Books
Nancy MacLean Book Intro (Why We Are Here)
Our government is a union of all United States citizens. Everyone is a member. It is the way we organize to efficiently address problems that affect us all.
The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy
Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance Minister of Greece, uses the mythological creature to explain how the unsustainable financialization of the world’s assets was a result of the world's governments failure to keep the world’s trade imbalances in check.
Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy
David Daley examines how a small cadre of Republican operatives rigged American elections.
UNRIG: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy
This stirring nonfiction graphic novel by Daniel G. Newman and artist George O’Connor takes readers behind the scenes where lawmakers scheme to handpick their voters.
Contract to Unite America: Ten Reforms to Reclaim Our Republic
Written by Neal Simon, Contract to Unite America provides specific, practical solutions for an improved government and a better tomorrow.
Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy
Written by Richard L. Hasen, this book offers concrete steps that need to be taken to restore trust in American elections before the democratic process is completely undermined.
Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America
Written by Gilda R. Daniels, this book warns that a premeditated strategy of restrictive laws and deceptive practices has taken root and is eroding the very basis of American democracy—the right to vote!
‍They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy
Written by Lawrence Lessig, this book charts the way in which the fundamental institutions of our democracy, including our media, respond to narrow interests rather than to the needs and wishes of the nation’s citizenry
‍Vote for Us: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting
Written by Joshua Douglas, this book gives anyone fed up with our current political environment the ideas and tools necessary to affect change in their own communities.
‍Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for American
Written by Nancy MacLean, this book is an explosive exposé of the right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution.
How Democracies Die
Written by Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky, this book shows how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.
‍Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Written by Anand Giridharadas, this book helps us understand some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news.
‍On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
By Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.
‍You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen
Eric Liu lays out the strategies of reform and revolution to help every reader make sense of our world today.
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
Based on Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s investigative reporting of the 2016 presidential election for Rolling Stone and BBC television
‍Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
American investigative journalist Jane Mayer writes about a network of extremely wealthy conservative Republicans, foremost among them Charles and David Koch.
Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It
In this powerful work of reportage, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, two vigilant watchdogs, expose legalized corruption and link it to the kitchen-table issues citizens face every day
When Money Talks: The High Price of "Free" Speech and the Selling of Democracy
Derek Cressman examines how courts have foiled attempts to limit campaign spending, details what a constitutional amendment limiting paid speech should say, and reveals
Corporations are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations
Jeff Clements examines how Citizens United v. FEC and related cases have fabricated unprecedented rights and power for corporations and money, at the expense of human beings and democracy itself.
Who Stole the American Dream?
Written by Hendrick Smith, this book describes the consolidation of wealth in the United States, and the dismantling of the middle class.
Local Elections and the Politics of Small-Scale Democracy
This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of electoral politics in America's municipalities.
A People's History of the United States
Howard Zinn presents a different side of history from the more traditional "fundamental nationalist glorification of country".
Recommended Reading List (Full List)
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