Category Archives: Politics & Social Sciences

The Common Good

The Common Good synopsis: With the warmth and lucidity that have made him one of our most important public voices, Robert B. Reich makes the case for a generous, inclusive understanding of the American project, centering on the moral obligations of citizenship. Rooting his argument in everyday reality and common sense, Reich demonstrates the existence… Read More »

The Signal and the Noise

The Signal and the Noise synopsis: “A serious treatise about the craft of prediction—without academic mathematics—cheerily aimed at lay readers. Silver’s coverage is polymathic, ranging from poker and earthquakes to climate change and terrorism.” —New York Review of Books Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a… Read More »

A People’s History of the United States

A People’s History of the United States synopsis: Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People’s History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the street, the home,… Read More »

Yes We (Still) Can

Yes We (Still) Can synopsis: The Decade of Obama (2007-2017) was one of massive change that rewrote the rules of politics in ways we are only now beginning to understand (which is why we all got 2016 wrong). YES WE (STILL) CAN looks at how Obama navigated the forces that allowed Trump to win the… Read More »

All About Love

All About Love synopsis: “The word “love” is most often defined as a noun, yet…we would all love to better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative and intensely personel, the renowned scholar, cultural critic,… Read More »

The Line Becomes a River

The Line Becomes a River synopsis: For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions… Read More »

Miami and the Siege of Chicago

Miami and the Siege of Chicago synopsis: In this landmark work of journalism, Norman Mailer reports on the presidential conventions of 1968, the turbulent year from which today’s bitterly divided country arose. The Vietnam War was raging; Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy had just been assassinated. In August, the Republican Party met… Read More »

The Prayer Wheel

The Prayer Wheel synopsis: All people of faith struggle at times to sustain a flourishing prayer life–a loss felt all the more keenly in times like ours of confusion, political turbulence, and global calamity. The Prayer Wheel introduces an ancient prayer practice that offers a timeless solution for the modern faithful. The Prayer Wheel is… Read More »