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Best Books 2020: Tracking Autocracy & White Supremacy

  • NONFICTION

    TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY

    JULY 21, 2020

NONFICTION

TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY

by Anne Applebaum

A knowledgeable, rational, necessarily dark take on dark realities. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    LIFE OF A KLANSMAN

    AUG. 4, 2020

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

LIFE OF A KLANSMAN

by Edward Ball

An illuminating contribution to the literature of race and racism in America. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    SISTERS IN HATE

    JULY 21, 2020

NONFICTION

SISTERS IN HATE

by Seyward Darby

Engaging, horrifying, and informative—Darby offers an important, fresh angle on the problems tearing our country apart. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    SURVIVING AUTOCRACY

    JUNE 2, 2020

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

SURVIVING AUTOCRACY

by Masha Gessen

Gessen is a Suetonius for our time, documenting the death of the old America while holding out slim hope for its restoration. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS

    OCT. 6, 2020

NONFICTION

WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS

by Ruby Hamad

An extraordinary book for anyone who wishes to pay more than lip service to truly inclusive, intersectional feminism. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    LIAR'S CIRCUS

    SEPT. 1, 2020

NONFICTION

LIAR'S CIRCUS

by Carl Hoffman

A valuable portrait of authoritarianism in action and its more-than-willing adherents. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WHITE TOO LONG

    AUG. 18, 2020

  • NONFICTION

    CULTURE WARLORDS

    OCT. 13, 2020

NONFICTION

CULTURE WARLORDS

by Talia Lavin

Righteous indignation meets techie magic to shine light on one of America’s most malignant warts. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    MEDIOCRE

    DEC. 1, 2020

NONFICTION

MEDIOCRE

by Ijeoma Oluo

A bold, incisive book on heavy topics with a call to action for a more equitable future that doesn’t center White men. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    STAKES IS HIGH

    SEPT. 15, 2020

NONFICTION

STAKES IS HIGH

by Mychal Denzel Smith

An urgent and provocative work that deserves the broadest possible audience. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    HOW TO MAKE A SLAVE AND OTHER ESSAYS

    NOV. 2, 2020

NONFICTION

HOW TO MAKE A SLAVE AND OTHER ESSAYS

by Jerald Walker

Crafted with honesty and wry comedic flair, these essays are both engaging and enraging. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BETWEEN TWO FIRES

    JAN. 14, 2020

HISTORY

BETWEEN TWO FIRES

by Joshua Yaffa

Gripping, disturbing stories of life under an oppressive yet wildly popular autocrat. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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