The Crisis in America

Top 10 The Crisis in America : Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta, Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, Light Under the House, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America, The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
AuthorEric Schlosser
Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but here Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry...
C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
AuthorJeff Sharlet
C Street - where piety, politics, and corruption meet

Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have reported from inside the C Street House, the Fellowship residence known simply by its Washington, DC address. The house has lately been the scene of notorious political scandal, but more crucially...
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
AuthorTimothy Snyder
A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism.

On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates...
AuthorGore Vidal
When Gore Vidal's recent New York Times bestseller Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace was published, the Los Angeles Times described Vidal as the last defender of the American republic. In Dreaming War, Vidal continues this defense by confronting the Cheney-Bush junta head on in a series of devastating...
AuthorGlenn Greenwald
A takedown of the GOP's deceitful propaganda machine from the hugely popular blogger of's Unclaimed Territory and the author of the New York Times bestsellers How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy.
Long since Americans were wooed by images of Ronald Reagan astride a horse, complete...
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
AuthorNaomi Klein
In her ground-breaking reporting from Iraq, Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations. She called it "disaster capitalism." Covering Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, and New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed...
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
AuthorSusan Faludi
Skillfully Probing the Attack on Women’s Rights

“Opting-out,” “security moms,” “desperate housewives,” “the new baby fever”—the trend stories of 2006 leave no doubt that American women are still being barraged by the same backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly...
Light Under the House
AuthorAaron L.
Sarai Ravensbrook has never known power. She has never been in control of anything in her world. She has lived in the shadow of her stepfather and uncle's abuses to both her mind and body. All she has ever wanted was to have what was hers, to control her own destiny. But when a beautiful and mysterious woman...
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
AuthorChris Hedges
Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses,...
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
AuthorGore Vidal
Gore Vidal was a brilliant writer and political analyst. His insights into the ways in which powerful corporations dictate the spectrum of dialog in the United States remain pertinent, as do his many indictments of the failure of the Democrats to live up to their unmerited reputation as the "progressive...
AuthorJohn Updike
The Coup describes violent events in the imaginary African nation of Kush, a large, landlocked, drought-ridden, sub-Saharan country led by Colonel Hakim Félix Ellelloû. (“A leader,” writes Colonel Ellelloû, “is one who, out of madness or goodness, takes upon himself the woe of a people....
The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and our Health—and a Vision for Change
AuthorAnnie Leonard
We have a problem with Stuff. With just 5 percent of the world's population, we're consuming 30 percent of the world's resources and creating 30 percent of the world's waste. If everyone consumed at U.S. rates, we would need three to five planets! This alarming fact drove Annie Leonard to create the Internet...
Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate
AuthorNaomi Klein
Naomi Klein's No Logo is an international bestselling phenomenon. Winner of Le Prix Mediations (France), and of the National Business Book Award (Canada) it has been translated into 21 languages and published in 25 countries.

Named one of Ms Magazine's Women of Year in 2001, and declared...
Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
AuthorJonathan Kozol
The children in this book defy the stereotypes of urban youth too frequently presented by the media. Tender, generous and often religiously devout, they speak with eloquence and honesty about the poverty and racial isolation that have wounded but not hardened them. The book does not romanticize or...
AuthorStephanie Kaza
At one time or another, most of us have experienced an all-consuming desire for a material object, a desire so strong that it seems like we couldn't possibly be happy without buying this thing. Yet, when we give in to this impulse, we often find ourselves feeling frustrated and empty. Advertisers, of...
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
AuthorWilliam Blum
"Bravo! A vivid, well-aimed critique of the evils of US global interventionism, a superb antidote to officialdom's lies and propaganda."-Michael Parenti "Rogue State forcibly reminds us of Vice President Agnew's immortal line, 'The United States, for all its faults, is still the greatest nation...
Letter to a Christian Nation
AuthorSam Harris
In response to The End of Faith, Sam Harris received thousands of letters from Christians excoriating him for not believing in God. Letter to A Christian Nation is his reply. Using rational argument, Harris offers a measured refutation of the beliefs that form the core of fundamentalist Christianity....
Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
AuthorJonathan Kozol
Two cases of mothers lying about where they reside in order to get their young children into better school districts have made news recently. In Ohio in January, Kelley Williams-Bolar was sentenced to 10 days in county jail and three years probation for enrolling her children in the Copley-Fairlawn...
A People's History of the United States
AuthorHoward Zinn
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...
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