The Fury Road of American Politics

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John Seale, DoP for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Childish name-calling, scoldings, pee-pee jokes: it’s not second grade, it’s the 2016 U.S. Presidential election! Six months ago, no one predicted any of this: the dominance of Trump, the competitiveness of Bernie, the flame-out of Jeb. But here we are, living in a reality-show that blows The Apprentice out of the water. This campaign is upending conventions (pun intended!) and earning a place in U.S. election history—for better or worse. This week’s Brazos Book List is inspired by America’s love affair with primary politics, five books that speak to us as we lurch forward into November.

Quotations from Chairman Trump Cover Image
By Carol Pogash (Editor)
ISBN: 9780795348211
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Published: Rosettabooks - January 26th, 2016

Modelled on Mao’s little red book, QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN TRUMP is the perfect gift for just about anybody, because whether you love him or hate him, there are tons of great Trump quotes inside to confirm your opinion. It may be small (unlike Trump’s hands) but this pocket-size piece packs a big, dizzy-making punch. Read it out loud with your friends and feel your head spin, in rapturous delight or the opposite.

Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393067064
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 11th, 2016

The rhetoric in the 2016 debates has been a combination of aggression, humor, and out-and-out insults. In REPUBLIC OF SPIN, presidential historian David Greenberg gives us a fascinating context for this rhetoric by writing the history of presidential spin. How does the White House create and control the two most important tools of contemporary politics—the image and the message? Greenberg takes us all the way from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the echelon of political communication.

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316185431
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Published: Little Brown and Company - February 17th, 2015

There’s been a surge of discussion regarding income inequality since the Great Recession of 2008. In THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE, the brilliant Steven Fraser examines the history of America’s reactions to the role of wealth in the political arena. What once prompted outrage has now become the standard, or even a dare for the next round of candidates. This book is essential for anyone concerned with the current political landscape.

The Road (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

This Pulitzer Prize winner, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and beloved classic is a haunting masterpiece from one of the greatest contemporary American novelists. A harrowing tale of survival and a meditation on the meaning of good and evil, THE ROAD at its heart tells the story of a father and son traversing a deserted American landscape, trying to hold off starvation and to find salvation by reaching the ocean. This novel’s got it all: cannibals, roasted babies, locked cellars full of people, plagues, despair. Scared about the next president? Have this on your bedside table on the evening of Tuesday, November 8th, and you’re sure to see the next four years with rose-tinted glasses.

A Guide for the Perplexed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393348880
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2014

You shouldn’t judge a book by its title, but this one’s great, isn’t it? And completely appropriate. A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED is a dazzling mash-up of digital technology and medieval archives, a spellbinding thriller that moves from a present day rivalry between two sisters to a 19th-century Indiana Jones style adventure. Dara Horn was named one of Granta’s twenty “Best Young American Novelists,” and all of her novels, steeped in Hebrew and Yiddish literature, have made multiple national best-of lists. A philosophical novel of ideas that digs down into the meaning of memory, A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED may not make the 2016 election any more comprehensible, but at least it can provide a smart, stimulating distraction.

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