Max Blumenthal’s Republican Gomorrah highlights the hypocrisy, connects the sleazy dots, and demonstrates the true character and history of the Christian right and its hold over the GOP better than any book I have ever read.
The Pinochet File produced by Peter Kornblugh and the National Security Archive uses declassified US government documents and phone conversations to demonstrate America’s involvement in Chile through the ’70s and ’80s. With shocking, stunning detail, Kornblugh uses government secrets to tell a story that will surprise most Americans.
John Dings’s The Condor Years is a critical look at United States foreign policy in Latin America. Based on well-sourced materials including declassified documents from the CIA, Dings shows how America supported brutal dictatorships in Latin America. The book demonstrates how, with differing levels of US support and/or indifference, right-wing dictators killed thousands and tortured more.
Allende’s Chile and the Inter-American Cold War is one of the most important books I have ever read about American foreign policy. If you want to gain a real understanding of America’s imperialism, lack of commitment to democracy, and its support of coups, Allende’s Chile and the Inter-American Cold War is for you. Given what is happening in Venezuela today, this book is an especially useful read.
Kelly Ray Knight’s Addicted, Pregnant, Poor is an important read. Addicted, Pregnant, Poor tells the stories of women in San Francisco who are addicted to drugs and pregnant. Their stories tell a spectacular story of government failure, discrimination, and cruelty that far too often defines America.
Tess Gerritsen’s The Mephisto Club is the fifth book in her Rizzoli & Isles series. While the Mephisto Club isn’t the best book in the series, it was an enjoyable read. I really like Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles as characters. The twists and turns in The Mephisto Club were exciting enough to keep me interested and guessing.
Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes is an emotional, educational thriller. In addressing the tragedy of mass shootings at school, Picoult does a great job illustrating the experiences of many sides of the tragedy, while showing how each major player got to where they were when it happened. The way she goes between the present, the day of, and the past, tells a vivid, complex story.
Tess Gerritsen’s Body Double is book three in the Rizzoli & Isles series. I have read the first four books of the series (I read three and four out of order). So far, Body Double is easily my favorite book in the series. I have enjoyed all four books, but Body Double is simply outstanding.
Jodi Picoult’s A Spark of Light is one of the most thought-provoking novels I have ever read. She takes on the controversial issue of abortion and does a masterful job illustrating things that commonly lead to abortion, reasons why some protest the right to abortions, and how government can become a huge problem in the lives of women. She also shows the position of those who so strongly oppose abortion that they infiltrate clinics hoping to secretly record staff given pregnant women bad advice or encouraging abortions.