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

Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution

Throughout the Presidential campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders promised voters a future to believe in through his progressive platform and a vision for America worth fighting for. This vision calls for an economic, environmental, health care, and social justice revolution beyond the stagnant agendas of Democrat and Republican politicians to build an equitable future for all Americans―especially the younger generation that will inherit the consequences of decisions made now. Inside this practical and inspiring guide to effecting change in...

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The Strip & Flip Selection of 2016: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft

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The Strip & Flip Selection of 2016: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft

According to authors Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, the outcome of the 2016 election can be explained by (1) the stripping of massive numbers of voters from the voting rolls, (2) the flipping of vote counts in swing states by partisan-owned unverifiable “black box” electronic voting machines that cannot be audited, and (3) the Electoral College. Stripping: They explain how the peculiar U.S. history of racism and imperialism have worked to disenfranchise non-white citizens. Some examples described by the authors: “In 2000, Florida...

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Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo

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Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo

This searing memoir shares the trauma and triumphs of Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir’s time inside America’s most notorious prison. Lakhdar and Mustafa were living quiet, peaceful lives in Bosnia when, in October 2001, they were arrested and accused of participating in a terrorist plot. After a three-month investigation uncovered no evidence, all charges were dropped and Bosnian courts ordered their freedom. However, under intense U.S. pressure, Bosnian officials turned them over to American soldiers. They were flown...

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No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Recommended reads | 1 comment

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. His reckless agenda—including a corporate coup in government, aggressive scapegoating and warmongering, and sweeping aside climate science to set off a fossil fuel frenzy—will generate waves of disasters and shocks to the economy, national security, and the environment. Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and “brand bullies.” From this unique...

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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

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

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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