The Death of Truth

Written by: Michiko Kakutani

   In "The Death of Truth," Kakutani looks at the fragmenting cultural discourse that preceded Trump, the role of the internet in our lives and politics, Russian interference in the US and abroad, the degradation of language, highlights from 45’s first year in office and, of course, fake news. What Kakutani brings to the narrative is her wide literary referent and an ability to nail an opponent with flair. "If a novelist had concocted a villain like Trump - a larger-than-life, over-the-top avatar of narcissism, mendacity, ignorance, prejudice, boorishness, demagoguery, and tyrannical impulses," she writes, she or he would likely be accused of extreme contrivance and implausibility."

The Mis-Education of the Negro

Written by: Carter G. Woodson

The Mis-Education of the Negro is a book originally published in 1933 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The thesis of Dr. Woodson's book is that African-Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. This conditioning, he claims, causes African-Americans to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part. He challenges his readers to become autodidacts and to "do for themselves", regardless of what they were taught.

GHETTOSIDE A True Story of Murder in America

Written by: Jill Leovy

A masterly work of literary journalism about senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America.

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,

Written by: Jeff Hobbs

The biography of the life of a talented young African American man who escaped the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb his addiction and to the dangerous streets, when he returns home.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Written by: Michelle Alexander

This legal scholar offers an acute analysis of the redesigned racial caste system in America, where Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control.

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