The Last Politician by Franklin Foer

Staff Pick

This behind-the-scenes account of the first two years of the Biden presidency offers fresh and revealing details about how Joe Biden and his team overcame huge challenges and a faltering start to make impressive gains in both domestic and foreign policy. Frank Foer argues that by passing several monumental pieces of legislation at home and rallying the world to Ukraine’s defense abroad, Biden has shown himself to be a more ambitious and capable president than widely anticipated. Further, by demonstrating the effectiveness still of political dealmaking and coalition-building, Biden has garnered new respect for the craft of those, like himself, who continue to believe in the work of politicians. 

The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden's White House and the Struggle for America's Future By Franklin Foer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101981146
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Published: Penguin Press - September 5th, 2023

Weapons of Mass Delusion, by Robert Draper

Staff Pick

In Weapons of Mass Delusion, Robert Draper chronicles the continued decline of the Republican Party into what he calls “the Trumpian cult of compulsive dissembling and conspiracy mongering.” The period covered in the book is mostly the year-and-a-half after Donald Trump’s presidency. It was a period, Draper writes, during which the notion “This is not normal,” which often was said fretfully about the Trump years, metastasized into “This is dangerous and is not going away.” This reckoning for the party was most evident, Draper contends, among Republicans in the House, so he has focused his book on key members there—from extremists like Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene and Arizona’s Paul Gosar to a dwindling group of Republicans who’ve remained willing to push back against the lies and craziness.

Weapons of Mass Delusion: When the Republican Party Lost Its Mind By Robert Draper Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593300145
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Published: Penguin Press - October 18th, 2022

Dirt Road Revival, by Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward

Staff Pick

There's been a lot of speculation as to how, when, if, and, why the Democratic Party has let down rural voters. This book offers a critical love letter to the Party from a 25-year-old candidate and her equally young campaign manager about how they took the best and left the worst of what the Party had to offer in order to win a seat in the state legislature from the most rural of all rural counties in Maine.





Dirt Road Revival: How to Rebuild Rural Politics and Why Our Future Depends On It By Chloe Maxmin, Canyon Woodward Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807007518
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Published: Beacon Press - May 10th, 2022