The Big Myth, by Namoi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

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Two historians of science team up to challenge the belief that democracy and an unfettered market necessarily go hand-in-hand. They recount how business leaders and conservative intellectuals have striven for decades to promote the notion that the market knows best. But such thinking, argue Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, has had very damaging effects. It has, for instance, worked against the expansion of healthcare programs, thwarted efforts to combat climate change, and during the pandemic undercut moves to deal effectively with covid-19. In describing how so many Americans have come to believe so much in markets and so little in government, Oreskes and Conway make their own case for a middle path, one that is both pro-market and pro-government.

 

The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market By Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635573572
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 21st, 2023

Lady Justice, by Dahlia Lithwick

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Dahlia Lithwick considers 2016 a sort of high-water mark for women and the legal system in America. That was the year the Supreme Court, in a Texas case, struck down an attempt to place restrictions on the delivery of abortion services. Then Donald Trump got elected, and the progress that women had made began to unravel—a trend underscored last June by the Court’s decision to undo Roe v. Wade. What Lithwick describes in Lady Justice is a series of efforts by women lawyers that constitute a kind of resistance movement. Examples include: Sally Yates, who as acting attorney general at the Justice Department refused to sign off on the Muslim travel ban; Roberta Kaplan, a prominent commercial litigator who sued the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville; and Stacey Abrams, who secured the voting rights of many people in Georgia. Combining narrative profiles with analysis, Lithwick highlights the heroic work of these and other women to save American democracy.

Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America By Dahlia Lithwick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525561385
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Published: Penguin Press - September 20th, 2022

Weapons of Mass Delusion, by Robert Draper

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In Weapons of Mass Delusion, Robert Draper chronicles the continued decline of the Republican Party into what he calls “the Trumpian cult of compulsive dissembling and conspiracy mongering.” The period covered in the book is mostly the year-and-a-half after Donald Trump’s presidency. It was a period, Draper writes, during which the notion “This is not normal,” which often was said fretfully about the Trump years, metastasized into “This is dangerous and is not going away.” This reckoning for the party was most evident, Draper contends, among Republicans in the House, so he has focused his book on key members there—from extremists like Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene and Arizona’s Paul Gosar to a dwindling group of Republicans who’ve remained willing to push back against the lies and craziness.

Weapons of Mass Delusion: When the Republican Party Lost Its Mind By Robert Draper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593300145
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Published: Penguin Press - October 18th, 2022

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