New Arrivals · Politics

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Trump Presidency

March 12, 2020
Allen, John, 1957- author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc. [2020]
79 pages: color illustrations ; 24 cm
A Combative Style -- Reversing Course in Foreign Policy -- Illegal Immigration and Building the Wall -- Tax Cuts and Tariffs for the Economy -- Controversy on the Environment.
"From the beginning Trump's presidency has been marked bychaos. Despite the turmoil, President Trump has presided over solid accomplishments."--Provided by publisher.

A citizen's guide to beating Donald Trump

March 11, 2020
Plouffe, David, author.
[New York] : Viking, [2020]
xxiii, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Plouffe addresses the many things individuals can do in 2020 in order to turn Donald Trump out of the Oval Office. His message is simple: the only way change happens is one human being talking to another. It won't happen because of debates and conventions; it will happen because citizens take action.

Anger is my middle name : a memoir

March 10, 2020
Andersen, Lisbeth Zornig, 1968- author.
Seattle : Amazon Crossing, 2020.
xvii, 203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Previously published as Zornig, vrede er mit mellemnavn by Gyldendal A/S in Denmark in 2011."
Born to a violently dysfunctional home in working-class Denmark, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her three older brothers were bounced between foster care and state-run institutions, then back again to their chemically dependent mother and sadistic stepfather. For Lisbeth, it was a childhood without perimeters. It was blighted by poverty, sexual abuse, neglect, betrayal, and further victimization by the broken Danish social services system that forced Lisbeth to live where and how it saw fit. Coming of age with a myriad of fears and emotional disorders, Lisbeth had three things that would become driving forces in her life: she was extraordinarily bright, extremely willful, and exceptionally angry. From hell to liberation, this is Lisbeth's emotional and galvanizing memoir told in two voices: that of a young girl who was unwanted, challenged, and defiant, and that of a woman who channeled her rage into a positive force as a passionate advocate for children's rights. Whatever darkness defines the past, it can be used to change the future. Lisbeth's heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting journey is proof.

The firsts : the inside story of the women reshaping Congress

March 10, 2020
Steinhauer, Jennifer, 1968- author.
Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2020.
262 pages ; 24 cm
"A behind-the-scenes look at the historic cohort of diverse, young, and groundbreaking women newly elected to the House of Representatives in 2018 as they arrive in Washington, DC, and start working for change."--Provided by publisher.

The power worshippers : inside the dangerous rise of religious nationalism

March 10, 2020
Stewart, Katherine, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
342 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction -- Church and party in Unionville -- Minister in to power -- Inventing abortion -- The mind of a warrior -- Up from slavery : the ideological origins of Christian nationalism -- The uses and abuses of history -- The blitz : turning the states into laboratories of theocracy -- Converting the flock to data -- Proselytizers and privatizers -- Theocracy from the bench, or how to establish religion in the name of "religious liberty" -- Controlling bodies : what "religious liberty" looks like from the stretcher -- The global holy war comes of age -- Epilogue.
For too long the Religious Right has masqueraded as a social movement preoccupied with a number of cultural issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In her deeply reported investigation, Katherine Stewart reveals a disturbing truth: this is a political movement that seeks to gain power and to impose its vision on all of society. America's religious nationalists aren't just fighting a culture war, they are waging a political war on the norms and institutions of American democracy. Stewart pulls back the curtain on the inner workings and leading personalities of a movement that has turned religion into a tool for domination. She exposes a dense network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations embedded in a rapidly expanding community of international alliances and united not by any central command but by a shared, anti-democratic vision and a common will to power. She follows the money that fuels this movement, tracing much of it to a cadre of super-wealthy, ultraconservative donors and family foundations. She shows that today's Christian nationalism is the fruit of a longstanding antidemocratic, reactionary strain of American thought that draws on some of the most troubling episodes in America's past. It forms common cause with a globe-spanning movement that seeks to destroy liberal democracy and replace it with nationalist, theocratic and autocratic forms of government around the world. Religious nationalism is far more organized and better funded than most people realize. It seeks to control all aspects of government and society. Its successes have been stunning, and its influence now extends to every aspect of American life, from the White House to state capitols, from our schools to our hospitals.

