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History & Politics from our 2019 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2019 Summer Newsletter.

 

Upheaval by Jared Diamond

In his latest work, Diamond chose seven countries that have had major crises within the last 150 years and examines how they’ve dealt with those crises. He then extrapolates from how those countries have evolved since to examine the state of the world today and to project how our future might unfold. Diamond has tackled several broad, complex, and sensitive topics here with the same intelligent and accessible writing that has made his earlier book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, an enduring classic. Part history lesson, part editorial, and part science lecture, I found this to be a truly fascinating read that should become required reading. - Jade

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Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316409131
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 7th, 2019

Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place, Identity, and Feminism

This exceptional collection of essays is as political as it is environmental, allowing for and celebrating the places we actually are, not just where we go, and how they inform who we are and how we live. With pieces by Belle Boggs, Camille T. Dungy, Lauret E. Savoy, Terry Tempest Williams, and others, Trespass brings intersectionality to environmental writing, exploring gender, race, and sexuality, reminding us that important place-based writing has always been about more than just the surroundings. - Melinda

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By May-Lee Chai (Foreword by), Belle Boggs (Contribution by), Camille T. Dungy (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9781940596297
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Published: Lookout Books - April 30th, 2019

Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz

Just prior to the Civil War, Frederick Law Olmsted —later the designer of Central Park—went on a tour of the South as a correspondent for the New York Times. Just prior to today’s civil war, Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic, retraced Olmsted’s route from West Virginia to Texas and into Mexico. From plantations and a monster truck mudfest to a New Orleans gospel-rocking church, he documents how much has changed and what’s still strikingly the same. - Dave

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Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101980286
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Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder

Told with an adroit, almost poetic style, this work of contemporary history is far from textbook. In The Road to Unfreedom, Yale professor and award-winning author Timothy Snyder analyzes the rise of populism and authoritarianism across the globe, with a focus on Russia, Europe, and the United States. Snyder’s analysis gives the reader a concrete map of events that led us to the present, and is a must-read for anyone concerned with the future of liberal democracy. - Aric

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The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525574477
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - April 9th, 2019

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

In telling the story of the French Resistance through the perspective of a handful of women (among many) recruited as operatives and spies to work behind enemy lines, Sarah Rose adds a chapter that had been missing from the written history of World War II. Dropped by parachute to lead missions of espionage and sabotage, they let nothing stand in the way of defeating Hitler and freeing France. Pick this one up for an engrossing, true narrative and for inspiration from women who never backed down. - Jocelyn

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D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World  War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451495082
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Published: Crown - April 23rd, 2019

Squeezed by Alissa Quart

Journalist Alissa Quart investigates the increasing barriers and burdens forcing families with children out of middle-class security. Kids are a luxury item in an economy where the proverbial golden ticket to security—education—is more often a ticket to overwhelming debt, unpaid overtime, side gigs, and a lack of job security. Quark’s combination of research and diverse personal narratives is fascinating, relatable, and galvanizing. - Clara

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Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062412263
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Published: Ecco - May 7th, 2019

The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

I wish I could escape from this time of upheaval and massive discontent by reading books that are non-political or historical, but really, I find more solace by immersing myself in information. (It makes me think the bad guys aren’t getting away with it.) The Soul of America, which chronicles our nation’s struggles from revolutionary times to the current day, is right up my alley, while also offering a beacon of hope. “Gripping and inspiring…[Meacham] makes the resonant argument that America has faced division before—and not only survived it but thrived.” —Newsday - S.B.

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The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399589829
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

Surprise, Kill, Vanish by Annie Jacobsen

This is my favorite type of book: fast paced, intelligent, and makes me exclaim, “Ohh, nooo!” out loud while reading it. It’s history from the angles you weren’t meant to see, making the text that much more alarming. Reading about the acceleration from covert training for WWII offense to the more recent happenings in the Middle East was equal parts horror and fascination. Already a fan of her writings, the amount of work Jacobsen (Area 51) put into this book is astounding. The clandestine nature of it all meant she went far beyond traditional research, and that effort shows in the details. - Rachel

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Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316441438
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 14th, 2019

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