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International Policy/Global Issues/War

Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World
— by Anatol Lieven and John Hulsman

A call for a foreign policy that builds on the work of Niebuhr and Morgenthau, inviting historical perspective to emphasize prudence, responsibility and working with other nations.

It’s the Crude, Dude: Greed, Gas, War and the American Way
— by Linda McQuaig
U.S. war on Iraq in terms of the struggle to regain control of the world’s oil reserves and wrest them away from Arab nationalists, in the face of America’s and now China’s rising needs.

Mission Rejected: US soldiers who say NO to Iraq — by Peter Laufer
Journalist interviews US soldiers who served in Iraq: why they went and why they refused to go back.

Understanding Iraq — by William R. Polk
The whole sweep of Iraqi history, from Genghis Khan’s Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British mandate to the American Occupation … excellent, and very readable!

Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda
— by Scott Peterson

Dishonest Broker: The Role of the United States in Palestine and Israel
— by Nasser Aruri

Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond — by Rahul Mahajan

The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (Religion and Global Politics) — by Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr

The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity — by Tariq Al

Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy — by Benjamin R. Barber

The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership
— by Zbigniew Brzezinski (Former National Security Advisor)

The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq
— by Christian Parenti, Teru Kuwayama

Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia
— by Gore Vidal

Hegemony or Survival: America's quest for global dominance
— by Noam Chomsky

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace — by Gore Vidal

The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power — by George Soros

Manifesto for a New World Order — by George Monbiot

Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror
— by Anonymous (a senior Central Intelligence Agency analyst)

Plan of Attack: The Road to War — by Bob Woodward

Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror— by Richard A. Clarke

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic
— by Chalmers Johnson

Bush in Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq — by Tariq Ali

Distorted Morality: America's War on Terror? — by Noam Chomsky

The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy
— by David Barsamian, Arundhati Roy

World Orders Old and New — by Noam Chomsky

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 — by Steve Coll

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror
— by Mahmood Mamdani

Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East — by Rashid Khalidi

War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning — by Chris Hedges

For Reasons of State — by Noam Chomsky, foreword by Arundhati Roy (articles dealing with the Vietnam era)

Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions
— by Clyde Prestowitz (former Reagan Administration trade official)

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy — by Kevin Bales

Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World
— by Robert Jay Lifton

Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism — by Robert Jay Lifton

War Talk (a collection of essays concerning war, democracy, empire...)
— Arundhati Roy

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
— by Stephen Kinzer

Rogue State: America at War With the World — by T. D. Allman

World on Fire Proof: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability — by Amy Chua (Law professor at Yale)

The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism — by Rahul Mahajan

Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948 — by Tanya Reinhart

The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity
— by Tariq Ali

9-11 — by Noam Chomsky

The New Imperialism (Clarendon Lectures in Geography and Environmental Studies) — by David Harvey

Power, Politics, and Culture: Interviews With Edward W. Said
— by Edward W. Said, Gauri Viswanathan

Power Politics — by Arundhati Roy

Forbidden Truth: U.S.-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy, Saudi Arabia and the Failed Search for bin Laden — by Jean-Charles Brisard, et al

Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives Are Putting the World at Risk — by Craig R. Eisendrath, Melvin A. Goodman

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky — by Noam Chomsky, et al 

Point of Departure — by Robin Cook (Tony Blair's former Foreign Secretary, who resigned over the war on Iraq)

Environment/Health/Social Issues

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It — by Al Gore
Gore’s now-famous warning that “In order to face down the danger that is stalking us and move through it, we first have to recognize that we are facing a crisis…an inconvenient truth….”

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor
— by Paul Farmer
A physician and anthropologist, Farmer uses harrowing stories of life – and death – in extreme situations to interrogate our understanding of human rights.

Planet of Slums — by Mike Davis
In this brilliant and ambitious book, Davis explores the future of a radically unequal and explosively unstable urban world.

Trespass Against Us: Dow Chemical and the Toxic Century — by Jack Doyle

What's Class Got to Do With It?: American Society in the Twenty-First Century
— by Michael Zweig

Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business—
and Bad Medicine —
by Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele

The Antidote to the Slow Poisoning of America (to be released spring 2005)
— by John E. Erb & T. Michelle Erb

The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke
— by Elizabeth Warren, Amelia Warren Tyag

The End of Nature: Tenth Anniversary Edition — by Bill McKibben

Silent Spring (40th anniversary edition) — Rachel Carson

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health 
— by Dr. Marion Nestle

The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex
— by Helen Caldicott

The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War
— by  Eileen Welsome

The Fate of the Earth and The Abolition: (Stanford Nuclear Age Series)
— by Jonathan Schell

The Future of Life — by Edward O. Wilson

Bush vs. the Environment — by Robert S. Devine

The Cost of Living — by Arundhati Roy
two essays, on the building of a dam and the testing of a nuclear missile in India

Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health — by Laurie Garrett

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World — by Paul Roberts

The Carbon War: Global Warming and the End of the Oil Era
— by Jeremy K. Leggett

Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment
— by James Gustave Speth