Dorothy Day : dissenting voice of the American century

March 9, 2020
Loughery, John. author.
©2020
436 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- Awakenings -- Causes -- Moorings -- Ardor -- Contentment -- Called to God -- Purpose -- Hospitality -- Challenge -- Prelude -- War -- Burdens -- Revival -- Resistance -- Pacem in Terris -- Burning -- Journeys -- Endings -- Deo Gratias --Postscript -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliography -- Notes -- Index.
"The first full-length biography of its subject in forty years, this book separates the myths from the facts about America's most radical pacifist, critic of US foreign policy, Catholic activist. Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century is the life story of the American icon Pope Francis I mentioned alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Lincoln for her revolutionary aspirations to a more humane and sustainable future." front book flap.

We are not here to be bystanders : a memoir of love and resistance

March 9, 2020
Sarsour, Linda, 1980- author.
©2020
xii, 253 pages ; 24 cm
"Women's March co-organizer Linda Sarsour shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized and celebrated activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country"--Provided by publisher.

Every drop of blood : the momentous second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

March 9, 2020
Achorn, Edward, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020.
xxxvi, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subtitle from pre-publication: Hatred and healing at Lincoln's second inauguration.
Bloody Gashes on the Face of Heaven -- One and a Half Times Bigger -- A Message from Grant -- The Real Precious and Royal Ones -- Meditation on the Divine Will -- Public Sentiment Is Everything -- Indefinable Fascination -- The Blighting Pestilence -- There Was Murder in the Air -- A Future with Hope in It -- Andy Ain't a Drunkard -- An Excellent Chance to Kill the President -- With Malice toward None -- A Truth That Needed to Be Told -- A Sacred Effort -- Epilogue: The Stuff to Carry Them Through.
"By March 4, 1865, the Civil War had slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans and left intractable wounds on the nation. That day, after a morning of rain-drenched fury, tens of thousands crowded Washington's Capitol grounds to see Abraham Lincoln take the oath for a second term. As the sun emerged, Lincoln rose to give perhaps the greatest inaugural address in American history, stunning the nation by arguing, in a brief 701 words, that both sides had been wrong, and that the war's unimaginable horrors-every drop of blood spilled-might well have been God's just verdict on the national sin of slavery. Edward Achorn reveals the nation's capital on that momentous day-with its mud, sewage, and saloons, its prostitutes, spies, reporters, social-climbing spouses, and power-hungry politicians-as a microcosm of all the opposing forces that had driven the country apart. Achorn weaves together the stories of the host of characters, unknown and famous, that had converged on Washington-from grievously wounded Union colonel Selden Connor in a Washington hospital, embarrassingly drunk new vice president Andrew Johnson, and poet-journalist Walt Whitman, to soldiers' advocate Clara Barton, African American leader Frederick Douglass (who called the speech "a sacred effort"), and conflicted actor John Wilkes Booth-all swirling around the complex figure of Lincoln. In indelible scenes, Achorn vividly captures the frenzy in the nation's capital at this crucial moment in America's history and the tension-filled hope and despair afflicting the country as a whole, soon to be heightened by Lincoln's assassination. His story offers new understanding of our great national crisis, and echoes down the decades to resonate in our own time"-- Provided by publisher.

