A reading list for the Trump presidency

Tired of Winning: A Chronicle of American Decline

Tired of Winning: A Chronicle of American Decline

Richard Cooke

Polarised, unequal, enraged and spiritually bereft, the American experiment, under Donald Trump, looks to be on the brink of failure. In this award-winning series of dispatches and essays, Richard Cooke explores US society before,...

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Capitalism in America: A History

Capitalism in America: A History

Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge

The story of America's evolution from a small patchwork of colonies to an unsurpassed engine of wealth and innovation.    

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Beautiful Country Burn Again: Trump's Rise to Power, and the State of the Country that Voted for Him

Beautiful Country Burn Again: Trump’s Rise to Power, and the State of the Country that Voted for Him

Ben Fountain

A timely, interrogative, passionate but even-handed exploration of the state of US politics, from the New York Times bestselling author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick

Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick

David Frye

A beguiling, sweeping history of civilisation and what it means to be civilised.    

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Parkland

Parkland

Dave Cullen

Exclusive story of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the March for Our Lives campaign for gun control run by teen survivors, by the author of the definitive bestseller Columbine.

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Antisemitism: Here and Now

Antisemitism: Here and Now

Deborah E. Lipstadt

The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the...

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Jonathan Haidt

Morality binds and blinds, but this book will help you to see and understand your friends, enemies and fellow citizens as never before. 

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The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

Michael Lewis

What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? Stay tuned.

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Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

Eric Kaufmann

A provocative, ground-breaking book that will change the conversation about ethnic diversity and populism by offering a new narrative based on a wealth of data.    

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

J. D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of the United States that has been slowly disintegrating over forty...

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Trigger Warnings

Trigger Warnings

Jeff Sparrow

Donald Trump is the Thing-that-should-not-be.

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Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Rebecca Solnit

An essential new collection of essays from the bestselling phenomenon Rebecca Solnit calling for reflection and context, activism and hope.  

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Rage Becomes Her

Rage Becomes Her

Soraya Chemaly

A conversation-shifting book urging 21st-century women to understand their anger, embrace its power, and use it as a tool for positive change

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Fear: Trump in the White House

Fear: Trump in the White House

Bob Woodward

The inside story on President Trump as only Bob Woodward can tell it.  

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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Timothy Snyder

In the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people and established rule by an elite with a monopoly on...

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How to Lose a Country

How to Lose a Country

Ece Temelkuran

An urgent call to action from one of Europe's most well-regarded political thinkers. How to Lose a Country: The Seven Warning Signs of Rising Populism is a field guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of the...

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 Read reviewHeartland

Heartland

Sarah Smarsh

An eye-opening, topical, and moving memoir of one woman's experience of working-class poverty in America.

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

The book that sparked a national conversation.  

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Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House

Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman

The former Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump White House provides a jaw-dropping look into the corruption and controversy of the current administration.

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Rendezvous with Oblivion

Rendezvous with Oblivion

Thomas Frank

From the acclaimed author of Listen, Liberal and What's the Matter with Kansas comes a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times - perfect for this political moment.

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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

James B. Comey, Jr.

A chronicle of never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of Comey's career.

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Nancy MacLean

An explosive exposé of the man and the ideas behind the well-heeled right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatise public education, and curb democratic majority rule.

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Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury

Michael Wolff

The New York Times and Sunday Times number one book that exposed the chaos of Donald Trump's White House to the world, now in paperback with a new afterword by the author.

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Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Clare Press

Takes a wild trip through the new activism sweeping the world. The political march is back in a big way, as communities rally to build movements for environmental and social justice. Crossing the globe, Clare Press meets...

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 Read reviewDeer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches From America's Class War

Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches From America’s Class War

Joe Bageant

When Joe Bageant returned to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, he rediscovered his redneck roots: 'the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks' . But he soon realised...

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