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text 2020-07-04 20:30
Happy Independence Day -- and, my Freedom and Future Library

REPOSTING FOR UPDATED READING LIST

-- I can hardly believe it's been two years since I started this.

 

And I hope this year's elections will contribute to undoing some of the damage done in the past four years and go some way towards restoring the U.S. to what the country used to be.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

 

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Books read are checked off, with the year of reading added in parentheses (and with everything read prior to 2018 just marked like that, since 2018 was the year when I came up with this project.)

 

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Could there possibly be a better day on which to finally follow up on my Freedom and Future Library post?

 

Truth be told, I'd been hoping to compile this much faster, but RL threw a major spanner in the works pretty much all of last week and both of the past weekends.  But, anyway, here we are at last.

 

Thank you once more to everybody who contributed ideas and suggestions!  A special thank you to Knight of Angels, whom some on BookLikes may remember as Troy, and who instantly took up the baton and came up with a magnificent Freedom and Equality Library in the space of a single day, which I'm shamelessly including in mine in its entirety (as I am also including everybody else's reading recommendations, of course). -- This list contains plenty of books that are new to me, as well as a number of books (and shorter texts) that I've already read but am planning to revisit, or have been revisiting every so often already anyway.

 

So, here is the complete list in alphabetical order -- in the coming days, I'm planning to also break it down into topical reading lists, to make it somewhat easier to parse.  English titles of the books included in my library in another language are given in parentheses.

 

 

Edward Abby

     - Desert Solitaire

 

John Adams

     - Revolutionary Writings, 1755-1783 (2 volumes)

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

     - Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

     - Half of a Yellow Sun √ (2018)

     - We Should All Be Feminists √ (2020)

 

Madeleine Albright

     - Fascism: A Warning
     - Madam Secretary: A Memoir
     - The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on Faith, God and World Affairs

     - Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

 

Svetlana Alexievich

     - Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

     - The Unwomanly Face of War

     - Voices from Chernobyl

 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

     - Heretic
     - Infidel
     - Nomad

 

Isabel Allende

     - De amor y de sombra (Of Love and Shadow) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Akhil Reed Amar / Les Adams

     - The Bill of Rights Primer: A Citizen’s Guidebook to the American Bill of Rights

 

Amnesty International, Neil Gaiman, Matt Haig, and Others

     - Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom

 

Maya Angelou

     - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

 

Kofi Annan

     - Interventions: A Life in War and Peace √ (2019)
     - We the Peoples: The 2001 Nobel Lecture √ (prior to 2018)

 

Jean Anouilh

     - Antigone √ (prior to 2018)

 

Louise Arbour

     - War Crimes and the Culture of Peace √ (prior to 2018)

 

Hannah Arendt

     - Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics / Civil Disobedience / On Violence / Thoughts on Politics and Revolution
     - Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil √ (prior to 2018)

     - The Origins of Totalitarianism
     - The Portable Hannah Arendt

     - Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding, 1953-1975


Anthony Arnove, Colin Firth, David Horspool

     - The People Speak: Voices That Changed Britain


Thomas Asbridge

     - The Greatest Knight


Ed Asner / Ed. Weinberger

     - The Grouchy Historian

 

Aristophanes

     - The Complete Plays, especially:

        - The Birds
        - Clouds

        - The Knights
        - Lysistrata √ (prior to 2018)

 

Aristotle

     - The Politics
     - The Nicomachean Ethics

 

Timothy Garton Ash

     - Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

 

Assemblée constituante (France)

     - Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen (1789) (Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen) √ (prior to 2018)


Assemblée nationale (France)

     - Articles constitutionnels (1789) / Constitution de France (1791) (Constitutional Articles of 1989 and Constitution of 1791) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Margaret Atwood

     - Freedom

     - Hag Seed √ (2019)

     - The Handmaid's Tale √ (prior to 2018)

     - The Testaments √ (2019)

 

Akram Aylisli

     - Stone Dreams

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

     - My Own Words

 

Bernard Bailyn

     - The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

 

James Baldwin

     - Collected Essays
     - Giovanni's Room
     - If Beale Street Could Talk

 

Edward Ball

     - Slaves in the Family

 

John Dudley Ball

     - In the Heat of the Night √ (prior to 2018)

 

Pat Barker

     - The Regeneration Trilogy (Regeneration / The Eye in the Door / The Ghost Road)

 

Violet Barungi, Felix Chami, and Ayeta Anne Wangusa (eds.), Various Authors

     - Tears of Hope: A Collection of Short Stories by Ugandan Rural Women

 

Violet Barungi and Hilda Twongyeirwe (eds.), Various Authors

     - Beyond the Dance: Voices of Women on Female Genital Mutilation

 

Violet Barungi, Hilda Twongyeirwe, and Rebecca Salonen (eds.), Various Authors

     - Taboo: Voices of Women in Uganda on Female Genital Mutilation

 

Gary Jonathan Bass

     - Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals

 

Mary Beard

     - Women & Power: A Manifesto

 

Simone de Beauvoir

     - Le deuxième sexe (The Second Sex)

     - Mémoires d'une jeune fille rangée (Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter)

 

