Bennett, Deborah J., Logic Made Easy. New York, N.Y.: W. W. Norton, 2004.
Biskupik, Joan. Sandra Day O'Conner. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
- Cover subtitle: How the First Woman on the (Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice)
- Has chapters on abortion as a chapter on Scalia versus O'Conner.
- Well-written and documented.
Bogus, Carl T., Ed. The Second Amendment in Law and History: Historians and Constitutional Scholars on the Right to Bear Arms. New York; W. W. Norton & Company, 2000.
- I found the editor's article, "The History and Politics of Second Amendment Scholarship: A Primer," useful.
- The several other chapters I tried to read gave me no information relevant to practical political actions.
Burlingame, Jeff. Malcolm X: "I Believe in The Brotherhood of Man, All Men." Melrose Park, IL: Lake Book Manufacturing, 2011.
- Malcolm "falls for" Nation of Islam separatist beliefs. p52-54
- He splits with Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam p86-87
- He denigrates MLK beliefs and philosophy p 90.
Califano, Joseph A., Jr. Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act. New York, NY: Touchstone, 2018.
Carmon, Irin & Knizhnik, Shana. Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. New York: HarperCollins, 2015
Cose, Ellis. Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU's 100 Year Fight for Rights in America. New York: The New Press, 2020.
- Just like the Bill Of Rights is foundational and highly relevant to politics, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is foundational because prior to 1900 human rights were routinely trampled by the powerful, by the unethical, by the pursuit of self-interest at the expense of others.
- Cose's book is an eye-opener and no other book I've read has so many vital stories and results of the battles to protect human rights.
- Essential reading!
Comey, James. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership. New York: Flatiron Books, 2018.
- First part of book tells Comey's interesting career and shows his conscientiousness.
- Last part of book details his interactions with Trump. Very significant portrait of Trump's problems.
Cummings, Elijah. We're Better Than This: My Fight For The Future of Our Democracy. New York: Harper Collins, 2020.
- He chaired the US Congress House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform.
- This was the committee charged with investigating then President Trump and his administration as part of the impeachment inquiry.
- As part of this investigation his committee heard the testimony of Michael Cohen. I watched much of the Cohen testimony as well as that of other major witnesses.
- Cummings' book is very interesting, heartwarming and valuable to read.
Dorling Kindersley. The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History. New York: DK Publishing, 2017.
Ellsberg, Daniel. Secrets: a memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. United State: Penguin Group, 2002.
- Well-written, very enlightening background explaining the background of American-French Vietnam involvement.
- Daniel Ellsberg embodies exceptional intelligence, courage, loyalty, and service to America.
- This is not battlefield story. It is tells the dramatic story of why five presidents could not get us out of Vietnam.
Enrich, David. Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and An Epic Trail of Destruction. United States: Harper Collins, 2020.
Fulcher, James. Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2004, 2015.
Gallagher, Jim. Gun Control: Contemporary Issues. Broomall, PA: Mason Crest, 2020.
- Note. Contains good summary re gun ownership in homes increases the statistical likelihood of more crime and death.
Gold, Liza H. and Simon, Robert I, Eds. Gun Violence and Mental Illness. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2016.
Greenburg, Jan Crawford. Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court. New York: Penguin Group, 2007.
- Contains information on injection of religious beliefs and constituent threats to politicians.
Greene, Jamal. How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession With Rights Is Tearing Us Apart. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021.
Greenhouse, Linda. Justice On The Brink: the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the rise of Amy Coney Barret, and twelve months that transformed the Supreme Court. New York: Random House, 2021.
Harrison, Maureen and Gilbert, Steve. Great Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, Eds. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2003.
Hartmann, Thom. The HIDDEN HISTORY of THE WAR ON VOTING: WHO STOLE YOUR VOTE--AND HOW TO GET IT BACK. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2020.
Hartmann, Thom. The Hidden History Of The SUPREME COURT And The BETRAYAL OF AMERICA. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2019.
Hersh, Eitan. Politics Is For Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change. New York: Scribner, 2020.
