Reading recommendations for the resistance (Books)


(Ashley ) #21

This may seem odd, but I recommend Al Gore’s The Assault on Reason (2017). It’s an update on his 2007 book, which is largely focused on the causes/effects of Bush administration, but at the meta level, not the top line level that is the common narrative.

I’m about 1/2 way through it and I can’t tell you how many times I mistakenly assumed he was describing the Trump administration when it was actually Bush’s.


#22

Hannah Arrendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism.


(Matt Kiser) #23

List is updated with everybody’s suggestions!


(Clarissa Ramos) #24

A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn is a good book to read


(Matt Kiser) #25

i love that book


(Clarissa Ramos) #26

A People’s History of Chicago by Kevin Coval is also a good one, I bought it for my teacher who is from Chicago.


#27

Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

Since sexual assault and violence against women have finally become part of the national conversation. If anything, please read Chapter Two: The Longest War.

I also recommend Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West.


(Ashley ) #28

I had forgotten about this thread!

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O’Donnell

  • Almost finished this – its great historical context for how we got to where we are today in politics

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur

  • This was AMAZING – a great tell-all about her experience covering the Trump campaign from day one until election night. (if you do audiobooks, it can be listened to in a day and half.)

For those Pod Save America fans – there is a Facebook ‘book club’ group called Books Save America that’s great, that covers many resistance-related books.


#29

@mouseam yes the Katy Tur book is a must!


#30

Red Notice is very good a must to help understand what’s happening in Russia and how it relates to the election. Putin’s Revenge on Frontline is also very good.


(Jared Buck) #31

Many of these will be research books for the book I plan to write about the Trump administration, RussiaGate and their corrupt Putin-led coup. I apologize for making typos - I’m typing this on a tv screen on my desk because my computer monitor died a few weeks ago.


(Ashley ) #32

I just started this one today after listening to the author on Trumpcast – but oh. my. god.

Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding


(Ellen W) #33

The Water Will Come, by Jeff Goodell

A depressing page-turner, very well written.


(Erica Etelson) #34

Strangers in Their Own Land
Democracy in Chains
White Rage
Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse
The Retreat of Western Liberalism
Listen, Liberal


(steph) #35

Haven’t read this yet, but Churchill’s The Gathering Storm was recommended.


(Scott&Susan) #36

We highly recommend William J. Barber II’s The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement.


(Katey Bisso) #37

Finishing up Between the World and Me, about to start Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism at the request of a friend. I have a loooong reading list for my very short winter break from grad school :upside_down_face:


(Lea Galanter) #38

Don’t know if anyone has mentioned this, but for historical perspective, “Inside the Third Reich” by Albert Speer (Hitler’s architect and close friend) is fascinating and very pertinent.


#39

On Tyranny is a great, short read. It’s only 126 pages and easy to digest in a few short hours.

I’m working on ‘Collusion’ by Luke Harding. About a third of the way in, it’s an impressive archive recounting Russian connections to the 2016 election. Even more detail than I expected, some I recall, some I had forgotten, and other facts I can barely believe.


(Geoff Fitch) #40