Recommended reading

Following are some books that I recommend.  For more information, you can click on any that interest you.

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

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Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors’ deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered offers an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision...

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Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer

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Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer

There has been an enormous upward redistribution of income in the United States in the last four decades. In his most recent book, Dean Baker shows that this upward redistribution was not the result of globalization and the natural workings of the market. Rather, it was the result of conscious policies that were designed to put downward pressure on the wages of ordinary workers while protecting and enhancing the incomes of those at the top. Baker explains how rules on trade, patents, copyrights, corporate governance, and macroeconomic policy...

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The Verso Book of Dissent: Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion and Resistance

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The Verso Book of Dissent: Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion and Resistance

Throughout the ages and across every continent, people have struggled against those in power and raised their voices in protest-rallying others around them or, sometimes, inspiring uprisings many years later. Their echoes reverberate from Ancient Greece, China and Egypt, via the dissident poets and philosophers of Islam and Judaism, through to the Arab slave revolts and anti-Ottoman rebellions of the Middle Ages. These sources were tapped during the Dutch and English revolutions at the outset of the Modern world, and in turn flowed into the...

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Four Futures: Life After Capitalism

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Four Futures: Life After Capitalism

Peter Frase argues that increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down. In Four Futures, Frase imagines how this post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism might actually entail.  Could the current rise of real-life robocops usher in a world that resembles Ender’s Game? And sure, communism will bring an end to material scarcities and inequalities of...

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We’re All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free

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We’re All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free

Often called “The Convict’s Bible,” this book is also relevant and important to any spiritual seeker. Interfaith wisdom, divided into 3 sections: The Big View describes Bo and Sita Lozoff’s life of activism and spiritual exploration. Getting Free is a section of detailed instruction in classic spiritual practices. Dear Bo is correspondence between Bo and dozens of the inmates he has challenged, encouraged, and loved. This is an amazing book, which has moved people to great extremes. It has been translated into 5...

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Wild Flower – The True Story of a Romanian Girl in Africa

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

Wild Flower – The True Story of a Romanian Girl in Africa

The story of Nina Smart’s life in Africa reads like a thriller. At the tender age of 11 Geanina is asked to choose between her white Romanian family and the father she didn’t know, a black diplomat from Africa. Her choices send her spiraling down towards initiation into a secret society where girls have to undergo female genital mutilation. While in Africa, Nigeria teaches her how to be rebellious , Sierra Leone tests her courage, and America presents her an opportunity.

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Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the modern history of the country. He had received more than 13 million votes in primaries and caucuses throughout the country, won twenty-two states, and more than 1.4 million people had attended his public meetings. Most important, he showed that the American people were prepared to take on the greed and irresponsibility of corporate America and the 1 percent. In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his...

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How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon By Rosa Brooks

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

Once, war was a temporary state of affairs—a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today, America’s wars are everywhere and forever: our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. Today, military personnel don’t just “kill people and break stuff.” Instead, they analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, develop soap operas, and patrol for pirates. You name...

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Listen Liberal – What Ever Happened To The Party of The People? by Thomas Frank

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

Listen Liberal – What Ever Happened To The Party of The People? by Thomas Frank

From the bestselling author of What’s the Matter With Kansas, a scathing look at the standard-bearers of liberal politics — a book that asks: what’s the matter with Democrats?  It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course.  But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, Frank points...

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John Perkins – The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

John Perkins – The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Summary Economic hit men (EHMs) “are highly paid professionals who cheat countries out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.” John Perkins wrote those words—he was one of them. In this extraordinary new version of his now-classic book, Perkins reveals how economic hit men, the assassin jackals who back them up, and the system they represent, have spread all over the globe—and how we can fight back. Description Former economic hit man John Perkins...

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