New Arrivals · Politics

July 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Believe me : the Evangelical road to Donald Trump

July 17, 2018
Fea, John, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.
x, 238 pages ; 23 cm
The Evangelical politics of fear -- The playbook -- A short history of Evangelical fear -- The court Evangelicals -- Make America great again.
"Believe me" may be the most commonly used phrase in Donald Trump's lexicon. Whether about building a wall or protecting the Christian heritage, the refrain is constant. And to the surprise of many, about 80% percent of white evangelicals have believed Trump-at least enough to help propel him into the White House. Historian John Fea is not surprised-and in Believe Me he explains how we have arrived at this unprecedented moment in American politics. An evangelical Christian himself, Fea argues that the embrace of Donald Trump is the logical outcome of a long-standing evangelical approach to public life defined by the politics of fear, the pursuit of worldly power, and a nostalgic longing for an American past. In the process, Fea challenges his fellow believers to replace fear with hope, the pursuit of power with humility, and nostalgia with history.

The death of truth : notes on falsehood in the age of Trump

July 13, 2018
Kakutani, Michiko, author.
New York : Tim Duggan Books, 2018.
208 pages : illustration ; 20 cm
The decline and fall of reason -- The new culture wars -- "Moi" and the rise of subjectivity -- The vanishing of reality -- The co-opting of language -- Filters, silos, and tribes -- Attention deficit-- "The firehose of falsehood" : propaganda and fake news -- The Schadenfreude of the trolls.

Liars, leakers, and liberals : the case against the anti-Trump conspiracy

July 13, 2018
Pirro, Jeanine, author.
New York : Center Street, 2018.
274 pages ; 24 cm
The highly respected judge and host of "Judge Jeanine Pirro" shares some of the most outrageous falsehoods she has seen behind the high-profile issues and narratives depicted on her show.

Ballots and bullets : Black Power politics and urban guerrilla warfare in 1968 Cleveland

July 12, 2018
Robenalt, James D., 1956- author.
Chicago, Illinois : Lawrence Hill Books, an imprint of Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2018]
376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Watch yourself, Willie" -- "We will meet violence with violence and lynching with lynching" -- "We will meet physical force with soul force" -- "The hate that hate produced" -- "You nigger pickaninnies, stay out of our schools, this is our neighborhood!"-- "The ballot or the bullet" -- "There's no room for a rifle club named after Medgar Evers" -- "I am on the outside" -- "The Black Stalin" -- "Whatever you fear is what you worship" -- "Their fight is for dignity and work" -- "A daily battle against depression and hopelessness" -- "Hough" -- "Reliability and discretion assured" -- "Blood will flow in the streets" -- "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair" -- "He speaks my views" -- "He desperately needed a victory" -- "As lambs for the slaughter" -- "You should establish their unsavory backgrounds" -- "The voice of madness" -- "Cleveland: NOW!" -- "The good news in American cities is coming out of Cleveland" -- "Having a gun is no crime" -- "Tow truck in trouble" -- "This is only the beginning" -- "Alot of people are going to get killed" -- "The case against Fred Ahmed Evans is weak" -- "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield".

The marginalized majority : claiming our power in a post-truth America

July 11, 2018
Roychoudhuri, Onnesha, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House Publishing, [2018]
xxxvi, 187 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction -- On cynicism -- On objectivity -- Conclusion -- Notes.
"In The Marginalized Majority, Onnesha Roychoudhuri makes the galvanizing case that our voices are already the majority—and that our plurality of identities is not only our greatest strength, but is also at the indisputable core of successful progressive change throughout history."--Amazon.com

Obama : an oral history 2009-2017

July 11, 2018
Abrams, Brian (Journalist), author.
New York : Little A, [2018]
xviii, 506 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This provocative collage of anecdotes, personal reminiscences, and impressions from confidants and critics not only provides an authoritative window into the events that defined an era but also offers the first published account into the making of the forty-fourth president of the United States--one that history will soon not forget."--Back cover.

