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Up in Arms: How Military Aid Stabilizes—and Destabilizes—Foreign Autocrats

A valuable analysis of how military aid to other countries can hinder dictators as much as it can help them.
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The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came To Idolize a Document That Fails Them

An eye-opening and exhaustive look at the U.S. Constitution. This book will reward readers’ tenacity and enlighten academics, policymakers, and civic-minded Americans alike.

A Supreme Court Unlike Any Other: The Deepening Divide Between the Justices and the People

McMahon’s exemplary ability to explain the changes in party politics, ideologies, and political practices helps readers to visualize the monstrous philosophical gap between the judges and their electorate. This confirms his thesis that judicial independence is creating judicial isolation, to the detriment of the country. The book will appeal to voracious consumers of political thought and current events.
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Chicana Liberation: Women and Mexican American Politics in Los Angeles, 1945–1981

An excellent primer on the Chicana feminist movement that offers readers plenty to explore.
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Minority Rule: The Right-Wing Attack on the Will of the People—and the Fight To Resist It

Readers concerned about the future of democracy in the U.S. will find considerable value in this holistic, historical approach to current threats.
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Barons: Money, Power, and the Corruption of America’s Food Industry

For readers with a serious interest in public policy and food production.
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True Believer: Hubert Humphrey’s Quest for a More Just America

A flattering look at a liberal political figure. Fans of American political history will appreciate this one.
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Finish What We Started: The MAGA Movement’s Ground War To End Democracy

This eye-opening, often terrifying (for democracy advocates) debut work is rich with political history and recent case studies. Highly recommended for readers wanting to understand how millions of Americans have been swept up in the MAGA universe.

Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea

Readers interested in the intersection of politics and practice will devour this impressive work.
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Broken: Transforming Child Protective Services—Notes of a Former Caseworker

Parents and child-welfare professionals will benefit from this excellent work that gives an insider’s view of child protective services. Pair with We Were Once a Family by Roxanna Asgarian.
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The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos

Chiusano’s case study succeeds in revealing the roots of Santos’s shameless behavior and never-ending lies. This account of how an accomplished scammer rose in national politics is both compelling and sickening. Highly recommended, and an essential purchase for all New York libraries.

Some People Need Killing: A Memoir of Murder in My Country

A brave and heartbreaking work that fleshes out the human cost of Duterte’s violent rule.
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Cold War 2.0: Artificial Intelligence in the New Battle Between China, Russia, and America

Essential for readers interested in international relations, current events, and competition among the world’s superpowers, especially in regard to advanced technology.
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Oceans Rise, Empires Fall: Why Geopolitics Hastens Climate Catastrophe

A thorough, recommended critique of geopolitical business-as-usual and its effects on emissions. The book also contains some guarded optimism about the rapid global spread of renewable power generation.
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Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability

A compelling and detailed account that reveals some little known facts and a deeply sobering analysis of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, its consequences for Russia, and the many assumptions about European security.

Work, Retire, Repeat: The Uncertainty of Retirement in the New Economy

This highly recommended book focuses on middle- and lower-income people who do not have millions in their retirement accounts and who are particularly concerned about the retirement possibilities that their children and grandchildren will have. It nicely updates Dora L. Costa’s The Evolution of Retirement and will appeal to fans of Jessica Bruder’s Nomadland.
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American Woman: The Transformation of the Modern First Lady, from Hillary Clinton to Jill Biden

A thoughtful and recommended exploration of the often-contradictory office of U.S. First Lady. General readers interested in learning more about Jill Biden will especially enjoy this title.

The Showman: Inside the Invasion That Shook the World and Made a Leader of Volodymyr Zelensky

Fascinating. Powerful. Important. This book is an illuminating profile of Zelensky’s courage and an expert study of the fraught relationship between Russia and Ukraine.
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What Work Is

A solid book and analysis about labor conditions and feasible ways to improve it. This would make a welcome addition to collections.

