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Books on contemporary issues – how the world is changing (more science or journalism, not so much ranting)

  • The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph Stiglitz 2012
  • Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global super rich and the fall of everyone else by Chrystia Freeland, 10/2012 fz 290pp
  • The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis & what we can do about it 2012
  • Democracy at Work: A Cure for capitalism by Richard Wolff - socialist critique 10/2012
  • End This Depression NOW! by Paul Krugman 2012 - fz good! *
  • Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American idea in an age of discontent by E. J. Dionne 2012
  • Envy up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides us by Susan Fiske. 2011 jcls spendy publisher
  • That Used to be Us: how America fell behind in the world it invented and how we can come back by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum 9/2011 pb 400 pp
  • Winner Take All Politics: How Washington made the Rich Richer & Turned its Back on the Middle Class by Jacob Hacker & Paul Pearson, 2010. jcls fz *
  • Delusions of Gender: How our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine (2010) jcls (crits poor thinking about boil diffs, shows social./env causes) *
  • All the Devils are Here: The hidden history of the financial crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera 2010, NYT bestseller Jc 11/2012
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (2010) – about how the Great Recession started fz
  • Too big to fail: the inside story of how wall street &washngtn fought to save the financial system—& themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin (2009). explains 2008. 555 pp. fz *
  • How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy, 2009
  • The Trouble with Diversity by W B Michaels. Jcls 2006 pb (libs fuss over race/diversity, joining rt in ignoring economic inequality)
  • Lakoff, George, The Political Mind: a cognitive scientist’s guide to your brain and its politics (2009) – “cognitive linguistics,” not really brain science; frames; nurturant parent vs. strict parent. Also by Lakoff: Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives; Think (1996) – his first one
    Don’t Think of an Elephant! – more of a how-to for Democrats BB 9/12
  • Where Wizards Stay Up Late, Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon (history of development of internet)
  • The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin (2009) (Pinker rips it)
  • Hot, Flat and Crowded by Tom Friedman (2008)
  • Reset by Kurt Andersen (2009 current crisis is opportunity to get our country back on track)

Already read in Jefferson Center Book Group (but not listed on the past book group page)
4/11 The Political Brain: the Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation by Drew Westen (2007)
1/10 Declarations of Rights
9/09 Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman (2007)
8/09 Empires of Trust by Thomas F. Madden (2007)
7/09 The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein (2007)
5/09 The Thirteen American Arguments by Howard Fineman (2008) Jc done