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Society, Current Affairs

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 →

The Economists’ Hour by Binyamin Appelbaum

The Economists' Hour is a history of how economists have gained primacy in policy-making in all three branches of government. From big business paying judges $1000 to go on a one-week Florida junket where they were taught regulations are bad and... Continue Reading →

Whose Water Is It Anyway? by Maude Barlow

Whose Water Is It Anyway?  Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands is a history of the water conservation and justice movement rooted in anti-privatization and a call to worldwide action. It begins with the neoliberal move toward privatizing public services... Continue Reading →

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls by Mona Eltahawy

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is an exciting manifesto to advance women's freedom worldwide. Mona Eltahawy enumerates seven qualities necessary to their liberation, qualities considered the provenance of men and discouraged in women. That's why she calls... Continue Reading →

You Throw Like a Girl by Don McPherson

You Throw Like a Girl is a book about masculinity and its blind spots. The central argument is that we don't raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women (or gay) and in so doing we... Continue Reading →

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Anti-Racist rethinks some of the orthodoxies of dismantling racism. It follows Kendi's personal journey from the "respectability politics" of assimilation to the anti-racist understanding that there is nothing wrong with Black culture and the old respectability... Continue Reading →

Conformity by Cass R. Sunstein

Conformity is the most recent book by the prolific Cass R. Sunstein. This time he is looking at how our innate desire to fit in with those in our group, however we define our group, can lead to good decisions... Continue Reading →

Prisoners of Politics by Rachel Elise Barkow

Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration is a welcome addition to the books tackling the carceral state the United States has become. Rachel Elise Barkow has the personal experience that gives her credibility on both sides of the... Continue Reading →

Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor

Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone is one of those books you might want to get in its physical form so you can shove it full of bookmarks, highlight sentences, write notes, stick little sticky... Continue Reading →

Charged by Emily Bazelon

Over a dozen years ago I was working on a report for a racial profiling campaign a coalition of organizations had organized. I came across a research study that looked at racial disparities in criminal justice from arrest to sentencing.... Continue Reading →

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