U.s. Political History
Simple Justice: The History of Brown V. Board of Educationand Black America's Struggle for Equality
Simple Justice
The History of Brown V. Board of Educationand Black America's Struggle for Equality
Paperback      ISBN: 1400030617
An expanded edition of the classic study details the historical and cultural roots of, the various litigations and court decisions leading to, and the implications of the Supreme Court's historic 1954 Brown decision. Simultaneous. 10,000 first printing.
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Democracy in Chains
The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Paperback      ISBN: 1101980974
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for the National Book Award The Nation's "Most Valuable Book" “[A] vibrant intellectual history of the radical right . . .” – The Atlantic “This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . . If you're worried about what all this means for America's future, you should be” – NPR An explosive exposé of the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution. Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority. In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. In response to the widening of American democracy, he developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the ability of the majority to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us. Corporate donors and their right-wing foundations were only too eager to support Buchanan’s work in teaching others how to divide America into “makers” and “takers.” And when a multibillionaire on a messianic mission to rewrite the social contract of the modern world, Charles Koch, discovered Buchanan, he created a vast, relentless, and multi-armed machine to carry out Buchanan’s strategy. Without Buchanan's ideas and Koch's money, the libertarian right would not have succeeded in its stealth takeover of the Republican Party as a delivery mechanism. Now, with Mike Pence as Vice President, the cause has a longtime loyalist in the White House, not to mention a phalanx of Republicans in the House, the Senate, a majority of state governments, and the courts, all carrying out the plan. That plan includes harsher laws to undermine unions, privatizing everything from schools to health care and Social Security, and keeping as many of us as possible from voting. Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok. This revelatory work of scholarship is also a call to arms to protect the achievements of twentieth-century American self-government.
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
The Invisible Bridge
The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
Paperback      ISBN: 1476782423
The best-selling author of Nixonland presents a portrait of the United States during the turbulent political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, covering events ranging from the Arab oil embargo and the era of Patty Hearst to the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the rise of Ronald Reagan.
The Jefferson Transformation: Passages from the
The Jefferson Transformation
Passages from the "History"
Paperback      ISBN: 1590172159
A New York Review Books Original The ideal introduction and companion to Adams’s "massive and magisterial" history of the administrations of Jefferson and Madison, presenting an indelible picture of America’s startling rise to world power. Henry Adams’s nine-volume History of the United States During the Administrations of Jefferson and Madison is the first great history of America as well as the first great American work of history, a work that rivals Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in its eloquence and sweep. But where Gibbon told of imperial collapse, Adams recorded the rise of a new, unanticipated power, America, a state that, he shows, beat every odd to expand in a mere sixteen years–1800 to 1817–from a backward provincial outpost to international eminence. What made this transformation all the more remarkable was that it occurred under the watch of two presidents who were frankly skeptical about its benefits, and yet whose policies served to promote it. Thus America not only found its footing in the world, but took on a divided identity–at once isolationist and interventionist–that it continues to display to this day. Famed historian and political commentator Garry Wills’s recent, widely reviewed, and well-received Henry Adams and the Making of America introduced readers to the splendors of Adams’s history and the rigors of its analysis. This ample new selection from Adams’s History is the first to bring together its powerful opening and concluding sections. Together with Wills’s thoughtful introduction, it offers readers a chance to experience the magnum opus of one of America’s outstanding writers and thinkers.
When Republicans Were Progressive
When Republicans Were Progressive
Paperback      ISBN: 168134078x
The Republican Party has dominated Minnesota
Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream
Songs of the Doomed
More Notes on the Death of the American Dream
Paperback      ISBN: 0743240995
First published in 1990, Songs of the Doomed is back in print -- by popular demand! In this third and most extraordinary volume of the Gonzo Papers, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson recalls high and hideous moments in his thirty years in the Passing Lane -- and no one is safe from his hilarious, remarkably astute social commentary. With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style. Spanning four decades -- 1950 to 1990 -- Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust, trial documents, and Fourth Amendment battle with the Law. These tales -- often sleazy, brutal, and crude -- are only the tip of what Jack Nicholson called "the most baffling human iceberg of our time." Songs of the Doomed is vintage Thompson -- a brilliant, brazen, bawdy compilation of the greatest sound bites of Gonzo journalism from the past thirty years.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Paperback      ISBN: 0743270754
An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election above three accomplished candidates, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in forming his cabinet and winning the Civil War. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time. Reprint. 300,000 first printing.
Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation
Jefferson and Hamilton
The Rivalry That Forged a Nation
Paperback      ISBN: 1608195430
Brings to life the fierce struggle, both public and bitterly personal, between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton--two rivals whose opposing visions of what the United States should be continue to shape the country to this day.
American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good
American Character
A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good
Paperback      ISBN: 0143110004
Explores the ongoing debates throughout the history of the United States between the fight for individual rights and the community as a whole, from discussions that took place at the Constitutional Convention, through the Civil War, and up to the modern Tea Party.
The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties
The Bill of Rights
The Fight to Secure America's Liberties
Paperback      ISBN: 1476743800
Describes how the Bill of Rights came into existence, detailing how the Founders argued over the contents of the document, reflecting an ideological divide between the power of the federal versus state governments that still exists to this day.