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Book Review: “The Empty Throne” makes a better argument for not having one

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership, by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Kissinger is proof the adults in the room were “Reckless”, too

Excerpt: In the Mel Brooks par­o­dy “Space Balls”, the vil­lain­ous char­ac­ter Darth Hel­met brags to Lon­es­tarr, the pro­tag­o­nist, that, “Evil will always tri­umph because good is dumb.” This trope appears in fic­tion often, and some writ­ers rely on it almost entirely. The medieval­ist his­to­ri­an and cul­ture crit­ic Steven Atwell has observed that one of the cen­tral […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: In “10 Strikes”, historian Erik Loomis demonstrates how American labor’s fortunes are inseparable from U.S. politics

Excerpt: This is a good book in all the ways a history book can be good. You should buy it. You should read it. You should gift it to your friends and family, and stuff extra copies in Tiny Libraries you come across.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Hilarie Gamm’s “Billions Lost” sadly has nothing useful or progressive to say

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and the Roadmap to Change" by Hilarie T. Gamm.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: In the future of “Unscaled”, AI will keep the rich different from you and me

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Unscaled: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Dana Fisher’s Activism, Inc. is a reminder of the sin of ideals procrastinated

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Activism, Inc., a 2006 book by Dana Fisher that examines "how the outsourcing of grassroots campaigns is strangling progressive politics in America."
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: “The Storm Before the Storm” and the seduction of history’s lessons

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic, by Mike Duncan.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: This is your brain on “Collusion”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, by Nomi Prins
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: The real “Good News About Bad Behavior” is that the kids are already alright

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Good News About Bad Behavior by Kathleen Reynolds Lewis.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: “The Bone and Sinew of the Land” recovers some American history that actually has been erased

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Anna-Lisa Cox's new book The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore burns bright and goes out too soon

Excerpt: It's a rare thing for a book to conclude and the reader's biggest complaint be that there quite wasn't enough of it. Yet, that's what Darnell L. Moore accomplished with his memoir No Ashes in the Fire.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Barbara Ehrenreich is old enough to die, but still has plenty to say

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer" by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Read “Inventing Ourselves” to learn about the latest brain science research

Excerpt: Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's book Inventing Ourselves is a fascinating examination of what recent decades of technological progress and investigation have shown us about the teenage brain.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Author Christian Davenport, for one, welcomes our new “Space Barons”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, by Christian Davenport.
Written by:David A Johnson
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