(Ongoing archive of books chosen for student Research-Argument Essays)
Alter, Adam. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. Penguin, 2018.
Armstrong, Karen. The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts. Random House, 2020.
Bacevich, Andrew J. America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History. Random House, 2016.
Bakan, Joel. The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. Free Press, 2004.
Baptist, Edward E. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Basic Books, 2016.
Bauer, Shane. American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. Penguin Press, 2018.
Bazelon, Emily. Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration. Random House, 2019.
Beckert, Sven. Empire of Cotton: A Global History. Vintage, 2015.
Bejan, Teresa M. Mere Civility. Harvard University Press, 2017.
Belew, Kathleen. Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America. Harvard University Press, 2018.
Ben-Eliezer, Uri. War Over Peace: One Hundred Years of Israel's Militaristic Nationalism. University of California Press, 2019.
Berger, Dan. Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era. University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
Blackburn, Robin. An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln. Verso, 2011.
Blackmon, Douglas. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Anchor, 2009.
Blight, David W. Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom. Simon & Schuster, 2018.
Blum, William. Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II. Common Courage Press, 2004.
Boswell, John. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Boykoff, Jules. Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in America. AK Press, 2007.
Brauman, Rony with Régis Meyran. Humanitarian Wars: Lies and Brainwashing. Oxford University Press, 2019.
Bray, Mark. Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. Melville House, 2017. [Available in BCTC Newtown Library]
Bregman, Rutger. Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World. Little Brown, and Co., 2017.
Brown, Jenny. Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now. Verso, 2019.
Buccola, Nicholas. The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America. Princeton University Press, 2019.
Cameron, Deborah. Feminism: A Brief Introduction to the Ideas, Debates, and Politics of the Movement. University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Chenoweth, Erica and Maria J. Stephan. Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. Columbia University Press, 2011.
Chomsky, Aviva. "They Take Our Jobs!": And 20 Other Myths About Immigration. Beacon Press, 2007.
---. Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal. Beacon Press, 2014.
Chomsky, Noam. Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda. Seven Stories Press, 1997.
---. Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of the Concentration of Wealth and Power. Seven Stories Press, 2017.
Chomsky, Noam and Edward Herman. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. NY: Pantheon Books, 2002.
Cobbina, Jennifer E. Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America. NYU Press, 2019.
Cohen, Adam. Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck. Penguin, 2018.
Cole, David. Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed. Basic Books, 2017.
---. No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Justice System. The New Press, 2000.
Coleman, Gabriella. Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. Verso, 2014.
Dapiran, Antony. City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong. Penguin Random House, 2017.
Davis, Angela Y. Are Prisons Obsolete? Open Media, 2003.
Desmond, Matthew. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Crown Books, 2017.
Domby, Adam H. The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory. University of Virginia Press, 2020.
Dunn, Rob. Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live. Basic Books, 2018.
Dyrendal, Asbjorn, James R. Lewis, and Jesper Aa. Petersen. The Invention of Satanism. Oxford University Press, 2015.
Duberman, Martin. Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising That Changed America. Revised Edition. Plume, 2019.
Duggan, Tim. The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America. Tim Duggan Books, 2018.
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne. An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. Beacon Press, 2015.
---. Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. City Light Books, 2018.
Earle, Sylvia. The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's are One. National Geographic, 2009.
Eban, Katherine. Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom. Harper Collins, 2019.
Estes, Nick. Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. Verso, 2019.
Ewen, Stuart. PR: A Social History of Spin. Basic Books, 1996.
Faderman, Lillian. The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle. Simon and Schuster, 2016.
Fausto-Sterling. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. Basic Books, 2000.
Feinstein, Andrew. The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
Ferguson, Charles. Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America. Crown Business, 2013.
Fields, Karen E. and Barbara J. Fields. Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in America. Verso, 2012.
Fine, Cordelia. Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences. Icon Books, 2010.
Finkel, Alvin. Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy. Red Globe Press, 2018.
Fletcher, Jr., Bill and Fernando Gapasin. Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice. University of California Press, 2009.
Florini, Sarah. Beyond Hashtags: Racial Politics and Black Digital Networks. New York University Press, 2019.
France, David. How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS. Knopf Doubleday, 2017.
Freeberg, Ernst. A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement. Basic Books, 2020.
Fuentes, Agustin. Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being. Yale University Press, 2019.
Gieseler, Cary. The Voices of #MeToo: From Grassroots Activism to a Viral Roar. Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.
Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. University of California Press, 2007.
Giridharadas, Anand. Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Knopf, 2018.
