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Tonstant Weader Reviews

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Society, Current Affairs

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 →

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 →

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