The Poisoned City : Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

July 10, 2018
Clark, Anna (Anna Leigh), author.
©2018
305 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Prologue -- Part I: Taught by thirst -- The well -- Corrosion -- Revelations -- Saturation -- Part II: Divination -- Alchemy -- Citizen/science -- Meditations in an emergency -- Blood -- Part III: Water's perfect memory -- Switchback -- Legion -- Truth and reconciliation -- Genesis -- Epilogue.
"Recounts the gripping story of Flint's poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure"-- Provided by publisher.

Against the grain : bombthrowing in the fine American tradition of political cartooning

July 9, 2018
Sanders, Bill, 1933- author.
©2018
xiii, 218 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Springfield, Tennessee -- Odyssey -- WKU: football, art, music & brotherhood -- Korea and the Herblock epiphany -- Sayonara, Korea -- The buffalo's nose -- Dot Smith and Abraham Lincoln -- Hot roast beef and civil wrongs -- North Carolina and Terry Sanford -- Hollywood and Jayne Mansfield -- John Kennedy -- Detour to Kansas City -- Harry Truman -- Extremism in defense of... -- The ultimate extremist act -- For whom the bell tolls -- Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society -- On to Wisconsin -- Vietnam, up close and personal -- Ours not to reason why -- Watergate and beyond -- In the eye of the beholder -- Do you know what IT means... -- Enter stage right -- Hiatus, then George W. Bush -- The road to Iraq -- The government we deserve.

How Hitler was made : Germany and the rise of the perfect Nazi

July 9, 2018
Taylor, Cory, author.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2018.
295 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The horror of war -- The great deception -- A revolution led by German Jews -- The opposition stirs -- The death of idealism -- The Soviet Republic -- The counterrevolution -- Hitler in Austria -- The right-wing talent search -- Launch of the NSDAP [Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei] -- The shift to the right -- A state of emergency -- Hitler's expanding circle -- Delusions of grandeur -- Hitler's competitors -- The Beer Hall Putsch -- The trial -- Man of providence -- Epilogue.
"Focusing on German society immediately following the First World War, this vivid historical narrative explains how fake news and political uproar influenced Hitler and put him on the path toward dictatorial power." -- Amazon.com.

Rendezvous with oblivion : reports from a sinking society

July 9, 2018
Frank, Thomas, 1965- author.
©2018
viii, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction : The first shall be first -- Part 1: Many vibrant mansions -- Servile disobedience -- The architecture of inequality -- Home of the whopper -- Meet the DYKWIAs -- Dead end on shakin' street -- Part 2: Too smart to fail -- Academy fight song -- A matter of degrees -- Course corrections -- Part 3: The poverty of centrism -- Beltway trifecta -- The animatronic presidency -- Bully pulpit -- The powers that were -- Part 4: The explosion -- Why millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump -- Rendezvous with oblivion -- How the Democrats could win again, if they wanted -- Main Street USA -- America made great again.
"What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of economic triumph, America's winners presuade themselves that they owe nothing to the rest of the country? In this collection of interlocking essays, Thomas Frank takes us on a wide-ranging tour through present-day America, showing us a society in the late stages of disintegration and describing the worlds of both the winners and the losers."--Book jacket.