Graeber, David. The Utopia of Rules: Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. Melville House, 2015.
Grandin, Greg. The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. Metropolitan Books, 2019.
Greenhouse, Steven. Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
Greenwald, Glenn. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, The NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. Metropolitan Books, 2015.
---. With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful. Picador, 2012.
Hadot, Pierre. Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault. Wiley-Blackwell, 1995.
Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Vintage, 2013.
Hajari, Nisid. Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
Hajjar, Lisa. Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights. Routledge, 2015.
Harrington, Brooke. Capital Without Borders: Wealth Management and the One Percent. Harvard University Press, 2016.
Haverty-Stacke, Donna T. America's Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867-1960. New York University Press, 2008.
Hedges, Chris. War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Public Affairs, 2014.
Hedges, Chris and Joe Sacco. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. Bold Type Books, 2014.
Hernandez, Kelly Little. Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol. University of California Press, 2010.
Hickel, Jason. The Divide: Global Inequality From Conquest to Global Markets. W.W. Norton, 2018.
Immerwahr, Daniel. How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
Jamail, Dahr. The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. The New Press, 2019.
---. The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Haymarket, 2011.
Jayaraman, Saru. Forked: A New Standard for American Dining. Oxford University Press, 2016.
Johnson, Akemi. Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of American Military Bases in Okinawa. The New Press, 2019.
Kaiser, Charles. The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America. Grove Press, 2019.
Kaiser, David. Quantum Legacies: Dispatches From an Uncertain World. University of Chicago Press, 2020.
Kelly, Marjorie and Ted Howard. The Making of a Democratic Economy. Berrett-Koehler, 2019.
Kendi, Ibram X. How To Be an Antiracist. Random House, 2019.
---. Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Bold Type Books, 2017.
Khan-Cullors, Patrisse and Asha Bandele. "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matters Memoir." St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants. Milkweed, 2014.
Kinzer, Steven. Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control. Henry Holt and Co., 2019.
Klein, Naomi. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Metropolitan Books, 2007.
---. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. Simon & Schuster, 2019.
LeBlanc, Paul and Michael D. Yates. A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today. Monthly Review Press, 2013.
LeFlouria, Talitha L. Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South. University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
Lendvai, Paul. Orbán: Hungary's Strongman. Oxford University Press, 2018.
Leonard, Christopher. The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business. Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Levin, Yuval. A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream. Basic Books, 2020.
Levine, Bruce E. Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011.
---. Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti- Authoritarian—Strategies, Tools, and Models. AK Press, 2018.
Levine, Deborah and Marc Brenman. When Hate Groups March Down Main Street: Engaging a Community Response. Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.
Lippold, John Cheney. We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves. New York University Press, 2017.
Loewen, James. Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History. 2nd ed. TC Press, 2018.
Loftis, Sonya Freeman. Imagining Autism: Fiction and Stereotypes on the Spectrum. Indiana University Press, 2015.
Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. 3rd ed. Equal Justice Initiative (2017)
Mac, Juno and Molly Smith. Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers' Rights. Verso, 2018.
Manne, Kate. Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. Oxford University Press, 2017.
Marable, Manning. Beyond Black and White: Transforming African-American Politics. Verso, 2009.
Marvin, Carolyn and David Ingle. Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag. Cambridge University Press, 1999,
Mason, Lilliana. Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
May, Todd. A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us. University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Mayer, Jane. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. Doubleday, 2017.
McAlevey, Jane. No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age. Oxford University Press, 2016.
McCann, Michelle Roehm. Enough is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety. Simon & Schuster, 2019.
McCarroll, Meredith. Unwhite: Appalachia, Race and Film. University of Georgia Press, 2018.
McKibben, Bill. Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Henry Holt & Co, 2019.
Meijer, Eva. When Animals Speak: Towards an Interspecies Democracy. New York University Press, 2019.
Miller, Daegan. This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Mitchell, Pat. Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World. Seal Press, 2019.
Moody, Kim. On New Terrain: How Capital is Reshaping the Battleground of Class War. Haymarket Books, 2017.
Moore, Kate. Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women. Sourcebooks, 2017.
Moskowitz, P.E. The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent. Bold Type Books, 2019.
---. How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood. Bold Type Books, 2017.
Moss, Candida. The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. Harper Collins, 2013.
Nicholls, Walter J. The Immigrant Rights Movement: The Battle Over National Citizenship. Stanford University Press, 2019.
