Sunday, April 28, 2013

Best of Book and American History TV

Here’s a list of some of the better presentations and discussions of the past few months. All but Graeber’s are available to watch online at the links, and that one should also become available within days or even hours.

David Graeber, The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement

(I just watched this one so it’s freshest in my mind. Especially interesting is his characterization of the US as a “nation of frustrated altruists” and discussion of the need for a more complex understanding of altruism. This called to mind some of Fromm’s ideas…)

Nancy Unger, American Women in Environmental History

Patrick Tyler, Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country – And Why They Can’t Make Peace

Arlie Hochschild, The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times

Stephanie McCurry, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South

Ben Goldacre, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

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

David Quammen, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Helaine Olen, Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

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