Recommended reading

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

A Nation Unmade by War

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

A Nation Unmade by War

As veteran author Tom Engelhardt argues, despite having a more massive, technologically advanced, and better-funded military than any other power on the planet, in the last decade and a half of constant war across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa, the United States has won nothing. Its unending wars, in fact, have only contributed to a world growing more chaotic by the second. From its founding, the United States has been a nation made by wars. Through incisive analysis and characteristic wit, Engelhardt ponders whether in this...

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American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled A. Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the United States. Beydoun charts its long and terrible history, from the plight of enslaved African Muslims in the antebellum South and the laws prohibiting Muslim immigrants from becoming citizens to the ways the war on terror assigns blame for any terrorist act to Islam and the myriad trials Muslim Americans face in the Trump...

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Schoolhouse Wreck: The Betsy DeVos Story

Posted by on Mar 31, 2018 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

Schoolhouse Wreck: The Betsy DeVos Story

Authors Jason LInkins and Phil Lewis describe what Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is doing to destroy secular public schools in America. Born into extreme wealth, married into an Amway fortune, the sister of mercenary magnate Erik Prince, DeVos is a combination of religious extremist, crony capitalist, and reactionary conservative who has made it her mission to privatize American public education and indoctrinate children with her religious beliefs. This is a publication of Strong Arm Press, a small imprint devoted to publishing short and...

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Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day — the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises. As long as there has been...

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The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Recommended reads | 0 comments

The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality

In The Captured Economy , Brink Lindsey and Steven M. Teles identify a common factor behind breakdowns in democratic governance that allow wealthy special interests to capture the policymaking process for their own benefit. They document the proliferation of regressive regulations that redistribute wealth and income up the economic scale while stifling entrepreneurship and innovation. When the state entrenches privilege by subverting market competition, the tradeoff between equity and efficiency no longer holds. Over the past four decades,...

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The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

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

The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jesse Eisinger, “a fast moving, fly-on-the-wall, disheartening look at the deterioration of the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission…It is a book of superheroes” (San Franscisco Review of Books). Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed “Too Big to Fail” to almost every large corporation in America—to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and...

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

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

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Stamped from the Beginning is the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.  The book is unflinching in showing how racist ideas have been accepted and repeated throughout US history by everyone, from Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln, from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, even from Frederick Douglass to W.E.B. Du Bois (whose intellectual journey from a “double-consciousness of racist and antiracist ideas” to “a single consciousness of antiracism” is one of the book’s most powerful...

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Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation

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

Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation

In Sleepwalking to Armageddon, pioneering antinuclear activist Helen Caldicott assembles the world’s leading nuclear scientists and thought leaders to assess the political and scientific dimensions of the threat of nuclear war today. Chapters address the size and distribution of the current global nuclear arsenal, the history and politics of nuclear weapons, the culture of modern-day weapons labs, the militarization of space, and the dangers of combining artificial intelligence with nuclear weaponry, as well as a status report on enriched...

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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

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

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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