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Politics

They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance

They Want to Kill Americans is a wide-ranging investigation into the movements that coalesced into the January 6th insurrection and their continuing efforts to take over the government, preferably, it seems, by force. They are unified in their white nationalist disdain... Continue Reading →

Police Brutality and White Supremacy by Etan Thomas

Police Brutality and White Supremacy is a collection of interviews by Etan Thomas of people in the movement for police reform and accountability, in the press, and even in the police. Thomas approaches each person with warmhearted openness that inspires... Continue Reading →

Pauli Murray’s Revolutionary Life by Simki Kuznik

Pauli Murray’s Revolutionary Life is a biography of the extraordinary human rights activist who struggled against Jim and Jane Crow her entire life. An activist ahead of her time, she was arrested for sitting in the wrong seat of the... Continue Reading →

Wildland by Evan Osnos

Wildland describes the many ways Americans lost faith in their government and society, becoming a tinderbox waiting for the arsonist Donald Trump. It begans with the attack on 9/11/2001 and continues to the insurrection on 1/6/2021, looking at the many... Continue Reading →

Ethel Rosenberg by Anne Sebba

Ethel Rosenberg is a biography about the woman executed for treason by the U.S. government in 1953. For many people, when they think of her, they see Meryl Streep sitting at Roy Cohn's bedside as he lay dying of AIDS.... Continue Reading →

Battle for the Soul by Edward-Isaac Dovere

Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats' Campaign to Defeat Trump is a richly detailed overview of the primary and general election campaign to take back the White House. It begins with the heartbreaking defeat of Hillary Clinton through the... Continue Reading →

American Women’s Suffrage ed. by Susan Ware

American Women's Suffrage is the newest edition in the Library of America's incredible collection of American literature and historical writings. In this collection, advocates and opponents of women's suffrage from 1776 to 1965 are heard once again. It's an extensive... Continue Reading →

Undaunted by James O. Brennan

Undaunted is the memoir of John O. Brennan, the CIA director for the last half of President Obama's term. Since his retirement, he has been critical of Trump and the Republicans who refused to act to punish Russia for intervening... Continue Reading →

The Black Cabinet by Jill Watts

The Black Cabinet is a history of the informal group of Black federal employees who worked within FDR's New Deal agencies in order to influence them to help Black Americans. They helped ensure that Black people were hired by New... Continue Reading →

Beyond Your Bubble by Tania Israel

Beyond Your Bubble is a short book full of information on how to talk to people with whom you disagree passionately in order to come to a position of mutual respect. It has several exercises to help readers practice their... Continue Reading →

The Address Book by Deirdre Mask

The Address Book explores street addresses and how and where they began and why they matter. But that sounds so dull compared to the fascinating stories that fill this book. Deirdre Mask first discusses why addresses matter. Anyone who has tried... Continue Reading →

Migrating to Prison by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Migrating to Prison traces American's predilection for locking up immigrants. It didn't start with Trump and it didn't start with Obama. In fact, even the famed Ellis Island entry included a detention center. However, we are locking up more people... Continue Reading →

The Cynic by Alec MacGillis

I have been wanting to read The Cynic ever since I saw a picture of Mitch McConnell, student activist, organizing a civil rights march to Frankfort and learned he witnessed the signing of the Voting Rights Act. How did someone... Continue Reading →

The Finance Curse by Nicholas Shaxson

The Finance Curse is the reason I will not achieve my 2019 GoodReads Reading Challenge of 200 books, but it was worth it. This is a very detailed review of the myriad ways the finance industry is undermining democracy, good... Continue Reading →

Foxocracy by Tobin Smith

Foxocracy is a look inside the propaganda machine of FOX News from someone who worked there for fourteen years. Tobin Smith explains how Roger Ailes combined the propaganda techniques of Goebbels  and the cult psychology of televangelism with the latest... Continue Reading →

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