How not to get shot : and other advice from white people

July 5, 2018
Hughley, D. L. (Darryl L.), 1963- author, narrator.
©2018
vii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Part I: How not to get shot by the police. Comply with police orders ; Don't talk back ; Don't break the law! ; You have to understand: cops are scared ; Do be an angel ; Don't drive like a suspect ; If you do get shot, don't rush to judgment ; The real way to not get shot by police -- Part II: How to look. Don't match the description ; How to dress less threatening ; Don't have gang tattoos ; How to do your hair -- Part III: How to act. How to be nice and quiet ; What kind of music should you listen to? ; Stop making white people say the n-word ; How to not come from a single-parent household ; What to name your kids ; How to get a job ; Stop taking handouts ; How to move into a white neighborhood -- Part IV: Understanding white people. What kind of black people do white people like? ; Your bill of rights ; "I'm not racist, I have black friends" ; How not to be a reverse racist ; How not to play the race card ; End white-on-white crime! ; How to make white food -- Part V: Tidbits of advice for white people from black people. It's hard being white, but try to make do ; Pay attention to signs.
Legendary African American activist-comedian D. L. Hughley uses satire to draw attention to white privilege and racial injustice, sardonically offering an illustrated how-to guide for black people, full of insight from white people, about how to act, dress, speak, walk, and drive in the safest manner possible.

The monarchy of fear : a philosopher looks at our political crisis

July 5, 2018
Nussbaum, Martha Craven, 1947- author.
©2018
xviii, 249 pages ; 21 cm
Fear, early and powerful -- Anger, child of fear -- Fear-driven disgust : the politics of exclusion -- Envy's empire -- A toxic brew : sexism and misogyny -- Hope, love, vision.
"From one of the world's most celebrated moral philosophers comes a thorough examination of the current political crisis and recommendations for how to mend our divided country. For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her attention to the current political crisis that has polarized American since the 2016 election. Although today's atmosphere is marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalization has produced feelings of powerlessness in millions of people in the West. That sense of powerlessness bubbles into resentment and blame. Blame of immigrants. Blame of Muslims. Blame of other races. Blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame is exemplified by the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues it can be found on all sides of the political spectrum, left or right. Drawing on a mix of historical and contemporary examples, from classical Athens to the musical Hamilton, The Monarchy of Fear untangles this web of feelings and provides a roadmap of where to go next."--Amazon.com.

The fall of Wisconsin : the conservative conquest of a progressive bastion and the future of American politics

July 5, 2018
Kaufman, Dan, 1970- author.
©2018
319 pages ; 25 cm
Prologue -- The people's home -- Divide and conquer -- The last deer on earth -- The model for the country -- Worker against worker -- The seventh fire -- Which shall rule, wealth or man? -- Epilogue.
"For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government. It famously served as a 'laboratory of democracy,' a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, which championed expertise in the service of the common good. But following a Republican sweep of the state's government in 2010, Wisconsin's political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election, elevating Donald J. Trump to the presidency. The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the state's progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country. Dan Kaufman, a Wisconsin native who has been covering the story for several years, traces the history of progressivism that made Wisconsin so widely admired, from the work of celebrated politicians like Robert 'Fighting Bob' La Follette and Gaylord Nelson, to local traditions like Milwaukee's 'sewer socialism,' to the conservationist ideas of Aldo Leopold and the state's Native American tribes. Kaufman reveals how the 'divide-and-conquer' strategy of Governor Scott Walker and his allies pitted Wisconsin's citizens against one another so powerful corporations and wealthy donors could effectively take control of state government. As a result, laws protecting voting rights, labor unions, the environment, and public education were rapidly dismantled."--Provided by publisher.

