Back Politics | June Newsletter

SelectReads News
Simple News Pro
  Politics  
Republican Character: From Nixon to Reagan

Donald T Critchlow · University of Pennsylvania Press
Pages: 220
Format: Hardcover

"Politics makes for strange bedfellows," the old saying goes. Americans, however, often forget the obvious lesson underlying this adage: politics is about winning elections and governing once in office. Voters of all stripes seem put off by the rough-and-tumble horse-trading and deal-making...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

Joshua Hammer · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 278
Format: Audiobook

To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean's Eleven.In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger...
Read More check catalog
 
 
River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster

Jonathan P. Thompson · Torrey House Press
Pages: 275
Format: Paperback

Award-winning investigative environmental journalist Jonathan P. Thompson digs into the science, politics, and greed behind the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster, and unearths a litany of impacts wrought by a century and a half of mining, energy development, and fracking in southwestern Colorado....
Read More check catalog
 
 
This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class

Elizabeth Warren · Metropolitan Books
Pages: 337
Format: Hardcover

#1 New York Times bestsellerThe fiery U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save itSenator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement

Recorded Books Inc. · The New Press
Pages: 242
Format: eBook

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has denounced the use of solitary confinement beyond fifteen days as a form of cruel and degrading treatment that often rises to the level of torture. Yet the United States holds more than eighty thousand people in isolation on any given day. Now sixteen...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Beekeeper:Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq

DUNYA MIKHAIL · New Directions
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

The true story of a beekeeper who risks his life to rescue enslaved women from DaeshSince 2014, Daesh (ISIS) has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern Iraq: sowing destruction, killing those who won't convert to Islam, and enslaving young girls and women.The Beekeeper, by the acclaimed...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Bondage and Freedom in the City of the Straits

Tiya Miles · The New Press
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Most Americans believe that slavery was a creature of the South, and that Northern states and territories provided stops on the Underground Railroad for fugitive slaves on their way to Canada. In this paradigm-shifting book, celebrated historian Tiya Miles reveals that slavery was at the heart...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The China Mirage: The Hidden History of

James Bradley · Little, Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of Flags of our Fathers, Flyboys, and The Imperial Cruise, a spellbinding history of turbulent U.S.-China relations from the 19th century to World War II and Mao's ascent.In each of his books, James Bradley has exposed the hidden truths behind America's...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Democracy Betrayed: The Rise of the Surveillance Security State

William W. Keller · Counterpoint LLC
Pages: 300
Format: Print book

In the aftermath of 9/11, in collusion with booming technological advancements, a new and more authoritarian form of governance is supplanting liberal democracy. The creation of the Security Industrial Complex - an "internal security state-within-the-state" fueled by tech companies,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Impatient Armies of the Poor: The Story of Collective Action of the Unemployed, 1808-1942

Franklin Folsom · Univ Pr of Colorado
Pages: 558
Format: Hardcover

Behind the unemployment benefits and social security cheques that millions of Americans receive today lies a long series of dramatic actions. This book tells the very human story of these actions and reveals the jobless of past depressions as creators of many important features of today's...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Montaigne: A Life

Philippe Desan · Princeton University Press
Pages: 832
Format: Print book

One of the most important writers and thinkers of the Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne (1533-92) helped invent a literary genre that seemed more modern than anything that had come before. But did he do it, as he suggests in his Essays, by retreating to his chateau, turning his back on the world,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Food Chained: How a Few Global Giants Got a Stranglehold on Everything We Eat

Mark Schapiro · Hot Books
Pages: 160
Format: Print book

Sun. Soil. Water. Seed. These are the primordial ingredients for the most essential activity of all on earth: growing food. All of these elements are being changed dramatically under the pressures of corporate consolidation of the food chain, which has been accelerating just as climate...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Way of the Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of Firearms

Iain Overton · Harper
Pages: 356
Format: Hardcover

In this compelling and revelatory book, an investigative journalist explores the lifecycle of the gun - following those who make firearms, sell them, use them, and die by them - with a special emphasis on the United States, to make sense of our complex relationship with these weapons.We...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Last Hope Island : Britain, occupied Europe, and the brotherhood that helped turn the tide of war

Lynne Olson · Random House
Pages: 576
Format: Hardcover

A groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

Alia Malek · Nation Books
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

At the Arab Spring's hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother's apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parent's decision to make their lives in America. In chronicling the people...
Read More check catalog