Staff Pick

In Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Doubleday, $29.95), Jane Mayer, an accomplished investigative journalist for The New Yorker, explores how right-wing billionaires, most notably David and Charles Koch, have shrewdly, systematically, and ruthlessly influenced such major centers of power in America as political institutions, academic establishments, courts, think tanks, and foundations. Drawing on court records, extensive interviews, and many private archives, Mayer traces how these enormously wealthy individuals with extreme libertarian views have furthered an agenda that has fortified their own corporate and political interests at the expense of meaningful financial, environmental, and labor reform. Mayer’s book contributes significantly to public understanding of the dark money that is tainting America’s political process, civic life, and democratic values.

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ISBN: 9780385535595
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Published: Doubleday - January 19th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780307947901
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Published: Anchor - January 24th, 2017

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From his special vantage point as a New York Times correspondent at the State Department and White House during the Obama Administration, Mark Landler explores the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama through the lens of foreign policy. He concludes that philosophical and generational roots explain some areas of disagreement, but also pays attention how two historic figures formed a partnership to navigate the ship of foreign policy in very rough seas. As Clinton’s chief speechwriter for many years, I especially appreciate Landler’s judicious and thorough rendering of a complicated subject, not to mention his crisp and engaging writing style.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780812998856
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Published: Random House - April 26th, 2016

Have you caught yourself staring at your TV, watching the circus that our government seems to have devolved into with disbelief? In Relic, William Howell and Terry Moe peel back the layers and explain how not only is it not surprising that our government can't seem to accomplish much, but that it was actually designed that way. We take a look at our 226 year old Constitution and consider a very minor alteration that could allow for much greater functionality.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780465042692
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Published: Basic Books - April 26th, 2016

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