The prison letters of Nelson Mandela

July 5, 2018
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013, author.
©2018
xv, 620 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Pretoria Local Prison, November 1962-May 1963 -- Robben Island Maximum Security Prison, May 1963-June 1963 -- Robben Island Maximum Security Prison, June 1964-March 1982 -- Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, March 1982-August 1988 -- Tygerberg Hospital & Constantiaberg MediClinic, August-December 1988 -- Victor Verster Prison, December 1988-February 1990.
"An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth. Arrested in 1962 as South Africa's apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters, many of which have never been published, provide exceptional insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits while living in almost complete isolation, and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight. Organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which he was held as a sentenced prisoner, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial. In 1964, Mandela was taken to Robben Island Prison, where a stark existence was lightened only by visits and letters from family. After eighteen years, Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, a large complex outside of Cape Town with beds and better food, but where he and four of his comrades were confined to a rooftop cell, apart from the rest of the prison population. Finally, Mandela was taken to Victor Verster Prison in 1988, where he was held until his release on February 11, 1990. With accompanying facsimiles of some of his actual letters, this landmark volume reveals how Mandela, a lawyer by training, advocated for prisoners' human rights. It reveals him to be a loving father, who wrote to his daughter, "I sometimes wish science could invent miracles and make my daughter get her missing birthday cards and have the pleasure of knowing that her Pa loves her," aware that photos and letters he sent had simply disappeared. More painful still are the letters written in 1969, when Mandela--forbidden from attending the funerals of his mother and his son Thembi--was reduced to consoling family members through correspondence. Yet, what emerges most powerfully is Mandela's unfaltering optimism: "Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark & grim, who try over and & over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation & even defeat." Whether providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary punishment. Ultimately, these letters position Mandela as one of the most inspiring figures of the twentieth century"-- Publisher's website.

1968 : radical protest and its enemies

July 3, 2018
Vinen, Richard, author.
©2018
xvii, 446 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The year 1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary—around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. Others were more easily contained, but had profound longer-term implications—terrorist groups, feminist collectives, gay rights activists could all trace important roots to 1968. 1968 is a striking and original attempt half a century later to show how these events, which in some ways still seem so current, stemmed from histories and societies which are in practice now extraordinarily remote from our own time. 1968 pursues the story into the 1970s to show both the ever more violent forms of radicalization that stemmed from 1968 and the brutal reaction that brought the era to an end." -- Amazon.com.

We are the Clash : Reagan, Thatcher, and the last stand of a band that mattered

July 3, 2018
Andersen, Mark, author.
©2018
374 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The Clash was a paradox of revolutionary conviction, musical ambition, and commercial drive. We Are The Clash is a gripping tale of the band's struggle to reinvent itself as George Orwell's 1984 loomed. This bold campaign crashed headlong into a wall of internal contradictions and rising right-wing power. While the world teetered on edge of the nuclear abyss, British miners waged a life-or-death strike, and tens of thousands died from US guns in Central America, Clash cofounders Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, and Bernard Rhodes waged a desperate last stand after ejecting guitarist Mick Jones and drummer Topper Headon. The band shattered just as its controversial final album, Cut the Crap, was emerging. Andersen and Heibutzki weave together extensive archival research and in-depth original interviews with virtually all of the key players involved to tell a moving story of idealism undone by human frailty amid a climatic turning point for our world." -- Publisher's description.

100 plays for the first hundred days

July 2, 2018
Parks, Suzan-Lori, author.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2018.
93 pages ; 22 cm
In reaction to the extraordinary events of the first hundred days of the presidency of Donald J. Trump, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has created a unique and personal response to one of the most tumultuous times in our recent history--a play diary for each day of the presidency, to capture and explore the events as they unfolded. Known for her distinctive lyrical dialogue and powerful sociopolitical themes, Parks's 100 Plays for the First Hundred Days is the powerful and provocative everyman's guide to the Trumpian universe of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos.

A bite-sized history of France : gastronomic tales of revolution, war, and enlightenment

