The Truths We Hold
From Kamala Harris, one of America’s most inspiring political leaders and Joe Biden’s pick for his 2020 running mate, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.
Who are American Radicals? The Philadelphia businessman who presided over the first mass political protest of free African Americans. The brilliant heiress whose shocking critiques of religion and the institution of marriage led to calls for her arrest. The vegan from Alabama whose push for sexual liberation masked a dark secret. And more. American Radicals is the dynamic and timely history of the nineteenth-century activists, free-lovers, socialists, abolitionists, and vigilantes who sparked a social revolution during and after the Civil War.
Crisis of Conscience
In Crisis of Conscience, a meticulously researched page-turner, bestselling author Tom Mueller presents a modern-day David and Goliath: the riveting account of the heroes who are fighting a rising tide of wrongdoing by the powerful, and showing us the path forward. Our current period of sweeping corruption is also the golden age of whistleblowing, and Crisis of Conscience draws on in-depth interviews with more than two hundred whistleblowers and the trailblazing lawyers who arm them for battle, the battle for the future of our republic.
On the Other Side of Freedom
Activist DeRay Mckesson was on the frontlines of the Ferguson protests in August 2014 that helped birth the Black Lives Matter movement. He was named one of Time‘s “30 Most Influential People on the Internet and #11” on Fortune‘s “World’s Greatest Leaders” list. He hosts the podcast Pod Save the People. Now the internationally recognized civil rights activist/organizer offers a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of a movement from the front lines. Courageous, imaginative, and brimming with hope, On the Other Side of Freedom lays down the intellectual, pragmatic, and political framework for a new liberation movement.
America Is Immigrants
Some immigrants, like Albert Einstein and Elie Wiesel and Rihanna, are known by name. While many others have eluded fame, we’re certainly familiar with their accomplishments: the scientists behind The Manhattan Project; the architects responsible for the skylines of New York City and St. Louis and Chicago; the creators of Levi’s and Chevy and Nathan’s. In America Is Immigrants, a dazzling collection of short illustrated biographies, award-winning writer Sara Nović celebrates the incredible range of what it means to be an American.
A rising star at The New Yorker, Andrew Marantz has embedded himself in two worlds. The first is the world of social-media entrepreneurs, who, acting out of naïvete and reckless ambition, upended all traditional means of receiving and transmitting information. The second is the world of the people he calls “the gate crashers,” the conspiracists, white supremacists, and nihilist trolls who have become experts at using social media to advance their corrosive agenda. In Antisocial, Marantz offers an immersive chronicle of how these optimistic entrepreneurs set out to create a free and democractic internet, while the cynical propagandists of the alt-right exploited that freedom to propel the extreme into the mainstream.
The Most Dangerous Branch
David A. Kaplan
The Supreme Court has never before been more central in American life. Since his election, President Trump has appointed Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, changing the complexion of the body that could decide everything from from abortion and same-sex marriage, to gun control, campaign finance and voting rights. In The Most Dangerous Branch, bestselling author and former legal affairs editor of Newsweek, David A. Kaplan, shines a light on Clarence Thomas’s simmering rage, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s deaths, Breyer Bingo, the petty feuding between Gorsuch and John Roberts, and just how the justices subvert the role of the other branches of government and how 2020 election results could come down to them.
How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
From Ibram X. Kendi, winner of the National Book Award, comes an essential work for anyone looking to go beyond awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society. How to Be an Antiracist, a New York Times bestseller, is an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, science, and the author’s own personal story of awakening to antiracism. The book is being celebrated as a groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.
In Ukraine in the summer of 2017, ATMs froze. Railway and postal systems shut down. Hospitals went dark. The cause? The most devastating cyberattack in history, causing $10 billion in damage. The culprit? The world’s most dangerous cyberwarriors, a Russian group known as Sandworm. A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, Andy Greenberg’s new book considers the Kremlin’s role in foreign government manipulation and the danger this elite force poses to our own national security and stability.
Holding the Line
Guy M. Snodgrass
Imagine you’re the Defense Secretary in Trump’s White House. How would you react when learning about major policy decisions … via Twitter? What would you do to minimize the damage done to our allies and diplomatic partners? How would you strategically slow-role—or surreptitiously impede—the President’s most controversial measures? Wonder no more, and get the answers straight from the source in Holding the Line, an insider’s sometimes shocking account of how former Defense Secretary Mattis—often described as the administration’s “adult in the room”—led the US military through global challenges while serving as a crucial check on the Trump Administration.
James B. Stewart
The latest from bestselling author James Stewart answers the questions the Mueller report couldn’t—or wouldn’t. Drawing on dozens of interviews with key players in the FBI, Justice Department, and White House, Deep State tells the dramatic saga of the FBI and its simultaneous investigations of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—the first time in American history the Bureau has been thrust into the middle of both parties’ campaigns for the Presidency.
While the media suggests that Russia is our greatest threat—and while our leadership remains distracted and disorderly—the real danger lies farther east, says Robert Spalding. In Stealth War, the retired Air Force Brigadier General reveals China’s shocking success at infiltrating American institutions and compromising our national security. The truth, argues Spalding: China is waging a six-front war on our economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure—and they’re winning.
Preparing for the 2020 election is about tuning in: watching the debates and educating ourselves on the candidates and issues. Then again, it’s also about tuning out: ignoring a whole lot of the speculation and gossip and internet mudslinging.
The solution: close your tabs and open one of these political books. Learn what the Mueller report couldn’t—or wouldn’t—say. Learn about the history of protest. Or how to fight racism everyday. Or about the threat from Russia, China and, yes, our own Supreme Court. So check out this list of timely and relevant titles—you’re bound to find a candidate you actually love.
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