The hacker and the state : cyber attacks and the new normal of geopolitics

March 5, 2020
Buchanan, Ben (Writer on cybersecurity), author.
©2020
412 pages ; 22 cm
Part one. Espionage: Exploiting home-field advantage -- Defeating encryption -- Building a backdoor -- Strategic espionage -- Counterintelligence -- Part two. Attack: Strategic sabotage -- Targeted disruption -- Coercion -- Testing and demonstration -- Part three. Destabilization: Election interference -- Exposure -- Theft, ransom, and manipulation -- Widespread disruption.
"The threat of cyberwar can feel like something out of a movie: nuclear codes hacked, powerplants melting down, immediate crisis. In reality, state-sponsored hacking looks nothing like this. It's covert, insidious, and constant. Ben Buchanan reveals the cyberwar that's already here, reshaping the global contest for geopolitical advantage"-- Provided by publisher.

The nation city : why mayors are now running the world

March 4, 2020
Emanuel, Rahm, 1959- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
235 pages ; 22 cm
An education -- The nation city -- How did we get here? -- The rise of cities -- The prospects -- Leading lights -- The "right" mayors -- Chicago (Home Sweet Home) -- International mayors -- Cities, waterfronts, and riverwalks -- Horizontal networks -- The future.
Cities are the most ancient political institutions, dating back thousands of year-- and they have reemerged as the nation-states of our time. Mayors are accountable to their voters to a greater degree than any other elected officials. Emanuel, himself a two-term mayor of Chicago, illuminates how progressives and centrists alike can best accomplish their goals by focusing their energies on local politics. He provides examples to show how cities are improving education, infrastructure, job conditions, and environmental policy at a local level. -- adapted from jacket

The storm before the calm : America's discord, the coming crisis of the 2020s, and the triumph beyond

March 2, 2020
Friedman, George, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2020]
xiii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The American regime and a restless nation -- The land--a place called America -- The American people -- How America changes -- How geopolitics frames the 2020s -- The institutional cycles and war -- The socio-economic cycles -- First tremors of the coming storm -- The crisis of the 2020s--a clashing of cycles -- The 2020s crisis in technology and education -- Beyond the storm -- Conclusion: The American age.
"The master geopolitical forecaster and New York Times bestselling author of The Next 100 Years focuses on the United States, predicting how the 2020s will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture"-- Provided by publisher.

Washington's end : the final years and forgotten struggle

March 2, 2020
Horn, Jonathan, 1982- author.
©2020
xi, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Washington's End begins where most biographies of George Washington leave off, with the first president exiting office after eight years and entering what would become the most bewildering stage of his life. Embittered by partisan criticism and eager to return to his farm, Washington assumed a role for which there was no precedent at a time when the kings across the ocean yielded their crowns only upon losing their heads. In a different sense, Washington would lose his head, too. In this riveting read, bestselling author Jonathan Horn reveals that the quest to surrender power proved more difficult than Washington imagined and brought his life to an end he never expected. The statesman who had staked his legacy on withdrawing from public life would feud with his successors and find himself drawn back into military command. The patriarch who had dedicated his life to uniting his country would leave his name to a new capital city destined to become synonymous with political divisions.

American disruptor : the scandalous life of Leland Stanford

March 2, 2020
De Wolk, Roland, 1953- author.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
xvii, 299 pages, 23 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The life of Leland Stanford reads like a tall tale of the Old West. Born in a country tavern in upstate New York, Stanford followed the Gold Rush to California, became a successful businessman, and invested in railroads. He then made headway into politics, becoming governor of California and later a US senator. As president of the Central Pacific Railroad, Stanford brought the locomotive Jupiter to preside over the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, which led contemporaries to liken him to the namesake Roman god. He then founded one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Stanford lived large and bold, amassing an astonishing fortune, only to die on the brink of bankruptcy. In American Disruptor, Roland De Wolk balances the accomplishments of this quintessential self-made American man with the darker aspects of his life. He shows how Stanford used high public office to steal taxpayer money, only to squander it on mansions, racehorses, jewels, and vast landholdings. Even the eponymous university in Silicon Valley that bears his name, created from the largest private university endowment of all time, was born of tragedy, a memorial to Stanford's fifteen-year-old son who died from typhoid fever. Following his death, his wife struggled to keep the fledgling university afloat, only to be murdered under mysterious circumstances. Although deeply conservative in belief and style, Leland Stanford's life was one of almost unparalleled risk, failure, and reward."--Provided by publisher.