Zdenka Becker

     - Samy

 

Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat

     - Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin-Anwar Sadat Personal Correspondence

 

John Bercow
     - Unspeakable √ (2020)

 

Louis de Bernières

     - Birds Without Wings √ (prior to 2018)

 

Preet Bharara

     - Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment and the Rule of Law

 

Benazir Bhutto

     - Daughter of Destiny: An Autobiography

 

Kai Bird / Martin J. Sherwin

     - American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

 

Black Hawk

     - The Autobiography of Black Hawk

 

Ray Bradbury

     - Fahrenheit 451 √ (prior to 2018)

 

Taylor Branch

     - America in the King Years 1954-63: Parting the Waters

     - America in the King Years 1963-65: Pillar of Fire

     - America in the King Years 1965-68: At Canaan's Edge

 

Willy Brandt

     - Erinnerungen (My Life in Politics) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Bertolt Brecht

     - Antigone: In a Version by Bertolt Brecht

     - Der Aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui ) √ (prior to 2018)

     - Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (Mother Courage and Her Children) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter

     - The Nixon Tapes (2 volumes: 1971-72 & 1973)

 

Dee Brown

     - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

 

Susan Brownmiller

     - Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape

 

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

     - Four Noble Truths

 

Thi Bui

     - Best We Could Do

 

NoViolet Bulawayo
     - We Need New Names

 

Edmund Burke

     - Reflections on the Revolution in France

 

Pete Buttigieg

     - Shortest Way Home

 

Clayborne Carson (ed.), Various Authors

     - Reporting Civil Rights

 

Rachel Carson

     - Silent Spring

 

Aimé Césaire

     - Discours Sur Le Colonialisme

 

William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins, Paul Ortiz, Robert Parris

     - Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South

 

Ruoxi Chen

     - The Execution of Mayor Yin and Other Stories from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

 

Winston Churchill

     - Their Finest Hour

 

Marcus Tullius Cicero

     - An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom (Philippicae) √ (prior to 2018)
     - Selections from the Writings of Cicero

 

Christopher Clark

     - The Sleepwalkers

 

Ta-Nehisi Coates

     - Between the World and Me

 

Andrew Cockburn

     - Kill Chain

 

Sara Collins

     - The Confessions of Frannie Langton

 

James Comey

     - A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

 

Arthur Conan Doyle
     - Danger!  √ (2019)

 

Maryse Condé

     - Moi, Tituba sorcière (I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem)

 

Richard Condon

     - The Manchurian Candidate √ (prior to 2018)

 

Members of the Constitutional Congress

     - The Constitution of the United States (1787) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Gordon Corera

     - Intercept

 

Rory Cormac

     - Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces, and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy

 

Charlie Craggs

     - To My Trans Sisters

 

Stephen Crane

     - The Red Badge of Courage

 

Caroline Criado-Pérez
     - Invisible Women


Juana Inés de la Cruz

     - La Respuesta (The Answer) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Euclides da Cunha

     - Rebellion in the Backlands

 

Dalai Lama XIV

     - Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

     - Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
     - The Power of Compassion: A Collection of Lectures √ (prior to 2018)

 

Edwidge Danticat

     - Breath, Eyes, Memory

 

Danny Danziger, John Gillingham

     - 1215: The Year of Magna Carta

 

Charles Darwin

     - The Origin of Species

     - The Voyage of the Beagle

 

Richard Dawkins

     - The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

 

John W. Dean

     - The Nixon Defense

     - The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment That Redefined the Supreme Court

 

Michel Debré, Comité Consultatif Constitutionnel

     - Constitution de la 5e République française (1958) (Constitution of the Fifth French Republic)

 

Daniel C. Dennett

     - Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

 

René Descartes

     - Discours de la méthode

 

Jared Diamond

     - Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed √ (prior to 2018)

 

Jared Diamond, James A. Robinson

     - Natural Experiments of History

 

Fyodor Dostoevsky

     - The Grand Inquisitor √ (prior to 2018)

 

Frederick Douglass

     - Autobiographies / Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

 

Frederick Douglass, James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Olaudah Equiano, Nat Turner, William W. Brown, Henry Bibb, Sojouner Truth, William Craft, Harriet Jacobs, and J.D.Green; William L. Andrews and Henry Louis Gates (eds.)

     - Slave Narratives

 

Philip Dray
     - At the Hands of Persons Unknown

 

W.E.B. Du Bois

     - The Souls of Black Folk

 

Daphne Du Maurier
     - Rule Britannia

 

George B. Dyson

     - Darwin Among The Machines: The Evolution Of Global Intelligence

 

Angela Eagle, Imran Ahmed

     - The New Serfdom

 

Wolfram Eilenberger

     - Zeit der Zauberer (The Time of the Magicians)

 

Albert Einstein

     - Essays in Humanism

 

T.S. Eliot

     - Murder in the Cathedral

 

Joseph J. Ellis

     - American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic
     - Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation √ (prior to 2018)

 

Ralph Ellison

     - Invisible Man

 

Mona Eltahawy

     - Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

     - Selected Essays √ (prior to 2018)

 

Bernardine Evaristo

     - Girl, Woman, Other √ (2020)

