Fear: Trump In The White House – Bob Woodward

A Review by Dwight Garner for the New York Times

Nothing in Bob Woodward’s sober and grainy new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” is especially surprising. This is a White House that has leaked from Day 1. We knew things were bad. Woodward is here, like a state trooper knocking on the door at 3 a.m., to update the sorry details.

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Democracy In Chains: The Deep History Of The Radical Right’s Stealth Plan For America – Nancy MacLean

Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did.

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Tailspin: The People And Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall–And Those Fighting To Reverse It – Steven Brill

From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America’s Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change.

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The Soul Of America: The Battle For Our Better Angels – John Meacham

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.

While the American story has not always — or even often — been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times.

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The President Is Missing – Bill Clinton and James Patterson

A spellbinding thriller, written by President Bill Clinton and bestselling novelist James Patterson.

As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing…

Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades.

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The Innocents Abroad – Mark Twain

‘The Innocents Abroad’ is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land.

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The Woman’s Hour: The Last Furious Fight To Win The Vote – Elaine F. Weiss

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The Woman’s Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

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Thunder In The Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, And The Nez Perce War – Daniel J. Sharfstein

Recreating the Nez Perce War through the voices of its survivors, Daniel J. Sharfstein’s visionary history of the West casts General Oliver Otis Howard’s turn away from civil rights alongside the nation’s rejection of racial equality and embrace of empire. The conflict becomes a pivotal struggle over who gets to claim the American dream: a battle of ideas about the meaning of freedom and equality, the mechanics of American power, and the limits of what the government can and should do for its people.

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Handmaking America: A Back-to-Basics Pathway To A Revitalized American Democracy – Bill Ivey

This handbook for restoring fundamental American values reaches back to the Arts-and-Crafts roots of progressive thought, confronting the way right-wing ideology and the power of post-industrial capitalism have undermined work, government; our very way of life, advancing a practical, achievable vision for a good society that can use the capacity of government to recover the essential strength of the American idea.

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How Democracies Die – Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt

Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes.

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