book reviews

Reviews for political die-hards of books about politicians, civil rights, Supreme Court rulings and the ever-changing Swamp.

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Sophie Jiwoo2 months ago
Japanese Internment
Farewell to Manzanar is an autobiographical memoir of Jeanne Wakatsuki-Houston, one of the thousands of Japanese-Americans who were forced into internment camps in the 20th century by order of Preside...
Mimo le Singe5 months ago
Analysis: 'Discourse on the Origin of Inequality' by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Note: I don't remember why there are no embedded citations throughout the paper. Perhaps they were unnecessary as this was the only text being analyzed. Regardless, I thought I'd include this in case ...
Matthew Kresal7 months ago
The Dream and the Nightmare of 'Red Plenty'
The Cold War has receded into history. With it went the Soviet Union, the communist superpower born out of the Russian Revolution of 1917 that collapsed in 1991. Making sense of it has been a difficul...
Ruth Green7 months ago
'Everything You Love Will Burn'
By the time this book was completed, its author, Vegas Tenold, had spent six years living among extreme white nationalist groups in America. Having covered conflicts in different parts of the world for many years Tenold “felt that the path to defeating extremism was through understanding it.” Tenold never tried to hide his identity or his reasons for doing what he did. As he traveled to the many cities in America, where extremist rallies have taken place Tenold was able to experience first hand ...
Ben W8 months ago
Book Review - 'Governing the World: The History of an Idea' by Mark Mazower
Governing the World: The History of an Idea is an illuminating and insightful history regarding the shaky yet continuous rise of internationalism that began with the Concert of Vienna in 1815. Mazower...
Rachel Kassa year ago
'Rising Out of Hatred'
I received an advanced reader copy (ARC) of a new book coming out titled: Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eli Saslow. Now, that i...
P.E. Kylea year ago
A Country Stained Red
Red: It is the color of the revolutionary martyr’s blood that had been spilt for a cause that would stain the roots of an entire country for decades to come. The Chinese Cultural Revolution was a dram...
SKYLERIZED a year ago
Why Are You Ranking: Ideas in Steven Pinker's 'Enlightenment Now' Listed from Inhumane to Rational
Within the context of our current climate of negativity and strife, professor Steven Pinker dared to buck the trend and talk about positivity. And not just touchy-feely goodness, but hard, cold facts ...
Matthew Kresala year ago
Putin, Trump & 'Russian Roulette'
As of writing, we are eighteen months into the presidency of Donald Trump. That time in office has found his administration, intelligence agencies, and the news media focused on lingering questions fr...
Chris Gennonea year ago
10 Best Political Books Ever Written
In the political world, it's easy to get wrapped up in social commentary from both sides of the aisle on television. However, our nation still depends heavily on political books, such as James Comey's...
Enobong Essiena year ago
'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison
"Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat." This book has been on my reading list for a long time and I was so happy to finally get arou...
Adrian Scotta year ago
Top 10 Political Books to Read in 2018
Though our president reportedly does not read books, in 2018's political era, these are the top ten best political books to read now that Donald Trump is president. From the Readings in American Polit...
Matthew Kresala year ago
JFK, The Warren Commission, & 'A Cruel and Shocking Act'
In the more than a half-century since the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, questions have been raised time and again about it. How many shots? Who was involved? Did alleged assassin Lee Har...
Anaya Chambersa year ago
'The Hate U Give' by Angie Thomas: Book Review
The Hate U Give is a novel written by Angie Thomas. Her novel focuses on the problems of today dealing with police shootings and #BlackLivesMatter. The main character, Star, witnesses her best friend,...
'On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century' by Timothy Snyder
Throughout the reading of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Timothy Snyder, Vintage Publishing, 2017) the figure of Victor Klemperer resonates strongly. Klemperer was a humanist, ...
'Revolutionary Keywords for a New Left' by Ian Parker
Revolutionary Keywords for a New Left (Zero Books, 2017) is an atypical dictionary where one can find 50 relevant keywords for left politics. Already in 1975, the British marxist Raymond Williams publ...
Best Nonfiction Books About the Republican Party
Right now, there seems to be an identity crisis going on in the American political scene. The Democratic Party has become famous for being liberal, and the Republican Party has become known for being ...
Sajidah Ali2 years ago
The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Being Brown
Five years ago I picked up a book that I never finished, but I fell in love with its title and the promise of a narrative so perfectly laced with a train of political and religious of thought that wou...