 

Ronan Farrow

     - War on Peace

 

Sebastian Faulks

     - Birdsong
     - War
     - A Week in December

 

Gaël Faye

     - Petit pays (Small Country) √ (2020)

 

Ann Fessler

     - The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Their Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade 

 

Joachim Fest

     - Hitler √ (prior to 2018)

 

Lion Feuchtwanger

     - Die Geschwister Oppermann (The Oppermanns)

     - Die Jüdin von Toledo (Raquel, the Jewess of Toledo / A Spanish Ballad) √ (prior to 2018)
     - Jud Süß
     - Narrenweisheit oder Tod und Verklärung des Jean-Jacques Rousseau ('Tis Folly to Be Wise, or, Death and Transfiguration of Jean-Jaques Rousseau)

 

John E. Finn

     - Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

 

Helen Fitzgerald

     - Viral

 

Patrick Flanery

     - I Am No One

 

Moderata Fonte

     - The Worth of Women √ (prior to 2018)

 

Aminatta Forna

     - The Memory of Love  √ (2019)

 

John Foxe

     - Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

 

Pope Francis, Dominique Wolton

     - A Future of Faith: The Path of Change in Politics and Society

 

Anne Frank

     - The Diary of Anne Frank √ (prior to 2018)

 

Viktor E. Frankl

     - Man’s Search for Meaning

 

Benjamin Franklin

     - Writings

 

Marilyn French
     - The Women's Room √ (prior to 2018)

 

Betty Friedan

     - The Feminine Mystique

 

Thomas L. Friedman

     - The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization
     - The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

 

Max Frisch

     - Biedermann und die Brandstifter (The Firebugs) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Francis Fukuyama

     - The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

 

Mary Fulbrook
     - A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust

 

Alexandra Fuller

     - Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight √ (2019)

 

Richard Buckminster Fuller

     - Critical Path

 

Ernest J. Gaines

     - A Lesson Before Dying

 

John Kenneth Galbraith

     - The Great Crash, 1929

 

Joachim Gauck

     - Freiheit (Freedom) √ (prior to 2018)
     - Winter im Sommer -- Frühling im Herbst: Erinnerungen (Winter in Summer -- Spring in Fall: Memoirs)

 

Charles de Gaulle

     - Mémoires de guerre (War Memoirs)

 

William Gibson

     - Pattern Recognition

 

Richard J. Goldstone

     - For Humanity: Reflections of a War Crimes Investigator √ (prior to 2018)

 

Mikhail Gorbachev

     - Memoirs
     - Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World

 

Al Gore

     - The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-making
     - An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

 

Stephen Jay Gould

     - Bully for Brontosaurus

     - Ever Since Darwin

     - The Panda's Thumb

 

Philip Gourevitch

     - We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda

 

Carrie Gracie
     - Equal

 

David Graeber

     - Debt: The First 5,000 Years √ (prior to 2018)

 

Katharine Graham

     - Personal History

 

George Grant

     - The American Patriot’s Handbook: The Writings, History, and Spirit of a Free Nation

 

Ulysses S. Grant

     - Memoirs and Selected Letters

 

Lewis Grassic Gibbon

     - Spartacus

 

Toby Green

     - A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution

 

Allen C. Guelzo

     - The American Mind

 

Michihiko Hachiya

     - Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945

 

Sebastian Haffner (ed.), Various Authors

     - Versailles 1919: Aus der Sicht von Zeitzeugen (Versailles 1919: Seen Through the Eyes of Contemporary Witnesses)

 

Jonathan Haidt

     - The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

 

Matt Haig

     - Notes on a Nervous Planet

 

Alex Haley

     - Roots: The Saga of an American Family √ (prior to 2018)

 

Alexander Hamilton

     - Writings

 

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

     - The Federalist Papers

 

Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and others, Bernard Bailyn (ed.)

     - The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification: September 1787-August 1788 (2 volumes)

 

Zahra Hankir (ed.), Christiane Amanpour (foreword), Various Authors
     - Our Women on the Ground

 

Yuval Noah Harari

     - Money

 

Nino Haratischwili

     - Die Katze und der General (The Cat and the General)

 

Kate Harding

     - Asking for It: Slut-shaming, Victim-blaming, and How We Can Change America's Rape Culture

 

Luke Harding

     - The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

 

Melissa V. Harris-Perry

     - Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

 

Stephen Hawking

     - A Brief History of Time

 

Michael V. Hayden

     - Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

 

Natalie Haynes
     - A Thousand Ships

 

Seamus Heaney, Sophocles

     - The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles’ Antigone

 

Joseph Heller

     - Catch-22
     - Something Happened
     - Work

 

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

     - Das Leben der anderen (The Lives of Others) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Alexander Herzen

     - My Past and Thoughts: The Memoirs of Alexander Herzen

 

Hermann Hesse

     - Narziß und Goldmund (Narcissus and Goldmund)
     - Siddhartha √ (prior to 2018)

 

Rolf Hochhuth

     - Juristen (Lawyers) √ (prior to 2018)
     - Der Stellvertreter (The Deputy) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Andrew Hodges