July 2, 2018
Henaut, Stéphane, author.
New York, NY : New Press, 2018.
ix, 333 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Our ancestors, the Gauls -- The virgin of the kidney -- Barbarians at the plate -- Ode to gluttony -- Left behind : the goats of Poitou -- The sweetest king -- They came from the sea -- Feudal fare -- Of monks and men -- Fighting for plums -- The wine that got away -- The vegetarian heresy -- A papal red -- The white gold of Guérande -- Legacy of a black prince -- The vinegar of the four thieves -- The cheese of emperors and mad kings -- La dame de beauté and the mushroom mystery -- Fruits of the Renaissance -- The mother sauces -- Conquest and chocolate -- The culinary contributions of Madame Serpent -- A chicken in every pot -- The chestnut insurgency -- The bitter roots of sugar -- The liquor of the gods -- The crescent controversy -- War and peas -- The Devil's wine -- An enlightened approach to food -- Revolution in the cafés -- Pain d'égalité -- The potato propagandist -- The pyramid provocation -- The man who abolished the seasons -- The fifth crêpe -- The king of cheeses -- A revolutionary banquet -- The end of the oyster express -- Revelation in a bottle -- The curse of the green fairy -- Siege gastronomy -- The peanut patrimony -- Gastronomads on the sun road -- A friend in difficult hours -- A mutiny and a laughing cow -- "Bread, peace, and liberty" : the socialist baguette -- Couscous : the assimilation (or not) of empire -- The forgotten vegetables -- Canon Kir joins the resistance -- France and the United States : from liberation to exasperation -- Conclusion.
"A French cheesemonger and an American academic and ex-pat join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bourdain, Peter Mayle, and Pamela Druckerman"-- Provided by publisher.

The moral imagination : from Adam Smith to Lionel Trilling

June 28, 2018
Himmelfarb, Gertrude.
Lanham [Md.] : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2012.
xii, 313 pages ; 23 cm
Adam Smith: political economist cum moral philosopher -- Edmund Burke: apologist for Judaism? -- George Eliot: the wisdom of Dorothea -- Jane Austen: the education of Emma -- Charles Dickens: "a low writer" -- Benjamin Disraeli: the Tory imagination -- John Stuart Mill: the other Mill -- Walter Bagehot: a divided nature -- Lord Acton: the historian as moralist -- Alfred Marshall: the economics of chivalry -- John Buchan: an untimely appreciation -- The Knoxes: a God-haunted family -- Michael Oakeshott: the conservative disposition -- Winston Churchill: quite simply, a great man -- Lionel Trilling: the moral imagination.

The great revolt : inside the populist coalition reshaping American politics

June 28, 2018
Zito, Salena, author.
©2018
x, 309 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Hidden in plain sight -- Red-blooded and blue-collared -- Perot-istas -- Rough rebounders -- Girl gun power -- Rotary reliables -- King Cyrus Christians -- Silent suburban moms -- A culture craving respect -- Pragmatism before ideology -- Localism, not globalism -- What comes next.
"Standout syndicated columnist and CNN contributor Salena Zito, with veteran Republican strategist Brad Todd, reports across five swing states and over 27,000 miles to answer the pressing question: Was Donald Trump's election a fluke or did it represent a fundamental shift in the electorate that will have repercussions--for Republicans and Democrats--for years to come. The history of the American electorate is not a litany of flukes; instead it is a pattern of tectonic plate-grinding, punctuated by a landscape-altering earthquake every generation or so. Donald Trump's electoral coalition is smashing both American political parties and its previously impenetrable political news media.The political experts called the 2016 election wrong and in the wake of the 2016 election surprise, the experts have continued to blow it - looking to predict the coming demise of the President without pausing to consider the durability of the trends and winds that swept him into office. The Great Revolt delves deep into the minds and hearts of the voters the make up this coalition. What emerges is a group of citizens who cannot be described by terms like "angry," "male," "rural," or the often-used "racist." They span job descriptions, income brackets, education levels, and party allegiances. What unites them is their desire to be part of a movement larger than themselves that puts pragmatism before ideology, localism before globalism, and demands the respect it deserve from Washington. Zito and Todd have traveled on over 27,000 miles of country roads to interview more than 300 Trump voters in 10 swing counties. What they have discovered is that these voters were hiding in plain sight--ignored by both parties, the media, and the political experts all at once, ready to unite into the movement that spawned the greatest upset in recent electoral history. Deeply rooted in the culture of these Midwestern swing states, Zito and Brad Todd reframe the discussion of the "Trump voter" to answer the question: What next?"-- Provided by publisher.

