vox, Variety, Christian Science Monitor, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, Literary Hub, BuzzFeed, The New York Public LibraryNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWA...
Steve Schale
Book 4 is @colsonwhitehead novel, Nickel Boys, a deeply disturbing story based on the all-too-true history of one of the State of Florida’s darkest chapters, the Dozier School for Boys. If you haven’t read it, make it the next book on your list      source
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How to Stand Up to a Dictator
The Fight for Our Future
Maria Ressa - 2022-11-29
Steve Schale
Book 1 of 2023 - @mariaressa phenomenal memoir on her fight against Philippines President Duterte, and the very real challenges facing democracies everywhere. It’s a remarkable read, and her personal story is inspiring. Thx @markbaldwin1 for the book. 🇺🇸🇵🇭🇺🇸🇵🇭      source
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The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson - 2020-08-04
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to ...
Steve Schale
Book 23 - I finally picked up Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste after having several friends recommend it. It’s not an easy read, but it’s remarkably written, albeit often unsettling book.      source
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Any Given Tuesday
A Political Love Story
Lis Smith - 2022-07-19
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Book 22 of 2022z. I adore @Lis_Smith - and even more after I read her book, Any Given Tuesday. The book is honest, smart, and witty - just like Lis herself. Whether you are a hack, a wannabe hack, or just enjoy the game, you’ll love her book.      source
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On Roads That Echo
A bicycle journey through Asia and Africa
Charlie Walker - 2019-11-29
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Having already pedalled 18,000 miles from Britain to Beijing, Charlie Walker’s homeward leg carried him a further 26,000 miles through Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The two-and-a-half-year journey spanned the mountains and deserts of former Soviet Republics, Afghanistan on the fearful brink of foreign withdrawal, and remote corners of ...
Steve Schale
Book 21 was a return to my soft spot for travelogues through places I long to visit. It’s a good read - particularly the parts of his book that are about Central Asia and Iran - but at times it felt like a catalog than a story. It’s a good read if you enjoy the genre.      source
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Once Upon a Time in Russia
The Rise of the Oligarchs—A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder
Ben Mezrich - 2016-06-14 (first published in 2015)
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The New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires tells his most incredible story yet: A true drama of obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal from deep inside the world of billionaire Russian oligarchs that Booklist called “one more example of just how talented a storyteller [Mezrich] is.”Meet tw...
Steve Schale
Book 20 of 2022 (and 6th on Russia) @benmezrich “Once Upon a Time in Russia” book about the rise of oligarchs - and how Putin held power over them is really good read. Great story telling - and will leave you smarter about Russia itself.      source
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Between Two Fires
Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia
Joshua Yaffa - 2020-01-14
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From a leading journalist in Moscow and correspondent for The New Yorker, a groundbreaking portrait of modern Russia and the inner struggles of the people who sustain Vladimir Putin's ruleIn this rich and novelistic tour of contemporary Russia, Joshua Yaffa introduces readers to some of the country's most remarkable figures--from politicians and en...
Steve Schale
Book 19, @yaffaesque Between Two Fires. My 2022 of binging books on Russia - Yaffa’s is a interesting look at the pressures faced by everyday Russians who are trying to navigate their own ambitions through the landlines of pressure from Putin’s state. Good read.      source
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Red Notice
A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
Bill Browder - 2015-10-20 (first published in 2014)
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[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liars Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browders business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putins Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for an...
Steve Schale
Book 18. @Billbrowder Red Notice. Browder’s life is really remarkable. This is the first of two books he’s written about his battles against Putin. Both are must reads…I just wish I had read this one first.      source
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The Spy and the Traitor
The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Ben MacIntyre - 2019-08-06 (first published in 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War. "The best true spy story I have ever read."--JOHN LE CARR� If anyone could be considered a Russian counter...
Steve Schale
Book 16 on year: Spy and Traitor by Ben Macintyre - an absolutely riveting story of the life of a Russian double agent. Fascinating book about the craft, but the actual story of the Russian spy is really something.      source
Empire of Rubber by Gregg Mitman
World Travel by Anthony Bourdain
The Border by Erika Fatland
Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Second Suns by David Oliver Relin
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
The Harlem Shake (The Harlem Apocalypse Book 1) by Jeff Carroll
No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal
Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian by Paul F. Knitter
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux
Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
The Children by David Halberstam
The New History of Florida by