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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

  Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as “brave and bold,” this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal … Continue reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

  Pulitzer Prize-finalist Stephen Kotkin has written the definitive biography of Joseph Stalin, from collectivization and the Great Terror to the conflict with Hitler’s Germany that is the signal event of modern world history In 1929, Joseph Stalin, having already achieved dictatorial power over the vast Soviet Empire, formally ordered the systematic conversion of the world’s largest peasant economy into “socialist modernity,” otherwise known as … Continue reading Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

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Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

  “For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport,” The Nation‘s reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard course―Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a more robust and thoughtful public discourse. “In terms, we … Continue reading Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

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Book Recommendation | The Origins of Political Order

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s … Continue reading Book Recommendation | The Origins of Political Order

A Brief History of Justice

This an excellent summary of the history of the many theories of Justice, the book looks at the impact ancient philosophers like Aristotle had in contributing to the ideas of justice. The book covers all the way to the modern conception of justice from thinkers like Jeremy Bentham and Immanuel Kant. A perfect gift for that one strange person in the family.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the … Continue reading A Brief History of Justice