Nichols, John. The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition ... Socialism. Verso, 2015. [Available in BCTC's Library]
Nieman, Susan. Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
---. Why Grow Up?: Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Norden, Bryan W. Van. Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto. Columbia University Press, 2017.
O'Mara, Shane. Why Torture Doesn't Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation. Harvard University Press, 2015.
Oreskes, Naomi and Erik M. Conway. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Bloomsbury, 2010.
Ostler, Jeffrey. Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas. Yale University Press, 2019.
Parenti, Christian. Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. Nation Books, 2011.
Partanen, Anu. The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life. Harper Collins, 2016.
Patel, Raj. Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World's Food System. Melville House, 2012.
Pettinicchio, David. Politics of Empowerment: Disability Rights and the Cycle of American Policy Reform. Stanford University Press, 2019.
Pfaff, John. Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform. Basic Books, 2017.
Pinn, Anthony B. When Colorblindness Isn't the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race. Pitchstone Publishing, 2017.
Pollan, Michael. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. Penguin, 2019.
Povitz, Lana Dee. Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
Quinones, Sam. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
Ransby, Barbara. Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the 21st Century. University of California Press, 2018.
Raworth, Kate. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. Chelsea Green, 2017.
Reséndez, Andrés. The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
Rich, Nathaniel. Losing Earth: A Recent History. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2019.
Robin, Marie-Monique. The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of Our Food Supply. The New Press, 2012.
Rothstein, Richard. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Liveright, 2017.
Salatin, Joel. Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World. Center Street, 2011.
Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. Translated by Yael Lotan. Verso, 2010.
Sanyal, Mithyu. Rape: From Lucretia to #metoo. Verso, 2019.
Scahill, Jeremy. Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army. Nation Books, 2007.
---. Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield. Nation Books, 2013.
Scahill, Jeremy, et al. The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program. Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Schmidt, Elizabeth. Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Sheldrake, Merlin. Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures. Random House, 2020.
Schutz, Eric A. Inequality and Power: The Economics of Class. Routledge, 2012.
Schorr, Juliet B. Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture. Basic Books, 2004.
Scott, Peter Dale. The American Deep State: Big Money, Big Oil, and the Struggle for U.S. Democracy. Updated Edition. Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.
Slahi, Mohamedou Ould. Guantánamo Diary. Back Bay Books, 2017.
Snowden, Frank M. Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present. Yale University Press, 2020.
Staal, Jonas. Propaganda Art in the 21st Century. MIT Press, 2019.
Stanley, Jason. How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. Random House, 2018.
Starr, Paul. Entrenchment: Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies. Yale University Press, 2019.
Stern, Alexandra Minn. Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right is Warping the American Imagination. Beacon Press, 2019.
Sutton, Matthew. American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelism. Belknap Press, 2014.
Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership. The University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
Teachout, Zephyr. Break em' Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money. St. Martin's, 2020.
Theoharis, Jeanne. A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. Beacon Press, 2018.
---. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Beacon Press, 2014.
Thomas, Dana. Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes. Penguin, 2019.
Thompson, Heather Ann. Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. Knopf Doubleday, 2017.
Traister, Rebecca. All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. Simon & Schuster, 2016.
Villa, Monique. Slaves Among Us: The Hidden World of Human Trafficking. Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.
Vitale, Alex. The End of Policing. Verso, 2017.
Wallace, Rob. Big Farms, Make Flu: Dispatches on Influenza, Agribusiness, and the Nature of Science. Monthly Review Press, 2016.
Wallace-Wells, David. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. Duggan Books, 2019.
Walls, Laura Dassow. Henry David Thoreau: A Life. University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Weisbord, Noah. The Crime of Aggression The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats. Princeton University Press, 2019.
Weiss, Elaine. The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Penguin, 2018.
Whitman, James Q. Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of NAZI Race Law. Princeton University Press, 2018.
Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Random House, 2020.
Wilkinson, Richard and Kate Pickett. The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone's Well Being. Penguin Press, 2019.
Williams, Kristian. American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination. South End Press, 2006.
Worthen, Molly. Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Oxford University Press, 2013.
Wu, Tim. The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. Columbia Global Reports, 2018.
---. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Vintage, 2011.
Wylie, Christopher. Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break the Internet. Random House, 2019.
Yang, Jia Lynn. One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924 - 1965. W.W. Norton, 2020.
Zamalin, Alex. Struggle On Their Minds: The Political Thought of African American Resistance. Columbia University Press, 2017.
Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States. Harper Perennial Classics, 2005.
Zuboff, Shoshana. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism : The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Public Affairs, 2019.