Rage baking : the transformative power of flour, fury, and women's voices

March 2, 2020
Gunst, Kathy, author.
New York : Tiller Press, 2020.
xxv, 181 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / Stephanie Schriock, President of Emily's List -- Introduction / Kathy Gunst -- Raging Ingredients -- Raging equipment -- A greener kitchen -- Sugar and spice and done being nice: cookies, bars, and bites -- Whisk, fold, knead, rise up: breads -- Bake down the patriarchy: cakes -- Comfort with a helping of righteous rage: puddings and custards -- No more humble pie: Crumbles, pies, and tarts -- Mail-order rage.
"Rage Baking will offer over 50 cookie, cake, tart, and pie recipes as well as inspirational short stories/reflections/interviews with well-known bakers, and impassioned women and activists who have found a voice in and out of the kitchen, such as celebrity, cookbook author and activist Chrissy Teigen, actress and activist Maya Rudolph, Rebecca Traister (author of the bestselling book, Good and Mad), and comedian and political commentator Samantha Bee"-- Provided by publisher.

Election meltdown : dirty tricks, distrust, and the threat to American democracy

February 28, 2020
Hasen, Richard L., author.
©2020
xi, 187 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The new voting wars -- The icicle -- The weakest link -- Dirty tricks -- "Stolen" -- Surviving 2020 and beyond.
"As the 2020 presidential campaign begins to take shape, there is widespread distrust of the fairness and accuracy of American elections. In this timely and accessible book, Richard L. Hasen uses riveting stories illustrating four factors increasing the mistrust. Taking into account how each of these threats has manifested in recent years--most notably in the 2016 and 2018 elections--Hasen offers concrete steps that need to be taken to restore trust in American elections before the democratic process is completely undermined."--Provided by publisher.

Un-Trumping America : a plan to make America a democracy again

February 28, 2020
Pfeiffer, Dan, author.
New York ; Boston : Twelve, 2020.
xx, 273 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Dan Pfeiffer worked for nearly twenty years at the center of Democratic politics, from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill to Barack Obama's White House. But it was Trump's victory and Republicans' incessant aiding and abetting of Trumpism that has radicalized his thinking. Here, Pfeiffer urges Democrats to embrace bold solutions--from fixing the courts to abolishing the electoral college to eliminating the filibuster--in order to make America more democratic (and Democratic). Un-Trumping America is a powerful call for Democrats and progressives to get smarter, tougher, and more aggressive without becoming a paler shade of orange"--Dust jacket flap.

The populist's guide to 2020 : a new Right and a new Left are rising

February 28, 2020
Ball, Krystal, author.
Washington, D.C. : Strong Arm Press, [2020]
243 pages ; 23 cm

The ones we've been waiting for : how a new generation of leaders will transform America

February 27, 2020
Alter, Charlotte, author.
[New York] : Viking, [2020]
xx, 344 pages ; 24 cm
"A new generation is stepping up. There are now twenty-six millennials in Congress--a fivefold increase gained in the 2018 midterms alone. They are governing Midwestern cities and college towns, running for city councils, and serving in state legislatures. They are acting urgently on climate change (because they are going to live it); they care deeply about student debt (because they have it); they are utilizing big tech but still want to regulate it (because they understand how it works). In The Ones We've Been Waiting For, TIME correspondent Charlotte Alter defines the class of young leaders who are remaking the nation--how grappling with 9/11 as teens, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, occupying Wall Street and protesting with Black Lives Matter, and shouldering their way into a financially rigged political system has shaped the people who will govern the future. Through the experiences of millennial leaders--from progressive firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to Republican up-and-comer Elise Stefanik--Charlotte Alter gives the big-picture look at how this generation governs differently than their elders, and how they may drag us out of our current political despair. Millennials have already revolutionized technology, commerce, and media and have powered the major social movements of our time. Now government is ripe for disruption. The Ones We've Been Waiting For is a hopeful glimpse into a bright new generation of political leaders, and what America might look like when they are in charge"-- Provided by publisher.