No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade, and the Rights of Garment Workers
— by Andrew Ross

White Collar Sweatshop: The Deterioration of Work and Its Reward in Corporate America — by Jill Andresky Fraser

A Fate Worse Than Debt: (how an increasingly polarized world organized for the benefit of a minority that will stop at nothing to maintain and strengthen its control and privilege) — by Susan George

From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization (an anthology of essays and interviews)
— Benjamin Shepard, Ronald Hayduk (Editors)

We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism
-— by Notes from Nowhere

The Maquiladora Reader: Cross-Border Organizing Since NAFTA
— Rachael Kamel, Anya Hoffman (Editors)

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America — by Barbara Ehrenreich
she worked and lived on minimum wage to experience that strata of society

Surviving in a Material World: The Lived Experience of People in Poverty
— by Ronald Paul Hill

The New Poverty Studies: The Ethnography of Power, Politics and Impoverished People in the United States — by Judith Goode and Jeff Maskovsky

Workin' on the Chain Gang: Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History
 — by Walter Mosley

The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo — by Clea Koff

 

Domestic Issues/Policy

Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World — by William M. Arkin

America's Disappeared: Secret Imprisonment, Detainees, and the "War on Terror" (Open Media Book) —by Barbara Olshansky

Fortress America: On the Frontlines of Homeland Security—An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State by Matthew Brzezinski

What we've lost: How the Bush Administration has Curtailed our Freedoms, Mortgaged our Economy, Ravaged our Environment, and Damaged our Standing in the World — Graydon Carter

Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (The American Empire Project)
— by Michael T. Klare

Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib — by Seymour M. Hersh

Intelligence Matters: The CIA, the FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of America’s War on Terror — by Senator Bob Graham

Guantanamo: What the World Should Know — by Michael Ratner, Ellen Ray

The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
— by G. Edward Griffin

Running On Empty: How The Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It
— by Peter G. Peterson

America Right Or Wrong: An Anatomy Of American Nationalism
— by Anatol Lieven

No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society
— by Robert O'Harrow

Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology
— by Howard Zinn

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
— by John W. Dean

Black Box Voting: Ballot-Tampering in the 21st Century — by Bev Harris

The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception
— by David Corn

The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century
— by Paul Krugman (NY Times writer, economist)

The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America
— by Eric Alterman and Mark J. Green

Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America — by Robert B. Reich

Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America
— by Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
— by Chalmers Johnson

Everything You Think You Know About Politics...and Why You're Wrong
— by Kathleen Hall Jamieson

The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder
— by Mark Crispin Miller

A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies
— by James Bamford

Warrior King: The Case for Impeaching George Bush
— by John Bonifaz, Nation Books Thunder's Mouth

Is Our Children Learning?: The Case Against George W. Bush — by Paul Begala

Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country— And It's Time to Take It Back — by Jim Hightower

The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq
— by Christopher Scheer, Lakshmi Choudhry, and Robert Scheer

Big Bush Lies: The 20 Most Telling Lies of President George W. Bush
— by Jerry 'Politex' Barrett

The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (The Real Story Series)
— by Noam Chomsky 

Corporate Corruption/Personal Connections

The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress — by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid

House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties — by Craig Unger

Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude
— by Robert Baer (Former Middle East CIA operative)

How Much Are You Making on the War Daddy?: A Quick and Dirty Guide to War Profiteering in the Bush Administration — by William D. Hartung

The Buying of the President 2004: Who's Really Bankrolling Bush and His Democratic Challengers— and What They Expect in Return — by Charles Lewis

Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political corruption are Undermining America — by Arianna Huffington

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Truth About Corporate Cons, Globalization and High-Finance Fraudsters — by Greg Palast (BBC reporter)

Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else — by David Cay Johnston

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies -(detailing the insidious practices and far-reaching effects of corporate marketing) — by Naomi Klein

Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water
— by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke

Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit — by Vandana Shiva
Global Inc: An Atlas of the Multinational Corporation — by Medard Gabel 

The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group — by Dan Briody

An Inside Look

For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism under Fire
— by James Yee, former US Army Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay
Yee’s experiences serving prisoners at Guantanamo in 2003, where he encountered racism, brutality and ongoing distortions of the ttruth within the Army, ultimately ending his career and threatening his life.

