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Learning America: One Woman’s Fight for Educational Justice for Refugee Children

This is a beautifully written memoir of one woman’s commitment to equality and respect for displaced people in the United States; her schools’ achievements are impressive evidence. Highly recommended.

Teach Truth to Power: How To Engage in Education Policy

Garcia effectively illustrates how scholars in education can use their work to influence policy makers; his book will also help advocates in other fields.

The Naked Don’t Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees

This is a beautifully written individual story made more meaningful by thoughtful and well-informed insights into a country ravaged by war and undermined by foreign powers. Highly recommended.

The Spirit of Our Work: Black Women Teachers (Re)member

Highly recommended. Dillard has written a remarkable book that will move readers committed to making the United States a more just and inclusive society.

The Lost Promise: American Universities in the 1960s

A powerful presentation, personal yet balanced, of an important time in recent U.S. history. Required reading for anyone eager to understand the complex forces shaping American higher education.


A powerful indictment of universities’ failure to recognize the power imbalances that continue to harm too many of those who seeking academic careers.

No Study Without Struggle: Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education

While Patel gives readers an understanding of the activist rhetoric in higher education, she does not provide any examples of universities effectively addressing racism or offer concrete steps that universities should take to improve the situation.

The Tightening Dark: An American Hostage in Yemen

Highly recommended. A fast-paced and engaging life story that provides insights on life in rural Lebanon, Farrar’s Lebanese American community, and his challenging career in government and business. It also conveys his understanding of the cultural and political tensions in Yemen and other parts of the Middle East.

In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools

For all readers, especially educators and parents, seeking a persuasive explanation for the excellent results of Finnish schools.

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