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A Human History of Emotion by
We humans like to think of ourselves as a rational species who have relied on calculation and intellect to survive. But many of the most important moments in our history had little to do with cold, hard facts and a lot to do with feelings. Drawing on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, art, and religious history, Richard Firth-Godbehere vividly illustrates how our understanding and experience of emotions has changed over time, and how our beliefs about feelings--and our feelings themselves--profoundly shaped us and the world we inhabit.
Empire of Pain by
The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions: Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to the arts and sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing Oxycontin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis. This is the saga of three generations of a single family and the mark they would leave on the world, including the scorched-earth legal tactics that the family has used to evade accountability.
The Family Roe by
Despite her famous pseudonym, "Jane Roe," no one knows the truth about Norma McCorvey, whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture in American life. Journalist Joshua Prager spent hundreds of hours with Norma, discovered her personal papers--a previously unseen trove--and witnessed her final moments. The Family Roe presents her life in full. Propelled by the crosscurrents of sex and religion, gender and class, it is a life that tells the story of abortion in America. An epic work spanning fifty years of American history, The Family Roe will change the way you think about our enduring American divide: the right to choose or the right to life.
No Option but North by
In the thick of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016, and through the travel bans his administration issued in 2017, journalist Kelsey Freeman spent nine months interviewing Central American migrants in a shelter along the migrant path in central Mexico. This book interweaves these stories with research and anecdotes from Freeman's experiences to reveal the fundamental moral quandaries involved in contemporary migration - from the expanding gang violence that drives migrants out of their home countries, to their dearth of legal options on both sides of the border, and more.
Punch Me up to the Gods by
This memoir tells the story of Brian Broome's early years growing up in Ohio as a dark-skinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys. Brian's recounting of his experiences--in all their cringe-worthy, hilarious, and aching glory--reveal a perpetual outsider awkwardly squirming to find his way in. Indiscriminate sex and escalating drug use help to soothe his hurt, young psyche, usually to uproarious and devastating effect. He has a no-nonsense mother and broken father, but it is Brian's voice in the retelling that shows the true depth of vulnerability for young Black boys that is often quietly near to bursting at the seams.
Does power corrupt, or are corrupt people drawn to power? Are entrepreneurs who embezzle and cops who kill the result of poorly designed systems or are they just bad people? Are tyrants made or born? If you were suddenly thrust into a position of power, would you be able to resist the temptation to line your pockets or seek revenge against your enemies? To answer these questions, Corruptible draws on over 500 interviews with some of the world's top leaders--from the noblest to the dirtiest--including presidents and philanthropists as well as rebels, cultists, and dictators.
Entertaining Race by
Entertaining Race is a testament to Michael Eric Dyson's consistent celebration of the outsized impact of African American culture and politics on this country. Black people were forced to entertain white people in slavery, have been forced to entertain the idea of race from the start, and must find entertaining ways to make race an object of national conversation. Dyson's career embodies these and other ways of performing Blackness, and in these pages, ranging from 1991 to the present, he entertains race with his pen, voice, and body.
Let the Record Show by
In just six years, ACT UP, New York, a broad and unlikely coalition of activists from all races, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds, changed the world. Armed with rancor, desperation, intelligence, and creativity, it took on the AIDS crisis with an indefatigable, ingenious, and multifaceted attack on the corporations, institutions, governments, and individuals who stood in the way of AIDS treatment for all. Based on more than two hundred interviews with ACT UP members, this is a revelatory exploration--and long-overdue reassessment--of the group's inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture.
Not Born Yesterday by
Hugo Mercier demonstrates how virtually all attempts at mass persuasion--whether by religious leaders, politicians, or advertisers--fail miserably. Why? Mercier uses the latest findings from experimental psychology to show how each of us is endowed with sophisticated cognitive mechanisms of open vigilance. Computing a variety of cues, these mechanisms enable us to be on guard against harmful beliefs, while being open enough to change our minds when presented with the right evidence. Even failures are better explained as bugs in otherwise well-functioning cognitive mechanisms than as symptoms of general gullibility.
There Is Nothing for You Here by
Fiona Hill grew up in a world of terminal decay. The last of the local mines had closed, businesses were shuttering, and despair was etched in the faces around her. The coal-miner's daughter managed to go further than he ever could have dreamed. She studied in Moscow and at Harvard, and served three U.S. Presidents. But in the heartlands of both Russia and the United States, she saw troubling reflections of her hometown and similar populist impulses. By the time she offered her brave testimony in the first impeachment inquiry of President Trump, Hill knew that the desperation of forgotten people was driving American politics over the brink.