Reviews for political die-hards of books about politicians, civil rights, Supreme Court rulings and the ever-changing Swamp.
Book review, commentary, and narrative summary of Inventing the Future
“Work, no matter how degrading or low-paid or inconvenient, is deemed an ultimate good. This is the mantra of both mainstream political parties and most trade unions, associated with rhetoric about getting people back into work, the importance of working families, and cutting welfare so that ‘it always pays to work’”
Review of ‘In Theory: Classes, Nations and Literatures’ by Aijaz Ahmad
First published in 1992 immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union, ‘In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures’ by Aizaj Ahmad takes up the national question at a world historic moment where governments negotiate at the cusp of a global geo-political reordering of allegiances. The political impetus provided by the establishment of State Socialism, first in USSR and then in China provided the crucial reinforcement needed for the spine of a global anti-imperialist wave which witnessed the liberation of Vietnam, the spread of revolutionary energies into Cuba, the decolonization of much of Africa and the cementing of Eastern Europe into a Socialist bastion – largely enabled by economic, military and technological aid from the first two countries to have harboured Proletarian Revolutions.
The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier
The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier takes a look at the poorest countries in the world, answers the most compelling questions about this population, and then offers solutions. The poorest countries are those developing countries that are at the bottom of the global economic scale, such as Mali, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Afghanistan, and so on. These countries have struggled to keep up with the growing economies of the more developed countries of the world and as a result, now face many obstructions that may hinder their ability to ever climb their way up. Most of the bottom billion are stuck in a destructive cycle that makes it near impossible to break free and join the economically superior.
Free Speech in the Modern World
Back in the heady days of the early 1990s, technologists predicted that the internet would herald a new era of free speech. The boundaryless nature of what they were creating would free humankind from the shackles of expression oppression. Or so the story went. For a time, the idealists were right. Then corporations and governments learned how to harness the technology differently. The great Chinese Firewall, internet sovereignty, personal information marketplaces, cyberbullying, hacking, and intelligence monitoring changed all that. Free speech simultaneously exploded and got massively curtailed, all in one fell swoop. In Timothy Garton Ash’s Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World, we explore some of the stickiest quandaries of the modern era. Has the internet become a detriment to freedom? Has it merely enabled governments to monitor the population more closely? Have we encountered the death of privacy? Is free speech free anymore?
The politics of refusal
In the opening chapter of I Refuse to Condemn: Resisting Racism in Times of National Security, edited by Asim Qureshi, contributor Shenaz Bungalwala documents the contradictory expectations that British Muslims have navigated since the onset of the US-led "war on terror" in 2001.
Review of Stamped From the Beginning & Just Mercy
Before I begin please make sure to read my other stories and watch the video attached which is my review of another great book call, The Fragile Mind. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube gaming channel. You will find many of my reviews under my Moron Reviews playlist. Please note I am not the greatest person to give reviews but both, Stamped from the Beginning and Just Mercy should be on your reading list.
Does Eating Dog Make You A Liberal?
“A family’s dog was killed by a car in front of their house. They had heard that dog meat was delicious, so they cut up the dog’s body and cooked it and ate it for dinner. Nobody saw them do this.” — Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind
12 Must-Read Political Thriller Books
In a world rife with social media and fake news, political stories pop up and spread like wildfire on a daily basis. Behind almost every headline is a string of double-dealings, political calculation, and unending trails of lies, and the worst part is nobody knows which stories are true, which are propaganda, and - even worse - which are somewhere in between.
"Saving Ruby King" - 2020's Most Underrated Book
Racism, deceit, murder: three words that Chicagoans hear every day, leaving them numbed by and complicit to the daily news reports from all over the city. A new shooting here, a new shooting there. Everything that goes on just becomes another bleep in the scanner.
Book Review: “The Dead Are Arising” by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
Les Payne spent the majority of his life researching the facts for his books in order to separate facts from fictions and in order to show us the people behind the myths. This is also true for his book on Malcolm X. Now, you all know that I am a huge fan of Malcolm X and that I have a poster of him on my bedroom wall. This book was something I just could not pass over. It starts off slightly before Malcolm X was born in Nebraska and then travels through until slightly after his death in Harlem. Through it, we meet people who knew him, we meet people who were related to him, the Nation of Islam figures, the cops and spies who marked him and even people who met him on the streets. The book turns out to be a factual account that splits the man from the myth and actually shows us how Malcolm X built himself up over the years as a person.
What Unites Us
After seeing a lot of positive talk about Dan Rather’s “What Unites Us” on Twitter, on the spur of the moment one day I decided I wanted to read it, and bought myself a copy. Because I bought the book for my Kindle, I was able to start reading right away. I’m glad I did.
The 5 Best Political Books to Read Before the 2020 Election
As we approach the 4th quarter of the most divisive year in recent history, the 2020 presidential election draws near, bringing with it yet another wave of anxiety and tension. With a great deal of well written and informative political books available it can sometimes be hard to know where to start, what I decided to focus on for this article was newly published books that are relevant to whats going on in American politics right now. This list contains some of the best political books written in 2020 and is a great starting point for readers who want to dive straight into the issues pertaining to our current political climate and become more informed voters.