The Law of Presidential Impeachment: A Guide for the Engaged Citizen

A clear and comprehensive primer about the culture and values required to operate constitutional government as the country’s founders intended. This is, indeed, an imperative read for engaged citizens.
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Power Lines: Building a Labor-Climate Justice Movement

A positive look at how using organized labor strategies has proven beneficial in environmental organizing efforts. A welcome addition to academic collections, especially programs with a focus on organizing labor or environmental networks.
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Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

A timely look at the state of the pro-choice activist movement. Recommended for readers interested in abortion access and activism.
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The Sister: North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong, the Most Dangerous Woman in the World

Listeners won’t want to miss this timely and troubling account of the reportedly ruthless woman poised to take control of a brutal and dangerous regime.
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One Nation Under Guns: How Gun Culture Distorts Our History and Threatens Our Democracy

A fast-paced, reader-friendly polemic that demolishes gun-culture myths. Will attract many readers.
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Welcome the Wretched: In Defense of the “Criminal Alien.”

For those seeking to understand the traps and hidden history of immigration law.
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Down Ballot: How a Local Campaign Became a National Referendum on Abortion

Will likely be a popular selection as the 2024 election draws near. It will also be of interest to those teaching civics and journalism.
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The Political Thought of Xi Jinping

This scholarly examination of Xi’s leader-driven ideological revolution will appeal to readers interested in current-day China, especially Chinese political philosophy.
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The Grift: The Downward Spiral of Black Republicans from the Party of Lincoln to the Cult of Trump

A timely addition. Cane covers a lot of ground in this title about several politicians, especially Black Republicans, and makes an enormous effort to cite multiple resources, which lean toward popular versus academic sources, such as encyclopedias, websites, and newspapers. But some readers may believe he falls short of substantiating all his claims and may disagree with the labels that he applies to those with opposing views.

After Elizabeth: Can the Monarchy Save Itself?

Highly recommended and thought-provoking, with practical and well-informed ideas.
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A Death in Malta: An Assassination and a Family’s Quest for Justice

This narrative will make a good addition to both public and academic libraries, especially institutions with journalism programs.

Humanizing Immigration: How To Transform Our Racist and Unjust System

A timely title that humanizes immigration and offers readers a deep understanding of the processes involved in seeking asylum and fighting deportation. It also clearly and expertly shows how specific enforced laws contribute to institutional racism.
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Some People Need Killing: A Memoir of Murder in My Country

This is an important, credible record of the war on drugs in the Philippines.
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The Conspiracy To End America: Five Ways My Old Party Is Driving Our Democracy to Autocracy

Some readers may find that Stevens, like many others who attack a political party, does more harm than good by encouraging more division in an already divided and disconnected country. Limited general interest for this book.
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The Dissident: Alexey Navalny; Profile of a Political Prisoner

Herszenhorn expertly portrays Navalny as a resilient figure and as a “prisoner of conscience” who evolves from a crusader to a political leader symbolizing democratic Russia.
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Timeline of the British Monarchy

A compact and engaging recounting of British monarchs past and present, suitable for middle school readers and up.
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Canada Alone: Navigating the Post-American World

Recommended for all political science and global studies collections.
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Wrong: How Media, Politics, and Identity Drive Our Appetite for Misinformation

A compelling exploration of the psychological factors behind misinformation and belief.
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American Shield: The Immigrant Sergeant Who Defended Democracy

This book by an author who exemplifies patriotism will remind readers of the need to expose those who try to subvert democracy for their own benefit.

Liberty and Equality

Relevant for many disciplines such as philosophy, political science, sociology, and more. An essential purchase for college and university libraries.
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Cracked: The Future of Dams in a Hot, Chaotic World

This audio will interest listeners seeking well-researched, issue-oriented nature nonfiction. A worthwhile purchase for most libraries, but the appeal is more niche than universal.
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Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy

This groundbreaking survey is essential reading for policymakers, students, and practitioners of international politics, business, and economics.
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I Swear: Politics Is Messier Than My Minivan

Funny, honest, relatable, and smart, this audiobook will enhance any library’s political science or memoir collection.
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Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs: A Journey Through the Deep State

