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Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women’s Political Writing

This book returns the voices of Black women Communists to their rightful place in histories of labor, race, and gender in the 20th century. Libraries serving historians or general readers interested in Black women’s history and activism need to add this to their shelves.

Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber

Though the chapters are long, the copious notes, footnotes, and index add to this amusing but maddening book’s wealth of information.
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We Are Proud Boys: How a Right-Wing Street Gang Ushered in a New Era of American Extremism

Libraries with current political events collections will be interested; also valuable for libraries documenting the Trump era.
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The Constitution Explained: A Guide for Every American

Despite its limited coverage of amendments, this adds to the content in Bloch and Jackson’s and Vile’s works, and will interest general readers as well as students of political science, government, and teacher education.
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Volodymyr Zelensky in His Own Words

Recommended with reservation. However impressive, Zelensky’s quotations tell relatively little about Ukraine, its politics, or the war. A book with expanded context would be more useful.

Trash Talk: Anti-Obama Lore and Race in the Twenty-First Century

Turner expertly exposes more unsubstantiated, secretive, organized anti-Obama agendas and offers valuable glimpses into what many Americans believe, what they think of others’ beliefs, and, most of all, what they think about who belongs where in U.S. society. An informative read.

Putin

Short has written a remarkable biography, rich in facts and details, of Putin’s life and career. This book will appeal to readers with an interest in Russia, world history, biographies of world leaders, and current events.
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Realigners: Partisan Hacks, Political Visionaries, and the Struggle To Rule American Democracy

A composite biography of political influencers since 1776, this book will deepen readers’ understanding of the American democratic process.
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Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest To Launch a New Era of Social Control

Essential reading for those interested in modern China. Readers curious about the various ways that President Xi has expanded his power should also consider Kai Strittmatter’s We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China’s Surveillance State.
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Going Low: How Profane Politics Challenges American Democracy

Although academic, the prose is still accessible, and the author does a skillful job of breaking down the strategies that everyone will recognize from daily news coverage. An excellent buy for any political collection.
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You’ve Been Played: How Corporations, Governments, and Schools Use Games To Control Us All

An expansive view of how gamification permeates modern culture that lacks a strong conclusion.
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American Crusade: How the Supreme Court Is Weaponizing Religious Freedom

As an in-depth legal analysis written for the general population, this work will stir controversy and debate and likely be on many readers’ lists whether they agree or disagree with Siedel’s arguments.
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The Worm in the Apple: A History of the Conservative Party and Europe from Churchill to Cameron

Highly recommended for any reader interested in modern British politics or its relations with Europe.
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The Bitter End: The 2020 Presidential Campaign and the Challenge to American Democracy

The timely advice and analysis will pique the interest of readers interested in politics and government and will be a strong title to offer prior to election season.
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Capitalism: The Story Behind the Word

This work is something of an economics, history, and philosophy lecture all in one, reading more like an extended essay than a typical book. It is particularly recommended for libraries servicing economics, political science, and labor studies departments.

The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People

A meticulously written and engaging volume that may make readers pause and reconsider an issue they thought they already knew. Best suited for those interested in the history of the Middle East, Israel, U.S. studies, and Jewish history.
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Strength in Numbers: How Polls Work and Why We Need Them

This book’s lucid language explains techniques such as manipulative push and unofficial straw polls, while setting the topic in its historical context.

Gentrification Is Inevitable and Other Lies

A first class analysis and tool kit.

The Religion of American Greatness: What’s Wrong with Christian Nationalism

Miller’s book is nothing less than essential reading in this over-heated moment. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries, plus contemporary religion collections.

Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy

Recommended for Kissinger’s distinctive perspectives imbedded in scholarly, readable prose.

No More Police: A Case for Abolition

Kaba and Ritchie’s provocative position may not convince all readers, but their arguments are worth considering. This book will appeal to readers interested in social justice, activism, and police reform.
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An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World

Listeners will want to stop and listen to this again and again in order to internalize the content.

On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women’s Epic Fight To Build a Union

At once incredibly impactful and insightful, this is a lesson in history and humanity. Highly recommended.

Putin’s Trolls: On the Frontlines of Russia’s Information War Against the World

Very timely for anyone who uses social media or who follows American, Russian and worldwide politics.
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Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook, and the MAGA Media Are Destroying America

While not the first to identify these serious issues within the U.S. political system, Pfeiffer offers a concise overview of the issues and discusses ways that Democrats can remedy their messaging to combat these lies. Concerned citizens, political junkies, and fans of his podcast will find this work accessible and informative.
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The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

Susskind provides historical background and philosophical underpinnings for a robust but admitted patchwork of efforts to get past political gridlock and on to adapting to the needs of the unfolding century.

