I had to return to the library so will have to get again to add the essay part and quotes. But I decided to hit publish anyway because it is so good and I just want to get the recommendation out there.
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.
Capitalism and freedom by Milton Friedman (2002) [author I am happy to say died in 2006; he created the false doctrine of neoliberalism]
Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt (2010)
Nation on the Take: how big money corrupts our democracy and what we can do about it by Wendell Potter (2016)
The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republican and Clinton Democrats enriched Wall Street while mugging Main Street by Robert Scheer (2010)
The New Road to Serfdom: a letter of warning to America [listened to book on cd] by Daniel Hannan (2011)
The Road to Serfdom: text and documents by Friedrich A. von Hayek (2007)
Why we can’t afford the rich by R. Andrew Sayer
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: dispatches from the front lines by Michael E. Mann (2012)
Bill of Wrongs: The Executive branch’s assault on America’s fundamental rights[cd] by Molly Ivins (2007)
C Street: the fundamentalist threat to American democracy by Jeff Sharlet (2010)
Democracy Maters: Winning the Fight against Imperialism [cd] by Cornel West (2004)
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
Unthinking: the surprising forces behind what we buy [cd] by Harry Beckwith (2011)
Obviously this book is out of date but it does discuss some of the continual issues that plague the US medical and insurance industries under the great invisible hand of the “free” market rules of supply and demand that result in our citizens paying more and more and having inflated medical prices and drug prices forcing people to choose between food and healthcare.
The fundamental reality is that it is NOT APPROPRIATE to apply the “laws” of supply and demand to healthcare.
This is a very long book, 477 pages including the postscript, plus back matter that includes the text of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, plus extensive notes, and an index that brings it up to 655 pages. When approaching such a vast book, I rarely read straight through, or even all of it since some of it is redundant to what I already know. Unfortunately, the chapter titles in the book are next to useless in describing the content one might expect to see in the book and it is clearly not organized by any logical organization. As a “biography” the author obviously declares that he must start at the beginning. Back in the day when I was a book development editor, I would have strongly recommended some alternative structure than starting at the beginning. Since no dates are included in the headers or chapter pages.