November brings some new books with a political theme. You can find these books on our special "It Matters!" display in the library lobby. Don't forget to vote!
The Big Sort : Why the Clustering of Like-minded America is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop with Robert G. Cushing. From the publisher: "The untold story of why America is so culturally and politically divided. America may be more diverse than ever coast to coast, but the places where we live are becoming increasingly crowded with people who live, think, and vote as we do."
Enough Said : What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? by Mark Thompson. From the publisher: "In Enough Said, president and CEO of The New York Times Company Mark Thompson argues that one of the most significant causes of the crisis is the way our public language has changed. Enough Said tells the story of how we got from the language of FDR and Churchill to that of Donald Trump. It forensically examines the public language we've been left with: compressed, immediate, sometimes brilliantly impactful, but robbed of most of its explanatory power."
A Field Guide to Lies : Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin. From the publisher: "We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process, especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them."
Political Fictions by Joan Didion. From the publisher: "In these coolly observant essays, Joan Didion looks at the American political process and at "that handful of insiders who invent, year in and year out, the narrative of public life."
Trump revealed : an American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher. From the publisher: "Authoritative, timely, and provocative, this deeply researched biography of Donald Trump provides a complex portrait of the man who--despite broad skepticism--could be the next president of the United States."
The Victory Lab: the Secret Science of Winning Campaigns by Sasha Issenberg. From the publisher: "A look how social scientists and renegade thinkers are imposing a new data-driven order on the American political campaign--an industry previously run on gut instinct."
The Year of Voting Dangerously by Maureen Dowd. From the publisher: "A noted political columnist traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant battles of the sexes ever, the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump."
The Many Speeches of Chief Seattle (Seathl) : the Manipulation of the Record on Behalf of Religious, Political and Environmental Causes by Eli Gifford. From the publisher: "Using primary and secondary sources, this book explores the history behind the various agendas each author had in manipulating Seathl's speech.."
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