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Caste The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

This book should be on any and every reading list, especially in this era of civil and social unrest and is a perfect pairing with books like How To be An Antiracist by Kendi or Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates Jr. What I love about Wilkerson's book is her passion, anger, fears and her sense of justice do not cloud her journalistic abilities but are enhanced by her skills at being a storyteller and a researcher. Those passions illuminate and reverberate with the reader through her personal accounts as well as her histories of the whole concepts and misconceptions of "race". I personally think this book should be required reading for Social Services and the Police Dept. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780805087246
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 15th, 2007

Goodbye, Hunger Games. Step aside Lord of the Rings. There’s a new trilogy in town. An Army at Dawn is the first entry in Rick Atkinson’s triad of books detailing America’s involvement in World War II, and though it is non-fiction, this work is packed with enough political intrigue and explosive twists to make Catching Fire quake in its boots. Atkinson brings the sights, sounds, and figures of the North African campaign to vivid life in this truly impressive work about a theater of war that has been unjustly ignored by most- myself included. If you have even a passing interest in history, I could not recommend this enough. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman - Book Review

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By Rutger Bregman, Erica Moore (Translated by), Elizabeth Manton (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780316418539
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 2nd, 2020

Humans are kinder than what the media and popular culture lead us to believe. That's Bregman's hypothesis, and he backs it up persuasively, even stating that ancient hunter-gatherers had a rosier view of one another than our ancestors in later, more civilized generations. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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

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ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

I've finally digested this work in 2020, five years after its publication. It will never be too late to read this one. The vitality of the message shows no signs of fading and though the truth is hard to swallow, it would be remarkable for anyone to finish this testimonial and remain unchanged. Coates gives us an intimate portrait of the human cost of racism, the continuing inequities that many in our country unfairly maneuver right now, the threat of violence that stalks black men and boys every day, and the stark difference between black and white contemporary American life. A must read on every level and a powerful tool for a deeper understanding of what is at stake. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul by A. J. Baime - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781328585066
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - July 7th, 2020

Superb account of a political underdog. Derided by the press, written off by pollsters and members of his own party, and pitted against three opponents, Harry Truman's steadfast determination, effort, and optimism elevated him, on Election Day 1948, to a breathtaking triumph. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

If you are looking for a psychological and intelligent book that delves into the mindset of growing up as a Black individual in America, then this is the book for you. Meant to be read with a curious and open mind, Tatum beautifully explains how racism has been buried under the surface for many White Americans who were taught that indifference is safer than standing up against racism. Providing numerous insightful responses to questions about race, Tatum's classic book is not to be missed when learning how to be an anti-racist in today's world. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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