     - Alan Turing: The Enigma


David E. Hoffman

     - The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

 

Tom Holland

     - Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

 

Selina Hossain

     - River of My Blood

 

David Howarth

     - We Die Alone

 

Wilhelm von Humboldt

     - Ideen zu einem Versuch, die Grenzen der Wirksamkeit des Staats zu bestimmen (The Sphere and Duties of Government / The Limits of State Action)

 

David Hume

     - An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
     - Essays: Moral, Political and Literary

 

John Hume

     - A New Ireland: Politics, Peace, and Reconciliation

 

Aldous Huxley

     - Brave New World √ (prior to 2018)

 

Samuel Hynes, Anne Matthews, Nancy Caldwell Sorel (eds.), Various Authors

     - Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1938-1946

 

International Committee of the Red Cross

     - Basic Rules of the Geneva Conventions and Their Additional Protocols

 

Peter H. Irons

     - Brennan Vs. Rehnquist: The Battle for the Constitution

 

Michael Isikoff, David Corn

     - Russian Roulette

 

Hamid Ismailov

      - The Devils' Dance

 

Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón

     - The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

 

Thomas Jefferson

     - Writings

 

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, William Lloyd Garrison, Andrew Jackson, and others, John Grafton (ed.)

     - The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History 1775-1865 √ (prior to 2018)

 

Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Otis, John Dickinson, Samuel Adams, Joseph Galloway, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Samuel Seabury, Thomas Hutchinson, and others, Gordon Wood (ed.)

     - The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate 1764-1776 (2 volumes)

 

Dan Jones

     - Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty

 

Reece Jones

     - Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move

 

Ernst Jünger

     - In Stahlgewittern (Storms of Steel)

 

André Kaminski

     - Nächstes Jahr in Jerusalem (Kith and Kin)

 

Hasnain Kazim

     - Post von Karlheinz

 

Patrick Radden Keefe

     - Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

 

John Keegan

     - The Face of Battle

 

China Keitetsi

     - Child Soldier: Fighting for My Life

 

Sarah Kendzior

     - The View from Flyover Country

 

John F. Kennedy

     - Let the Word Go Forth: Speeches, Statements, and Writings 1947 to 1963

     - A Nation of Immigrants
     - Profiles in Courage

 

Robert F. Kennedy

     - Thirteen Days

 

Navid Kermani

     - Ausnahmezustand: Reisen in eine beunruhigte Welt (State of Emergency: Travels in a Troubled World)
     - Einbruch der Wirklichkeit: Auf dem Flüchtlingstreck durch Europa (Upheaval: The Refugee Trek through Europe)

     - Entlang den Gräben: Eine Reise durch das östliche Europa bis nach Isfahan (Along the Trenches: A Trip Through Eastern Europe to Isfahan)

    - Vergesst Deutschland!: Eine patriotische Rede (Forget Germany!: A Patriotic Speech)
     - Zwischen Koran und Kafka: West-östliche Erkundungen (Between Quran and Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities)

 

Ian Kershaw

     - Hitler: A Biography

 

John Maynard Keynes

     - The Economic Consequences of the Peace

     - The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
 

Martin Luther King Jr.

     - A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

     - Letter from the Birmingham Jail √ (prior to 2018)
     - Why We Can't Wait √ (prior to 2018)
 

Naomi Klein

     - No Is Not Enough

 

Helen J. Knowles

     - The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty

 

Arthur Koestler

     - Darkness at Noon

 

Clea Koff

     - The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo √ (prior to 2018)

 

Eugen Kogon

     - Der SS-Staat (The Theory and Practice of Hell) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Ted Koppel

     - Lights Out: A Cyberattack: A Nation Unprepared: Surviving the Aftermath

 

Mark Kurlansky

     - 1968: The Year That Rocked the World

 

Tony Kushner

     - Angels in America

 

Stanley I. Kutler

     - The Wars of Watergate

 

Aung San Suu Kyi

     - Freedom from Fear

 

John Le Carré

     - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold √ (prior to 2018)

 

Denis Leary

     - Why We Don’t Suck and How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches

 

Harper Lee

     - To Kill a Mockingbird √ (prior to 2018)

 

Hyeonseo Lee

     - The Girl with Seven Names √ (2019)

 

Ursula K. Le Guin

     - No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

 

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

     - Nathan the Wise, Minna von Barnhelm, and Other Plays and Writings √ (prior to 2018)

 

C.S. Lewis

     - The Screwtape Letters √ (prior to 2018)

 

Michael Lewis

     - Liar's Poker

     - The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

 

Sinclair Lewis

     - It Can't Happen Here

 

Savyon Liebrecht

     - Die Banalität der Liebe (The Banality of Love) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Juliette Lichtenstein

     - Permanence du discours sur Israël

 

Michael Lienesch

     - In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement

 

Mark Lilla

     - The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics

 

Abraham Lincoln

     - The Gettysburg Address √ (prior to 2018)
     - Selected Speeches and Writings

 

Astrid Lindgren

     - Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren: Tagebücher 1939-1945 (A World Gone Mad: The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren, 1939-45) √ (2019)

 

John Locke

     - Second Treatise of Government
     - Political Writings

 

