I just added The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore to the Recommended Reading List. Moore’s book is the true story of Elizabeth Packard. Set primarily in 1860s America, it reads like a version of The Handmaid’s Tale, except is is true. It chronicles the lack of independence women of the era experienced and the asylum system.
Everyone should read this book but especially younger women and those who don’t believe the MAGA crowd is evil. This is the era many on the right thought was the last time America was great.
I just added A Brief History of Equality by Thomas Piketty to the Recommended Reading List. It is the briefest and least wonkish book by this world renowned French economist who is generally considered to be the world’s greatest authority on inequality.
I just added Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present by: Ruth Ben-Ghiat to the Recommended Reading List.
In her work historian and NYU professor Dr. Ben-Ghiat outlines the similarities of authoritarian figures of the last 100 years from Mussolini to Trump and Putin. The similarities are equally uncanny ans scary.
I just added The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones,et al to the Recommended Reading List. Howard University Professor Hannah-Jones is the lead essayist and editor of this must read especially for older white Americans. It is primarily a collection of essays from an all star cast that is sure to educate.
On June 20, 2021 Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stafford was released. I bought it that morning and read it over the next few days. I thought the book was very good but I must admit I really never cared about the Alamo all that much. The main reason I read it was because I knew my local independent bookseller, who has become an important personal friend, would be fascinated by it. Well, I think I failed to look beyond the obvious and the book has become much, much more important in the short interim.
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