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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
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The Great Migration is one of the largest movements of people in human history, and one of the most important events to understand contemporary America. Between 1915 and 1970, 6 million African Americans left the South to seek freedom and economic op ...more
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X was the second of a series of five books that I read on social justice, a journey that I didn't realize until reaching the end of this incredible life story. Three of those books, including this one, covered 20th centur ...more
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Reconstruction by Eric Foner
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Reconstruction is a tremendous scholarly accomplishment. Starting out as an attempt to clear away the misconceptions of America's most politically contentious period,it ends up as an incredibly detailed account of nearly every aspect of life from 186 ...more
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Getting Back to Full Employment by Dean Baker
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There are certainly more thorough discussions of the current state of the American and global economy (Capital in the 21st century), and there are certainly books that are more nuanced in their discussions of possible government programs (Social Demo ...more
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No god but God by Reza Aslan
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The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin
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In her New York Times review of the book, Liesl Schillinger describes Pelevin as a bit of a magician. While he captivates audiences with tales Eastern mythology, the supernatural and romance, Pelevin's book are better seen as platforms for philosophi ...more
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The Democracy Project by David Graeber
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It's been almost two years since the occupation of Zuccotti Park, which is more than ample time for reflection on the motives, strategies, tactics and relevance of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. As it turns out, this is a monumental task, a complet ...more
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The God Species by Mark Lynas
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In case you hadn't noticed, the American debate about the major environmental challenges of our times is fundamentally broken. This is the result of a political culture that grows ever more partisan, fueling a discourse that is more vitriolic each da ...more
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