Recommended Books

Here are a list of books that are highly recommended by Democracy Matters staff.  They range in topics specific to money in politics, to grassroots organizing, to citizenship and democracy.  Please send other book suggestions to Joan Mandle and we will add it to the list.

 


Change Elections to Change America: Student Organizers in Action
by Jay R. Mandle and Joan D. Mandle
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Creating Political Equality: Elections As a Public Good by Jay R. Mandle
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American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson
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Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
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Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It By Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman
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Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson
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When Money Speaks: The McCutcheon Decision, Campaign Finance Laws, and the First Amendment by Ronald Collins and David Skover
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Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists by Kim Bobo, Jackie Kendall, and Steve Max
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Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson
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Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney
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The Activist’s Handbook: A Primer by Randy Shaw
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Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and A Vision for Change by John Lewis
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The 100 Greatest Americans of the Twentieth Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame by Peter Drier
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Civil Society: The Underpinnings of American Democracy by Brian O’Connel, John W. Gardner, and OSI
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Democracy, America, and the Age of Globalization by Jay R. Mandle
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So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government by Robert G. Kaiser
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The Soul of a Citizen:Living with Conviction in Challenging Times by Paul R Loeb
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The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them by Amy Goodman and David Goodman
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Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill) by David Cay Johnston
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Getting A Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad by Francis Moore Lappe
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Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government and How We Can Take It Back by David Sirota
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How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein
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The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear by Paul Rogat Loeb
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Is That a Politician in Your Pocket: Washington on $2 Million a Day by Micah Sifry and Nancy Watzman
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Moyers on Democracy by Bill Moyers
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The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust by John B. Judis
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Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich – and Cheat Everybody Else by Daivd Cay Johnston
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Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America by Arianna Huffington
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The Recovery of Confidence by John W. Gardner
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Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul Alinsky
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Society’s Breakthrough!: Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People by Jim Rough
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Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time by Paul Rogat Loeb
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Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times by Amy Goodman and David Goodman
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Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression by Spencer Overton
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Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow by Jim Hightower
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Thieves in High Places: They’ve Stolen Our Country – And It’s Time to Take It Back by Jim Hightower
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The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World that Works for All by Tom Atlee, Rosa Zubizarreta
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You’re Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell by Doris Haddock
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Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future by Robert Reich
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