James W. Loewen

     - Lies My Teacher Told Me

 

Chris Lowney

     - A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain

 

Martin Luther

     - Von der Freiheit eines Christenmenschen (The Freedom of a Christian) √ (prior to 2018)
     - Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings

 

Margaret MacMillan

     - Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

 

William MacAskill

     - Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference

 

Tony Macaulay

     - Paperboy: An Enchanting True Story of a Belfast Paperboy Coming to Terms with the Troubles

 

Niccolò Machiavelli

     - The Prince

 

Okky Madasari

     - The Years of Voiceless

 

James Madison

     - Writings

 

Mairead Corrigan Maguire

     - The Vision of Peace: Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland

 

Eve Makis
     - The Spice Box Letters √ (2020)

 

Malcolm X

     - The Autobiography of Malcolm X

 

David Mamet

     - Glengarry Glen Ross √ (prior to 2018)

 

Peter C. Mancall

     - Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

 

Nelson Mandela

     - Long Walk to Freedom

 

Abby Mann

     - Judgment at Nuremberg

 

Heinrich Mann

     - Der Untertan (Man of Straw) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Klaus Mann

     - Mephisto √ (prior to 2018)

 

Thomas Mann

     - Betrachtungen eines Unpolitischen (Reflections of an Unpolitical Man) √ (prior to 2018)
    - Deutsche Hörer! Radiosendungen nach Deutschland aus den Jahren 1940-1945 (Listen, Germany! -- Letters to German listeners broadcast on BBC in 1940-1945) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Marcus Aurelius

     - Meditations

 

Joyce Marlow (ed.), Various Authors

     - Votes for Women: The Virago Book of Suffragettes

 

Milton Sanford Mayer

     - They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45 √ (prior to 2018)

 

Sarah McBride

     - Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

 

John McIlwain

     - Magna Carta In Salisbury

 

Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera

     - All The Devils Are Here: Unmasking the Men Who Bankrupted the World

 

Francesca Melandri

     - Alle, außer mir (original title: Sangue giusto -- "The Right [or Just] Blood")

 

Maria Rosa Menocal

     - The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

 

Maria Rosa Menocal, Raymond P. Scheindlin, Michael Sells (eds.), Various Authors

     - The Literature of Al-Andalús

 

Fatima Mernissi

     - Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in a Muslim Society

 

Jamie Frederic Metzl

     - Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity

 

Martin Middlebrook

     - The First Day on the Somme

 

John Stuart Mill

     - On Liberty

     - The Subjection of Women

 

Frank Millar

     - David Trimble: The Prince of Peace

 

John Milton

     - Areopagitica and Other Writings

 

Nadifa Mohamed

     - The Orchard of Lost Souls

 

Michel de Montaigne

     - Essays

 

Amanda Montell
     - Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

 

Montesquieu

     - De l'esprit des lois

 

Anne Moody

     - Coming of Age in Mississippi

 

Thomas More

     - Utopia √ (prior to 2018)

 

James McGrath Morris

     - Eye On the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

 

Toni Morrison

     - Beloved √ (prior to 2018)
     - The Song of Solomon
     - The Bluest Eye
     - Race
     - The Origin of Others

 

John Mortimer

     - The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole √ (prior to 2018)
     - The Fascist Beast √ (prior to 2018)

 

Lisa Mosconi
     - The XX Brain

 

Mo Moulton

     - Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World For Women  

 

Scholastique Mukasonga

     - Notre-Dame du Nil (Our Lady of the Nile)

 

John Muir

     - Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth / My First Summer in the Sierra / The Mountains of California / Stickeen / Essays

 

Una Mullally (ed.), Emmet Kiran, Aisling Bea, Tara Flynn, Lisa McInerney, Louise O'Neill, Caitlin Moran, Anne Enright, and Sinéad Gleeson

     - Repeal The 8th

 

Herta Müller

     - Atemschaukel (The Hunger Angel)

 

Miyamoto Musashi

     - The Book of Five Rings

 

Azar Nafisi

     - Reading Lolita in Tehran

 

Taslima Nasrin

     - No Country for Women

     - Revenge

     - Shame

 

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

     - The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

 

Muna Ndulo

     - Security, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation: When the Wars End

 

Viet Thanh Nguyen
     - The Sympathizer

 

Viet Thanh Nguyen (ed./contrib.), Various Authors

     - The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

 

Anthony Nott

     - Investigating Organised Crime and War Crimes

 

Sara Novic

     - Girl at War

 

Bill Nye

     - Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World

 

Barack Obama

     - Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

     - The Audacity of Hope
     - We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama

 

Michelle Obama

     - Becoming √ (2019)

 

Lawrence O'Donnell

     - Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

 

Keith Olbermann

     - Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values

 

Iris Origo

     - War in Val d'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944

 

Anne-Marie-Louise d'Orléans Montpensier

     - Against Marriage: The Correspondence of La Grande Mademoiselle

 

George Orwell

     - Animal Farm √ (prior to 2018)

     - 1984 √ (prior to 2018)
     - The Orwell Reader: Fiction, Essays, and Reportage

 

