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Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency

Readers who enjoy political coverage of the election process and want to know more about Joe Biden’s campaign will be well informed by this book.
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Dissent: The Radicalization of the Republican Party and Its Capture of the Court

This exhaustively detailed book will engage general readers interested in civic duty and privacy. Contemporary journalistic treatments of the confirmation will have to suffice until historical perspective produces what scholars may consider a definitive account.
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Voting in America: Examining the Facts

A fine primer on voting that students will find particularly useful for reports; general readers will value its excellent content and balanced approach.
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Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

Even readers with only minimal knowledge of American business or the economy will be able to follow Klobuchar’s analysis of anticompetitive business practices, and they may be surprised by how engaging the topic can be. A must for every public and academic library.

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Divided by Terror: American Patriotism After 9/11

A highly recommended work that sheds insight on how patriotism is formed and sustained during times of crisis. Bodnar’s work is also important for its understanding of the power of collective memory and how it has shaped American society in the 21st century.
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The Politics of Vulnerability: How to Heal Muslim-Christian Relations in a Post-Christian America: Today’s Threat to Religion and Religious Freedom

From a sociological perspective, Uddin’s analysis is spot-on. However, there are other facets to this discussion, including the problem of asking people who are marginalized to reach out, which means these recommendations are primarily useful/actionable/practicable for people with privilege.
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Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of the Global Search for Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls

The authors show that peaceful, below-the-radar mediation with understanding of cultural differences and persistent conversation between participants can result in successful outcomes. Readers wishing to learn more about the Chibok girls beyond headlines and viral hashtags, as well as those looking for a better understanding of international relations, will be rewarded in this moving book.

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The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans—And How We Can Fix It

Readers interested in racial, social justice, and financial issues will not want to miss this eye-opening title.
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Radicalizing Her: Why Women Choose Violence

While the author compactly lays the groundwork for research on resistance movements, readers may long for more details of and resolutions for the interview subjects, as well as a broader international scope. Best suited for serious students of the nature of extremism in the modern world.

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Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism

This practical work casts a wide-enough net over relevant topics and examples to be richly informative, while still managing to be straightforward in its style. York offers a solid entry point for those who have been following ongoing issues relating to the intersection of politics and technology.

Family Separation and the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis

To understand this period and the impact of nativist, white supremacist movements, Hillstrom’s account (wider-ranging than the title indicates) with its extensive sources offers readers essential background and an objective, substantiated perspective.
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The Young Crusaders: The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers Who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement

Franklin’s history of student involvement in protest provides a rich historical perspective on the ongoing struggles for equality in the United States. Highly Recommended.

The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against ISIS

Fans of spy stories will gravitate toward Coker’s use of intrigue and suspense. Her book is an important addition to the history of the Iraq War, and shows how Iraqi security and intelligence agencies made significant contributions in restoring order during and especially since the end of the conflict.
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Midnight in Vehicle City: General Motors, Flint, and the Strike That Created the Middle Class

McClelland’s engaging, readable account is a solid introduction to the rise of the labor movement in the 1930s. Recommend for readers interested in labor history and especially for those looking for a reminder of the power that workers can have when they negotiate collectively.
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Run To Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World

Schriock and Reynold’s book is a worthy addition, and women contemplating a run for office will find it useful.

Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy

A startling read that will provoke tough questions about governance, this is highly recommended to all interested in government reform.
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Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice

Inspirational and aspirational: a road map for working toward antiracist school systems. Will appeal to a broad readership, particularly educators but also anyone looking for inspiration to effect positive change in their school communities.

Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America’s Race To Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World

This gripping investigation of the challenges of Middle East politics will engage informed general readers and foreign policy specialists. See Samantha Power’s The Education of an Idealist for more insights into the Syrian civil war.

You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers

A highly informative work that gives depth and humanity to an often-overlooked issue.

Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House

Fans of Maddow’s work, especially the related podcast, will thoroughly enjoy this historical allegory. Readers will see the parallel from Agnew's story to current events.

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Every Human Intention: Japan in the New Century

The subject matter provides a rare view into Japan, but the lack of transitions makes the three sections feel isolated, and the last section of the book will only appeal to those who want exhaustive reporting on Japan’s nuclear power industry. Purchase where there is interest.

