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THE TRUMP SURVIVAL GUIDE

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIVING THROUGH WHAT YOU HOPED WOULD NEVER HAPPEN

A comprehensive resource guide for individuals worried that certain rights may be in jeopardy, offering the encouragement to...

For the majority of the nation’s citizens feeling shocked and bereaved by the election of Donald Trump, Stone (The Secrets of People who Never Get Sick, 2010, etc.) offers guidance for dealing with some of the key issues.

With the media scrambling to comprehend Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, 2016, and with much of the nation continuing to mourn the results, publishers are rushing out books about this unprecedented event. Stone, who wrote a similar book in 2004 regarding George W. Bush, here focuses his attention on the dozen most crucial issues that were contentiously debated during the long, grueling election process. In separate chapters, the author begins with concise overviews of the history and evolution of our nation’s civil rights movement, economy, education, Medicare and Medicaid, the environment, immigration policies, LGBTQ issues, national security, Obamacare, political divisions, and women’s rights. He then assesses whatever level of progress was made concerning each cause during the eight-year administration of Barack Obama. Acknowledging that Trump hasn’t provided much in the way of concrete agendas within his campaign beyond bombastic and often contradictory rhetoric, Stone conjectures on possible worst-case scenarios, especially when considered within the context of Trump’s divisive choices for key Cabinet posts. While the futures of any of these issues ultimately remain uncertain, the possible threats cannot be ignored, and the author offers reasonable means to combat each one. Though lacking concrete solutions, the book provides substantial resources, including lists of leading organizations to contact or for volunteer consideration and books worth reading on each subject. First and foremost, however, he advises readers to write or call elected representatives to voice their concerns.

A comprehensive resource guide for individuals worried that certain rights may be in jeopardy, offering the encouragement to actively fight back with as much knowledge and authority as possible.

Pub Date: Jan. 10, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-268648-0

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Dey Street/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Dec. 31, 2016

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WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular...

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A neurosurgeon with a passion for literature tragically finds his perfect subject after his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer.

Writing isn’t brain surgery, but it’s rare when someone adept at the latter is also so accomplished at the former. Searching for meaning and purpose in his life, Kalanithi pursued a doctorate in literature and had felt certain that he wouldn’t enter the field of medicine, in which his father and other members of his family excelled. “But I couldn’t let go of the question,” he writes, after realizing that his goals “didn’t quite fit in an English department.” “Where did biology, morality, literature and philosophy intersect?” So he decided to set aside his doctoral dissertation and belatedly prepare for medical school, which “would allow me a chance to find answers that are not in books, to find a different sort of sublime, to forge relationships with the suffering, and to keep following the question of what makes human life meaningful, even in the face of death and decay.” The author’s empathy undoubtedly made him an exceptional doctor, and the precision of his prose—as well as the moral purpose underscoring it—suggests that he could have written a good book on any subject he chose. Part of what makes this book so essential is the fact that it was written under a death sentence following the diagnosis that upended his life, just as he was preparing to end his residency and attract offers at the top of his profession. Kalanithi learned he might have 10 years to live or perhaps five. Should he return to neurosurgery (he could and did), or should he write (he also did)? Should he and his wife have a baby? They did, eight months before he died, which was less than two years after the original diagnosis. “The fact of death is unsettling,” he understates. “Yet there is no other way to live.”

A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity.

Pub Date: Jan. 19, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-8129-8840-6

Page Count: 248

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2015

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A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

For Howard Zinn, long-time civil rights and anti-war activist, history and ideology have a lot in common. Since he thinks that everything is in someone's interest, the historian—Zinn posits—has to figure out whose interests he or she is defining/defending/reconstructing (hence one of his previous books, The Politics of History). Zinn has no doubts about where he stands in this "people's history": "it is a history disrespectful of governments and respectful of people's movements of resistance." So what we get here, instead of the usual survey of wars, presidents, and institutions, is a survey of the usual rebellions, strikes, and protest movements. Zinn starts out by depicting the arrival of Columbus in North America from the standpoint of the Indians (which amounts to their standpoint as constructed from the observations of the Europeans); and, after easily establishing the cultural disharmony that ensued, he goes on to the importation of slaves into the colonies. Add the laborers and indentured servants that followed, plus women and later immigrants, and you have Zinn's amorphous constituency. To hear Zinn tell it, all anyone did in America at any time was to oppress or be oppressed; and so he obscures as much as his hated mainstream historical foes do—only in Zinn's case there is that absurd presumption that virtually everything that came to pass was the work of ruling-class planning: this amounts to one great indictment for conspiracy. Despite surface similarities, this is not a social history, since we get no sense of the fabric of life. Instead of negating the one-sided histories he detests, Zinn has merely reversed the image; the distortion remains.

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1979

ISBN: 0061965588

Page Count: 772

Publisher: Harper & Row

Review Posted Online: May 26, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1979

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