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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander 2010

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"Jarvious Cotton's great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United S...

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

Michael J. Sandel 2009

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"For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed bookโ€•based on his legendary Harvard courseโ€•Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn...

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Jonathan Haidt 2012

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Why canโ€™t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. ย His starting point is moral intui...

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

John Heilemann, Mark Halperin 2010

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โ€œItโ€™s one of the best books on politics of any kind Iโ€™ve read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22.โ€ โ€”The Financial Timesย โ€œIt transports you to a parallel universe in which everything in the National Enquirer is trueโ€ฆ.More interesting is what we learn about the candidates themselves: their frailties, egos and almost super-human...

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Arlie Russell Hochschild

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In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country โ€“ a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Russell Hochs...

Bolo'bolo
Bolo'bolo

P.M.

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Bolo'bolo addresses some basic questions: how can we find a way of life that is really sustainable, ecologically and socially?

The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies
The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

Bryan Caplan 2007

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The greatest obstacle to sound economic policy is not entrenched special interests or rampant lobbying, but the popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases held by ordinary voters. This is economist Bryan Caplan's sobering assessment in this provocative and eye-opening book. Caplan argues that voters continually elect politician...

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Barack Obama 2006

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The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama's call for a new kind of politicsโ€”a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans. Lucid in his vision of America's place in the world, refreshingly candid about his family life and his time in the Senate, Obama here sets out his political convictions and inspires us to...

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

Kevin D. Mitnick 2003

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The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has t...

Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict
Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict

Michael Klare 2002

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From the oilfields of Saudi Arabia to the Nile delta, from the shipping lanes of the South China Sea to the pipelines of Central Asia, Resource Wars looks at the growing impact of resource scarcity on the military policies of nations. International security expert Michael T. Klare argues that in the early decades of the new millennium, wars will be...

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