Books by James Laxer

Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"History and biography lacking in intellectual curiosity or a coherent overarching concept."
Three mid-19th-century leaders shape their countries' destinies. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

The latest volume in the Groundwork Guides series offers a fascinating and concise overview of democracy from ancient Greece and Rome through the American and French Revolutions and on through modern movements for democracy in the developing world. Laxer's premise is that "democracy is in peril today in the wealthy countries" because it's morphing into plutocracy, a system in which politics is unduly controlled by money. The future of democracy depends, as it always has, on the struggle to narrow the gap between the rich and poor and the struggles for education, health care, employment, a cleaner environment and containment of war. Though the prose is windy and wordy at times, it covers much ground and is always rooted in specific details and examples, with sidebars that add extra dimensions to the discussion. This will work best with a high-school audience already well versed in American and world history and ready for a treatment that makes compelling connections. (timeline, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Predictable, boring, and ill-informed."
A bleeding-heart liberal takes a road trip through the US and finds much not to his liking. Read full book review >