My Times: A Memoir of Dissent — by John Hess

Dick: The Man Who is President (Dick Cheney) — by John Nichols

Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq
— by Robert Parry

No Debate: How the Two Major Parties Secretly Ruin the Presidential Debates
— by George Farah

Sore Winners: (And the Rest of Us) in George Bush's America — by John Powers

War and the American Presidency — by Arthur M. Schlesinger

Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
— by James Moore

Veering Right: How the Bush Administration Subverts the Law for Conservative Causes — by Charles Tiefer

The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream — by Jeremy Rifkin

Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk
— by Maureen Dowd (New York Times columnist)

Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think — by George Lakoff

Losing America: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency
— by Senator Robert C. Byrd

The Point of Departure — by Robin Cook (resigned from Tony Blair's cabinet in protest over the coming Iraq war)

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man — by John Perkins

The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group
— by Dan Briody

Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness
— by Rashid Khalidi

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything — by Joe Trippi

The Origins of Arab Nationalism — by Rashid Khalidi

Banana Republicans: How the Right Wing Is Turning America into a One-Party State — by Sheldon Rampton, John Stauber

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir — by Joseph Wilson

Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative
— by David Brock (former right-wing attack dog)

Racist America: Roots, Current Realities and Future Reparations
— by Joe R. Feagin

American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush — by Kevin Phillips

The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill — by Ron Suskind

The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America
— by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
— by Robert Baer (Former Middle East CIA operative)

The Bush-Haters Handbook: A Guide to the Most Appalling Presidency of the Past 100 Years — by Jack Huberman

The President of Good and Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bush
— by Peter Singer

Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species — by Laura Flanders

Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet
— by Jim Mann, James Mann

Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President — by Justin Frank

What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
— by Thomas Frank

Going Up the River: Travels in a Prison Nation (an examination of the prison system within our society) — by Joseph T.Hallinan

Exposes and Excess: Muckraking in America, 1900/2000 (Personal Takes)
— by Cecelia Tichi
a book on who made it big and rich during the Gilded Age

W: Revenge of the Bush Dynasty — by Elizabeth Mitchell  

 


History

Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7,000-Year History of War, Profit, and Conflict — by Edwin Black

A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present — by Howard Zinn
a classic and fundamental work for understanding America's roots

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong — by James W. Loewen


Media/Propaganda

Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People who Fight Back
– by Amy Goodman and David Goodman

Radio show host Goodman and her journalist brother expose deception in government and corporate arenas and show how the media plays along. They also discuss people who fight back.

Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times — by Bill Moyers

What Are Journalists For? — by Jay Rosen
part of the "public journalism" movement

Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq
— by Sheldon Rampton, John Stauber

Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media
— by Robert W. McChesney, John Nichols

What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News — by Eric Alterman

The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them — by Amy and David Goodman

Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth
— by Joe Conason

The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy — by David Broc

The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly
— by Peter Hart, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times
— by Robert W. McChesney

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
— by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You
— by Paul Waldman

The New Media Monopoly — by Ben H. Bagdikian


What Can Be Done/
What Has Been Done/
What Is Being Done

The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office — by Dave Lindorff and Barbara Olshansky
Explains the legal history and grounds, presents articles of impeachment that could be presented, and has a good appendix of pertinent memos and reports.

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45 — by Milton Mayer
Looks at how and why “decent” people became Nazis — life stories of “law abiding citizens,” told with amazing compassion. Enlightening parallels to today.

Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate – How Democrats and Progressives Can Win! The Essential Guide for Progressives
— by Gerge Lakoff, Howard Dean and Don Hazen
Celebrated cognitive scientist Lakoff describes how conservatives think, and how to articulate and reframe political discourse.

The Power of Now — by Eckhart Tolle
a reminder that in every moment and we can create change

You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America — by Howard Dean

The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People
— by Jonathan Schell

In the Heart of the Temple: My Spiritual Vision for Today's World
— by Joan Chittister

God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time — by Desmond Tutu

Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism — by Cornel West

Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time
— by Paul Rogat Loeb

The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a
Time of Fear
— by Paul Rogat Loeb

Through Survivors' Eyes: From the Sixties to the Greensboro Massacre
— by Sally Avery Bermanzohn

MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change — by Moveon

What We Stand For: A Platform for a Changing America
Original essays from seventeen leading scholars, advocates, experts and thinkers on the policies and programs that could give us a better America by 2010.
— by Mark Green (Editor), The New Democracy Project

Taking Back America: And Taking Down the Radical Right (essays, drawn from the historic Take Back America Conference in Washington D.C.)
-— edited by Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Robert L. Borosage

MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change — by MoveOn

50 Ways You Can Show George the Door in 2004
— by Ben Cohen and Jason Salzman

Stop Bush in 2004: How Every Citizen Can Help (get the 2nd edition)
— by Michael John Dobbins

Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America
— by Arianna Huffington

The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap
— by Ralph Nader

More power than we know: The people's movement toward democracy
— by David T. Dellinger

The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People
— by Jonathan Schell

Revolutionary Nonviolence — by David T. Dellinger

Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity — by Robert Jensen

Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World
— ed. by David Solnit

Implicating Empire: Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century
— edited by Stanley Aronowitz and Heather Hautney 

The Impossible Will Take a Little While — by Paul Rogat Loeb

Soul of a Citizen — by Paul Rogat Loeb
 

Humor/Satire

America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
— by the writers of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart

Obliviously on he Sails: the Bush Administration in Rhyme — by Calvin Trillin

Dude, Where's my Country: — by Michael Moore

Stupid White Men: and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation
— by Michael Moore

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
— by Al Franken

George W. Bushisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President
— by Jacob Weisberg

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