The United Nations: 75 Years of Promoting Peace, Human Rights, and Development

An effective and fair-minded account of the growth, development, failures, and successes of the United Nations.
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Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Mixing memoir, civil rights history, and polemic, this blunt litany by Flowers delivers a call to action for all concerned about sustainable solutions to the shamefully inadequate environmental infrastructure, policies, and practices in the United States.

Julian Bond’s Time To Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Mixing reminiscence and analysis of the long struggle against white supremacy, Bond’s lessons provide general readers and scholars alike penetrating studies of ideals, motivations, compromises, suffering, and sacrifice that won Blacks’ release from the worst of racist Southern pathology. Essential reading.
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Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

A sober book, and one that we should all take seriously. Essential for all collections.

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Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire

A sometimes dense, sometimes proactive collection of essays on current political ideologies. An optional purchase.

Our Bodies, Their Battlefields: War Through the Lives of Women

Dizzying for its historical breadth and emotional strain, this book is nevertheless essential reading. Readers interested in human rights will stick through the highly readable but earth-rattling chapters for the sake of their larger purpose; namely, to give voice to people who have felt erased.

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

An important look into community organizing that is honest about its pitfalls and promises that will engage all interested in leading and growing social movements.
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Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

This is a heavy read, but an important one. Lavin sacrificed parts of herself to tell this dark story, and readers should be prepared to do the same in reading it. For those interested in current sociopolitical events, and readers wanting more insight into stories like the ones found in Seyward Darby’s Sisters in Hate.

Blood and Oil: Mohammed Bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power

This fast-paced, well-researched book is an excellent primer on current U.S.-Saudi relations and Middle Eastern dynamics, and will also draw in those interested in palace intrigue.

We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China's Surveillance State

Essential for all China watchers. This absorbing read will appeal to experts and novices alike.

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Rage

Similar to Woodward’s previous book, Fear, only purchase for initial demand.

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The Price of Justice: The Myths of Lawyer Ethics

Referring to everything from classic literature to recent court cases, this work by Goldfarb makes for compelling reading. It should be required text for law students, as well as general readers interested in the law and justice.
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As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change

Recommended for those interested in environmental justice and youth advocacy.
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Let My People Vote: My Battle To Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens

An uplifting and hopeful chronicle of the power of faith, the rights of the disenfranchised, as well as a call for systemic change within the United States.
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The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America

Popular history suitable for high school and undergraduate reading that does not provide easy answers and warns that one of our most basic rights is under more serious attack than ever.

Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends

These scrupulously neutral, wide-ranging, and clearly written volumes depict many issues within the U.S. system(s) of voting. Everyone from secondary students on could learn from this timely work.
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The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage

A comprehensive work of civil rights history that is sure to interest political and legal enthusiasts.

We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy

Moving insight into a remarkable man, which remains a touching tribute to his accomplishments in the later years of his life. Recommended for political aficionados.

True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump

Toobin’s trademark readability succeeds with this compelling, fast-paced account.

Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History

The captivating narrative is at times slowed by a plethora of statistics and data, yet overall, is an illuminating investigation of post-1960s U.S. economic history that will engage readers of contemporary politics. See Rick Perlstein’s Reaganland for a detailed narrative of Reagan’s role in the nation’s shift to the right and his advocacy of pro-business governance.
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The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945–2020

Weiner offers a significant contribution to the literature of U.S.-Russia relations with a book that emphasizes the asymmetry of American capacity for political warfare, currently consisting of effective cyber counterespionage. Highly Recommended.
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The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future

Whipple has written another incisive work that is full of detail and sure to benefit all interested in learning more about this important role within the world’s most secretive agency.
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Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream

Subtly drawing on classic Marxian theory that capitalism steals laborers’ lives as well as their work, McCallum’s book will find a welcome audience among those concerned about global working conditions.
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Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism

Darby’s timely and important account helps to shed insight into understanding the motivations of white nationalist movements in American culture, and what draws people to them.

Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation

Readers interested in issues of police violence, race relations, and true crime will find this work illuminating.

