Best New Books on Politics

An iconic photograph of a bearded Abraham Lincoln showing his head and shoulders.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

These are the new books on contemporary politics that I recommend wholeheartedly. Authored by serious thinkers, these works offer a sobering analysis of our current political woes. For more information click on one of the links below.

(*Books that have been published in the last few months.)

*E.J. Dionne, Thomas Mann & Norman Ornstein ~ One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported

*David Frum ~ Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

*Brian Klass ~ The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy

*David C. Johnston ~ It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing To America

*Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt ~ How Democracies Die

*Bandy Lee, et. al. ~ The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

(2016) Thomas Mann & Norman Ornstein ~ It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

(2016) Jason Stanley ~ How Propaganda Works

3 thoughts on “Best New Books on Politics

  1. You know, I don’t want to read any of these books. I already know what they are saying: that America is in deep doo-doo (“doo-doo” is a term of philosophy coined by Wittgenstein, was it not?), that Mr. Trump is attacking our institutions, and that we’re all going to die. I’d rather read a book about the inevitability of death.

  2. Chris:
    Yet if the multiple-paths interpretation of quantum mechanical indeterminacy is correct, we DON’T die … not from the interior perspective. We just remain conscious in evermore unlikely and exotic ways, starting around our 120th birthday.
    That’s not to say this immortality is necessarily a boon: with age, physiological pain and mental confusion can certainly occupy an increasing portion of our conscious state. So if we wish to increase our chances of a pleasant future, it behooves us to take steps to limit our exposure to “normal” entropy.
    I’m 46, and have started formulating a plan (only notionally at this point) to reduce my chances of ending up in one of the more unpleasant possible futures. Once I reach retirement age, with adequate savings, I will move to Scottsdale, AZ, and live off an annuity that also finances eventual storage of my frozen head in the vaults at Alcor. This way, when I eventually temporarily lose consciousness from some medical episode, there is a heightened chance I will wake up at an indefinite point in the future when my consciousness is reconstructed from my inert brain.
    It won’t be a certainty, but it beats crossing my fingers that I will wake up as Morty Smith after playing the video game “Len.” 🙂

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