Archive for November, 2010
November 30 . 2010
Revival is Richard Wolffe’s dramatic inside story of the defining period of the Obama White House. It is an epic tale that follows the president and his inner circle from the crisis of defeat to historic success.
November 29 . 2010
November 24 . 2010
Renowned photographer Melanie Dunea grew up listening to Michael Jackson and Madonna and wasn’t even a country music fan so how did she end up photographing and interviewing 50 of America’s greatest country stars and what did she learn after writing My Country? Next the concept of gratuity is the subject of Keep the Change, the second book from Steve Dublanica, the unmasked author of Waiter Rant and, like his first, is informative yet entertaining.
November 23 . 2010
In Politics, Taxes, and the Pulpit, Nina J. Crimm and Laurence H. Winer examine the provocative mix of religion, politics, and taxes involved in the controversy over houses of worship engaging in electoral political speech. The authors analyze the dilemmas associated with federal tax subsidies benefiting nonprofit houses of worship conditioned on their refraining from political campaign speech.
November 22 . 2010
Griftopia is the dramatic story behind the most audacious power grab in American history and Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi unravels the whole fiendish story, digging beyond the headlines to get into the deeper roots and wider implications of the rise of the grifters, those who made up the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding.
November 19 . 2010
Greil Marcus’ book, Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on the singer’s show at the University of Minnesota—his very first appearance at his alma mater—on election night 2008. The dozens of pieces collected comprise a portrait of how, throughout his career, Bob Dylan has drawn upon and reinvented the landscape of traditional American song, its myths and choruses, heroes and villains.
November 18 . 2010
In Cultivating Conscience, author and professor Lynn Stout proves that if we care about effective laws and civilized society, the powers of conscience are simply too important for us to ignore. And later, more than thirty years after the publication of his acclaimed memoir The Eden Express, Mark Vonnegut continues his remarkable story in Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So, a funny, iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness, finding his calling as a pediatrician, and learning that willpower isn’t nearly enough.
November 17 . 2010
In Deadly Spin, Wendell Potter takes readers behind the scenes to show how a huge chunk of our absurd health care spending actually bankrolls a propaganda campaign and lobbying effort focused on protecting one thing: profits. Next, are pat downs and full body scans at airports degrading? Kate Hanni, president of FlyersRights.com thinks so.
November 16 . 2010
In Hating God, Bernard Schweizer looks at men and women who do not question God’s existence, but deny that He is merciful, competent, or good. Sifting through a wide range of literary and historical works, the author finds that people hate God for a variety of reasons.
November 15 . 2010
Who should decide what children are taught in school? This question lies at the heart of the evolution–creation wars that have become a regular feature of the U.S. political landscape. Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer show that, since the 1925 Scopes “monkey trial,” many have argued that the people should decide by majority rule and through political institutions; others variously point to the federal courts, educational experts, or scientists as the ideal arbiters in Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control America’s Classrooms.
- May 23Fred Stoller
- May 21Katie Beers, Rayya Elias
- May 21Marcia Coyle
- May 20Susan Jacoby
- May 16David Rosner
- May 15Julia Sweeney
- May 14Erica Greider