America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Through this comprehensive book, readers will gain a deeper understanding of the United States and its place in the world.

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World

Highly recommended for anyone wishing to navigate successfully the daily deluge of information we are encountering more and more.
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The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit

Fans of Buruma’s works, political analysis, and Churchill’s legacy will find much to discover here.

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Conflict in the Modern Middle East: An Encyclopedia of Civil War, Revolutions, and Regime Change

A thorough introduction to the Arab Spring with succinct and informative overviews of countries, cultures, and people most affected by the developments and outcomes.

Mastering United States Government Information: Sources and Services

Brown’s discussion of both print and digital government documents has paid off in an invaluable reference for all readers—professionals, academic, public and secondary school students
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She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality

An empowering introduction to key issues facing women; however, readers familiar with current events will be unlikely to discover new material. For readers interested in feminism and political activism.
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AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

While there are several articles about Ocasio-Cortez, this book dives deep into her background, image, and ideas, and comes up with important insights. For readers interested in aspiring to politics.

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

Highly recommended; the currency of this work is both engrossing and petrifying.
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Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

Insight into Abrams and her personal and political journey are the main strengths of this important book. Those not familiar with U.S. voting history will find it to be especially informative.

Say It Louder! Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy

Insightful political and cultural analysis highly recommended for all readers.

Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground

Spanning political science, memoir, and travelog, this deeply personal account should find a broad audience.
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We Should Have Seen It Coming: From Reagan to Trump—A Front-Row Seat to a Political Revolution

An excellent analysis of modern political history.
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In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth About America’s “Deep State”

Readers seeking to know the origins of the deep state and how the concept evolved will be enlightened by Rohde’s compelling study.
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The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism

A valuable history of an important political tradition, and what it means for the future.
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Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America

Cose’s book is an excellent choice for anyone seeking to understand the ACLU as an organization and for those wanting to explore how the fight for civil liberties has evolved and helped to shape the society we have today

City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong

This fascinating read is essential for anyone interested in the current affairs of Hong Kong, specifically, and China, generally. Readers looking for a more academic take on a similar topic should consider Ngok Ma and Edmund W. Cheng’s The Umbrella Movement.

Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post–Cold War World

This important work dives deep into the past three decades of American foreign policy to provide a realistic picture of how key policy decisions were crafted. Highly recommended for those wanting an examination of America’s role within the global community.

To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq

Although exhaustive details might discourage general audiences, informed readers and foreign policy specialists will be engaged in what is likely the definitive contemporary account of the origins of the War in Iraq.

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The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power, and the Struggle for an Open Society

Readers who enjoy political history and international relations will find this book informative and useful.
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Thank You for Voting: The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth About Voting in America

Smith’s resource will appeal to those looking for a short introduction to voting rights; readers will appreciate her hopeful message forecasting a nonpartisan future of increasing voter participation.
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Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change

The model Jayapal is offering would serve as a manual for any young woman hoping to make her way in American politics, and is suitable for young people interested in exploring a political career.
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The Moderate Imagination: The Political Thought of John Updike and the Decline of New Deal Liberalism

Fans of Updike will learn a lot from this book, which will also appeal to students of postwar American political history.
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Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics

A heartfelt ode to civil service. Recommended for readers interested in government, civil service, and small-town life.
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Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State

Gellman effectively details the scope and ambition of the NSA, and has written a well-documented account on the far-reaching impact of U.S. domestic surveillance and the resulting intrusions of privacy; highly recommended both for general readers and those with an interest in national security.
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The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media—from the Founding Fathers to Fake News

This is a lively and informative work that will appeal to anyone interested in American history, politics, and journalism.

Youth to Power: Your Voice and How To Use It

This book acknowledges current sociopolitical problems while simultaneously spotlighting ways in which individual acts can challenge these structures. A must-read for youth on how to find their voice and work toward a better future.
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Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act

This flowing account reveals the dark side of wartime strategies clouded by denials of FOIA requests. It will fascinate Cold War-era historians and readers concerned about access to government information.
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Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda

A fascinating analysis of Miller and his frightening effects on immigration policy, enriched by the author’s vast experience reporting on the U.S.-Mexico border. Recommended for readers interested in politics and immigration.