- Very interesting topics and illustrating stories not covered in any other books I've come across. Inspiring!
- He is a professor at Tufts University, his PhD is from Harvard, and he teachers about civic participation, US elections, and voting rights.
Higgins, Eliot. We Are Billingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.
- Tells the story of the author's development of open source investigation methods by which he exposed Russian false narratives in high profile criminal acts.
- He uses the term "counterfactual community," referring to the misinformation and conspiracy theories propagating on the internet.
Hogg, David and Hogg, Lauren. #NEVER AGAIN: A NEW GENERATION DRAWS THE LINE. New York: Random House, 2018.
- 43, 99-129
- Surviving victims of a school mass shooting get politically involved and have an impact on US Congressional actions.
- A very inspiring book in which youth teach adults how to get things done!
Jentleson, Adam. Kill Switch: The Rise Of The Modern Senate And The Crippling Of American Democracy. New York: Liveright, 2021.
- Very useful for its explanation of inner workings of governmental structure that causes the Senate to have more power in some ways than the House of Representatives.
- As you can see, the book's title is rather dramatic.
- This book helps explain the origins of Congressional gridlock.
Kirby, David. When They Come For You. New York: St. Martins, 2019.
- Cover subtitle: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties--And How To Take Them Back.
Klarevas, Louis. Rampage Nation: Securing America From Mass Shootings. New York: Prometheus Books, 2016.
- Lots of research based insights explaining why school shootings happen.
Klein, Ezra. Why We're Polarized. New York: Avid Reader Press, 2020.
- Klein's book focuses in depth on voting, group behavior of voters and politicians, "tribe" mentality.
- Klein is the cofounder of Vox (a news organization) and he also hosts a podcast. In the past he has been a columnist and editor at the Washington Post and a policy analyst for MSNBC.
Korda, Michael. IKE: An American Hero. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2007.
- 80% of book covers the his organizational and military skills and how they led to success at war.
Krauthammer, Charles. Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics. New York: Crown Forum, 2013.
- One of the most respected political bloggers and commentators (on major networks).
- He passed away a few years ago but his books of blogs are still relevant and available.
- Conservative views.
Krugman, Paul. Arguing With Zombies: Economics, Politics, And The Fight For A Better Future. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2020.
- Nobel Prize winner in economics.
- Outstanding blogger.
- Liberal viewpoints. When he writes about economics, he keeps it simple and there's no heavy math keeping normal people from understanding his points.
Logevall, Fredrik. Embers of War: The Fall of An Empire And The Making Of America's Vietnam. United States: Random House, 2012.
McCloskey, Robert G. The American Supreme Court. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.
- Notable: This is the sixth edition of a classic text by a well-published author and professor at Harvard and the University of Texas Law School.
McMaster, H. R. Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam. New York: Harper Collins, 1997.
- All presidents have had notable successes and failures.
- Johnson had many enduring successes.
- The author McMaster graduated from West Point, fought in the Iraq war, and earned a PhD in history.
- This book, like no other book on the Vietnam war, reveals how the top decision makers in America failed in their ethics and critical thinking.
- Very readable book.
McCann, Michelle Roehm. Enough Is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2019.
- Packed with easily understood, important information. Content is extensive.
- It's written by a very experienced children's book author and professional art director.
- It is highly illustrated with graphics to make it interesting for students of various ages.
Miller, Michael. Cyberspies: inside the world of hacking, online privacy, and cyberterrorism. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books, 2021.
- Russian election interference on pages: 39 - 47, 50.
- Very useful book. YA 005.8 Mil
Misiroglu, Gina. The Handy American Government Answer Book: How Washington, Politics, and Elections Work. Canton, MI, 2018.
- This book explains how politics should work. Necessary and very clear information.
- For how to understand real politics plus real politicians, many other books are needed.
Mumford, James. Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes: London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2020.
- He is a fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He received his PhD from Oxford University. He was a fellow at Yale where his graduate studies were in political philosophy and religion.
