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2048

2048: Humanity's Agreement to Live Together
by J. Kirk Boyd

Written documents have always played a key part in the evolution of human rights—the Code of Hammurabi, the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence. In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but its provisions are not enforceable so its promise remains unfulfilled. It’s time to take the next step. 2048 shows how we can create an agreement that will truly guarantee global human rights and the rule of law and have it in place by the 100th anniversary of the Universal Declaration—a visionary, audacious, but eminently achievable goal.
~amazon.com

American Fascists
American Fascists:
The Christian Right and the War on America
by Chris Hedges

As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, [Chris Hedges’s] investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given its lucidity. Citing the psychology and sociology of fascism and cults, including the work of German historian Fritz Stern, Hedges draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements and the highly organized, well-funded "dominionist movement," an influential theocratic sect within the country's huge evangelical population.
~Publisher's Weekly
Crashing the Gate

Crashing the Gate:
Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of
People-Powered Politics

by Jerome Armstrong, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga

Crashing the Gate is a shot across the bow at the political establishment in Washington, DC and a call to re-democratize politics in America. This book lays bare, with passion and precision, how ineffective, incompetent, and antiquated the Democratic Party establishment has become, and how it has failed to adapt and respond to new realities and challenges.
~From the Publisher

Dangerous Nation

Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World
by Robert Kagan

Even in the colonial era Americans restlessly pushed westward. Kagan shows how a policy of aggressive expansion was inextricably linked with liberal democracy. Political leaders developed expansionist policies because if they didn't respond to their clamoring constituents, the people might rebel or secede. Kagan reads the Civil War as America's "first experiment in ideological conquest". He then follows US expansion through the 19th century, as the U.S. increased its dominance.
~ Publisher's Weekly

Dark Ages America

Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire
by Morris Berman

In Dark Ages America, the pundit Morris Berman argues that the nation has entered a dangerous phase in its historical development from which there is no return. As the corporate-consumerist juggernaut that now defines the nation rolls on, the very factors that once propelled America to greatness—extreme individualism, territorial and economic expansion, and the pursuit of material wealth—are, paradoxically, the nails in our collective coffin. Within a few decades, Berman argues, the United States will be marginalized on the world stage, its hegemony replaced by China or the European Union. With the United States just one terrorist attack away from a police state, Berman's book is a controversial and illuminating look at our current society and its ills.
~amazon.com

The End of America

The End of America:
Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf

In this timely call to arms, Naomi Wolf compels us to face the way our free America is under assault. She warns us–with the straight-to-fellow-citizens urgency of one of Thomas Paine’s revolutionary pamphlets–that we have little time to lose if our children are to live in real freedom... The End of America will shock, enrage, and motivate–spurring us to act, as the Founders would have counted on us to do in a time such as this, as rebels and patriots–to save our liberty and defend our nation.
~amazon.com

The End of Faith

The End of Faith:
Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

by Sam Harris

Religious faith, according to Harris, requires its adherents to cling irrationally to mythic stories of ideal paradisiacal worlds (heaven and hell) that provide alternatives to their own everyday worlds. Moreover, innumerable acts of violence... can be attributed to a religious faith that clings uncritically to one set of dogmas or another.
~Publishers Weekly

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer – And What You Can Do About It
Edited by Karl Weber

Food Inc.: A Participant Guide explores the issues raised in Food, Inc., the film. Many experts in the field contributed to this book, including Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food) and Anna Lappe (Hope’s Edge and Grub). The book is meant to inspire those challenged by the film and encourage them to take action and make a difference.

Give Me Liberty
Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries
by Naomi Wolf

As the practice of democracy becomes a lost art, Americans are increasingly desperate for a restored nation. Many have a general sense that the "system" is in disorder -- if not on the road to functional collapse. But though it is easy to identify our political problems, the solutions are not always as clear. In Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, bestselling author Naomi Wolf illustrates the breathtaking changes that can take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended and tells how to use that system, right now, to change your life, your community, and ultimately, the nation.
GreenCollarEonomy
The Green Collar Economy: 
How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
by Van Jones

In The Green Collar Economy, Van Jones provides innovative solutions to the economic and environmental issues facing our county.  Utilizing a holistic approach, he recognizes the importance of including all segments of our society to create a new "healthy green economy." While you may not agree with Van Jones’ philosophy and proposed solutions, he proves to be an inspiration for thinking creatively and inventing and investing our way into an ecologically responsible, morally just society.
Letter to a Christian Nation

Letter to a Christian Nation
by Sam Harris

Humanity has had a long fascination with blood sacrifice. In fact, it has been by no means uncommon for a child to be born into this world only to be patiently and lovingly reared by religious maniacs, who believe that the best way to keep the sun on its course or to ensure a rich harvest is to lead him by tender hand into a field or to a mountaintop and bury, butcher, or burn him alive as offering to an invisible God. The notion that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that his death constitutes a successful propitiation of a “loving” God is a direct and undisguised inheritance of the superstitious bloodletting that has plagued bewildered people throughout history...
~Afterword by Author

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America
by Karen Blumenthal

A fascinating look at the birth, growth, stagnation, and final emergence of Title IX. While acknowledging the controversy surrounding this law, the author is unwaveringly supportive of its passage and implementation. Interesting and easy-to-follow chapters highlight the process of creating, revising, fighting for, and ultimately passing this legislation that gave girls and women equal access to physical-education classes, gymnasiums, universities, and graduate schools.
~School Library Journal

 

 

Slave Next Door

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today
by Kevin Bales & Ron Soodalter

Most Americans believe that slavery in our country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. They are wrong. As Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter document in this excellent volume, human bondage is a reality for thousands of children, women and men living in the United States. The Slave Next Door exposes slavery in today’s America in all its forms, and sounds a call to arms to government, corporations and private citizens alike.
~Kerry Kennedy, Founder, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights