The Death of Homo Economicus; Work, Debt, and the Myth of Endless Accumulation by Peter Fleming. Pluto Press, 2017 paper. Homo Economicus have not quite lived up to their reputation as a workaholic and money-saver.
Secrecy World; Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Berstein. Henry Holt, 2017. A hidden circulatory system flows beneath the surface of the global economy, moving trillions of dollars from drug trafficking, tax evasion, bribery, and other illegal enterprises.
A History of the United States in Five Crashes; Stock Market Meltdowns That Defined a Nation by Scott Nations. The Panic of 1907, Black Tuesday (1929), Black Monday (1987), the Great Recession (2008), and the Flash Crash (2010).
Making Sense of the Alt-Right by Robert Hawley. Columbia University Press, 2017. “Alt-right” is short for alternative right, a new term to enter the political lexicon. A white-nationalist movement, youthful and tech-savvy, it has been given credit for energizing President Trump’s presidential bid.
Alt-America; The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump by David Neiwert. Verso, 2107. The far-right has been growing steadily in the US since the 1990s following 9/11.
How the Right Lost Its Mind by Charles Sykes. St. Martin’s, 2017. A former Wisconsin conservative radio talk-show host describes the implosion of the Republican Party and the wider conservative movement.
The Islamaphobia Industry; How the Right Manufactures Hatred of Moslems by Nathan Lean. Pluto Press, 2017 paper. A rising tide of Islamaphobia is sweeping across the US and Europe. Check out the conservative bloggers, right-wing talk show hosts, and evangelical preachers.
And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe’s Crisis and America’s Economic Future by Yanis Varoufakis. Nation Books, 2017. A former Greek finance minister explains his country’s position on the Eurozone’s austerity response to its financial difficulties.
Under Surveillance; Being Watched in Modern America by Randolph Lewis. University of Texas Press, 2017. The emotional, ethical, and aesthetic challenges of living in a surveillance regime.
Open Season; Legalized Genocide of People of Color by Benjamin Crump. Amistad, 2017. A prominent lawyer reflects on landmark cases he has fought, which, sadly, have too often resulted in an injustice to the African Americans he represented.
Overload; Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News by Bob Schieffer & H. Andrew Schwartz. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. Two television journalists give advice on how to sort through the deluge of news that comes our way daily.