One Person, One Vote: A Surprising History of Gerrymandering in America

A timely and powerful book that should be read by everyone interested in preserving American democracy.

Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath

Highly recommended fast paced, quality drama exposing the realities of official Russian criminality.
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The White Allies Handbook: 4 Weeks To Join the Racial Justice Fight for Black Women

Recommended for reading groups looking for active discussions of racism. This book will help readers learn more about racism and its lasting effects on society.
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Producing Politics: Inside the Exclusive Campaign World Where the Privileged Few Shape Politics for All of Us

For readers wanting a glimpse into the closed club of political campaign consultants.
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Nobody Is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States

Jones summons readers concerned about abuse of authority, accountability, human rights, and establishing justice to demand rethinking and revising the USBP’s expansive reach, with its legalized racial profiling and carved out exceptions to constitutional protections, along with the implications of an unchecked, heavily militarized police force operating throughout the U.S.
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Degrade and Destroy: The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State, from Barack Obama to Donald Trump

More useful for specialists and historians than the general public but a valuable source for policy development during a confusing period.
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A Matter of Trust: India-US Relations from Truman to Trump

A broad view of recent Indian and U.S. history and the individuals involved in creating, and hindering, bilateral ties between the two countries.
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No Escape

An important, harrowing overview of the ongoing human rights crisis in Xinjiang, China.
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Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War

Klay has written an important and eye-opening essay collection that should be a must-read.

Liberalism and Its Discontents

Essential reading for all students of political science. Fukuyama’s scholarly, yet approachable work is highly recommended for any reader interested in understanding the current political environment.
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Scorpion’s Dance

With a complex cast of characters, Cold War espionage, and tense courtroom drama, Morley’s timely book will appeal to readers seeking an in-depth understanding of both Watergate and CIA history.
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On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women’s Epic Fight To Build a Union

A necessary addition to academic collections, and also a great choice to round out any biography collection.
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Growing Up Biden

Owens’s narrative is informative and engaging and is a perceptive firsthand account of President Biden’s background. Readers who are interested in political campaign operations and strategy or want to know more about the Bidens will enjoy this book.

The Forever Prisoner: The Full and Searing Account of the CIA’s Most Controversial Covert Program

A tour de force of investigative journalism.
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What It Took To Win: A History of the Democratic Party

: This book will please Kazin’s enthusiasts and win favor among new readers previously bereft of his reality-grounded ruminations.
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Things Are Never So Bad That They Can’t Get Worse: Inside the Collapse of Venezuela

A riveting personal exploration of Venezuela’s slow-moving collapse.

The White House Plumbers: The Seven Weeks That Led to Watergate and Doomed Nixon’s Presidency

General readers on both sides of the political aisle will welcome this instructional, conscience-stricken account and will want to compare the book to the five-part miniseries based on it (to appear on HBO in 2022).
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The Fighting Soul: On the Road with Bernie Sanders

A thoughtful and comprehensive account of the Sanders 2020 campaign and an authoritative description of the candidate’s personality. Readers who want to know more about Sanders or are interested in political campaign narratives will enjoy this book.
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Modern Greece

A valuable resource, ideal for students doing research or general readers interested in knowing more about Greece, both its current state and its history.

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.

Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments

Worthily preceded by Sanford Levinson’s Written in Stone and David Gobel and Daves Rossell’s Commemoration in America, Thompson’s book underlines the need to evaluate public monuments, murals, and exhibits, to make them nexuses of learning rather than reinforcers of past beliefs.
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It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable—And How We Can Stop It

A well-reasoned argument for vigilance against of hate, with useful suggestions. Recommended for readers interested in politics and current events who would like to take action.
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Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom

Purnell’s writing is personal, moving, and offers a globally relevant perspective. It dramatically expands the scope of how Americans can think about policing and justice and will leave a lasting impact.
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How Civil Wars Start: And How To Stop Them

Highly recommended.
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How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged

Readers interested in societal inequity and effecting change will find this book informative and helpful.

Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media

With accessible and engaging writing, McHangama’s book is a highly recommended intellectual history for casual readers and those interested in the currency of free speech.
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Bending the Arc: My Journey from Prison to Politics

Readers interested in law and systemic racism will come away with greater insight from this highly recommended book. Haynes’s perseverance, compassion, and relatability create a memoir that will stick with readers long after the last page.
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“Let Us Vote!”: Youth Voting Rights and the 26th Amendment

This book can be read as a case study of the laborious U.S. legislative process, set against the changing political landscape of the 1960s. Readers interested in U.S. politics will appreciate Frost’s research.
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Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness

A thought-provoking, thoroughly researched work that asks readers to reconsider World War II mythology. Samet's analysis, solidly based in pop culture, will be welcomed in public library collections and will appeal to readers of military history.

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There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century

Readers interested in Hill’s life and in international relations will be well informed by this book; her reporting of behind-the-scenes activity in the Trump White House will also fascinate.
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The Recruiter: Spying and the Lost Art of American Intelligence

This mostly fast-moving account is at times slowed by jargon and acronyms. It will appeal to general readers and specialists intrigued by the modern CIA.

White Borders: The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall

A highly recommended, in-depth history of migration that accounts for the lives affected by American border policing and immigration restrictions.

Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy

Indyk’s reflective review of Kissinger’s Realpolitik negotiations can be a model for understanding how to subdue rather than settle international negotiations. Essential reading.
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Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

This cogently written book is a useful review of intertwined events in the early 21st-century United States.

Russia Upside Down: An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War

Fans of The Americans, readers interested in U.S.–Russia policy, and anyone wishing to learn more about the topic will enjoy this insightful, thought-provoking book.
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An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World

A useful and surprisingly personal handbook for activists. Recommended for all readers interested in social change activism, particularly prison reform and the defund-the-police movement.
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Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came To Matter in America

A thoughtful assessment of the Black Lives Matter movement that illuminates the work still left to do. Recommended for readers newly interested in antiracist activism.
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Public Citizens: The Attack on Big Government and the Remaking of American Liberalism

This important book will be useful for students of late 20th-century politics and society, and of the legacy of public interest movements..

The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War

Complete with American and Afghan viewpoints, Whitlock’s book is a dense, nuanced analysis that will likely become an invaluable source for researchers and a valuable addition to military history collections at public and academic libraries.

Don’t Forget Us Here

This unvarnished memoir will grip readers and anger them; a decisive contribution to the continuing reappraisal of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump

An essential work that encapsulates the trajectory of American politics in the first two decades of the 21st century, and the lasting impact on everyday life.

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Water: A Biography

A fascinating analysis that will bridge the interests of environmentalists and historians, political scientists, or economists.

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Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare

 Overall, this is a highly recommended look at modern warfare campaigns.

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Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism

A compelling exploration of the factors that drive extremism; it emphasizes the need for human connection. Recommended for readers interested in politics or in affecting change in their communities.
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Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War

This complex, idea-filled tome may contradict some general readers’ assumptions; its subtle argumentation will appeal to contemporary political historians, students of international law, post–Cold War military analysts, and social justice advocates. These are all good reasons to study it.
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9/11: The Essential Reference Guide

The monumental 2011 edition will still satisfy most readers, but this more compact edition preserves the core and adds a few updates.

The Supreme Court

Silverstein’s insightful, thorough, well-organized, lucidly expressed guide to both basic and abstruse aspects of the court will be essential for students of U.S. history and government.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic

Though useful, the book focuses on events in the United States before the 2020 election and the widespread rollout of vaccines. It examines social, political, and economic issues rather than medical and clinical information. Those seeking current information about the pandemic and its effects around the world will need to consult other sources for supplemental information.
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First Amendment Freedoms: A Reference Handbook

Although readers might wish for more attentive editing and deeper analysis, the excellent scholarly essays and the information consolidated here will be valuable to students of U.S. history and the Constitution.

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.

The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

An important but too-compact analysis that might leave readers wishing for more. Like Anderson’s previous works, this is essential for everyone interested in U.S. history.

We Need New Stories: The Myths That Subvert Freedom

Readers seeking a high-level analysis of political discourse will most appreciate Malik’s work, and it would make an excellent addition to college syllabi and library shelves.
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After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made

A useful, albeit partisan, view of the U.S. political scene from one of its lesser-known participants. Similar, but not identical reflections are offered in Samantha Power’s The Education of an Idealist, Susan Rice’s Tough Love, and, conversely, Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.

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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.

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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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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