Code red : how progressives and moderates can unite to save our country

February 27, 2020
Dionne, E. J., Jr., author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2020.
viii, 262 pages ; 22 cm
The power of 60 million votes : understanding what the 2018 election taught us -- Missing in action : radicalized Republicans and the problem with bipartisanship -- Progressivism's crooked path : a short history of circular firing squads and enduring achievements -- Are the socialists coming? : the collapse of the Reagan consensus and the urgency of economic renewal -- The Clinton and Obama legacies : the unfinished work and blind spots of two successful presidencies -- Getting from here to there : visionary gradualism and the economics of dignity -- Out of many... what, exactly? : the politics of recognition and the politics of class -- "Take back control" : nationalism, patriotism, and solidarity -- Who in the world are we? : a foreign policy for democracy -- and Main Street -- Why change can't wait : and why it takes a coalition to save a country.
"Will progressives and moderates feud while America burns? Or will these natural allies take advantage of the greatest opportunity since the New Deal Era to strengthen American democracy, foster social justice, and turn back the threats of the Trump Era? The United States stands at a crossroads. Broad and principled opposition to Donald Trump's presidency has drawn millions of previously disengaged citizens to the public square and to the ballot boxes. This inspired and growing activism for social and political change hasn't been seen since the days of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal policies and the Progressive and Civil Rights movements. But if progressives and moderates are unable-and unwilling-to overcome their differences, they could not only enable Trump to prevail again but also squander an occasion for launching a new era of reform. In Code Red, award-winning journalist E. J. Dionne, Jr., calls for a shared commitment to decency and a politics focused on freedom, fairness, and the future, encouraging progressives and moderates to explore common ground and expand the unity that brought about Democrat victories in the 2018 elections. He offers a unifying model for furthering progress with a Politics of Remedy, Dignity, and More: one that solves problems, resolve disputes, and moves forward; that sits at the heart of the demands for justice by both long-marginalized and recently-displaced groups; and that posits a positive future for Americans with more covered by health insurance, more with decent wages, more with good schools, more security from gun violence, more action to roll back climate change. Breaking through the partisan noise and cutting against conventional wisdom to provide a realistic look at political possibilities, Dionne offers a strategy for progressives and moderates to think more clearly and accept the responsibilities that history now imposes on them. Because at this point in our national story, change can't wait"-- Provided by publisher.

The last winter of the Weimar Republic : the rise of the Third Reich

February 27, 2020
Barth, Rüdiger, 1972- author.
©2020
406 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published in German as Die Totengräber : der letzte Winter der Weimarer Republik.
The gravediggers -- Opening credits: The lie of the land -- The brink: 17 November to 1 December 1932 -- The plan: 2 to 15 December 1932 -- Silent night: 16 December 1932 to 1 January 1933 -- In the maelstrom: 2 to 29 January 1933 -- Taking power: 30 January 1933 -- Closing credits.
November 1932. With the German economy in ruins and street battles raging between rival political parties, the Weimar Republic is on its last legs. In the halls of the Reichstag, party leaders scramble for power and influence as the elderly president, Paul von Hindenburg, presides over a democracy pushed to the breaking point. Chancellors Franz von Papen and Kurt von Schleicher spin a web of intrigue, vainly hoping to harness the growing popularity of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party while reining in its most extreme elements. These politicians struggle for control of a turbulent city where backroom deals and frightening public rallies alike threaten the country's fragile democracy, with terrifying consequences for both Germany and the rest of the world.--Amazon

Race man : selected works, 1960-2015

February 27, 2020
Bond, Julian, 1940-2015, author.
©2020
xx, 269 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"An inspiring, historic collection of writings from one of America's most important civil rights leaders"-- Provided by publisher.

