Corporations Are People Too; And They Should Act Like It by Kent Greenfield. Yale University Press. In Citizens United, the Supreme Court claimed for citizens most of the same privileges enjoyed by corporations.
Dark Commerce; How a New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future by Louis Shelley. Princeton University Press. A new world of illicit commerce, vast profits made in the global economy.
Just Giving; Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better by Rob Reich. Princeton University Press. Our giving isn’t just goodness, it is a form of power.
The Internet Trap; How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy by Matthew Hindman. Princeton University Press. The Internet was supposed to fragment audiences and make media monopolies impossible. Instead behemoths have evolved.
Beeronomics; How Beer Explains the World by Johan Swinnen & Devin Briski. Oxford University Press. The taxation and regulation of beer production was an important chapter in the creation of an industrial Britain in the nineteenth century.
The Age of Violence; The Crisis of Political Action and the End of Utopia by Alain Bertho. Is the rising level of violence the result of the radicalization of Islam? Or is it the pressure of globalization?
Impeaching the President; Past, Present, and Future by Alan Hirsch. City Lights. Paper. An historical look at the practice of impeachment and how it impacted the presidential terms of Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. Perhaps Donald Trump.
The Coming of the American Behemoth; The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920 to 1940 by Michael Roberto. Monthly Review Press. Paper. Monopoly and finance capitalism was the location for the gestation of American fascism.
President Obama; Constitutional Aspirations and Executive Actions by Louis Fisher. University Press of Kansas, paper. Barack Obama took exception to claims by his predecessor, George W. Bush’s notion of “inherent” presidential powers vs. executive actions.
Slavery and Social Death; A Comparative Study by Orlando Patterson. Harvard University Press, paper. Patterson has discussed the internal dynamics of slavery in sixty-six societies over time, past and present.
Globalization and Inequality by Elhanan Helpman. Harvard University Press. We must look beyond globalization to explain rising economic inequality.
The Black Auxiliary; The Untold Story of Eighteen African Americans Who Defied [Both] Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Atria. Jesse Owens is the most recognized name of the group, but there were other winners, Jackie Robinson’s brother Mack, for instance.
Slavery on the Periphery; The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras Kristen Epps University of Georgia Press. Paper. Epps’s command of a wide range of secondary studies results in a detailed portrayal of slavery and its legacy in western Missouri and eastern Kansas.”