Politics: such a complex subject, capable of causing chaos, and wreaking havoc on family gatherings. Some people like to poke fun at the fact that political discussions get so heated, but it’s a sensitive topic of discussion for a reason – it, quite literally, dictates the quality of life for the inhabitants of a nation.
The twelve books below are newly-released or coming out soon, and all touch upon the current state of political affairs. They all are informative and interesting, so no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, be sure to check them out. You might love them, or you might hate them – but you’ll never know until you read.
Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Donald Trump’s presidency has rocked the lives of many Americans. Most of us can’t help but ask the question, is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt think it is. They’ve spent two decades studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they see clear warning signs that America could be stumbling onto a similar road to authoritarianism. Levitsky and Ziblatt believe that we do, however, have a chance to avoid this fate – even after electing Trump.
(This is Not a Joke)
Keith Olbermann has become an extremely popular anti-Trump advocate, with each installment of his GQ web series The Resistance getting millions of views. In Trump is F*cking Crazy, Olbermann debunks our president’s beliefs by using keen observations and, of course, humor. Fully stocked with relevant essays and material, Trump is F*cking Crazy is the perfect read for anyone that’s concerned with the current state of our country’s politics.
Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived
Antonin Scalia, edited by Christopher J. Scalia and Edward Whelan
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s speeches are captured in this compelling collection, and span a variety of topics including law, faith, virtue, and his personal heroes. With a foreword by longtime friend Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a moving introduction by his youngest son, this book is a never-before-seen look at Scalia’s life and long career in the Supreme Court.
Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations
In Political Tribes, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua aims to reverse our nation’s shortcomings by pushing for us to see beyond our “political tribes” and rediscover our national identity. Amy argues that our group identities are divisive and blinding, and both the left and the right are suffering because of it. Amy claims that in order for us to move forward in the right direction, we need to unite to fight the deep inequities that divide us.
Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent
Tamer Elnoury with Kevin Maurer
For the first time in this memoir, we hear from Tamer Elnoury, an active Muslim American federal agent that brought down a terror cell in North America. Tamer’s story needs to be told because of what he represents: Arabic-speaking Muslim Americans and patriotism. Tamer works endlessly, in a fight against the clock, to stop terrorists before they can implement their devastating plans. He is, in short, an American hero.
An American Tragedy
Ta-Nehisi Coates stunned and captivated readers with the 2015 release of his book Between the World and Me. In his latest book, a collection of essays, the journalist and correspondent for The Atlantic reflects on race and racism in the United States today, as it exists against the backdrop of the Obama presidency, the Trump presidency, and all that has happened throughout.
A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in ItsTracks
The notion that most of today’s media produces “fake news” is very dangerous. This easy-to-follow guide will help you to fight fake news, and seek the truth in everything you watch and read. Written by Capitol Hill veteran and author Bruce Bartlett, The Truth Matters offers tips and tricks for analyzing sources, fact-checking, and avoiding bias.
And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches
Dr. Denis Leary
From the author of the bestselling Why We Suck comes another comical book on our current political situation. Dr. Denis Leary picks apart liberals and conservatives alike with his usual witty sarcasm to remind us to laugh again, despite all the nonsense going on in our government and around the world.
Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, takes a look at the persuasion strategies Donald Trump used during the recent election, and reveals how to use these methods in your own life to win against all odds. Win Bigly isn’t about Trump being good or evil, or right or wrong- it’s about the power of persuasion in any setting, especially when the audience responds to emotion, not reason.
The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics
Lawrence O’Donnell chronicles the 1968 U.S. Presidential election in Playing With Fire. O’Donnell delves into the string of violent and shocking developments that led to Richard Nixon stealing the role of the frontrunner from Lyndon B. Johnson’s clutches. He details all that Nixon had to do to keep his hands on that role, and how his actions during the election set the tone for his presidency, and for our current political reality.
American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
A World in Disarray examines our present by taking a deep look at our past. Haass argues that the United States is still the world’s strongest country, but American foreign policy is leading to its slow demise. In order for the U.S. to remain a force for global stability and prosperity, Haass argues that our current country’s leaders and citizens must reach a mutual agreement on foreign policy.
How We Came Apart, How We Come Together
This New York Times bestseller offers timely advice to those that are fearful of Trump: use your anxiety to incite change. Van Jones criticizes Trump while showing respect and empathy for his supporters, and exposes the failures of both parties in the recent election. He calls on our nation to join forces to focus on the large problems at hand, and find ways to solve them together.