Congress at war : how Republican reformers fought the Civil War, defied Lincoln, ended slavery, and remade America

February 26, 2020
Bordewich, Fergus M., author.
©2020
xx, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"A Borzoi Book."
"The story of how Congress helped win the Civil War -- a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict. This [...] new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory and gives us a vivid account of the essential role Congress played in winning the war. Building a riveting narrative around four influential members of Congress--Thaddeus Stevens, Pitt Fessenden, Ben Wade, and the pro-slavery Clement Vallandigham--Fergus Bordewich shows us how a newly empowered Republican party shaped one of the most dynamic and consequential periods in American history. From reinventing the nation's financial system to pushing President Lincoln to emancipate the slaves to the planning for Reconstruction, Congress undertook drastic measures to defeat the Confederacy, in the process laying the foundation for a strong central government that came fully into being in the twentieth century. Brimming with drama and outsized characters, Congress at War is also one of the most original books about the Civil War to appear in years and will change the way we understand the conflict." -- Provided by the publisher.

The hundred years' war on Palestine : a history of settler colonialism and resistance, 1917-2017

February 26, 2020
Khalidi, Rashid, author.
New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2020.
319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
A history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict told from the Palestinian perspective, arguing the period since the Balfour Declaration of 1917 has amounted to a hundred years of colonial war against the Palestinians.

Common sense nation : unlocking the forgotten power of the American idea

February 18, 2020
Curry, Robert, 1944-
New York : Encounter Books, 2015.
xix, 210 pages ; 24 cm
Locke's revolution -- The founders -- The American enlightenment -- The Declaration of Independence -- The Constitution -- The Federalist Papers -- Religion and the American enlightenment -- Turning away from the founders -- Common sense nation -- A brief history of "liberalism" -- How to misunderstand the founders.
"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We have heard and read this sentence all our lives. It is perfectly familiar. But if we pause long enough to ask ourselves why Jefferson wrote it in exactly this way, questions quickly arise. Jefferson chose to use rather special and very precise terms. He did not simply claim that we have these rights; he claimed they are unalienable. Why "unalienable"? Unalienable, of course, means not alienable. Why was the distinction between alienable and unalienable rights so important to the Founders that it made its way into the Declaration? For that matter, where did it come from? You might almost get the impression that the Founders' examination of our rights had focused on alienable versus unalienable rights-and you would be correct. In addition, the Declaration does not simply claim that these are truths; it claims they are self-evident truths. Why "self-evident"? The Declaration's special claim about its truths, it turns out, is the result of those same deliberations as a result of which, in the words of George Washington, "the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined than at any former period." If a friendly visitor from another country sat you down and asked you with sincere interest why the Declaration highlights these very special terms, could you answer them clearly and accurately and with confidence? Would you like to be able to? -- Provided by publisher.

Capital and ideology

February 18, 2020
Piketty, Thomas, 1971- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2020.
ix, 1093 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"First published in French as Capital et idéologie, Éditions du Seuil, Paris, 2019"--Title page verso.
"Thomas Piketty's bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system. Our economy, Piketty observes, is not a natural fact. Markets, profits, and capital are all historical constructs that depend on choices. Piketty explores the material and ideological interactions of conflicting social groups that have given us slavery, serfdom, colonialism, communism, and hypercapitalism, shaping the lives of billions. He concludes that the great driver of human progress over the centuries has been the struggle for equality and education and not, as often argued, the assertion of property rights or the pursuit of stability. The new era of extreme inequality that has derailed that progress since the 1980s, he shows, is partly a reaction against communism, but it is also the fruit of ignorance, intellectual specialization, and our drift toward the dead-end politics of identity. Once we understand this, we can begin to envision a more balanced approach to economics and politics. Piketty argues for a new "participatory" socialism, a system founded on an ideology of equality, social property, education, and the sharing of knowledge and power"-- Provided by publisher.

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