Nicholas O'Shaughnessy

     - Marketing the Third Reich: Persuasion, Packaging and Propaganda

 

Carl von Ossietzky

     - Rechenschaft: Publizistik aus den Jahren 1913-1933 (roughly equivalent with the English language compilation The Stolen Republic: Selected Writings)

 

Ovid

     - Gedichte aus der Verbannung (Tristia, Epistulae ex Ponto)

 

Thomas Paine

     - Collected Writings: Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets / Articles & Letters

 

Dexter Palmer

     - Version Control

 

Parlamentarischer Rat

     - Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1949) (German Constitution) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Blaise Pascal

     - Pensées

 

J.J. Patrick

     - Alternative War

 

Robert O. Paxton

     - The Anatomy of Fascism

 

Iain Pears

     - The Dream Of Scipio √ (prior to 2018)

 

Shimon Peres

     - Battling for Peace: A Memoir

 

Markéta Pilátová

     - Der Held von Madrid (The Hero of Madrid)
     - Mit Bat'a im Dschungel (In the Jungle with Bat'a)

 

Christine de Pizan

     - Le Débat Sur Le Roman De La Rose (The Debate on the Romance of the Rose) √ (prior to 2018)
     - La Cité des Dames (The City of the Ladies) √ (prior to 2018)
     - Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc (The Ballad of Joan of Arc) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Valerie Plame Wilson

     - Fair Game √ (2018)

 

Plato

     - The Republic

 

Thomas Powers

     - Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb

 

Dith Pran and Kim DePaul (eds.), Various Authors

     - Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors

 

Terry Pratchett
     - Guards! Guards! √ (2019)

 

Helen Prejean

     - Dead Man Walking √ (prior to 2018)

 

Qiu Miaojin

     - Last Words from Montmartre

 

Claudia Rankine

     - Citizen: An American Lyric 

 

Christoph Ransmayr

     - Die letzte Welt (The Last World)

 

Jody Raphael

     - Rape Is Rape

 

Dan Rather, Elliot Kirschner

     - What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

 

Slavomir Rawicz

     - The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

 

Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen
     - Tagebuch eines Verzweifelten (Diary of a Man in Despair)

 

Christopher Reeve

     - Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life

 

Kathy Reichs

     - Grave Secrets √ (2019)

 

Tom Reiss

     - The Black Count √ (2019)

 

Erich Maria Remarque

     - Im Westen nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front) √ (prior to 2018)

 

T.R. Richmond

     - What She Left

 

Jon Ronson

     - The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right”

 

Reginald Rose

     - Twelve Angry Men √ (prior to 2018)

 

Joseph Roth

     - Unter dem Bülowbogen: Prosa zur Zeit (roughly equivalent with the English language collection What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933)

 

Philip Roth

     - The Plot Against America

 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

     - Les Confessions
     - Du Contrat social

     - Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'inégalité parmi les hommes (Discourse on the Origin of Inequality)

     - Émile, ou, de l'éducation

     - Les Reveries Du Promeneur Solitaire (Reveries of the Solitary Walker)

 

Philip Rucker & Carol Leonnig
     - A Very Stable Genius

 

Salman Rushdie

     - East, West √ (prior to 2018)

     - Home
     - Shame √ (prior to 2018)
     - Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991
     - Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002
 

Joanna Russ

     - How to Suppress Women's Writing

 

Carl Sagan

     - Cosmos
     - Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

     - Le Petit Prince √ (prior to 2018)

 

Andrei Sakharov

     - Memoirs

 

Zainab Salbi

     - Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

 

Carl Sandburg

     - Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years

 

Ben Sasse

     - Them: Why We Hate Each Other -- And How to Heal

 

Marjane Satrapi

     - Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & The Story of a Return 

 

Dorothy L. Sayers

     - Are Women Human? √ (prior to 2018)

     - Gaudy Night √ (prior to 2018)
     - Love All √ (2020)

 

Sydney Schanberg

     - The Killing Fields

 

Barry Scheck, Jim Dwyer, Peter Neufeld

     - Actual Innocence √ (prior to 2018)

 

Friedrich von Schiller

     - Don Carlos √ (prior to 2018)

 

Bernhard Schlink

     - Der Vorleser (The Reader)

 

Helmut Schmidt

     - Sechs Reden (Six Speeches) √ (prior to 2018)

 

Inge Scholl

     - Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose)

 

Erwin Schrödinger

     - 'Nature and the Greeks' and 'Science and Humanism'

 

Tom Schulman

     - Dead Poets Society √ (prior to 2018)

 

A. Brad Schwartz

     - Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News

 

André Schwarz-Bart

     - Le dernier des Justes (The Last of the Just)

 

Seneca

     - Letters from a Stoic

 

Julia Serano

     - Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

 

William Shakespeare

     - Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power √ (prior to 2018)

     - Uneasy Lies The Head: William Shakespeare on Power √ (prior to 2018)

     - The Merchant of Venice √ (prior to 2018)
     ... but really: The Complete Works √ (prior to 2018)

 

Kamila Shamsie

     - Home Fire √ (2018)

 

Ntozake Shange

     - For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf

 

George Bernard Shaw

     - Saint Joan

 

William L. Shirer

     - The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

 

