November 10, 2006

Reading for the New Majority

Reading for the New Majority

As promised on last night’s show, The Democrats’ New Reading List, we’ve compiled our list of all the books, blogs and authors (marked by an asterisk) mentioned by our guests. The resulting list is long, but there’s always more — what are you reading? What syllabus would you prescribe to the new Democratic majority?

A Reading List for a New Majority

The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk

Reflections on the Revolutions in France by Edmund Burke

Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater

What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank

Pragmatism by William James*

Human Nature and Conduct by John Dewey*

The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam

A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin

Progress and Poverty by Henry George

Democracy: An American Novel by Henry Adams

The Floating Island by Garrett Epps

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

The Problem of the Media: US Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Robert McChesney

Democracy in America by Alexis de Toqueville

Culture Warrior by Bill O’Reilly*

America: The Last Best Hope by William Bennett*

The Truth: With Jokes by Al Franken*

Will They Ever Trust Us Again?: Letters from the War Zone by Michael Moore*

The Vital Center by Arthur Schlesinger

Why Americans Hate Politics by E. J. Dionne

Putting People First by Bill Clinton

Why I am a Democrat by Theodore Sorensten

American Capitalism by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi

John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics by Richard Parker

Captialism and Freedom by Milton Friedman*

One Market Under God by Thomas Frank

The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy” by Howard Friel

Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War by John Prados

The National Security Archive via George Washington University, including the infamous photo of Donald Rumsfeld haking hands with Saddam Hussein

A History of Modern Palestine by Ilan Pappe

Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict by Norman Finkelstein

Middle East Illusions by Noam Chomsky

Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict by Sarah Roy

The Clash of Barbarisms by Gilbert Achcar

Perilous Power by Gilbert Achcar with Noam Chomsky

Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon by Robert Fisk

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

The Aeneid by Virgil, translated by

Measure of Our Days by Jerome Groopman

Ralph Bunche: An American Life by Brian Urquhart



The Selling of the President by Joe Mcginniss

Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerit Yourcenar

My Uncle Napoleon by Iraj Pezeshkzad

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

Complete Sonnets, by William Shakespeare

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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