If you want to understand how the Republican Party became what it is today, this book will provide the road map. In American Psychosis, journalist and commentator David Corn, the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, traces the GOP’s lineage back 150 years and documents its episodic, but consistent, ties to white supremacy movements. Corn focuses most of his attention on the last half century, from the McCarthy era until now, with special attention to the rise of Newt Gingrich, the religious right, talk show impresarios like Rush Limbaugh, and most recently Donald Trump, all of whom exerted pressure on mainstream Republicans to adopt a more extreme ideology, lying as a tactic, and conspiracy theories to destroy opponents. Corn shows how demagoguery and hatred have made racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and white supremacy brands of today’s Republican Party. Through dogged reporting and applying historical context, Corn makes his case that the GOP’s extremism is the logical evolution of the party over time, not an aberration. Please read this book if you care about the future of American democracy.
Started in 2007, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker column today leads the ever-growing pack of media watchdogs highlighting false public statements. In the age of Donald Trump, the reporters behind the column have been working overtime. In their book, they make a compelling case for Trump as the most mendacious president in U.S. history. Drawing on a database containing more than 19,000 fallacious statements by Trump since he took office, they examine some of the most frequent distortions and most dangerous deceptions. Their book, like their daily reporting, provides an essential resource for all of us trying to keep our own eyes on the truth and avoid being blinded by Trump’s total disregard for it.
Voting rights are under attack. If we want a fair election, consider this book required reading. Connecting the dots of voter disenfranchisement, voting rights expert Gilda Daniels reveals the cycles of voter suppression from our nation’s founding into present day. Through the lens of her African-American ancestors, Daniels explores the deceptive practices of the past – and draws a direct line to the tactics being used today to disenfranchise voters of color, the poor, students, and the elderly. A sobering history of the continuous assault on access to the ballot box, with new ideas on how we can protect the right to vote.