Grimly witty but also deeply unnerving, listeners will be on the edge of their seats. This is a winner for public libraries.
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Homegrown: Timothy McVeigh and the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism

Toobin’s authoritative chronicle, which allows the facts to speak for themselves, is as unsettling as it is powerful. A timely and impressive account of the roots of domestic terrorism.
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The Civic Bargain: How Democracy Survives

A guarded but optimistic vision for saving democracy. Best for readers who are concerned about the future of the U.S.
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Merchants of the Right: Gun Sellers and the Crisis of American Democracy

Carlson’s study pairs well with Matthew Lacombe’s Firepower, Michael Waldman’s The Second Amendment, and A Right To Bear Arms??, edited by Jennifer Tucker. An intriguing work that is highly recommended, particularly for large public and academic library collections.
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Battlefield Cyber: How China and Russia Are Undermining Our Democracy and National Security

Still, the confirmed successes of Chinese and Russian cyberwarfare make this book a gripping and highly recommended read.
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Political Rumors: Why We Accept Misinformation and How To Fight It

The cursory mentions of COVID and social media as a purveyor of misinformation aren’t enough to keep this text relevant. Only for those interested in the archaeological roots of misinformation.
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As Figs in Autumn: One Year in a Forever War

A memoir worthy of recommending to fans of personal, coming-of-age stories with universal themes.
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24/7 Politics: Cable Television and the Fragmenting of America from Watergate to Fox News

An important work of political and media history for readers who want to understand the evolution of the current polarized political environment.
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The World in Conflict: Understanding the World’s Troublespots

Overall, this is a valuable and detailed book that parenthetically revels the pervasive impact of low intensity conflict and asymmetric warfare. Add to political science, history, and international studies collections.
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The Reference Shelf: Representative American Speeches, 2021–2022

A solid and unbiased source of primary documents on the most contentious political challenges facing the nation. For readers at all levels, especially high schoolers and undergrads.
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The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book: The History and Issues Explained

The U.S. Supreme Court is increasingly in the news, but its workings and history are opaque. This recommended book can help clear things up.
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Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better

A fascinating exploration of technology and policy in the U.S., which will likely resonate with public-sector technologists.

The Age of Insurrection: The Radical Right’s Assault on American Democracy

Equal parts enlightening and terrifying, this is imperative reading for anyone in the United States.
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The Jan 6th Report

This fact-based accounting of the events of January 6, 2021, is one of the essential historical documents of this era. The thoughtful presentation of this audio edition makes it accessible to a wider audience.
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White Torture: Interviews with Iranian Women Prisoners

Mohammadi’s haunting interviews make for an unsettling but deeply powerful listen. An excellent audio that provides insight into the Iranian legal system and the way the Iranian government treats its activist prisoners.
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Why Congress

With its historical analysis of Congress and insight into its potential future, this book will appeal to political science and public policy majors. A recommended purchase for academic libraries.
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Merchants of the Right: Gun Sellers and the Crisis of American Democracy

Carlson’s study will be welcomed by anyone angered, conflicted about, or interested in gun control and devotion to the right to bear arms in the U.S.
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The Dean of Shandong: Confessions of a Minor Bureaucrat at a Chinese University

Highly recommended for anyone interested in academia in present-day China. Readers interested in memoirs about life in contemporary China should also consider Cai Chongda’s Vessel.

Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right

Based on extensive archival research, this timely account of the John Birch Society is essential for readers interested in U.S. political history and far-right extremism.
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Gradual: The Case for Incremental Change in a Radical Age

Students of American government and public policy will gain useful insights from this study, and they may even view American politics in a whole new manner.
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Unsheltered Love: Homelessness, Hunger and Hope in a City Under Siege

A moving account of the experience of unhoused people in a major American city.
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Political Violence in America: Historical Flashpoints and Modern-Day Trends

This encyclopedia may help high school and lower-level higher education students seeking rudimentary information about specific political violence topics, but it may not be needed in most libraries.
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Untouchable: How Powerful People Get Away with It

This type of book is geared for public libraries more than academic ones.
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The Case for Cancel Culture: How This Democratic Tool Works To Liberate Us All

This is a provocative and important book that enables readers to gain a deep appreciation for the nuanced meaning of cancel culture.
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You Can’t Always Say What You Want: The Paradox of Free Speech

Although the author could have used a more even-handed approach, this book covers enough on the suppression of language to make it a welcome addition at both public and academic libraries.

