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Hieroglyph: Stories and Blueprints for a Better Future
Neal Stephenson
Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated
Natylie Baldwin, Kermit D. Larson
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
Paula Hawkins
Our Souls at Night: A novel
Kent Haruf
Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction
Cathy Whitlock
The Homicide Report: Understanding Murder in America
Jill Leovy
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Erik Larson
The Gods of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge - E.J. Dionne Jr. Dionne can be annoying at times, allowing errors of fact and soft judgment into his look at recent history. That said, he wants to analyze why the left has been so wimpy and comes up with enough material to make this a worthwhile read, not top tier, but ok. He shows how the right has, by virtue of a grounding in ideology rather than practicality, seized claim to a moral tenor to their policies. The Dems have tended to be more interested in getting things done, and so lack the absolutism the right claims. The Dems, of course, still need to challenge on the morality of fairness, decency, et al. He also talks about how the right scared mainstream media into a rightward leap all the while creating a media of their own that would push it even farther in that direction. He talks about how the current fixation on having to justify every action based on market analysis is completely asinine. The Dems should back their programs on the basis of human values, not economic ones. And he talks about how government is not the problem it is the mechanism by which capitalism is made to thrive. Attempts to remove government need to be challenged strongly.