I just added The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible by Luke Mogelson to the Recommended Reading List. It is the best effort to date combining the extremist influences on American politics and the possibility of a second civil war. It outlines the rise of authoritarianism in America and the danger it poses.
Three “companion” books already on the list are: Fascism by: Madeline Albright, Strongmen by Ruth Ben-Ghiat and How Civil Wars Start by Barbara F. Walter.
I just added Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss to the Recommended Reading Section. It is considered to be one of the three must read political books published in 2018. (The other two are Leadership by Doris Kearnes Goodwin and Fascism by Madeleine Albright which are already on the list.)
In it Beschloss explores the actions of wartime presidents from James Madison to LBJ. The stories aren’t always pretty.
One of the nice things about being your own boss is that to a great degree you get to set the policies. Another is that you get to make an occasional exception to them. Today is the first exception to my policy on adding books to the Recommended Reading List. What I generally do is post a brief special notice that includes a comment or two about the book just added. Today I am dedicating an entire article to Madeleine Albright’s Fascism: A Warning. That is how huge an impression it made on me and how much I suggest you consider reading it. Continue reading Fascism: A Warning