History & Politics from the 2014 Summer Newsletter

After nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, first lady, senator, and secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton reflects on the key moments during her time as secretary of state and shares her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century. With all signs pointing to her running for president, Ms. Clinton’s memoir is destined to be one of the biggest books of the summer.

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ISBN: 9781476751443
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 10th, 2014

T. E. Lawrence was a whirlwind of force in the mind-bendingly complex Middle East during World War I. Scott Anderson does a great job of describing the hallucinogenic jigsaw puzzle of diplomacy and war. Anderson’s Lawrence is a full and quirky human being; an adventurer and scholar from the start. Bonus: Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is based on the life of Lawrence and this book makes a great companion read.

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ISBN: 9780307476418
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Published: Anchor Books - June 3rd, 2014

In October 2001, a Texas man went on a killing spree, shooting men he thought were Middle Eastern. His third victim, a Bangladeshi man, lived, and became an advocate for repealing his shooter’s death sentence. While this sounds like a difficult read, the author’s compelling writing makes it impossible to put down, and the story is filled with more hope and forgiveness than hate and pain. This is a truly thought-provoking, powerful book.

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ISBN: 9780393239508
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2014

“Midnight in Mexico is the story of a journalist’s dangerous and notable efforts to report on Mexico’s horrible drug wars. The book brings a special clarity, the clarity of the personal and particular, to a very important and confusing subject, and it is in itself an absorbing story, marked by careful attention to fact and also by the author’s deep love for his homeland. Mr. Corchado is the kind of reporter and writer who revives one’s faith in journalism.” —Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Strength in What Remains

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ISBN: 9780143125532
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

Which family is wealthier than the Rockefellers and more politically influential than the Kennedys? The Koch brothers. They are also mysterious by design. Author Daniel Schulman, a Mother Jones writer, presents the first major biography on this powerful and secretive family, that has spent decades trying to remake the American political landscape and mainline their libertarian views into the national bloodstream. They now control a machine that is a center of gravity within the Republican Party.

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ISBN: 9781455518739
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 20th, 2014

In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Senator Elizabeth Warren tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works—and really doesn’t. From her early life in Oklahoma to her time setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to her first year in the Senate, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class, believing that America’s government can and must do better for working families. 

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ISBN: 9781627790529
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Published: Metropolitan Books - April 22nd, 2014

During World War II, Greenland’s Allied forces lost numerous planes to treacherous flying conditions. In this excellent book, Zuckoff recounts a series of accidents, deftly weaving together the story of the dogged attempts to rescue men stranded in the brutal Arctic winter with the Coast Guard’s tenacious, obstacle-ridden modern-day pursuit of finding one of the lost planes. Well written, thoroughly researched, dryly funny, and completely captivating. I absolutely loved this book!  

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ISBN: 9780062133403
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2014

Against Equality calls for queer people everywhere to rally against capitalism, militarism, and neo-liberal politics in this succinct collection of essays written by members of the Against Equality collective. In a time where basic human rights are being linked to one’s access to marriage and the repealing of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is seen as the apex of inclusion, it’s nice to know that there are queers around who write books that bash back and question pinkwashing tactics.

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By Ryan Conrad (Editor)
ISBN: 9781849351843
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Published: AK Press - April 15th, 2014


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