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The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani - Book Review

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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 17th, 2018

The embedding of postmodern theory into contemporary society that, warped and degraded by politics, has so broken and divided us into our own bubbles and factions, resulting in the renowned importance of personal truths away from any sole objective truths is what's at the heart of Kakutani's well researched analysis on our modern crisis. Thoroughly absorbing and undoubtedly important. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

This is one of those “buzz books” that anyone with any interest whatsoever in the history and current state of race relations and police-minority relations knows they eventually have to read.

Coates' very language and attitude towards his topic can, at first, be off-putting or even hard to grasp for those in the racial majority who have, through location and life experience, much safe distance from the danger and struggles of being dark-skinned in America. He even refers to “those who think they are white” and the illusions of whiteness and blackness in a way that wholly transforms the readers assumptions and presumed knowledge of race and racial history. He succeeds, like few authors I've encountered, in revealing the ultimate truth as regards to “having a black body” in our nation and the devastating realities of police brutality, frequently lethal, carried out against this population both day to day in modern times and throughout history with little to no repercussion.

This can be a daunting read. Coates pulls no punches and softens not a drop of his ire towards those in the “white” power structure as well as those of us who live lives of privilege while still in denial of the true historical and human costs of the “American Dream”. There is no quarter offered for those who would presume to push the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow and ongoing institutional racism​- as well as the continuing endangerment and destruction of black bodies by contemporary police forces-​ into the past or to deny its valid presence in the future. As American citizens we all own it, the history, the reality, the ongoing struggles and the endless racial prejudice and Coates is, quite rightly, quite vividly and most brilliantly unwilling to buy into America's material-wealth-at-all-costs “dream”. It is a dream built on a tortured history, a dream that can only be a dream when viewed with the blinders of ignorance or racial intolerance in place.

A must read ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power by Kate Andersen Brower - Book Review

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Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018

A look at our 13 most recent Vice Presidents, their complicated relationships with their bosses, and their less than stellar political afterlives. At the end of their terms, some left politics; three: Humphrey, Mondale, and Gore, ran for president and lost; and the four who rose to the top: Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and George H.W. Bush, were either voted out of office or left the White House in disgrace. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal by Jonathan Green - Book Review

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 15th, 2018

Bronx was a rough place in the late 80s and early 90s. Crack, gangs and violence dominated life in many parts of the borough. Rising to the top of the chaos was Sex Money Murder, a gang that achieved unparalleled notoriety for drug trafficking and violence. Green chronicles their exploits and those of the law enforcement officers and attorneys who committed themselves to bringing SMM down. ~ Reviewed by Nate George


Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Korbel Albright - Book Review

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Published: Harper - April 10th, 2018

Madeline Albright has not gone soft or gentled. She waits only until page 4 to tell the world what she thinks of the current administration. Endeavoring to keep it short -- per the state of most peoples' attention span or states of exhaustion -- Albright skewers history through personal and professional narratives as thoroughly as she ever did using her infamous pins (see a previous book, Read My Pins). This is a timely read if ever there was one. Well done Madam Secretary! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501102264
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 2nd, 2018

An emotionally compelling journey to Janesville, Wisconsin, where in the depths of the Great Recession, the huge General Motors plant was closed. The subsequent economic distress, and the often brutal struggle to forge ahead, permanently alters individuals, families, and the sunny, all-American character of Janesville. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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