Anna Maria Sigmund

     - Die Frauen der Nazis (Women of the Third Reich)

 

Ignazio Silone

     - Bread and Wine

 

Peter Singer

     - Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
     - The Life You Can Save: How to Play Your Part in Ending World Poverty

     - Practical Ethics

 

Adam Smith

     - An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations

 

Helen Zenna Smith
     - Not So Quiet...: Stepdaughters of War

 

Zadie Smith

     - Feel Free: Essays

 

Timothy Snyder

     - On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons form the Twentieth Century

 

Takuan Soho

     - The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

 

Rebecca Solnit

     - Men Explain Things to Me

 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

     - The Gulag Archipelago √ (prior to 2018)
     - The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005

 

Sophocles

     - Antigone √ (prior to 2018)

 

Vladimir Sorokin

     - Der Zuckerkreml (Sugar Kreml)

 

Sonia Sotomayor
     - My Beloved World √ (2020)

 

Dale Spender

     - The Writing or the Sex?: Or, Why You Don't Have to Read Women's Writing to Know It's No Good

 

Art Spiegelman

     - The Complete Maus

 

Norman Spinrad

     - Bug Jack Barron

 

Ron Stallworth

    - Black Klansman

 

Saša Stanišić

     - Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert (How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone) √ (2020)
     - Herkunft (Origin) √ (2020)

 

Alexander Starritt
     - We Germans

 

John Steinbeck

     - The Grapes of Wrath √ (prior to 2018)
     - The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to The Grapes of Wrath √ (prior to 2018)

 

Gloria Steinem

     - Moving Beyond Words: Essays on Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking the Boundaries of Gender

 

Joseph E. Stiglitz

     - Globalization and Its Discontents

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe

     - Uncle Tom’s Cabin √ (prior to 2018)

 

Barry Strauss

     - The Spartacus War

 

Susan Stryker

     - Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution

 

Rachel Swaby

     - Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World  

 

Emma Talbott, Meera Bowman-Johnson, Veronica Kugler, Phiroozeh Petigara, Blaire Topash-Caldwell, Nashormeh Lindo, Michelle "Mush" Lee, Jennifer De Leon, Lisa Jones, Natalie Baszile, Nayomi Munaweera, Massimo Mila, Belva Davis, America Ferrera, Porochista Khakpour, Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, Musimbi Kanyoro, Deborah Santana, Samina Ali, Marian Wright Edelman, and Lalita Tademy

     - All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom (Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God)

 

Natasha Tarpley

     - I Love My Hair!

 

Max Tegmark

     - Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

 

Janne Teller

     - Krieg: Stell dir vor, er wäre hier (War)

 

Sheri S. Tepper

     - Six Moon Dance

 

Reg Theriault

     - How to Tell When You're Tired: A Brief Examination of Work

 

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

     - Petals of Blood

 

Angie Thomas

     - The Hate U Give

 

Mike Thomson

     - Syria's Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege

 

Henry David Thoreau

     - Civil Disobedience √ (prior to 2018)

     - Walden √ (prior to 2018)

 

Jacobo Timerman

     - Preso sin Nombre, Celda sin Numero (Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number)

 

Alexis de Tocqueville

     - Democracy in America

 

J.R.R. Tolkien

     - The Lord of the Rings √ (prior to 2018)

 

Robert Tressel

     - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

 

George W.S. Trow

     - Within the Context of No Context

 

Dalton Trumbo

     - Johnny Got His Gun

 

Chogyam Trungpa

     - Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

 

Sojourner Truth

     - The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

 

Barbara W. Tuchman

     - The Guns of August

     - The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

 

Kurt Tucholsky

     - Das Tucholsky Lesebuch (The Tucholsky Reader)

     - Tucholsky in Berlin: Gesammelte Feuilletons 1912-1930 (Collected Feature Articles)

 

Patricia Justine Tumang and Jenesha de Rivera(eds.), Various Authors

     - Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time

 

Katy Tur

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

 

Desmond Tutu

     - No Future Without Forgiveness

 

Mark Twain

     - Mark Twain’s Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race

 

Hilda Twongyeirwe (ed.), Various Authors

     - I Dare to Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival

     - Nothing to See Here

 

Lao Tzu

     - Tao Te Ching

 

Sun Tzu

     - The Art of War √ (prior to 2018)

 

Morihei Ueshiba

     - The Art of Peace

 

United Nations

     - Charter of the United Nations √ (prior to 2018)

     - Statute of the International Court of Justice √ (prior to 2018)
     - Universal Declaration of Human Rights √ (prior to 2018)

 

Ayu Utami

     - Enrico's Love Story

 

Sandra Uwiringiyimana

     - How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child √ (2019)

 

Walter Van Tilburg Clark

     - The Ox-Bow Incident √ (prior to 2018)

 

Mario Vargas Llosa

     - Conversación en la Catedral

     - Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society

     - La fiesta del chivo

     - Making Waves

 

Vassillis Vassilikos

     - Z

 

Timur Vermes

     - Er ist wieder da (Look Who's Back)

 

Andrei Volos

     - Hurramabad

 

Voltaire

     - Candide √ (prior to 2018)

 

Michael Walzer

     - Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

 

George Washington

     - Farewell Address √ (2018 and prior)

     - Writings

 

George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Benedict Arnold, and others, John H. Rhodehamel (ed.)