- He has written for the Guardian, the Atlantic, and Time Literary Supplement.
- Two things make this book very useful. First, he points out that political parties bundle the issues of their platform together; and voters have only a yes or no vote.
- Secondly, he uses good thinking skills to reason about whether bundling the issues makes any sense. Often it does not.
O'Connor, Sandra Day. Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court. New York: Random House, 2013.
- Lots of excellent, objective observations.
Posner, Sarah. Unholy: How White Christian Nationalists Powered the Trump Presidency, and the Devastating Legacy They Left Behind. New York: Random House, 2021.
- Posner is an investigative journalist and writer. She graduated from Wesleyan University and has a law degree from the University of Virginia.
- Her investigative work and writing as appeared in numerous, widely respected publications, including Washington Post, the New York Times, Mother Jones, The New Republic, Politico.
Prados, John and Porter, Margaret, Eds. Inside the Pentagon Papers. USA: University Press of Kansas, 2004.
Reich, Robert B. The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
- Reich has had a very distinguished career. He has been a part of two presidential administrations.
- He is a professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California.
- He is an economist.
- He has written for all the prestigious magazines and newspapers.
- He has co-created an award winning film and a Netflix documentary.
Richie, Donald A. The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- These "Very Short Intro" books are all very accurate and useful.
- I have read at least ten of these compact books which have about 150 pages.
Robenalt, James. January 1973: Watergate, Roe V. Wade, Vietnam, And The Month That Changed America Forever. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, Inc., 2015.
Rosen, Jefferey. The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America. New York: Times Books, 2006.
Small, Cathleen. Who Are Conservatives: and What Do They Believe In? New York: Cavendish Square Publishing, 2020.
Swift, Catherine. John Newton. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1991.
- This short book covers the whole of Newton's life.
- He once was taken into slavery, but escaped. He he later became a slave ship officer.
- He had a religious conversion during a storm at sea.
- He eventually became a pastor and collaborated with Mr. Willberforce to outlaw slavery in Great Britain.
- He wrote the hymns, including "Amazing Grace."
- Gross treatment of slaves in Middle Passage p112-115
Tomasky, Michael. Bill Clinton. New York: Times Books, 2017.
Urofsky, Melvin I. The Campaign Finance Cases: Buckley, McConnell, Citizens United, and McCutcheon. Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2020.
Vindman, Alexander. Here, Right Matters. New York: Harper Collins, 2021.
- Vindman ultimately became one of the most important witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial.
- I watched his live testimony on TV and that of other witnesses associated with the US State Department. Vindman testified in an objective, straight-forward manner.
- He knew Trump would ruin his career for testifying. And that did in fact happen.
Walliman, Nicholas. Research Methods: the Basics. New York: Routledge, 2011
Ward, Geoffrey C., and Burns, Ken. The Vietnam War: An Intimate History. New York: Alfred Knopf, 2017.
Wehle, Kim. What You Need to Know About Voting and Why. New York: Harper.
- This book is filled with essential information about how voting works--in all the states.
- Wehle is a professor of law and a legal expert. She is also a constitutional scholar.
- Her format and writing is very clear even though the subject matter is quite detailed.
Williams, Heather Andrea. American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Xtian justification of slavery p7, Puritans and Cotton Mather approve of slavery. p27
- Colonists enslaved on those different from them. Indians and Blacks. p17
- Slave status based on birth mother. Justification p28
- Liberty and slavery contradictions p87
- Abigail Adams quote p91
Winkler, Adam. We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2018.
Woodward, Bob. The Agenda: Inside The Clinton White House. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
- Bob Woodward is one of the one or two most insightful and historically accurate political writers.
- And he gives in this book the best, the most detailed, the most complete description of what it takes to pass important legislation in Congress.
- I highly recommend this book!
Woodward, Bob. FEAR Trump in the White House. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018. Bold format same as in book.
- The inside story using "deep background" methods
- Stunning revelations
Zirin, James D. Supremely Partisan: How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.