Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:04

"In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.

Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 18:55

"When Louis XVI gave Ben Franklin a diamond-encrusted snuffbox, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to corrupt him by clouding his judgment. By contrast, in 2010 the Supreme Court gave corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Zephyr Teachout shows that Citizens United was both bad law and bad history."

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:48

"The main driver of inequality--returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth--is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty's findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality."

Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 19:06

"Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others. Since the word 'brainwashing' was coined in the aftermath of the Korean War, it has become part of the popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, and been exploited to create sensational headlines. It has also been the subject of learned discussion from many disciplines: including history, sociology, psychology, and psychotherapy. But until now, a crucial part of the debate

Blue in a Red State: The Survival Guide to Life in the Real America

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 18:46

"Imagine if you felt out of step with every other member of the parent association at your kid’s school, your quilting circle, or even your workout group. What if casual conversations revolved around Fox News and the decline of American values? How would you feel if you were afraid to put a political bumper sticker on your car or had to think twice about what liberal posts you liked on Facebook? These are just some of the experiences shared by liberals across twenty states and five time zones who tell their stories with honesty, warmth, and humor.