Books about America: Making Sense of the America We Live In

Understanding the United States of America
November 16, 2016 Mariana 0 Comments

Common questions following the election results: “How can we better understand the current political climate?” “How can we better understand the divides in America right now?” “How can we meet the needs and address the fears of our fellow Americans?” Digging into the literature to answer these questions was fruitful in making sense of the America we currently live in.

America’s White & Red

Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Being Black in America

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

American Woman

Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement by Sarah Erdreich

Century of Struggle: The Woman’s Rights Movement in the United States by Eleanor Flexner

America’s Women by Gail Collins


City of Dreams by Tyler Anbinder

The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands by Margaret Regan

Guarding the Golden Door by Roger Daniels

The Middle of Everywhere by Mary Pipher

America, what is really going on here?

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer

Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman

If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas

Listen, Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

How to Win An Election by Quintus Cicero

Gentle Warnings

The Fourth Turning by Will Strauss

It Can’t Happen Here By Sinclair Lewis

Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

On Humans

Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind by Yuval Noah Harari

The Road to Character by David Brooks

Trauma & Recovery by Judith Herman

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl


Watch: “The 13th” (On Netflix)

Listen: Sex, Ducks, and The Founding Fathers- Radiolab, What Kind of Country?- This American Life, Red State Blue State- This American Life

American Politics, Abraham Lincoln

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