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Weekend Reader: ‘Notorious RBG: The Life And Times Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’

‘Notorious RBG’ is a delightful and elegantly designed visual guide to the cultural impact one determined warrior for social justice can have when she becomes the stuff memes are made of.

November 21, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights In America’

Fifty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act — and the most fundamental democratic exercise continues to come under attack.

August 16, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary Of Deliberately Deceptive Language’

To negotiate the verbal minefield of misdirection, euphemism, and flat-out falsehoods, we now have the definitive concordance of the language of spin.

June 21, 2015
Jonas Salk

Weekend Reader: ‘Jonas Salk: A Life’

Jonas Salk: A Life is the first complete biography of the scientist who defeated polio.

June 14, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘On The Move: A Life’

Oliver Sacks’s latest book is a memoir of his own unmoored youth: On the Move covers the setbacks, detours, and flashes of discovery of young Sacks.

June 7, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Our Kids: The American Dream In Crisis’

Ordinary Americans tell the story of the wealth gap in Robert Putnam’s ‘Our Kids’.

May 31, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Michelle Obama: A Life’

Peter Slevin’s ‘Michelle Obama: A Life,’ is more than a biography of the First Lady — it’s a story of race, identity, and politics in America.

May 24, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — And The World’

‘Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — and the World’ is a remarkable new book by Rachel Swaby: fascinating, compulsively readable, and illuminative.

May 17, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over’

The safety net has become a sieve, Caroline Fredrickson writes, in her new book ‘Under The Bus,’ about how workers’ rights continue to elude working women.

May 10, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘The Age Of Sustainable Development’

The stakes are high in ‘The Age Of Sustainable Development,’ but as Jeffrey D. Sachs makes clear, the demands for environmental justice are vital.

May 3, 2015

Top Reads: ‘I Am America (And So Can You!)’

if you think Washington’s annual “nerd prom” has been rather tame of late, take another look at Stephen Colbert’s I Am America (And So Can You!) which includes the complete text of his remarkable, historic, and hilarious speech from the 2006 dinner.

April 26, 2015

Top Reads: ‘Stealing Time’

The ill-fated Time Warner-Comcast merger had a bad precedent in the failed 2000 AOL Time Warner merger, as Alec Klein depicts in his book ‘Stealing Time.’

April 26, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘The Religion Of Democracy: Seven Liberals And The American Moral Tradition’

Amy Kittelstrom’s new book, The Religion of Democracy, unpacks the knotty history of the liberalism’s relationship to American cultural, intellectual, and political life.

April 26, 2015

Top Reads: ‘The Gyroplane Flight Manual’

Replete with troubleshooting tips, charts, and diagrams, The Gyroplane Flight Manual is invaluable for the aviation hobbyist — or protester.

April 19, 2015

Top Reads: ‘Silent Spring’

Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ is invaluable reading as we grapple with the greatest threat of our time to the natural world: climate change.

April 19, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Inequality And One City: Bill de Blasio And The New York Experiment, Year One’

When New York City elected as its new mayor, Bill de Blasio, a tectonic shift occurred in the political landscape of not merely the five boroughs, but the nation.

April 19, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Dead Wake: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania’

The drama, emotion, and terror of the Lusitania’s fatal voyage is deftly told by Erik Larson in ‘Dead Wake.’

April 5, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Afterwar: Healing The Moral Wounds Of Our Soldiers’

‘Afterwar’ is a lucid, insightful, and compassionate guide to how veterans can recover, so that “minds and not just bodies” can endure.

March 22, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Market Madness: A Century Of Oil Panics, Crises, And Crashes’

‘Market Madness’ is a lucid, credible riposte to apocalyptic ravings about “peak oil.”

March 7, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Get What’s Yours: The Secrets To Maxing Out Your Social Security’

Introduced as a New Deal program in 1935, Social Security has been a capstone after a career (or several) — and for many retired Americans, it is the difference between comfort and poverty. Knowing how to navigate and properly execute one’s retirement is imperative as 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day. The value of making the “right decisions, […]

March 1, 2015
Phantom Terror

Weekend Reader: ‘Phantom Terror: Political Paranoia And The Creation Of The Modern State, 1789-1848’

How did our modern state of fear and paranoia begin?

February 14, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking Of American Foreign Relations In The 1970s’

The 1970s: when the tectonics of global power shifted and Pax Americana entered a new phase.

February 7, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, And The Fight To Fix Our Broken Healthcare System’

Just how broken is our healthcare system anyway? And can we do anything about it?

February 1, 2015
A handout document released on January 12, 2015 in Paris by French newspaper Charlie Hebdo shows the frontpage of the upcoming edition

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Charlie Hebdo’

Charlie Hebdo has affirmed the right to free expression.

January 17, 2015