Workers on Arrival; Black Labor in the Making of America by Joe W. Trotter. University of California Press. The black working class’s contribution to the shaping of the American economy.
The Campus Rape Frenzy; The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities by K.C. Johnson & Stuart Taylor, Jr. Encounter Books. Some would have it that our universities are being overwhelmed by political extremists and sexual predators.
The Creative Destruction of New York City; Engineering the City for the Elite by Alessandro Busa. Oxford University Press. Fifteen years of rezoning and branding, an updating of the updating the tale of two New Yorks.
These Schools Belong to You and Me; Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools by Deborah Meier & Emily Gasoi. Beacon Press, paper. Supporting public education to ensure that all students will become competent citizens.
Secularism; Politics, Religion, and Freedom by Andrew Copson. Oxford University Press. Of the four, religion came to be the least important in the creation of a political order.
The Red and the Blue; The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism by Steve Kornacki. Two larger than life politicians, Bill Clinton contorting himself around the several factions of the Democratic Party. Newt Gingrich employing a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House.
Generation Prized Out; Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America by Randy Shaw. University of California Press. How increasingly expensive housing in our central cities is banging the door closed on housing opportunities for the less well off.
Washington’s Golden Age; Hope R. Miller, the Society Beat, and the Rise of Women Journalists by Joseph Dalton. Rowman & Littlefield. The life of pioneering woman journalist who covered the politics and diplomacy of the White House from FDR to LBJ
The Age of Walls; How Barriers between Nations Are Changing Our World by Tim Marshall. Scribners. Borders, walls, and boundaries that divide up countries and their citizens.
One Person, No Vote; How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson & Dick Durbin. Macmillan. The long history of voter suppression; it has been around for some time, but recently it has been making a difference.
The Embattled Vote in America; From the Founding to the Present by Allan Lichtman. Harvard University Press. This was not a once and forever creation by a group of colonial geniuses, but rather of the vote being expanded and contracted depending upon the political circumstances of the time.
Road to Disaster; A New History of America’s Descent into Vietnam by Brian VanDeMark. Harper Row. The decisions made to enter and then expand our involvement on the part of the Kennedy and then the Johnson Administrations.
Vietnam; An Epic Tragedy, 1945 to 1975 by Max Hastings. Harper Row. Both the French and American interventions.