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The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump

An evenhanded and thought-provoking study of Hispanic conservatism.
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Dare To Speak: Defending Free Speech for All

An informative work for readers interested in human rights, free speech, censorship, and how they interact. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/19.].

The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

Another excellent book from Reich that all libraries will want to have in their collections.
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I You We Them: Walking into the World of the Desk Killer

Readers looking for a traditional history will not find it here. This account is recommended for readers who have the patience to accompany the author on his journey of discovery to understand the motivations behind people who commit mass atrocities. [See Prepub Alert, 9/9/19.]
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Shots Fired: Gun Violence in the United States

This well-documented work will be a useful starting point for both academics and the general public engaging in the gun debate, before they move on to more specialized studies of this contentious topic.

Murder in the Garment District: The Grip of Organized Crime and the Decline of Labor in the United States

For anyone interested in labor history and organized crime, this will be a rewarding if challenging read.

Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare

A fascinating read for those who appreciate learning about history within a complex political context.
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Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic

Readers with an interest in progressive politics who are looking for a well-rounded analysis of how the current political environment came to be will be drawn to this impassioned work.

Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin’s Spies

This exciting read will be enjoyed by fans of real life and fictional spy stories.
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Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America

A chilling account of how the media, government, and public have failed to hold Trump accountable, and how this has significantly impacted U.S. democracy. Recommended for readers curious about the intersection of politics and media.

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Modern India

Useful for both undergraduates and general readers interested in learning more about modern India.
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The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Steinhauer provides an in-depth look at the women who historically changed the face and composition of Congress. Readers interested in women in politics and government will enjoy the book and appreciate the author’s thorough research.

MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammad bin Salman

An important and keen assessment of the Saudi Crown Prince that should be on every bookshelf.
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The Sum of the People: How the Census Has Shaped Nations, from the Ancient World to the Modern Age

An important, accessible, and engaging book that will find a varied audience from readers of political science, history, economics, and national security.
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The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

This informative, accessible overview of the factors and events that contributed to Washington’s legacy of precedent-setting use of advisers and the assertion of strong executive authority while maintaining harmony with the other branches will be of interest to readers at all levels.
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The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy

This is an exceedingly important book and certainly one that would benefit all American readers who wonder how we arrived at our current status in an increasingly interconnected world. Highly recommended for all collections.
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Somebody’s Gotta Do It: Why Cursing at the News Won’t Save the Nation, But Your Name on a Local Ballot Can

Using humor and anecdotes, Martini shows the importance of running for local office and helps provide a broader understanding of local government. Readers interested in learning about government organization and policy, and those who might want to run for office one day will enjoy the insights and lessons offered throughout.
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Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College

A methodical, well-reasoned compilation of arguments on a pertinent subject; recommended for readers interested in historical and contemporary U.S. politics.
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American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power

A well-reported summary of scandals and corruption surrounding the Trump and Kushner family businesses that may already be familiar to fans of Trump Inc. Still, Bernstein gives a clear analysis of complex topics, making this a solid read for all interested in politics.
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Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party

Zelizer’s accessible study of political behavior and leadership directly relates to today’s tumultuous political scene. Anyone interested in American politics will devour this book.
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Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global Encyclopedia

Demonstrating that the relationship between religion and politics is complex, evolving, and often contentious, this well-researched and informative work offers a thorough overview and wonderful starting point for advanced high school students, undergraduates, and interested nonspecialists.
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Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy Under Siege

A difficult, often dense read, but a valuable case study for civic government and ethics collections.
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The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World

While occasionally repetitive, Emanuel is uniquely positioned to offer this perspective, and it is rare to find a positive book about current politics. He presents a hopeful message that many need to hear.
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Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back To Save Democracy

Best suited for civically engaged readers interested in a populist vision for political activism.
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Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover

An essential book for followers of the Supreme Court and anyone interested in American politics during the Trump years.
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Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism

This nail-biting narrative will immerse readers wanting to understand the roots and brutality of white supremacy. It will serve as a helpful resource for counselors seeking anecdotal examples of radical politics in action.
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