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Reading To Make Sense

Reading To Make Sense

If ever there was a time to step up your reading game, it's now.  Regardless of your political leanings, you must admit that there is a whole lot of noise going on from both sides of the aisle. I find that rooting myself in facts is often the best remedy to avoid having too emotional a reaction to things.  In a tumultuous political climate such as this, reading can not only bring pleasure, but it can also provide clarity.  

Here is a compilation of books that I've read or want to read in the coming months. Some of these books are good political guides through these interesting times, but some I expect are more light-hearted, less dense and provide rare insight into the rare air of Washington insiders.

1) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Doris Kearns Goodwin (2005).  This book is considered a must-read for anyone who is interested in how decisions are really made in Washington. This biographical portrait of Honest Abe also offers a critical look into the role of some of Lincoln's closet advisors and cabinet members as the administration advocated for the abolition of slavery.  A book about a Presidential Cabinet? Seems timely to me...

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2) The Meaning of Michelle, edited by Veronica Chambers (2017).  In this compilation of essays, 16 writers capture what Michelle Obama has meant to the country and the world.  Contributors include Tony nominee Phillipa Soo of Hamilton fame, Director Ava Duvernay, and feminist writer Roxane Gay.  

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3) The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, Anand Giridharadas (2014).  Telling the story of a horrible shooting at a Dallas gas station by a man who believed there was a connection between people working at gas stations and terrorists, this book reveals an unfortunate tragedy brought about by the vilification of the "other".  The book also offers a bold look at humanity as one of the victims forgives his attacker and fights for his redemption.


4) 1984, George Orwell (1949).  I'm just going to leave this one right here.  You get it.


5) The Nine: Inside The Secret World of the Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin (2008): Profiling several justices and former clerks, this book gets you inside the highest court in the land. Never before has the spotlight on the Court been so bright as it is now.  This book provides interesting insight into how things work within the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court and will help make sense of what's to come with the changing tide of the judicial system.

6) The United States Constitution, Philadelphia Convention (1787). Let's face it - we could all use a refresher.  Be informed.

What books are you reading now?  

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