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The Great Derangement

The Great Derangement

Matt Taibbi

"Matt Taibbi is the best American journalism has to offer. As The Great Derangement shows, he has absolutely no shred of fear in confronting the corruption that plagues our government and exploring the desperation that is rising in America. And somehow, he pulls it off while making us simultaneously weep in sorrow and laugh our asses off." -David Sirota




Stealing God's Thunder

Stealing God's Thunder

Philip Dray

"We forget, living in this era of heavily patented research and closely guarded results, how wonderfully exciting the scientific world used to be. In Stealing God's Thunder, the story of Benjamin Franklin's invention of the lightening rod and the resulting consequences, that sense of wonder and excitement and even fear comes beautifully to life. Philip Dray does a remarkable job of illuminating the ever-fascinating Franklin and, more than that, the way that he, and his invention, helped create the new scientific world." -Amazon




John Adams

John Adams

David McCullough

"This life of Adams is an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary man who has not received his due in America's early political history but whose life work significantly affected his country's future. McCullough is here following his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Truman, and his subjects have much in common as leaders who struggled to establish their own presidential identities as they emerged from the shadows of their revered predecessors." - Library Journal




The Varieties of Scientific Experience

The Varieties of Scientific Experience

Carl Sagan/Ann Druyan

Exhibiting a breadth of intellect nothing short of astounding, he illuminates his explanations with examples from cosmology, physics, philosophy, literature, psychology, cultural anthropology, mythology, theology, and more. Sagan's humorous, wise, and at times stunningly prophetic observations on some of the greatest mysteries of the cosmos have the invigorating effect of stimulating the intellect, exciting the imagination, and reawakening us to the grandeur of life in the cosmos. -Amazon




Infidel

Infidel

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali's story tells how a bright little girl evolved out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideals with religious pressures, no story could be timelier or more significant." -Amz




Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond

Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond

edited by Andrew J. Petto, Laurie R. Godfrey

Fervent fundamentalist religious groups have exhibited chronic allergies to science ever since Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species" convincingly presented his theory of evolution by natural selection. Unweaving rainbows could be tolerated - but dismantling cherished creation myths spawned an array of pseudoscientific hives and rashes ranging from 'creation science' to 'Intelligent Design'. (Carl Flygare)




The Age of American Unreason

The Age of American Unreason

Susan Jacoby

This is one of the most eye-opening books I've read in a long time. Jacoby charts the intellectual and cultural currents that have characterized the United States since its founding and explains just how and why Americans have recently become so, well, dumb. Anyone who cares about the future of our country will want to read it.




The Demon-Haunted World

The Demon-Haunted World

Carl Sagan

Revealing the dangers associated with widespread scientific ignorance, a cautionary study explains how scientific thought has served to overcome prejudice and hysteria while debunking the myth that science destroys spirituality.




It Can't Happen Here

It Can't Happen Here

Sinclair Lewis

It Can't Happen Here is a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.




The Mind of the Market

The Mind of the Market

Michael Shermer

Bestselling author Michael Shermer explains how evolution shaped the modern economy-and why people are so irrational about money How did we make the leap from ancient hunter-gatherers to modern consumers and traders?




The Shock Doctrine

The Shock Doctrine

Naomi Klein

"The Shock Doctrine is a valuable addition to the corpus of popular books that have attempted to rethink the big ideas of our post-Cold War age."