Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
A fascinating academic look at the 60-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take over all branches of government. The book focuses on the architect of this movement, the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan.
Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
If you’ve never heard of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Liberian president and the first democratically elected female president in African history, you’re in for a treat. Her life story — and the tale of how she got elected, with the help of the Liberian market women who sometimes resorted to audacious measures — makes for a fast-paced and fascinating read.
Reeves takes on what he sees as one of the biggest problems in growing American inequality: not the 1 percent, but the top 20 percent, which, as he goes on to illustrate, does its darndest to hoard opportunities for themselves and their offspring.