Friday, September 9, 2016

Information Nation: Stay Informed with New Books

It can be difficult to stay informed in a fast-paced world. Slow down and dig deeper into current events with one of the many new books available here at the library:

Political commentator Phyllis Bennis tackles the complex issues surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, relations between the U.S. and the Middle East, ISIS, the Syrian War, and other global concerns in two primers, Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror. In A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS, Robert F. Worth examines the aftermath of the Arab Spring five years on. Maajid Nawaz recounts the personal story of changing his political views in Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism and discusses Islam with with Sam Harris in Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue. And in Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West, the late prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, makes a bold call for tolerance and justice from both East and West.

Women leaders are beginning to stand front and center on the world’s stage. Learn how women political leaders are breaking down barriers in Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President by Nancy L. Cohen; how power is shifting and male-dominated spaces are opening up and growing more inclusive in Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works by Jay Newton-Small. Irin Carmon explores the fierce, unapologetic, and inspiring story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

With the 2016 election barely two months away, there’s still time to brush up on — or supplement — your political know-how. Take a brief look at politics and presidencies in two books from the A Very Short Introduction series: American Political History by Donald T. Critchlow and The American Presidency by Charles O. Jones. Robert E. Mutch gives readers the inside scoop on campaign funding and why it’s important in Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know. Mark Gerzon evinces hope for finding common ground between political parties in The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide. And in Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, Ari Berman explores the significance of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — considered one of the biggest victories of the civil rights movement — and reveals how we are still fighting a crucial battle for voter rights and enfranchisement over fifty years later — a battle embroiled in questions of race and representation.

These questions aren’t restricted to the ballot box. In From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor examines the nationwide protests that broke out in response to the police murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and how the movement reminds us that we are not yet living in a post-racial nation — and what can be done about it. D. Watkins’ memoir, The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America, is an unflinching look at an America still far from having moved “beyond race.” In White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, Carol Anderson argues that history and media have long ignored the role of white opposition in movements like #BlackLivesMatter: “With so much attention on the flames, everyone had ignored the kindling." Kristian Williams demonstrates how police brutality is inherent to law enforcement in Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America. Mark and Paul Engler take a look at protests across the globe and the art of transformative unrest in This Is An Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century. And in Who We Be: The Colorization of America, Jeff Chang shows how the racial and ethnic demographics are changing, and why the liberation of people of color is so urgent.

You can find all these books and more in our catalog.