Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 20:16

An inside look at who's watching you, what they know and why it matters. We are being watched.

We see online ads from websites we've visited, long after we've moved on to other interests. Our smartphones and cars transmit our location, enabling us to know what's in the neighborhood but also enabling others to track us. And the federal government, we recently learned, has been conducting a massive data-gathering surveillance operation across the Internet and on our phone lines.

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 20:03

"A scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis
 
Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery:
 
Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles.
Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail.
 

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 17:04

"An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers.

Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 15:00

"Deer Hunting with Jesus is web columnist Joe Bageant’s report on what he learned when he moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, which-like countless American small towns-is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass. By turns brutal, tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of "the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks."

Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 13:15

"There is a hidden country within the United States. It was formed from the astonishing number of secrets held by the government and the growing ranks of secret-keepers given charge over them. The government secrecy industry speaks in a private language of codes and acronyms, and follows an arcane set of rules and customs designed to perpetuate itself, repel penetration, and deflect oversight. It justifies itself with the assertion that the American values worth preserving are often best sustained by subterfuge and deception.

Debtors' Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:39

"One of our foremost economic thinkers challenges a cherished tenet of today’s financial orthodoxy: that spending less, refusing to forgive debt, and shrinking government—“austerity”—is the solution to a persisting economic crisis like ours or Europe’s, now in its fifth year.