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Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy by Adam Jentleson - Book Review

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781631497773
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Published: Liveright - January 12th, 2021

The majority often does not carry the day in the U.S. Senate. Why? The filibuster. In this devastating takedown, Jentleson traces the filibuster's history from the days of slavery through the 21st Century, and its far too frequent use to delay justice and equality, and to deny representational democracy. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781620971932
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

This book is a gamechanger for anyone trying to understand just how insidiously racist the criminal justice system is in the US. As a legal scholar, Alexander skillfully lays out the figures in a digestible format. Moreover, the book brings the concept of colorblindness under the microscope, examining the ways it has been used on a societal scale to undercut and quash antiracist mobilizing since the Civil Rights Movement. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy by Matt Stoller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501182891
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2020

With Big Tech and big banks dominating our economy and threatening democracy, we live in an age of monopoly. But how did we get here? Written in clear and engaging prose, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about business, politics, and power in the 21st century. ~ Reviewed by Ramsay Eyre


From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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ISBN: 9781608465620
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2016

Yamahtta Taylor outlines how and why we have found ourselves at this current junction and what ways we can organize toward a brighter future. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the struggle for racial equity. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525512196
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Published: Random House - August 20th, 2019

If I could assign the human race required reading for 2020, this book would be slotted somewhere near the top of the list. After his cartography of the past in Sapiens and projections for the future in Homo Deus, Harari takes a moment to help us understand the present. With topics ranging from Big Data and genetic modifications to global terrorism and meditation, this book made me feel much more confident in my grip on reality in a world that can stranger and stranger with each passing day. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Non-fiction with a heart. Luiselli recounts her time spent working as a translator for undocumented children who have traveled alone to America in order to seek asylum. The book's structure is list-like in a way that feels stark yet appropriate; Luiselli works off the format of the intake questions she is required to ask each child: "Why did you come to the United States? Who would take care of you if you were to return to your home country? Are you scared to return?" In answer to each question, she dips into encounters with children she's worked with, her own experiences as a Latina immigrant in America, and analysis of immigration policy. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


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