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Tonstant Weader Reviews

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Society, Current Affairs

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 →

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 →

The End of Bias by Jessica Nordell

The End of Bias: A Beginning is so much more than I expected. Jessica Nordell set out to explore the science of reducing biases such as sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, and xenophobia by looking at what people are doing and... 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 →

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 →

Decoding the World by Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta

Decoding the World is a collection of essays going back and forth between authors Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta. Each essay is introduced from a real news headline though how directly or tangentially those headlines relate to the subject varies widely.... 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 →

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 →

Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy

It is so easy to be pessimistic about our planet's future when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is vowing to criminalize climate change boycotts and "radical protests" and Trump withdraws from the Paris Climate Agreement. Bees are dying and butterflies... 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 →

Confluence by Zak Podmore

Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West is a collection of six essays by Zak Podmore that brilliantly connect the rivers he traverses to his own life and the political and social issues that plague... Continue Reading →

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

How We Fight For Our Lives is a marvelous memoir written in chapters that function as individual essays. Saeed Jones tells us about growing up a gay Black boy in Texas, his relationships with his mother and grandmother, and his... Continue Reading →

I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan

Ahmet Altan is a writer and a journalist in Turkey who managed to offend Erdogan. He and his brother Mehmet were arrested after the failed coup in 2016 and charged with aiding the coup and were sentenced to life in... Continue Reading →

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