The Persuaders, by Anand Giridhadaras

Staff Pick

Pushing back against a widespread view that in this era of political polarization, it’s futile to try to change anyone’s opinion because so many Americans have their minds made up, Anand Giridharadas focuses on a number of people on the left—activists, organizers, politicians, educators, and others—who still believe in the idea of persuasion. He explores their efforts to build political support, whether it’s going door to door in Arizona to change minds on immigration or conducting race training in Ohio to get people to rethink their identities and choices. The Persuaders offers hope and potential pathways for bridging our country’s deep divides. “While the world seems to counsel despair,” wrote a New York Times reviewer, “The Persuaders is animated by a sense of possibility.”

The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy By Anand Giridharadas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593318997
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Published: Knopf - October 18th, 2022

They Want to Kill Americans, by Malcolm Nance

Staff Pick

This book is a compelling, albeit terrifying, primer on the cast of characters and groups involved in domestic terrorism--from Q-Anon to neo-Nazis to white nationalists.  Some names you know all too well. Some will be new. As Nance warns, however, we haven't heard the last from any of them yet.


They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency By Malcolm Nance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250279002
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 12th, 2022

Protocol, by Capricia Penavic Marshall

Staff Pick


My friend and former colleague, Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, has written a compelling book about why diplomacy matters more than ever in a world riven by division and discord. A former White House Social Secretary in the Clinton Administration and Chief of Protocol for the U.S. under President Obama, Marshall has planned and executed some of the toughest and most sensitive diplomatic events undertaken by the past two Democratic presidents. She argues here that protocol is a universal language of global diplomacy, necessary to bring leaders and countries together so that they can negotiate effectively. Marshall also makes the case that understanding rules of protocol can help all of us in our own lives, whether handling issues at work or resolving family disputes. The best thing about Protocol: Marshall is an exceptional story-teller, and the stories she tells are informative, educational, and entertaining!  

Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You By Capricia Penavic Marshall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062844460
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Ecco - June 23rd, 2020