War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (Ronan Farrow)

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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

“A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.

US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America’s place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America’s deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Continue reading…

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond)

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

“In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Continue reading…

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think (Hans Rosling)

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.

When asked simple questions about global trends―what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school―we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. Continue reading…

Circe (Madeline Miller)

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Circe

“In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. Continue reading…

Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)

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Ready Player One

“In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. Continue reading…

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (Michelle McNamara)

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

“For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary​.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called ‘the Golden State Killer.’ Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. Continue reading…

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World (Jennifer Palmieri)

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Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

Dear Madam President is an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field. By using lessons learned during her experiences with Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Elizabeth Edwards—to name a few—Palmieri through each chapter creates a forward-thinking framework of inspirational and practical advice for all women everywhere—from boardrooms to living rooms—who are determined to seize control of their lives, their workplaces, and their country. Continue reading…

Educated: A Memoir (Tara Westover)

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Educated: A Memoir

“Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her ‘head-for-the-hills’ bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.

Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Continue reading…

Diamante Lara

Diamante Lara (born on August 19th, 1999 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an emerging author, blogger, and Libertarian who gravitates towards provocative subject matter that engages, empowers, and shifts perspectives. To date, his blog has cultivated a staggering 20,000+ views and he has penned seven politically-driven articles, including “Modern Feminism is Garbage” and “Nation of Immigrants Myth.”

Diamante Lara

Upon high school graduation, Diamante will be pursuing a degree in Business Marketing and Real Estate. An autodidact who values lifelong learning, he holds a Verified Certificate from Yale University for his successful completion of an online course called Moral Foundation of Politics. Continue reading…

The Escape Artist (Brad Meltzer)

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The Escape Artist

“Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead.

Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she’s dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim ‘Zig’ Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.

Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions. Continue reading…