Suggested readings

Readings on Trump
  • Fear: Trump in the White House, Bob Woodward
  • House of Trump, House of Putin, Craig Unger
  • The Apprentice: Trump, Russia, and the Subversion of American Democracy, Greg Miller
  • Trump/Russia: A Definitive History, Seth Hettena
  • Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win, Luke Harding
The Threat to Our Democracy
  • The Plot to Destroy America: How Putin and His Spies are Undermining America and Dismantling the West, Malcolm Nance
  • How Democracies Die, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
  • On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century, Timothy Snyder
  • The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America, Timothy Snyder
  • Fascism: A Warning, Madeline Albright
  • Winter is Coming, Garry Kasparov (Yes, that’s correct – “Garry”)
  • The Plot to Hack America, Malcolm Nance
Trends in America
  • Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall — and Those Fighting to Reverse It, Steven Brill
  • American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson
Reports from those who were there
  • The Assault on Intelligence, Michael Hayden (former Director, NSA and CIA)
  • Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From A Life in Intelligence, James R. Clapper (former Director on National Intelligence)
  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, Bill Browder
General political topics
  • The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics, Halstead and Lind
  • It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Extremism, Mann and Ornstein
  • Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, Hacker and Pierson
  • Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis, Jimmy Carter
Energy, Energy Future, and Energy Policy
  • Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines, Muller
  • The Race for What’s Left, and, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, both by Michael Klare
  • Hubbert’s Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage, Deffeyes
  • Life Without Oil: Why We Must Shift to a New Energy Future, Hallet and Wright
The “New Normal” and How to Deal With It

·  The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, Heinberg

·  The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, Homer-Dixon

Voting Rights

·    Give Us The Ballot:  The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, Ari Berman

·    Ratf**ked:  The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy, David Daley

Social Security and Medicare
  • Social Security: The Unfinished Work, Blahous
  • Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach, Diamond
  • Social Security: History and Politics from the New Deal to the Privatization Debate, Beland
  • Medicare: A Policy Primer, Moon
  • The Political Life of Medicare, Oberlander
  • The Politics of Medicare: Second Edition, Marmor
The “Financial Crisis” of 2008
  • Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy¸ Baker
  • The Great Housing Bubble: Why Did House Prices Fall, Roberts
  • Inside Job, DVD produced by Sony Pictures
Faith and Politics
  • God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, Jim Wallis
  • Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical’s Lament, Balmer