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BUNK by Kevin Young

November 6th, 2018

In BUNK, award-winning poet & critic Kevin Young traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon—the legacy of PT Barnum’s “humbug” culminating with the currency of Donald J Trump’s “fake news”.  Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, with race being the most insidious American hoax of all.  He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures he described as new, old, or a missing link.  He then turns to the hoaxing of history & the way that forgers, plagiarists, & frauds invent backstories & falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves & about the world in our own time, from the pretend Native Americans like Nasdijj to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal.

This brilliant & timely work asks what it means to live in the post-factual world of “truthiness” where everything is up for interpretation & everyone is subject to a contagious cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, & art.

 

GPL : 177.3 Young

LEADERSHIP In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

October 16th, 2018

In this Culmination of 5 decades of acclaimed studies in Presidential History, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, & exercise of leadership.  In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the 4 presidents she has studied most closely-Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt, & Lyndon B Johnson (in civil rights)-to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves & were recognized as leaders by others.

Leadership tells the story of how they all met with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives & threatened to shatter their ambitions forever.  Nonetheless, they all emerged better fitted to confront the contours & dilemmas of their times.  No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership.  Although set apart in background, abilities, & temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition & a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardship.

At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities & lives of others.  This seminal work provides an essential & accessible road map not only for aspiring & established leaders in every field but for all of us in our everyday lives.

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HACKED: the inside story of America’s struggle to secure cyberspace by Charlie Mitchell

October 2nd, 2018

The spectacular cyber attack on Sony Pictures & the costly hacks of Target, Home Depot, & databases containing sensitive data on millions of US federal workers have shocked the nation.  Despite a new urgency to address the growing threat,the hacks keep coming—each one more pernicious than the last—from China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, the Middle East, and points unknown.  The continuing attacks raise a deeply disturbing question:  Is the issue simply beyond the reach of our government, political leaders, business leaders, & technology visionaries to resolve?

In Hacked: the inside story of America’s struggle to secure cyberspace, veteran cybersecurity journalist Charlie Mitchell reveals the innovative, occasionally brilliant, & too-often hapless government & industry responses to growing cybersecurity threats.  He examines the internal power strugglesin the federal government, the paralysis on Capital Hill, & the industry’s desperate effort to stay ahead of both the bad guys & the government.

 

GPL: 384.309 Mitchell

Guardianships and the Elderly: The Perfect Crime by Dr Sam Sugar

September 18th, 2018

Imagine a system of justice in this country that strips its citizens of their constitutional rights, voids their existing legal documents, gives others the right to spend their money & sell their assets, isolates them, & has the ability to limit the time they can spend with their loved ones.  It is called guardianship.

Guardianship exists in every state, & while it has gone under the radar for many decades, Dr Sam Sugar‘s new book, Guardianships and the Elderly, sheds light on this system, which enables those in the know to commit the “perfect crime”.  The book begins by looking at the history of guardianship.  It also presents an accurate picture of just how difficult it is to free a family member from the system.  There are many things loved ones can do to fight a guardianship, but many obstacles & pitfalls await them in the battle.  Guardianships and the Elderly is meant to prepare the reader for these eventualities.  It includes a comprehensive glossary & a helpful resource section that may prove useful in the pursuit if real justice.

 

GPL: 346.73 Sugar

SQUEEZED: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America–by Alissa Quart

September 3rd, 2018

Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, examines the lives of middle-class Americans who can now barely afford to raise children.  Through gripping storytelling & elegant prose, Quart shows how our country has failed families. Her subjects, including professors, lawyers, caregivers & nurses, have been wrung out by a system that doesn’t support them, & enriches only a tiny elite.

Interlacing her own experience with close-up reporting on families that are just getting by, Quart reveals parenthood itself to be financially overwhelming, except for the wealthiest. She also provides real solutions, outlining necessary policy shifts, as well as detailing the DIY tactics some families have embraced.  And she offers a blueprint for helping us to see parenting & caregiving as truly valuable, not only emotionally but professionally & politically.

SQUEEZED is an eye-opening page-turner.  Powerfully argued, deeply reported, & ultimately hopeful, it casts a bright, clarifying light on families struggling to thrive in an economy that holds too few options.  It will make readers think differently about their lives & those of their neighbors.

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