Reading Lists

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Contents

SUBJECT AREA

Philosophy

  • Charles Freeman - "The Closing of the Western Mind"
  • Thomas M. Georges - "Digital Soul: Intelligent Machines and Human Values"
  • Herbert Marcuse - Eros and Civilization
  • Herbert Marcuse - Reason and Revolution
  • John Stuart Mill - On Liberty
  • John Stuart Mill - The Subjection of Women
  • John Locke - Two Treatises on Government
  • Eric Foner - "The Story of American Freedom"
  • Cass Sunstein - "The Second Bill of Rights"
  • John Rawls - "Political Liberalism"
  • John Rawls - "Justice as Fairness"
  • John Rawls- "A Theory of Justice"
  • Stephen Webb - "Where Is Everybody?"


US History

  • Joesph Ellis - "Founding Brothers"

World History

  • Thucydides - "The Peleponesian War"
  • Jared Diamond - "Guns, Germs and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies"


Historical

  • Hamilton and Madison, The Federalist Papers
  • Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, by Susan Jacobi
  • American Aurora: A Democratic Republican Returns, by Richard N. Rosenfeld
  • What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States, by James F. Simon
  • A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, by Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall
  • The Best and the Brightest, by David Halberstam
  • The Glory and the Dream, by William Manchester
  • Truman, by David McCullough
  • John Adams, by David McCullough
  • Vietnam, A History, by Stanley Karnow
  • A Bright Shining Lie, John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, by Neil Sheehan


Humor

  • Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them - Al Franken
  • Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot - Al Franken
  • Bushisms - Jacob Weisberg
  • America (The Book) - Jon Stewart/Daily Show
  • The Bush Dislexicon

Media

  • The Media Monopoly - Ben H. Bagdikian [ISBN 0807061794]
  • The Problem of the Media - Robert W. McChesney
  • Our Unfree Press - Robert W. McChesney

US Culture

  • Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck - Suburban Nation, The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
  • Barbara Ehrenreich - Nickel and Dimed
  • Barbara Ehrenreich - Bait and Switch
  • Eric Schlosser Fast Food Nation
  • George Carlin Napalm and Silly Putty

General

  • Free Culture, by Lawrence Lessig
  • The Image by Daniel Boorstin
  • The Culture of Fear
  • Robert Caro, LBJ biography
  • The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, Jimmy Breslin
  • The Price of Loyalty, Ron Suskind
  • The Unconquerable World, by Jonathan Schell
  • The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Po: Beyond Yes and No, by Edward De Bono
  • The 2% Solution, by Matthew Miller
  • From Beirut to Jerusalem,by Thomas Friedman
  • One-Car Caravan by Walter Shapiro
  • Power Politics by Arundhati Roy
  • Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, George Lakoff [ISBN 0226467716]
  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins

Environment

  • Marc Reisner - "Cadillac Desert"
  • Wendell Berry - "Home Economics"
  • Henry David Thoreau - "Walden"
  • Rachel Carson - "Silent Spring"
  • Theo Colborn et al. - "Our Stolen Future"
  • Bill McKibben - "The End of Nature"
  • Roderick Nash - "Wilderness and the American Mind"
  • E. O. Wilson - "The Diversity of Life"

Psychology

  • Barry Schwartz - The Paradox of Choice
  • Thomas S. Szasz, MD - Ideology and Insanity

War and Peace

  • Anthony Arnove - Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal

Also, David Brinkley's biography of John Kerry, Tour of Duty.

Authors

  • Howard Zinn
  • Anthony Arnove
  • David McCullough
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin

Fiction or Fictionalized

  • The Store Bentley Little
  • 1984 -- George Orwell
  • All The King's Men -- Robert Penn Warren
  • Catch-22 -- Joseph Heller
  • Darkness at Noon -- Arthur Koestler
  • Desert Solitaire
  • The Dispossessed -- Ursula K. LeGuin
  • The Handmaid's Tale -- Margaret Atwood (see also Oryx & Crake)
  • The Ice Beneath You -- Christian Bauman
  • Kiln People -- David Brin
  • The Last Hurrah - Edwin O'Connor
  • Primary Colors -- Joe Klein (as Anonymous)
  • The Things They Carried -- Tim O'Brien
  • Undaunted Courage
  • Walden -- Henry David Thoreau
  • Angels in America -- play by Tony Kushner

Authors: Fiction or Fictionalized

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