American Political Behavior
Top 10 American Political Behavior
: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion, Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do, Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, Democracy in America, A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy, How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
|Author||Robert D. Putnam|
Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work--but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which The Economist hailed as "a prodigious achievement."
Drawing on vast new data that reveal...
The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion
|Author||John R. Zaller|
Methodologically questionable to say the least: huge swathes of this book consist of nothing but post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning and blatantly confounded statistical models. It's also rather dull, especially the second half.
Additionally it's somewhat outdated, and incorporating...
On the night of the 2000 presidential election, Americans sat riveted in front of their televisions as polling results divided the nation's map into red and blue states. Since then the color divide has become a symbol of a culture war that thrives on stereotypes--pickup-driving red-state Republicans...
Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy
|Author||Elizabeth Gillespie McRae|
Why does white supremacist politics in America remain so powerful? Elizabeth Gillespie McRae argues that the answer lies with white women.
Examining racial segregation from 1920s to the 1970s, Mothers of Massive Resistance examines the grassroots workers who upheld the system of racial...
Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations
The bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home
Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of...
|Author||Alexis de Tocqueville|
Democracy in America has had the singular honor of being even to this day the work that political commentators of every stripe refer to when they seek to draw large conclusions about the society of the USA. Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat, came to the young nation to investigate the functioning...
A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920
|Author||Michael E. McGerr|
With America's current and ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor and the constant threat of the disappearance of the middle class, the Progressive Era stands out as a time when the middle class had enough influence on the country to start its own revolution. Before the Progressive Era most...
Politically insightful, Nixonland recaptures the turbulent 60s & early 70s, revealing how Dick Nixon rose from the political grave to seize & hold the presidency. Perlstein's account begins with the '65 Watts riots, nine months after Johnson's landslide victory over Goldwater appeared...
A majestic history of the summer of '64, which forever changed race relations in America
In the summer of 1964, with the civil rights movement stalled, seven hundred college students descended on Mississippi to register black voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and live in sharecroppers'...
Fresh out of grad school, Allen Raymond joined the GOP for one reason: rumor had it that there was big money to be made on the Republican side of the aisle.From the earliest days of the Republican Revolution through its culmination in the second Bush White House, Raymond played a key role in helping GOP...
The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
|Author||Elaine F. Weiss|
The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political victories in American history: the down and dirty campaign to get the last state to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote.
"Anyone interested in the history of our country's ongoing fight to put its founding values...
|Author||Thomas G. Andrews|
On a spring morning in 1914, in the stark foothills of southern Colorado, members of the United Mine Workers of America clashed with guards employed by the Rockefeller family, and a state militia beholden to Colorado’s industrial barons. When the dust settled, nineteen men, women, and children...
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.
Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the...
|Author||Jean H. Baker|
How the Personal Became Political In the Fight to Grant Women Civil Rights
They forever changed America: Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Alice Paul. At their revolution's start in the 1840s, a woman's right to speak in public was questioned. By its conclusion...
A panoramic yet intimate history of the American left—of the reformers, radicals, and idealists who have fought for a more just and humane society, from the abolitionists to Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky—that gives us a revelatory new way of looking at two centuries of American politics and culture.
A firsthand account of the National Woman’s Party, which organized and fought a fierce battle for passage of the 19th Amendment. The suffragists endured hunger strikes, forced feedings, and jail terms. First written in 1920 by Doris Stevens, this version was edited by Carol O’Hare. Includes...
Alice Paul began her life as a studious girl from a strict Quaker family in New Jersey. In 1907, a scholarship took her to England, where she developed a passionate devotion to the suffrage movement. Upon her return to the United States, Alice became the leader of the militant wing of the American suffrage...
The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.
Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us...
Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s
In this monumental volume, Henry Hampton, creator and executive producer of the acclaimed PBS series Eyes on the Prize, and Steve Fayer, series writer, draw upon nearly one thousand interviews with civil rights activists, politicians, reporters, Justice Department officials, and hundreds of...
Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
|Author||Melba Pattillo Beals|
The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, brought the promise of integration to Little Rock, Arkansas, but it was hard-won for the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in 1957. They ran the gauntlet between a rampaging mob and the heavily armed Arkansas...
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions—a phenomenal success that sold nearly half a million copies since its original publication in 1983—is Gloria Steinem's most diverse and timeless collection of essays. Both male and female readers have acclaimed it as a witty, warm, and life-changing...
This book was truly unbelievable. The entire time I was reading it, I kept reminding myself that this was real history and it all happened. There was so much drama in all the proceedings, and to realize that it’s the select few (in great positions) of the government beneath it all. I completely admire...
Introduction and Notes by Joyce Appleby
Though he didn't emigrate from England to the colonies until 1774, just a few months before the Revolutionary War began, Thomas Paine had an enormous impact on that war & the new nation that emerged from it. Common Sense, the instantly popular pamphlet...
A People's History of the United States
Library Journal calls Howard Zinn’s iconic A People's History of the United States “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those…whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.” Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinn’s...
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
|Author||Doris Kearns Goodwin|
Winner of the Lincoln Prize
Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.
Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism
The bestselling author reveals how the U.S. financial sector has hijacked our economy and put America�s global future at risk
In American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips warned us of the perilous interaction of debt, financial recklessness, and the increasing cost of scarce oil. The current...
Again, Jean Fritz does such a good job of taking a dry subject and adding life. For instance, I learned that during a break from the Constitution Convention Oliver Ellsworth wrote a letter home about visiting an Egyptian mummy on display in Philadelphia and how he opened it up so he could see what the flesh...
Ex-slave Frederick Douglass's second autobiography-written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor William Lloyd Garrison-catapulted Douglass into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for American blacks, both...