Staff Pick

Have you been in a funk since November? Can't look at the news without having a full-on panic attack? Well, this The Revolution Where You Live might not soothe all your nerves but it will provide for some much-needed optimism. Journalist Sarah van Gelder transversed the country in her pickup truck, allowing us to reap the fruit of her labor—conversations with activists, leaders, creatives and all-around outside-the-box thinkers on how they're working hard to change their communities for the better. From ranchers in Montana to urban farmers in Chicago, from artists in Appalachia to the new activist mayor of Newark, van Gelder's many inspiring profiles show how a revolution where one lives can, in fact, change the world.

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By Sarah Van Gelder, Danny Glover (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781626567658
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - January 9th, 2017

Staff Pick

Four years ago, in the autumn of 2012, Mark Thompson was about to move from England to the United States to take up his new job as president and CEO of The New York Times. He had spent much of his career at the BBC, his final eight years there as director-general. But before moving to New York, he visited his alma mater, Oxford, where he delivered three lectures on rhetoric and the art of public persuasion. Those talks became the basis of his new book, Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? (St. Martin’s, $27.99). What remarkable timing for a book on the language of politics! But while Thompson does spend time assessing Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric, his work is a larger examination of how political language has evolved and how public discourse generally has degenerated, with damaging consequences for public trust and confidence. Freely mixing personal experiences with criticism and opinion, Thompson has produced a book that, as Publishers Weekly put it, “manages to be an exemplary investigation, a history, an autopsy, a practical manual, and a cautionary tale all at once.”

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ISBN: 9781250059574
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 6th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781250144539
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 12th, 2017

King’s excellent study focuses on Arendt’s work from her 1941 arrival in the U.S. until her death in 1975. Writing in English, Arendt produced classics including On Revolution, The Origins of Totalitarianism, and Eichmann in Jerusalem; King covers the development, reception, and controversies surrounding these and other books, detailing as well Arendt’s fascination with the American Framers and her dismay at the country’s mass consumer society and preoccupation with image management. While he admires Arendt, he gives her critics a hearing and points out her missteps, such as her essay on Little Rock’s school desegregation. Like his subject, King is “a splitter not a lumper,” and his meticulous handling of complex ideas conveys the nuances of Arendt’s thinking.

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ISBN: 9780226311494
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 20th, 2015