Recommended reading

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

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

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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

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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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Yanis Varoufakis – And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

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Yanis Varoufakis – And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

Summary The crisis in Europe is not over, it’s getting worse! In this dramatic narrative of Europe’s economic rise and spectacular fall, Yanis Varoufakis shows that the origins of the collapse go far deeper than our leaders are prepared to admit – and that we have done nothing so far to fix them. Description “A titanic battle is being waged for Europe’s integrity and soul, with the forces of reason and humanism losing out to growing irrationality, authoritarianism, and malice, promoting inequality and austerity. The whole world has a...

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Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

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Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Summary Dark Money is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy. Description Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against “big government” led to the ascendancy of...

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Angela Y. Davis – Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

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Angela Y. Davis –  Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

Summary An analysis of  today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.   Activist, teacher, author and icon of the Black Power movement Angela Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Description In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world....

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Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!

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Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!

Summary The New York Times-bestselling book for kids—and their parents, teachers, and cool grown-up friends—documenting America’s famous and unsung heroines. Description Unable to find the kind of book she wanted for her young daughter, author Kate Schatz decided to write it herself. “I want her to grow up to be empowered and strong and inspired, and I’m very conscious of the images of women and girls in the media” . Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet—but instead of “A is for Apple”, A is for Angela—as in Angela...

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Robert B. Reich – Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

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Robert B. Reich – Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

Summary From the author of Aftershock and The Work of Nations, his most important book to date – a passionate yet practical, sweeping yet minutely argued, myth-shattering breakdown of what’s wrong with capitalism and our political-economic system, and what it will take to fix it. Description Perhaps no one is better acquainted with the intersection of finance and politics than Robert B. Reich, and now he reveals the cycles of power and influence that have perpetuated a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the...

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When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World

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When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World

Summary Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World Longtime social activist Greg Jobin-Leeds joins forces with AgitArte, a collective of artists and organizers, to capture the stories, philosophy, tactics, and art of today’s leading social change movements. When We Fight, We Win! weaves together interviews with today’s most successful activists and artists from across the country and beyond. Description Same-sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the DREAM Act, the People’s Climate March, End the New Jim...

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The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz

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The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz

Summary Here for the first time in print is revealed the quintessential Aaron Swartz: besides being a technical genius and a passionate activist, he was also an insightful, compelling, and cutting essayist. Description In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. His tragic suicide in 2013 at the age of twenty-six after being aggressively prosecuted for copyright infringement shocked the nation and the world. With...

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Dennis Childs – Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary

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Dennis Childs – Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary

Summary A sweeping cultural history of U.S. prison slavery In Slaves of the State Dennis Childs argues that the incarceration of black people and other historically repressed groups in chain gangs, peon camps, prison plantations, and penitentiaries represents a ghostly perpetuation of chattel slavery. With more than 2.3 million people in the country’s jails, prisons, and immigrant detention centers, Childs exposes slavery as a continuing social reality of U.S. empire. Description The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution,...

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