Just found this older list that I planned to do short takes on, but now have returned the books and don’t recall much so have to recheck out, but here is the list for your consideration. Some duplicates with other posts may occur if I did manage to do some write ups but I am too lazy too check each one.
For some reason, the links to a lot of the books are gone. I may have missed one or two, but I KNOW I DID NOT MISS all the ones now missing GoodReads links, darn it. So I’m sorry, but I am not going to spend another hour or more redoing them when I don’t know why they disappeared in the first place.
Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court by Tony Mauro (2000)
That’s not what we meant to do: reform and its unintended consequences in twentieth-century America by Steven M. Gillon (2000)
Blasphemy: how the religious right is hijacking our declaration of independence by Alan Dershowitz (2007)
Better, stronger, faster: the myth of American decline — and the rise of a new economy by Daniel Gross (2012)
Takeover: the return of the imperial presidency and the subversion of American democracy by Charlie Savage (2007)
The Supreme Court on unions: why labor law is failing American workers by Julius G. Getman
(checked out via ILL)
The Concise History of Woman Suffrage: selections from History of woman suffrage, edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Edited by Paul Buhle (2005)
The Fight to Vote by Michael Waldman
FICTION The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
The Servant Economy: where America’s elite is sending the middle class by Geoffrey P. Faux (2012)
War is the Force that gives us Meaning by Chris Hedges (2002)
What’s the matter with White People: why we long for a golden age that never was by Joan Walsh (2012)
Writing with intent: essays, reviews, personal prose, 1983-2005 by Margaret Atwood (2005)
A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen (2012)
Ayn Rand Nation: The hidden struggle for America’s Soul by Gary Weiss (2012)
Give us the ballot: the modern struggle for voting rights in America by Ari Berman ( 2015)
Great Cases in Constitutional Law by Robert P. George (2000)
One Woman, one vote by Ruth Pollak (2005)
[no image] The ACLU Freedom Files: voting rights by Jeremy Paul Kagan (2005)
[no image] The United States Constitution: Questions and Answers by John R. Vile
The Best Government Money Can Buy? by Francis Megahy (2010)
FICTION The Winter Siege [large print] by Ariana Franklin
Unreasonable Man [Ralph Nader video] by Henriette Mantel (2006)
The New Prophets of Capital: A deft and caustic takedown of the new prophets of profit, from Bill Gates to Oprah by Nicole Ashcroft (2015) [checked out via ILL]
Betting on famine: why the world still goes hungry by Jean Ziegler
[no image] The End of Poverty? Think Again by Beth Portello (2010) – heartbreaking
Empire of Capital by Ellen Meiksins Wood (2003)[checked out via ILL]
F*U*B*A*R: America’s right wing nightmare [cd] by Sam Seder (2006) for the innocents out there, FUBAR stands for Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition, and variation of SNAFU, Situation Normal, All Fucked Up
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the rise of an independent nation by Rebecca Traister (2016)
FICTION Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (2002)
FICTION The Peripheral by William Gibson
Considered a modern classic for good reason. Every page an eye opening experience to the “real” history of America and you just know it is all true, especially the parts you have lived through but didn’t understand at the time, this book makes the behind the scenes and suppressed or avoided factual presentation in school books.
This is a MUST BUY AND READ BOOK. I say buy because it is over 700 pages long. Plus good to have as a reference. I checked it out from the library but someone else put a reserve on it (!!!) so have to take it back so will be buying it myself. I am kind of flummoxed by the number of times recently that books I have checked out get reserved limiting my renewals. It seems statistically unlikely, especially for an older book like this. And since I had never heard of him before coming across his name in another book, that is strange too. I still can’t believe I lived through this time and did not realize how significant or even who he was! Amazing man, superb research and writing.
This link is to the 2000 edition, the one I am reading is 1992 but not as dated as one might think given that it begins at the beginning of America’s founding and all the information up to then and is extremely detailed and analyzed and described very well.
This book answers the many questions I have had over the years of how we ended up with an essentially two-party system that is run like two warring corporations for a monopoly of the United States government as the prize.
I knew that the Founding Fathers had not begun nor wanted political parties, but apparently not “until they began running parties themselves.” Thomas Jefferson was pro-party. Alexander Hamilton “associated parties with ‘ambition, avarice, personal animosity.'” I’m going to side with Hamilton on this point. James Madison “wrote in Federalist Number Ten of ‘the mischiefs of faction. John Adams expressed ‘dread’ toward ‘division of the republic into to great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other.'” Now that was prescient!