History, Biography, and Politics

Evicted tugs at your heartstrings and inspires you to want to make a difference. Matthew Desmond, a Harvard sociologist, lived in low-income neighborhoods for three years, recording this true story of people living in the slums of Milwaukee, as they struggled (and failed) to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted engages the topic of income inequality with honest reportage and real solutions to ensure that everyone has a place to call home.  —Jason

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553447439
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 1st, 2016

For four hundred years to be Irish in Ireland was a crime. Its people, stubborn to a fault, did not take to fetters gently. Thomas Francis Meagher ached for a free Ireland though he spent most of his life in exile. Just in time for the centennial of the Easter Rising, Egan writes about Meagher with a fervor to match the man’s need for freedom. Meagher’s almost unbelievable life lit a fire in me. I couldn’t put it down.  —Ivy

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The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544272880
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 1st, 2016

As a journalist for Mother Jones, Mac McCelland traveled the world covering high crisis politics and world events; she was used to seeing scenes that most of us never encounter. But after witnessing the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, McCelland returned home unable to “recover.” Plagued by nightmares, changes in perceptions, and uncontrollable crying, she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In Irritable Hearts, McCelland writes with candor about turning her journalistic eyes inward, struggling to research PTSD even has she is held in its grip. The result is an oh-so-readable memoir that is also a portrayal of human character.  —S.M.C.

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Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250053503
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 23rd, 2016

This is a fascinating exploration of FDR’s life and history through the lens of land conservation. We are all so familiar with FDR’s politics and his wartime leadership, that it was refreshing to see a different side to this American icon. Lovingly written and painstakingly researched, Brinkley chronicles how the love of the outdoors was instilled in him, and how that sense of responsibility and stewardship carried him through the rest of his life.  —Jax

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Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062089236
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Published: Harper - March 15th, 2016

I’ve recently become fascinated by Russian history, and wondered what it’s like to live under a ruler like Vladimir Putin, a question answered in this book. Garrels spent years doing research in the town of Chelyabinsk, getting to know the town and its residents. Using the town as a lens to show what life is like for everyday Russians, Garrels has created an eye-opening glimpse into another world.  —Flannery

 

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Putin Country: A Journey Into the Real Russia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374247720
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 15th, 2016

From the author of Psychic Soviet comes another collection of essays that will make you wonder: is this satire? Well dude, you wish this was f***ing satire.  –Molly

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Censorship Now!! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617754098
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Published: Akashic Books - November 3rd, 2015

As the world prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympics, all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro to see if they can pull it off. Journalist Juliana Barbassa, originally from Rio, wondered as well, so she moved back and began to investigate life in the City of God. This is an eye-opening, fascinating look at a turbulent place and the proud people fighting for their city and way of life. –Flan

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Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476756257
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Published: Touchstone Books - July 28th, 2015

You remember the saga of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days beneath thousands of feet of rock, and the massive operation that went into rescuing them, but until you read this book, you don’t know the whole story. UCSC grad Tobar is the man the miners chose to tell their story, and it is a riveting account of their time underground as well as the aboveground battle to save them. –Flan

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Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250074850
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Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2015

This is an amazing look into what happens to the human body when it is struck by lightning. After being struck by lightning for the second time, this chronicles the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of this event. She also examines the fascinating ecosystem of the human heart. This is one you won’t forget. –Clytia

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A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140179378
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1995

A retelling of the Holocaust through contemporary eyes, Snyder’s book presents a new thesis on Hitler’s motivations, and how it parallels current immigration and environmental issues. I would recommend Black Earth to people who like to read about war history, or to anyone interested in thinking about climate change and how it is affecting humanity. –Jason

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Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101903452
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - September 8th, 2015

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