Archive for November, 2010

Richard Wolffe

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.

David Loye

November 29 . 2010

Darwin’s Second Revolution is the first book of a trilogy written by David Loye to provide a new grounding in historical, political, economic, moral, spiritual, and environmental reality for the theory and story of evolution for our troubled time.

Melanie Dunea, Steve Dublanica

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.

Nina Crimm, Laurence Winer

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.

Matt Taibbi

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.

Greil Marcus

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.

Lynn Stout, Mark Vonnegut

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.

Wendell Potter, Kate Hanni

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.

Bernard Schweizer

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.

Michael Berkman, Eric Plutzer

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.