Without any ado, here are five of July’s most significant, timely, and relevant books, with quotes from the Kirkus reviews.
The Marginalized Majority by Onnesha Roychoudhuri: In this potent activist manifesto and deconstruction of the myths surrounding identity politics, the author “combines the reporting chops of an experienced journalist with literary flair and a conversational, common-sense approach that seems far more heartfelt than dogmatic.” It’s the most memorable book I’ve read in the past few months.
The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandelaby Nelson Mandela, edited by Sahm Venter: Covering nearly 30 years, this collection stands as “a valuable contribution to our understanding of one of history’s most vital figures,” and the editor “adds tremendous value with his annotations and introductions to the work as a whole and to the book’s various sections.”
The Future of Terrorism by Walter Laqueur: One of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism “examines trends in Islamist and alt-right acts of political violence.” It’s “of considerable interest to the geopolitically inclined, as are all of Laqueur’s many books.”
The Fall of Wisconsin by Dan Kaufman: Want to understand how Wisconsin, a formerly progressive stronghold, gave us Scott Walker and Paul Ryan? Read this well-researched history of the state’s turbulent politics. As our reviewer noted, “prominent national figures appear throughout, but this is not a book focused on Washington, D.C. Still, these tales from one state have national implications.”
The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani: In a concise, hard-hitting assessment of current affairs, the former New York Times chief book critic rails against Donald Trump, the willful ignorance of his many apologists, and their widespread assault on facts. In this “firmly assertive and seriously argued” book, Kakutani shows all the fire and relentlessness that made her so infamous and celebrated at the Times.
Eric Liebetrau is the nonfiction and managing editor.