     - American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence

 

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglas, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gregory Suriano (ed.)

     - Great American Speeches

 

George Washington, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Lee, Daniel Webster, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Chief Joseph, Grover Cleveland, Booker T. Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, J. Robert Oppenheimer, John F. and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Betty Friedan, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, and others, Ted Widmer (ed.)

     - American Speeches: Political Oratory from Patrick Henry to Barack Obama (2 volumes)

 

George Washington, Queen Elizabeth I, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mahatma Gandhi, Clarence Darrow, Emmeline Pankhurst, Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, George S Patton, Stalin, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, and others, Simon Sebag Montefiore (ed.)

     - Speeches That Changed the World

 

Edward J. Watts

     - Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny

 

Richard von Weizsäcker

     - Vier Zeiten: Erinnerungen
     - Im Gespräch mit Ulrich Wickert: In der Freiheit bestehen

 

Lindy West

     - Shrill
     - The Witches Are Coming

 

Theodore H. White

     - Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon

     - The Making of the President 1960

     - The Making of the President 1972

 

Colson Whitehead

     - The Underground Railroad

 

Elie Wiesel

     -  The Night Trilogy: Night / Dawn / The Accident (Day)

 

Samantha Wilcoxson
     - Luminous

 

Oscar Wilde

     - The Decay of Lying: And other Essays √ (prior to 2018)

 

Paul R. Williams

     - Peace with Justice?: War Crimes and Accountability in the Former Yugoslavia

 

Garry Wills

     - Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America

 

Jay Winik

     - April 1865: The Month That Saved America

 

Michael Wolff

     - Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

 

Mary Wollstonecraft

     - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman √ (prior to 2018)

 

Gordon S. Wood
     - Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815

 

Bob Woodward

     - Shadow

     - The Last of the President's Men

 

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

     - All the President's Men

 

Virginia Woolf

     - Liberty

     - A Room of One's Own √ (prior to 2018)
     - Street Haunting and Other Essays
     - The Waves

 

Jonathan Wright

     - Gustav Stresemann: Weimar's Greatest Statesman

 

Richard Wright

     - Black Boy
     - Native Son
     - Injustice

 

Robert Wright

     - The Moral Animal

 

Paul Yoon
     - Run Me to Earth

 

Muhammad Yunus

     - Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

 

Fareed Zakaria

     - In Defense of a Liberal Education

 

Yevgeny Zamyatin

     - We

 

Gerhard Zeillinger

     - Überleben: Der Gürtel des Walter Fantl (Survival: Walter Fantl's Belt)

 

Howard Zinn

     - Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology

     - A History of the American Empire

     - A People's History of the United States
     - A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
     - The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy

 

Émile Zola

     - J'accuse √ (prior to 2018)

 

Shoshana Zuboff
     - The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

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url 2020-07-01 15:53
Podcast #188 is up!
Horace Greeley: Print, Politics, and the Failure of American Nationhood - James M. Lundberg

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Jake Lundberg about his biography of the American newspaper editor and presidential candidate Horace Greeley. Enjoy!

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review 2020-06-07 13:28
The Woman Who Killed Donald Trump
The Woman Who Killed Donald Trump - Sam Bower

by Sam Bower

 

There's so much wrong with the idea of writing this, but it was going for free and morbid curiosity made me look.

 

It's a short story involving government agencies who people already believe perform assassinations for 'the good of the country' and is surprisingly well written. If the names were fictional, it would actually be a very good political intrigue story. The twist at the end was excellent.

 

As real names were used, it does fit public perceptions of the characters. Who can tell how accurate those might or might not be? I'm sure that writing it served as catharsis for the author, though I think it might have been wiser to at least change the names to fictional ones. Anyone who reads it would recognize who it's meant to be anyway.

 

I'm going to ignore that aspect and give it a high rating for good writing. If the secret service hauls this person away, well, that's nothing to do with me. All I did was read it and enjoy it, perhaps a little too much.

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photo 2020-06-03 22:15
Who we are

We are men. We know pain,

Which we freely acknowledge,

Yet we don’t complain.

 

It isn’t the pain that aggrieves.

It’s the unfairness that comes

From those who deceive us.

 

Hypocrites all, they try to fool us

With improvised news,

With which they would school us.

 

They haven’t an ethos they would defend

Unless it’s that destiny decrees they hold the hill,

Even if that means crushing those below.

 

Winners keep losers poor and in debt.

And as they drown push them deeper

until they sputter, “I can’t breathe.”

 

Winners need losers in order to win.

So brainwash some. Impoverish many.

Murder a few. But never admit.

You’re no better than they.

 

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text 2020-06-02 22:53
Why are they protesting?

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Is our ship of state off course, or sinking? Here's one opinion:

 

"The core story of U.S. politics over the past four decades is that wealthy elites weaponized white racism to gain political power, which they used to pursue policies that enriched the already wealthy at workers’ expense." ~ Paul Krugman, New York Times, June 1, 2020

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