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History & Politics from our 2020 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2020 Winter Newsletter.

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham

There are very few who deserve their story to be told as much as the freedom fighter John Lewis. In this chronicle of Lewis’s life, Pulitzer Prize– winning biographer Jon Meacham describes how Lewis was first inspired to fight for civil rights as a student organizer, the struggles he faced as one of the original Freedom Riders, and  his election to Congress and his work to maintain peace and bolster civil rights for all. A great, cursory examination of a truly great human being. — Aric

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By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781984855022
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Published: Random House - August 25th, 2020

The Quiet Americans by Scott Anderson

The author of Lawrence in Arabia returns with yet another masterpiece. At the end of World War II, the US recognized the Soviet Union as its primary adversary for global dominance and deployed the newly formed CIA to establish a spy network and run covert operations to stem Soviet influence. Anderson focuses on four of the CIA's best spies, each more accomplished and daring than the next. Their stories illustrate the ways we gave up our democratic ideals in the name of fighting communism, as we overthrew democratically elected governments and supported brutal regimes. When the smoke finally cleared, we had earned scorn both here and abroad, caused Americans to distrust their own government, and locked ourselves into the Cold War for decades to come. — Rico

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ISBN: 9780385540452
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Published: Doubleday - September 1st, 2020

Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction. by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy’s writing consistently alters and advances the world it is given to. Azadi is no different. Through this collection of essays, Roy interrogates, illuminates, and inspires worlds to come—deliberately dissecting our world’s underbelly, Roy leaves nearly nothing untouched and everything expanding. She writes of the ongoing pandemic, the continuing struggles for freedom in Kashmir, and what can, does, and will exist in the spaces between freedom. Azadi, meaning freedom in Urdu, feels a little closer after reading this book. — Citlalli

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ISBN: 9781642592603
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 1st, 2020

Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre draws from a wealth of declassified reports, memoirs, and interviews to paint a vivid portrait of Ursula Burton, née Kuczynski, daughter of a German Jewish bourgeois family, mother of three, life-long champion of communism, and USSR spy “Sonya.” Sonya’s cause drew her across the world, where her information networks allowed her to facilitate some of the most significant missions of WWII, part of the start of a history that has shaped so much of today’s world. A fascinating read for any historian. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780593136300
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Published: Crown - September 15th, 2020

If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore

This is sort of a history of late-stage 20th-century America, seen through the lens of the Simulmatics Corporation. Their forays into big-data human manipulation during the Kennedy election and Vietnam War would later metastasize into Facebook, Google, and the coinfections of Fancy Bear and Cambridge Analytics. Liberal social scientists with a plan to help elect liberal politicians turned, for the most part, into counterinsurgency consultants. But we did get FB likes and targeted ads out of it, so cool, right? — Dave

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ISBN: 9781631496103
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Published: Liveright - September 15th, 2020

Stakes Is High by Mychal Denzel Smith

The honest and intelligent exploration of American identity in Stakes Is High couldn’t be more timely. Mychal Denzel Smith shines light on the American Dream and the idea that working hard and holding purpose can lead to success and stability. He shows the schisms in that dream, focusing on Black lives in history and the institutional oppression and racism that are such a part of America’s mythical promises and of Trump and the current political climate. Smith helps us see where change is possible in this important read. — S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781568588735
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Published: Bold Type Books - September 15th, 2020

Let’s Talk About Your Wall: Mexican Writers Respond to the Immigration Crisis Edited by Carmen Boullosa & Alberto Quintero

This necessary anthology of Mexican and Mexico-based writing is crucial to a more complete understanding of the long history of border relations and immigration policies, their past and present effects, and our current exacerbated political crisis. Using Trump’s wall as a launching pad, Boullosa and Quintero provides a platform for more than 20 Latinx writers, including Valeria Luiselli, Yuri Herrera, and Guadalupe Nettel, creating an important resource of diverse voices, experiences, and reports from the other side of the Southern border. 
— Melinda

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By Carmen Boullosa (Editor), Alberto Quintero (Editor)
ISBN: 9781620976180
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Published: New Press - October 27th, 2020

How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America Edited by Sara Sinclair

This collection of narratives illustrates the diverse experiences of indigenous North Americans and the many obstacles they face. Sinclair has accumulated remarkable stories from indigenous people across the continent—at Standing Rock, at Yale, and beyond. While the statistics in many Native communities are grim, the people are not. The individuals featured in this book have accomplished much despite the institutional racism, neglect, and poverty doled out to them by the powers that be. I came out of this book enraged and inspired.  — Jade

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By Sara Sinclair (Editor)
ISBN: 9781642592719
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 13th, 2020

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