All Reviewed Nonfiction
95These Truths by Jill Lepore
The history of the United States can be told in the language of prosperity, of war, of progress, or of oppression, among many others. Lepore depicts it as an endless ideological struggle, of ideas and philosophies that drive the American experiment from a shaky past into an uncertain, but hopeful future. From the first European settlers to make landfall on the American continent to the end of Barack Obama's presidency, Lepore writes an extensive and compelling history of our nation.
92The Populist Explosion by John B. Judis
The Great Recession has shown that the neoliberal promise of order and prosperity that once dominated global politics no longer holds true for large swaths of the population. The emergence of the Tea Party, Donald Trump, Occupy Wall Street, and Bernie sanders points to a changing tide in modern politics. Judis argues that they all use the language of populism to unite voters across traditional boundaries of class, race, and ethnicity to oppose a wealthy and corrupt "elite."
89Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
Postwar is an awe-inspiring history of the European community rebuilt from the remnants of World War II. It plunges into the horrendous regimes of postwar dictators, perilous revolutions led by university students, and viscous wars that both tore down and gave birth to new nations.
85How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley
How Propaganda Works rigorously defines, describes, and identifies propaganda in modern democracies. In today's world, propaganda has learned to wear a number of masks. Jason Stanley provides us with the tools necessary to build sound arguments against this enemy of reason.
84Beautiful Country Burn Again by Ben Fountain
How could the media and polls have been so wrong about the 2016 election? Ben Fountain compiles his own work on the campaign trail to paint a picture vastly different from what the media depicted at the time.
83Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed
In the ruins of WWI, war debt and reparations weighed heavily on European countries. The central bankers of Britain, France, and Germany had to come together alongisde the United States – now a first-class economic power – to rebuild the global economy. Their mistakes would soon drive the world to the Great Depression.
82American Pragmatism by Albert R. Spencer
Americans are known for our dismissal of traditions and norms, our rugged individualism, and our pragmatism. But, what is pragmatism? Albert R. Spencer surveys the philosphical tradition and how it relates to our understanding of American exceptionalism.
81An American Sickness by Elizabeth Rosenthal
American healthcare is in disarray. Pharmaceuticals are at astronomical prices, hospital bills can send people plummeting into bankruptcy, and millions of Americans go without health insurance every year. How did it get to this, and what can we do to fix it?