Out of the wreckage : a new politics for an age of crisis

June 28, 2018
Monbiot, George, 1963- author.
©2018
214 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
A story of our times -- A captive audience -- Don't look back -- Alienation -- Belonging -- Our economy -- Framing the economy -- Our politics -- Making it happen -- Conclusion: the politics of belonging.

You're more powerful than you think : a citizen guide to making change happen

June 28, 2018
Liu, Eric, author.
New York : Public Affairs, [2018]
xv, 222 pages ; 21 cm
Prologue: Immokalee and Pottersville -- The age of citizen power -- How to understand power -- How to practice power -- The why of power -- Epilogue: They/we.
This is an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. From the fracturing of the major political parties, to the spread of bottom-up movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, citizens across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power. It is no longer the exclusive domain of CEOs, political elites, and insiders from either political party. And the question that today's rising citizens have to face is: Are you ready? Do you understand power? And if you want to make change in the world, do you know how? The answers to all these questions are provided in Eric Liu's book. In its pages, Liu lays out the elements and the strategies of citizen power, showing when to create a hashtag, when to call your Congressman, and when to take to the streets. (When you go, don't forget your camera.) Above all, Liu reminds us that *someone* always has power, which means if you're not participating, you're surrendering. Published in the early days of a new presidency, this book is not just a manual for power but an inspiring call to action. As Liu shows, voting is just one way of inciting change. So is protesting. What happens after the election, and after the march through the streets, is the real test of whether we the people can truly be we the powerful.

The price of greatness : Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the creation of American oligarchy

June 26, 2018
Cost, Jay, author.
©2018
ix, 235 pages ; 25 cm
The great desideratum -- One great American system -- Doing full justice -- The tool and the tyrant -- Vexations and spoliation -- Metaphysical war -- Intrigue and corruption -- The vilest of cheats.
"In the history of American politics there are few stories as enigmatic as that of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison's bitterly personal falling out. Together they helped bring the Constitution into being, yet soon after the new republic was born they broke over the meaning of its founding document. Hamilton emphasized economic growth, Madison the importance of republican principles. Jay Cost is the first to argue that both men were right--and that their quarrel reveals a fundamental paradox at the heart of the American experiment. He shows that each man in his own way came to accept corruption as a necessary cost of growth. The Price of Greatness reveals the trade-off that made the United States the richest nation in human history, and that continues to fracture our politics to this day."--Amazon.

Uncivil agreement : how politics became our identity

June 26, 2018
Mason, Lilliana, author.
©2018
viii, 183 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Identity-based democracy -- Using old words in new ways -- A brief history of social sorting -- Partisan prejudice -- Socially sorted parties -- The outrage and elation of partisan sorting -- Activism for the wrong reasons -- Can we fix it?
Political polarization in America is at an all-time high, and the conflict has moved beyond disagreements about matters of policy. Research has shown that, for the first time in more than twenty years, majorities of both parties hold strongly unfavorable views of their opponents. This is polarization rooted in social identity, and it is growing. The campaign and election of Donald Trump laid bare this fact of the American electorate, its successful rhetoric of "us versus them" tapping into a powerful current of anger and resentment. Lilliana Mason looks at the growing social gulf between the two major political parties along racial, religious, and cultural lines. She argues that group identifications have changed the way we think and feel about ourselves and our opponents. Even when Democrats and Republicans can agree on policy outcomes, they tend to view one another with distrust and to work for party victory over all else. Although the polarizing effects of social divisions have simplified our electoral choices and increased political engagement, they have not been a force that is, on balance, helpful for American democracy--back cover.

Troll nation : how the right became Trump-worshipping monsters set on ratf*cking liberals, America, and truth itself

June 26, 2018
Marcotte, Amanda, author.
New York : Hot Books, 2018.
xix, 185 pages : 24 cm.
Political correctness -- Whose political correctness? -- Women -- The environment -- Health care -- Guns -- Race -- Conspiracy theories -- The media -- Will there be an end to trolling?

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