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Merlan, Anna

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Summary: American society has always been fertile ground for conspiracy theories, but with the election of Donald Trump, previously outlandish ideas suddenly attained legitimacy. Trump himself is a conspiracy enthusiast: from his claim that global warming is a Chinese hoax to the accusations of “fake news,” he has fanned the flames of suspicion. But it was not by the power of one man alone that these...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company 2019

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Smith, Hedrick.

Summary: Recounts how the American dream has been dismantled over the past forty years by legislative, electoral, and corporate decisions that have compromised the middle class and minimized individual economic and political power.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.91 SMI

Garfield, Bob

Summary: "Why is our society in the fix it is in? Is it all Trump's fault? Well, no. As often observed, Trump is a symptom of a virus has been incubating for at least 50 years and maybe 150. But not often observed is where the virus is imbedded: in the psychic core of identity. This book explores the primacy of identity in American society and makes the argument that hyper-polarization was not only...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Counterpoint 2020

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Larson, Edward J. (Edward John)

Summary: A retelling of the presidential election campaign between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson describes the fierce rivalry that was called "America's Second Revolution" and reveals the pivotal roles played by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books 2007

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 324.973 LAR

Larson, Edward J. (Edward John)

Summary: The 1800 presidential election, the last great contest of the founding period, was so convulsive and so momentous for American democracy that Jefferson would later dub it "America's second revolution." America's first true presidential campaign gave birth to our two-party system and etched the lines of partisanship that have shaped American politics ever since. The contest featured two of our...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Free Press 2007

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 324.973 LAR

Frank, Thomas

Summary: "What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of economic triumph, America's winners presuade themselves that they owe nothing to the rest of the country? In this collection of interlocking essays, Thomas Frank takes us on a wide-ranging tour through present-day America, showing us a society in the late stages of disintegration and describing the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.2 FRA

Levitsky, Steven

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Summary: "Donald Trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang--in a revolution or military coup--but with a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Crown 2018

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 321.8 LEV

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 321.8 LEV

Sykes, Charles J.

Summary: In How the Right Lost Its Mind, Sykes presents an impassioned, regretful, and deeply thoughtful account of how the American conservative movement came to lose its values. How did a movement that was defined by its belief in limited government, individual liberty, free markets, traditional values, and civility find itself embracing bigotry, political intransigence, demagoguery, and outright...

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 320.5 SYK

Stanley, Timothy.

Summary: "To most Americans, Hollywood activism consists of self-obsessed movie stars making transparently liberal films in a desperate bid for Academy Award glory. There's some truth in that stereotype. But celebrity activism also exerts a subtle power over the American political process. Through money, networking, and image making, the movie industry has shaped the way that politics works for nearly a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 791.43 STA

Klein, Naomi

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Summary: "Remember when it all seemed to be getting better? Before Trump happened? What went wrong, and what can we do about it? Naomi Klein--scourge of brand bullies, disaster capitalists and climate liars--shows us how we got to this surreal and dangerous place, how to stop it getting worse and how, if we keep our heads, we can seize the opportunity to make it better. She reveals how Trump is not a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Haymarket Books 2017

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Hughey, Matthew W. (Matthew Windust)

Summary: "On November 5, 2008, the nation awoke to a New York Times headline that read triumphantly: "OBAMA. Racial Barrier Falls in Heavy Turnout." But new events quickly muted the exuberant declarations of a postracial era in America: from claims that Obama was born in Kenya and that he is not a true American, to depictions of Obama as a "Lyin African" and conservative cartoons that showed the new...

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Publisher / Publication Date: New York University Press 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 324.24 HUG

Reagan, Michael

Summary: The eldest son of the late fortieth president explains how today's political challenges are comparable to those of his father's political career, discussing how Reagan's famous 1976 speech at the Republican National Convention introduced still-applicable principles for a strong Republican party.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press 2011

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.927 REA

Zelizer, Julian E

Summary: "The story of how Newt Gingrich and his allies tainted American politics, launching an enduring era of brutal partisan warfare When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, President Obama observed that Trump "is not an outlier; he is a culmination, alogical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party for the past ten, fifteen, twenty years." In Burning Down the House,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: 2020

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Raban, Jonathan.

Summary: What does the "war on terror" and a new era of religious ferocity look like to an Englishman living in the Pacific Northwest? Jonathan Raban finds that as he reads the source texts that have inspired modern-day jihad, memories of his own rigidly fundamentalist adolescent atheism help him understand why young people suffering from cultural alienation, spiritual emptiness, and moral uncertainty...

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Publisher / Publication Date: New York Review of Books 2005

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.931 RAB

Maddow, Rachel.

Summary: Identifying what the author believes to be a battle between the priorities of civilian life and the war, the host of the critically acclaimed The Rachel Maddow show explains that today's focus on national security is actually compromising national stability, tracing the historical events and contributing factors that have promoted a deeply militarized American culture.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2012

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Maddow, Rachel.

Summary: Maddow shows how deeply militarized our culture has become--how the role of the national security sector has shape-shifted and grown over the past century to the point of being financially unsustainable and confused in mission.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Crown 2012

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 306.2 MAD

Will, George F.

Summary: America's most widely read and most influential commentator casts his gimlet eye on our singular nation. Moving far beyond the strict confines of politics, George F. Will offers a fascinating look at the people, stories, and events--often unheralded--that make the American drama so endlessly entertaining and instructive. With Will's signature erudition and wry wit always on display, One Man's...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Crown Forum 2008

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973 WIL

Bolling, Eric

Summary: The cohost of Fox News' "The Five" chronicles various stories of political scandal in Washington, DC, and ends by offering recommendations on how President Trump can rid America's capital of political corruption.

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 320.9 BOL

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 320.973 BOL

Hersh, Eitan

Summary: "Who is to blame for our broken politics? The uncomfortable answer to this question starts with ordinary citizens with good intentions. We vote (sometimes) and occasionally sign a petition or attend a rally. But we mainly "engage" by consuming politics as if it's a sport or a hobby. We soak in daily political gossip and eat up statistics about who's up and who's down. We tweet and post and...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, INC. 2020

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Mamet, David.

Summary: For the past thirty years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining force in theater and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. His characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system. But in recent years Mamet has had a change of heart. He realized that the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Sentinel 2011

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 320.51 MAM

Bryant, Howard

Summary: "Full Dissidence is a collection of essays focusing on the corporate assault on civil liberties, collisions of race and identity, and the kleptocracy of the Trump White House has forced America to ask itself if its beliefs of freedom and democracy are more than just words"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2020

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Carlson, Tucker

Summary: The people who run America now barely interact with it. They fly on their own planes, ski on their own mountains, watch sporting events far from the stands in sky boxes. They have total contempt for you. "They view America the way a private equity firm sizes up an aging conglomerate," Tucker Carlson writes, "as something outdated they can profit from. When it fails, they're gone." And...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2018

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 305.5 CAR

Fox, Josh

Summary: The Truth Has Changed captures the rapid-fire shocks that are changing the fabric of our lives--from 9/11 and the Iraq war, to fracking and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to Hurricane Sandy, to relentless smear campaigns against climate scientists, to the fight for 100% renewable energy, to Standing Rock, to the 2016 presidential campaign, to Cambridge Analytica. Our normal isn't normal...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Seven Stories Press 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.2 FOX

Brill, Steven

Summary: "From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change. In this revelatory narrative...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2018

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2 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306 BRI

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