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Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions by Michael Moss - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812997293
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Published: Random House - March 2nd, 2021

It's common knowledge that fruits, vegetables, and natural foods are good for us. So why do we consistently devour processed food? Moss reveals how the gigantic food industry, through pricing, marketing, and emotional levers, preys on our craving for junk food, and keeps us hooked. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences Working Toward Freedom by Alice Kim - Book Review

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By Alice Kim (Editor), Erica Meiners (Editor), Jill Petty (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781608468997
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 9th, 2018

This collection of essays, stories, poetry, and art is a burst of light, a breath of fresh air, a motivated step towards the future we all deserve. The perspectives shared by each contributor provided lessons and insights that I carry with me. Approaching the complexity of mass incarceration through the lens of the personal is a daunting task, but one which Kim expertly accomplished. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


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

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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


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