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times

This is wisdom, pure and simple, for everyone in search of the strength necessary to live expansive lives in a world that too often relegates people to the margins.
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The Peaceful Transfer of Power: An Oral History of America’s Presidential Transitions

A guide to decision-making past, present, and future that users will likely want to consult repeatedly.
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Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber

Librarians may recognize and relate to Borowitz’s amusing and insightful observations. This superbly narrated book should be a part of every public library collection.

After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics—and How To Fix It

This book should be required reading for anyone involved in government and higher education. Highly recommended.
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Waco Rising: David Koresh, the FBI, and the Birth of America’s Modern Militias

Thrilling, evenhanded, and liable to resonate with readers drawn to true crime and current events.
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The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens

A primer for a citizenship that preserves democratic institutions.

The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America

This book will appeal to students of U.S. immigration and civil-rights history, as well as anyone who loves a beautifully told story.
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States of Neglect: How Red-State Leaders Have Failed Their Citizens and Undermined America

Public libraries might have an interest in the book.
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Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia

This work will appeal to those interested in pirates or unorthodox views of the Enlightenment.
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The Aftermath: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America

This title will likely be of high interest to scholars and those interested in social and behavioral sciences.
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When the News Broke: Chicago 1968 and the Polarizing of America

A disturbing clarity into the current biased news coverage is revealed through analysis of past industry reporting standards.
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Bibi: My Story

This books ranks of profound importance to readers interested in the recent history of the Middle East.
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American Resistance: The Inside Story of How the Deep State Saved the Nation

This book is a worthy companion to recent books by Marie Yovanovitch (Lessons from the Edge) and Alexander Vindman (Here, Right Matters). It is an unrelenting indictment of Donald Trump’s abuse of the presidency.

The Forerunner: A Story of Pain and Perseverance in America

The life story of this history-making Congressional member eclipses the usual political memoir. Her story is riveting, moving, vivid, and radically vulnerable.
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Backfire: How Sanctions Reshape the World Against U.S. Interests

This book is a broad and welcome examination of sanctions and will be appreciated by both the general reader and serious scholar, which makes it a perfect addition to economic and policy collections.
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Democracy in the Present Tense: A Queer-Feminist Theory

This book will appeal and prove helpful to academic collections and scholarship examining political science through the lens of queer studies.
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Orwell and Empire

Readers seeking a different perspective on Orwell will appreciate this study. Kerr links Orwell’s writings to current discussions of Britain’s imperial past and matters of race, justice, and identity.

Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick

With engrossing narration from Godfrey, this call-to-action for increased pandemic preparedness, including the removal of partisan politics and unrestrained capitalism from future health-care emergencies, is an essential purchase for all libraries.

Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America

Highly recommended for all readers.
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Burning Down the House: How Libertarian Philosophy Was Corrupted by Delusion and Greed

An interesting critical exploration of libertarian thought.

Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayor

Will appeal widely, not just to politics buffs.

Conspiracy: Why the Rational Believe the Irrational

A well-written and essential tool for those navigating today’s complicated geopolitical landscape.
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Terra Viva: My Life in a Biodiversity of Movements

For agriculture collections, both academic and public.

Raising Them Right: The Untold Story of America’s Ultraconservative Youth Movement and Its Plot for Power

A powerful investigative work that is likely to circulate well with patrons interested in political science and sociology titles.
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Prisoners of Their Premises: How Unexamined Assumptions Lead to War and Other Policy Debacles

Academic libraries should include this work.
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Conservatism in a Divided America: The Right and Identity Politics

A serviceable academic study of conservative identity politics, though it may turn off some readers with its approach to showing both sides and underwhelming analysis.
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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.
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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.

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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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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