It’s almost election season. There are a lot of questions going around these days, and it’s probably in everyone’s best interest if we all did a little reading. We’re supposed to be informed voters, after all. Whether you’re interested in the legacy of the peaceful transition of power, Russia’s involvement in the last election, or how and why Climate Change needs to be addressed ASAP, we’ve recommended some books that we think are pre-election reading.
Will He Go
This little book asks a big question. It’s not very sensational, which I enjoyed about it. Instead, it’s a legal scholar delving into the constitutional chaos that could ensue if you-know-who refuses to go you-know-where.
Jill Lepore’s latest focuses on the history of the US harnessing technology to help predict behavior and win “hearts and minds.” It delves into how Ed Greenfield used surveys and computer analytics to tell political candidates the consequences of taking certain stances on certain issues, “county by county, voter by voter, issue by issue.”
The Fragile Earth
Climate change is on the ballot this year. This new release of the New Yorker’s most influential environmental pieces is a must-read. It combines work of Bill McKibben, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ian Frazier, Kathryn Schulz and plenty more, that will leave you curious about the world around you, and disappointed by the lack of progress we’ve made.
Weaving together international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry, Russian Roulette tells the story of how Russia infringed upon the 2016 election. It investigates how a foreign government infiltrated the country’s political process in order to gain influence in Washington.
Hulse details how the death of Antonin Scalia tilted the court, and along with it helped decide a presidential election, and forged a Senate of unprecedented polarization. Intrepid in his discussion of the dysfunction at play among all three branches of government, Hulse details in a lively discussion just how the judicial wars of the past two decades have led to our current polarization as a country.
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