Recommended reading

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

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

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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

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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

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Recommended reads | 1 comment

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

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

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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